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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What To Do When the 3 Day Potty Training Guide Doesn't Work

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Ever once and a while, I like to talk a little about parenting.  Especially the things I've stubbornly learned along the way.  It is, after all, my greatest DIY project to date.  I figured this conversation could either provide some insight to fellow moms coming along after me or a good laugh for those who've already paved the way.  If you follow along on Instagram, you noticed we tried our hand at potty training recently.  So here I am, ready to regale my tail of teaching a tiny human to urinate in a large white porcelain fixture.

The 3 Day Potty Training Guide by Lora Jenson became my instant go-to for potty training tips.  I read the guide and agreed with the process on most parts.  What boggled my mind was the fact that the child would be potty trained in 3 days. Three whole days!  I could do that, right?

There we were with a child who checked off Lora's only requirement to start potty training, not peeing during the night, and my last 3 day weekend before baby brother arrives.  I was bound and determined to get her potty trained and out of diapers in those 3 days and back to daycare come Tuesday morning in big girl panties.  The reality about children, however, is that they are not going to do anything you plan for them to do.

I purchased our supplies and we holed up in our bedrooms for those 3 days, the rooms without carpeting or rugs and closest to the bathroom.  I offered juice at every turn and reminded her to tell me when she needed to go potty with every breathe.  The guide ensures you that somewhere between day 2 and day 3 it will "just click." 

Well, the end of day 3 arrived and Aspen had just peed all over the floor for what seemed like the millionth time.  Mopping up the mess, I was at my wit's end.  Why did my child not get the concept?  She knew how to answer my questions but would not act on those answers.  I sat down in our living room with tears filling my eyes feeling defeated.  All of those old feelings rushed back from our other obstacles and failures.  I didn't know how to process this all or what to do next.  I became a ball of anxiety, an old friend I wasn't happy to see.  The guide said nothing about what to do when mom has to return to work.  Do I just let her pee all over the place? Go back to the forbidden pull ups? 

I turned to Google, searching "3-day potty training failures," "what to do past 3 days of potty training" and "how to potty train a toddler in daycare" for answers.  Not much popped up.  Just mom's relaying similar stories, being scrutinized by others it seemed.  So I did the only thing I knew to do, kept her in panties and continued to remind her.  I made sure our sitter was on board to continue the training.

Again, I really loved the aspect of the training guide.  That eventually the reminding them and the wetting themselves will click.  The timeline on the other hand, just wasn't what my strong willed child wanted to do.  For us and for many others, that "click" doesn't happen on the magical day 3 but more like day 4, 5, 6 or even later.  But it did eventually happen.  Just like magic on day 5, she stopped peeing on herself and started telling us when she wanted to go potty. 

So I am here to say that we survived this thing called potty training.  And I wanted to share that if you've decided to try this potty training route, don't give up or get discouraged when your kid doesn't pick it up so quick.  Remember that eventually, they will get it, but that eventually is in the hands of your toddler. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

It Is Well With My Soul - How To Create Hymn Art

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"The struggle is real." 

This sums up my life lately.  I've been a slacker in so many ways and it's time I picked my growing belly up off the floor and participate in this creative life again.  I kept waiting for my creative inspiration to hit and it just hasn't.  This is a funk I also fell into during my last pregnancy.  I get little burst of it here and there, much like a miss-firing lawn mower that loudly revs up and then fizzles out.  That has been the jest my life!

Then a few weeks ago, my mom hands me a blank canvas and an old hymnal and said "have at it."  That's what really jump started my engine again.  She loves classic hymns and wanted something lovely for her bathroom she is updating.  I love hand lettering you guys.  As much as I've talked about it, I figure you are all aware of that by now, so I had the idea to cover the canvas in hymns and letter one of my favorite lyrics on top of it.

What you need:
- Canvas
- Mod Podge
- Gesso
- Paint brush
- Old hymnal - found at a local yard sale
- Paint Pen

I started with a blank canvas and tore pages from the antique hymnal, careful with their worn and yellowed pages.  Reading through each of the songs brought back so many memories of my childhood.  It also made me sad for generations to come who will not appreciate these old pages.  Don't get me wrong, I love our modern worship but there's always something about a Baptist Hymnal that speaks to my soul.  We picked out a few of our favorite hymns like The Old Rugged Cross, I Surrender All, and There Is Power In The Blood to be the main pages and then made a lay of the land.  I first started with a base of torn and cut pieces of hymn.  I used the Mod Podge to glue them securely to the canvas, making sure to overlap the canvas to wrap around the edges.

Then, I took our 8 favorite hymns and layered them on top.  Again, I would brush on the Mod Podge to the back of the sheet and layered it onto the canvas.  Making sure to get them as smooth as possible.  Once the pages were all on the canvas and dry, I brushed a layer of Gesso on top.  This is a finishing sealant that many Bible journalist use.  I figured if it works well on the delicate pages of a bible, it should keep these old and brittle hymns safe.

Once that was all dry, I just had to figure out my wording and design.  I draw a lot of my hand lettering inspiration off of Instagram.  You can find a ton of feeds that are dedicated to hand lettering by searching with hash tags like #handlettering.   

This has got to be one of my all time favorite lyrics, it is well with my soul.  And what a great reminder that no matter the ups and downs in life, God's got this.  I hope that if you are dealing with the creative funk, that you can find some inspiration to bust out of it soon as well.