One Week of Potty Training

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Fun Fact: It’s been 1 whole week of our real potty training experience.

One whole week of no accidents in the diaper! Woohoo! And I must say, that when I thought that since Graham is in diapers for a while still, whats the rush with Brooks. I was wrong! Having one less little to worry about is sort of amazing!

Sure, Brooks has been using the bathroom here and there for months, but with Graham I’ve been a little lazy about it because it’s hard to really do and really focus on with two littles running around. Last week I sort of made the decision to just do it and I have to say that the past week has been pretty great! undies

I think I knew Brooks was ready for it – he could totally control things – it was just a matter of getting him to stop what he was doing and go. And I think he was waiting for me to really get on board to help him too.

The kick in the pants to get on with it for me was when he had a #2 in his diaper when we were out shopping the other day. We were out at a store and I took him to the bathroom to change him and he was WAY to big for the changing table. I had a little ah-ha moment and decided it was time, for the both of us!

And then it was like the stars aligned when I was able to partner with  New Pampers Easy Ups because it seemed like the perfect transition from diapers to underwear. The Easy Ups arrived on my door last week and I just decided to go for it. diaper

We’ve been going on the bathroom every hour or so and it’s been going so great. I have been toggling between using the Easy Ups and underwear just so he gets an idea of the difference between the two. He had one little pee incident in the underwear and I think it freaked him out because he actually got to feel what it was like to sit there for a second all wet! Lots of books and tons of songs on the toilet later – but now I totally can see him getting it and understanding. Going to preschool has been a big help too – he’s only there 3 hours twice a week, but I know seeing other littles use the bathroom is helpful and motivating – how can it not be?

It’s also helpful to know that there are over 10MM moms preparing to, or already in the process of potty training their child each year. Solidarity is key! Ha! While “quick training” is popular in articles, in practice potty training takes an average 90 days for a child to master. I know I have a lot of friends who’ve had success with the 3 day method, but I’m just not sure that works for us and our life! We like to be out and about so much, I know I wouldn’t want to spend 3 days inside  to do this! I know that training pants, like the Easy Ups play a vital role in potty training because they look, fit and feel like real underwear, so they are a great transition piece! It’s been awesome to have Brooks practice with them on his own!

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As a little potty training treat for all the moms in the throws of it, like I am -> Take the “Do you know what to expect when you’re potty training?” quiz for the chance to win a $25 Babies R Us gift card and Pampers wipes. View the Raffle copter below to see how you can enter to win!

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Also be sure to check out this fun quiz about what to expect when potty training! And join in on the Pampers & Babies R’ Us Twitter Party – Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. PST/ 2:00 P.M. EST – 3:00 P.M. EST

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Graham’s One Year Smash + Splash

Last week Graham and I had a special day out together to take his One Year Smash + Splash pictures!

Before Graham was born I bought a one year package with a local philly photographer –  Gina of Gina Marie Photography – she is a friend and I’ve worked with Gina many times before – she most recently did our family Photoshoot in the Azalea Gardens, Graham’s newborn pictures + my Maternity Photos for Baby Bump #2 along with  Brooks’ 4.5 Month Photos as well as a photoshoot with my husband’s family down the shore {Brinktastic!}_gmp9559

Part of our first year photography package included the Smash + Splash – which is a cake smash followed by a bubble bath! How smart and cute is that? You need to clean the little up after the cake messiness, might as well get some cute pictures in a tub while you are at it, am I right?

I love having these special first year photos of both my boys – they change so much in the first year and then you are lucky to get any halfway decent picture of them looking once they are really on the move! So I am so glad we did these – Graham was a little feisty on this day, and didn’t get as messy with the cake as one would think, but the photos are so sweet, especially the ones in the tub!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Hates the birthday hat. Ha.

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Protesting the birthday hat.

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Have you done first year photos?

What do you think of the Smash + Splash?

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First Year Favorites + a Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Giveaway

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With two littles in the past 3 years, we’ve got LOTS ‘O Baby stuff in our house. I like to think I’ve become quite the aficionado when it comes to all things baby. I’ve done a few favorite things with the littles over my tenure as a mom. I love to share what we love and what works for us!

It’s been interesting with baby #2 to see what we really used and needed – some things are MUCH more necessary than others! Here are some of my favorites that have been tried and true through two littles!

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one – Obsessed with this bib, I have one for each little. They are so easy to clean, look cute and great for catching food! Love it. Plus it comes in a million color/pattern options.

two – I really enjoy these pacifier clips! They are amazing for keeping the paci off the floor and in the littles reach when he needs it. I love these colors and simple patterns.

three – The wubanub has been a favorite in our house from the beginning. Brooks had the elephant {still has it, just with the paci cut off} and Graham has the lion {hello, spirit animals} they love the little animal they can cuddle with.

four – I am a big fan of all the different lamaze toys. They are awesome to clip onto the stroller or carseat – the dragon is a favorite of mine because you pull on him and his wings flap! so cute!

five – OBSESSED with Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – It’s been a savior with my two boys! Butt Paste is free of dyes, parabens, preservatives, phthalates and talc, making it the perfect rash-prevention product for use with every change! More on it below – and a fun giveaway!

six – This carrier is everything. It can be used various ways and it’s so light and easy to always roll up and throw in your diaper bag! Check out my post about it here for more information, but seriously, it’s the best – from newborn to toddler.

seven – Living in the city in a townhouse we love these sound machines to keep the littles from all the crazy city noise and allows us to not have to tiptoe around after they go to sleep at 7pm.

eight – I love the sippy cups for brooks and graham – they don’t leak ! I swear ! Plus they are cheap too ! Win Win !

nine – I’m a huge fan of these wipes – have been for some time now – they have been amazing to use for anything and everything with both our boys !

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 A little more about one of our favorites :  Boudreaux’s Butt Paste –  it is available in three targeted formulas to help protect against and improve diaper rash – Original, Maximum Strength and All Natural.

  • The Original Formula – contains 16% Zinc Oxide which treats skin irritations by creating a barrier to seal out wetness
  • The Maximum Strength Formula – contains 40% Zinc Oxide for over two times the rash fighting power as the Original Formula
  • The All Natural Formula – In addition to 16% Zinc Oxide, this has been formulated with natural soothing and calming ingredients like Aloe Vera to soothe skin

Seriously, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste has been a life safer for us with both our boys. They have sensitive skin and it has helped keep them protected and happy. Can’t say enough good things about it ! Love  #buttpaste

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And as a little treat for my fellow mama’s going through or wrapping up your baby’s first year – here is a little treat from Boudreaux’s! Up for grabs for ONE LUCKY And Her Little Dog Too reader is:

  •  (1) 4 oz. bottle of Original Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
  •  (1) 4 oz. bottle of Maximum Strength Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
  •  (1) 4 oz. bottle of All Natural Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
  •  a $25 Visa gift card

Leave a comment letting me know what’s your favorite thing from your little’s first year  AND enter the rafflecopter below! MUST DO BOTH to be entered to win!

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“The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Boudreaux’s.

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My Back to School Struggles + a Orgain Giveaway

I don’t know about you, but being a mom with a little in school for the first time has been a big adjustment. It’s been almost 3 years of Brooks and I {and now Graham} doing our own thing. Sure we have naps and bedtime to worry about, but aside from that we pretty much do what we want on a daily basis. As you know, we like to keep busy – it’s good for the littles and good for me to always be out and about.

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Now that Brooks is in school two days a week, I have to say, it’s been a big adjustment for me – now I have to make sure everyone is up, ready to go and out the door by a certain time to make sure Brooks isn’t late getting to school. And then less than 3 hours later I have to turn around and make sure I’m not late picking him up – all the while hoping little Graham is on board with cooperating.us

I LOVE that Brooks is in school. He’s only gone 3 days so far, but he loves it and looks forward to it! He’s having fun, making friends and learning that ever important student/teacher relationship. Plus, it’s good for him to experience life without me right by his side, at least for a few hours a week. And I’m loving meeting local neighbors and making new friends too! BUT I have to say, getting Brooks there and back and finding something to entertain Graham with or run a quick errands in the meantime is a little chaotic!

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Aside from the timeliness of it all and getting the stars to align and all the littles to cooperate, I’m also having to get into the groove of packing a snack for school. Might not sound weird for someone who has done daycare from the start but it’s just another thing I’m in the process of adjusting to.

Sure, whenever we go out I have a giant bag packed of snacks and sometimes lunches if we are out and about for the day – I think the start and end time of school has just thrown me for a little loop and I need a minute to adjust to the fact that I now have a child in school {how did that happen so fast?} And the snack has to be allergy friendly and something he will actually eat {which I never really know what that will be}

vanillaNot to mention that since the weather has started cooling down a bit {which is a amazing thing} and with school we are on more of a schedule now so we’ve been spending more time outside – last Thursday we were out and about with the stroller from 8:30am – 12:30 – dropping B off, walking to a class, walking to a park, picking B up – so now I am packing myself a snack too! So many things to pack, unpack, remember, take with me – I feel like a bag lady at all times, even if we aren’t even going anywhere! But at least I’ve been getting to try some yummy things on my recent snack breaks with the littles!
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As a little back to school treat – for Brooks and myself – I was able to partner with Orgain to share their love for Back to School and getting back to healthy snacking options {for moms and the littles!} I’ve been LOVING trying out their new Organic Protein Plant Based Bars – in Peanut Butter AND Cookie Dough – YES PLEASE! They are 150 calories, only have 5g of sugar or less AND have 10 g of protein – they are perfect to Replenish, Refuel and GO!

I also really loved the Cold Brew Coffee + Protein in Iced Mocha. Again, 10g of protein so its awesome as a snack, pre-workout boost or to fight those sugar cravings.
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Brooks LOVED trying the Healthy Kids Organic Nutritional Shakes in Chocolate, Strawberry + Vanilla. He really only has milk or water at his age so this was a big hit for him to have something new and tasty. I loved that they have 8g organic protein, are a organic fruit + veggie blend {he’s a little picky eater at this age, so it’s nice to get this in somehow!} It also has 23 vitamins and minerals and is doctor developed – I love this as a snack for the littles! Such a great treat!

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Now here’s the good news for you – one lucky And Her Little Dog Too reader is going to win a Orgain Back to School prize pack too! Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite snack is AND enter the rafflecopter below – MUST DO BOTH to be entered to win!

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Giveaway ends Wednesday, September 21 / Winner will be notified via email

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