man of the cloth, chapter the last

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  1. Amye says:

    Oooh, a solidly recommended potty training book. We have successfully, without much stress, gotten all 3 of our girls potty trained. My son was 2 in November and I know I’m clueless about how to even go about it. We’ve had a few just-before-the-bath potty breaks that went well, but those were outnumbered by him fighting because he didn’t ‘have any.’ Each of those matched equally to the number of times he went in the bathtub, so, you know, it’s been fun. πŸ™‚

    I’m going to have to check out Potty Wise. Seriously, no rewards or anything necessary for the girls; this will be a whole new ballgame.

    Thanks for the update.

  2. Amye says:

    Oh – and I just adore your family. Valor has grown up so well. He’s so handsome, and seems very smart…and I know so much of that is due to the love and attention he receives. Kudos to Abby and John and your own extended family/village.

    • Abby says:

      Thanks Amye! Getting your son excited and maintaining that excitement level is key. Now that the novelty of the potty has worn off, it’s a battle to get Valor to go to the potty (and stop what he’s doing). The M&Ms reward and calls to Grandmas have been very helpful to keep him in the game.

  3. Summer Jesse says:

    I’m glad you’ve posted about cloth diapers, I was alittle scared at first but when Vera was 4 months old we started using cloth and couple months in I thought what is so hard about this. We started the Potty traning with Vera when she was 18months old she did good at first but stopped so we stopped and started back up when she was 23 months and now at 26 months she is (for the most part) potty trained. It was alittle sad to wash the cloth diapers for the last time but like use said it just isn’t worth your time if your only using 1 diaper a day. I’ve gotten lucky and Vera stays dry most night wearing just underwear, she loves picking out new underwear. I friend of mine has a business that sales cloth diapers and maternity clothing, it’s Elegant Mommy, and she also has a online shop and on Fri on her Facebook page they have a comment game.
    HoPE everything else is going good with you guys. I still can’t believe that Valor is so big and smart, Vera hates to sit still to do anything, been trying to do colors and shapes with her but she don’t even like to color.

    • Abby says:

      Go girl. I can’t believe Vera is 26 months already! I bet she surprises you every day with something new.
      I have heard a lot of moms (as well as Ezzo) say that the key to successful potty training is that they are “ready.” If they are not ready, it’s just going to be mutually frustrating.

  4. Hey, Abby,
    Been thinking about you a lot this week.
    We potty trained Caleb in Florida, and it was pretty much like your description. At the end, we had a “potty party.” He got to invite a friend and choose the meal. It was the George Baugartner and wieners. Very appropriate.
    It was that night that Carrie had Simon.

    • Abby says:

      Ah yes, we will never forget finding “Everybody Poops” at your house in Fla. Alas until now we had no empathy for you/him. In that last picture Valor looks a lot like I remember Caleb looking at that time.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Both my boys were not successful with potty training until after they turned 3. Before that we had several tries that did not end so well. ( frustrated mommy and boys who did not like the potty.)
    One thing that helped keep them excited about the potty was a sticker chart. They got a sticker everytime they went poty. They both loved getting stickers! We also used M&M’s too.

  6. Rosemary says:

    Very cute account of the whole process. When my children were little, cloth was all we had, so I never thought about whether it was easy or was just what you did. I have generally found girls easier to train than boys, but Anthony trained much more quickly than twin sister Kayla, mostly because he was much more bothered by wet/dirty diapers than she was. Valor seems to be training pretty easily.Just in time for the next one!

  7. sam says:

    There is a book called “How to Potty Train Your Monster” very cute and a fun read for both of you! My kids never told me if they had to go, they would just go by themselves, still do unless we are in a store. We are preparing to potty train our 23 month old, she shows readiness and loves to use it at night before her bath. So its time! I appreciate the advice on cloth diapering because we are going to give it a try with this coming baby (YIKES!!) I am a little terrified, BUT I think I can I think I can….

  8. Juliana says:

    I was just wondering about how your cloth diapering was going/wrapping up the other day, so I was excited to see your post! Yay for Valor! Cora (3yrs+2mos) has had a few false starts, but has spent all her waking hours since Friday in underwear, so I am feeling hopeful. Since my just-turned-1-year-old will be in diapers for quite a while longer, an *occasional* wet/dirty Cora diaper isn’t an issue, but I am hoping that we can get to the point soon where I can return to just washing diapers every 2 days. We’ve been stuck at every day since Aliza was born, and with a front loader it feels like our washer is in use every waking moment. I used Rockin’ Green for a couple of years after you posted about it (thanks!), but have switched to Charlie’s Soap for our current tub, and I think I might like it better. It’s hard to tell — with a front loader, I get ammonia-stink problems at the drop of a hat. I can get it at my local grocery store now, though, so no S&H. I started out like you with Cora & disposables but have found, with Aliza, that I prefer to just bring cloth diapers along for trips, with a few disposables in the bottom of the bag for emergencies. I think at some point I got to a threshold where it was more of a hassle to keep track of how many disposables we had left than to just load the diaper bag with cloth dipes — so you may find with your newbie that your preferences change. Or not. πŸ™‚ And yes, Sam, you can! It isn’t too hard — just new routines.

  9. Ashley M. says:

    Yay, y’all are back! πŸ˜€

  10. SalannB says:

    John and Abby:

    Tomorrow would be James’ 5th birthday. I’m keeping you close in my thoughts.


  11. Burgandi says:

    James and I share our birthday thinking of you guys humbly and prayerfully…one of his Winnie friends…

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