No More Diapers!!!!

I didn't set out to potty train Sydney this weekend, but that's just what happened. Yesterday, she pulled off her wet diaper and I was busy and didn't put another one on right away. All of a sudden she said, "mommy I got to go potty". So I rushed and stuck her on the potty and she went pee pee. I was thrilled. So I decided to leave her naked for the day to see what happened. A little later she was sitting on the counter stool and said, "uh oh mommy I went potty". No big deal. She was in the kitchen on the hardwoods so it was easy to clean. I knew that she was aware of it and that's what mattered. The rest of the day she told me when she had to go and she went. We have this song we sing that we made up when the girls reach a milestone, like no more bottle or paci. It goes, "Sydney is a big girl, a big girl, a big girl, Sydney is a big girl she goes pee pee on the potty." So we started to sing and she was so excited. This morning she woke up and told daddy, "no more diapers daddy. I wear panties". Whoohoo! So she is running around naked again today. Thankfully it's super hot out so it works out great. She just had her first poo poo's too. Yeah. I'm going to buy pullups today (for nap and nighttime) and get rid of the diapers all together. Brooklyn was alot harder to train, so I am thankful Syd got it so easily. I'm sure she will have more accidents, which is fine. I'm gonna have to keep a little potty in the car because she can't hold it that long. If you don't rush to get her on the potty when she says she has to go she'll have an accident. Daddy found that out the hard way this afternoon. I'm thrilled to be done with diapers. It will be nice to put that money towards something else.

I love the blogging community

It's amazing the stories out in the blog world that have a similar story to mine. Most of these I find through links from sites I visit on a regular basis. I happened upon one last night that broke my heart. As I read their story I felt like I was reliving mine all over again. With her permission, here is the link to their site. I know they would appreciate prayers for their sweet baby girl coming in November. Here is what I learned from a video that was on her site. 40,000 stillborn babies every year. 8,000 die because of cord related death. That hit me. In 2004, Zoe was 1 of those 8,000 babies. Why was I one of those 8,000? I will never understand this until the day I go home to be with the Lord and see my sweet baby girl again, but I do know that I am a different person and a better mom for carrying my sweet daughter. There is a doctor in Louisiana who helps moms who have experienced a loss due to cord related issues, give them a sense of hope and peace. My pregnancies with Brooklyn and Sydney were filled with fear. I prayed that the Lord would give me peace and most of the times he did, but in the back of my mind there was always that what if. I've learned now that my fear was pretty legit. According to this doctor, women who have had a cord death are more likely to have another. Wow, that hit home. I am so thankful for my miracle girls. Watch this video to see how he is helping moms out there and if you know someone who is pregnant now who has had a prior experience with this I hope you pass this video on. It could possibly save another baby.

Insomnia stinks, but at least I have time to blog.

It's 1:00 a.m. and I can't sleep. Could it be the new workout plan I'm on and the new healthy diet? My guess is yes. I always have more energy when I eat right and workout, so why do I fall off the wagon? You would think I would remember how good it feels to feel so good. I'm bound and determined this time to make it happen. I will keep you posted. I'm glad my little bout with insomnia has allowed me to catch up on my blog. It's been a couple of weeks since I've been able to write. One of those weeks we were in California, which I will write about soon and post more pictures. I will give you a little snipit of our plane ride home from Cali and some pictures that were taken at California Adventure. I'm sure at any moment I will have to stop writing and go lay with Sydney because this is usually the time she wakes up and starts to cry. Brian usually goes in and lays with her, but since I am up I will let him get a good nights sleep. I am hopeful that one of these days she will sleep through the night.

Did I mention that she's definitely in the stage of the terrible 2's? I mean look at the sweet face. How can such a cute little girl throw such a mean tantrum? We kind of skipped the 2's with Brooklyn and hit them when she was 3 so I got an extra year. It seems like Sydney can throw a mean tantrum at anytime for really no reason at all. Did I mention she is incredibly strong too so it doesn't make wrestling with her easy. You can ask any of the 100 or so passengers on the plane back from California to Nashville about that and they will agree with me. My hope was that with the aid of Benadryl she would snooze the 3 or so hours it would take to get home from our layover in Las Vegas. Nope. She slept from Cali to Las Vegas, a 45 min flight, which blew the rest of the naptime. She didn't take a nap at all on the flight home. She was all over the plane and finally about the last hour she had had enough and wanted to just run around. The pilot had put the fasten seat belt light on because of turbulence so this was not an option. Well she went ballistic. I was so tired I just couldn't hold on to her any longer. People were giving me the evil eye. I was sweating and at my wits end. This went on for at least a half hour. She screamed and cried at the top of her lungs. Finally one of the flight attendants from the back came up to me and said, "Ma'am would you like to come on back and stand back with us". I was relieved. I had wanted to do that, but didn't know if I could because the light was on. I got back there and just started to cry. I was so tired from lack of sleep the whole trip and completely embarassed that I could not control my child, that I lost it. The flight attendants were great. I was back there for about 10 minutes when I decided to go back to my seat and try to rock her to sleep as best as I could in such a confined space. It worked. She fell right to sleep. All that crying did her in. Finally some peace and quiet. She slept all the way through the landing too. She didn't wake up until the lights came on in the cabin. I told Brian I never want to fly again with 2 toddlers for quite sometime. He reminded me that I said that last year when we flew to Orlando and she cried the whole way there. He's right. I will probably forget about the whole thing this time next year when we take our trip to Orlando to go to Disney World. It got me thinking. I have to take the good with the bad. She won't be 2 for long and I know it's just a phase. She has such a sweet spirit about her when she's not throwing a tantrum. She is very compassionate towards people and very concerned. When she sees her sissy sad she'll say, "What's the matter Brooklyn"? "Why you sad"? She loves to give hugs and kisses. She'll say, "Kisses" and then kiss you, "Hugs" then hug you and then she'll say, "love you mommy". Oh it is just the best to hear her say that. I tear up just thinking about that. I love it when she says it to Brooklyn and when it's least expected. Today they were wrestling on the bed after nap time and Syd just leaned over and hugged Brooklyn and said, "love you Brooklyn". I love to watch them interact and I love when they play nice together. I can't wait to watch them grow up and become best friends.

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