Rainy Day Wedding

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First off I want to thank everybody who came out on Saturday to celebrate our marriage and endured the drizzle during the ceremony! That obviously was not how we expected and envisioned our big day. I expected a hot sunny day, worrying about how much I was gonna burn up in that dress. But God blessed us with a beautiful overcast day.
Everybody told me: “Rain on your wedding day Is good luck, that means angels are crying over you with happiness!” I’ll be honest, it didn’t feel like angels crying, it felt more like angels pissing on my big day. Haha. The venues owners told me that we would have to go with plan B, move the ceremony onto the covered patio and do it Hollywood style. I however had my heart set on my outdoors ceremony under the porch gazebo looking thing and walking out of the big doors down that aisle outside. So after much back and forth (an NOT becoming a bridezilla….*maybe a cryzilla) I stuck to my guns and told them rain or shine, I’m walking down that aisle. So I informed everybody I knew was coming to bring an umbrella.
The hours leading up to the ceremony seemed to fly, we checked out of the hotel, ran to the mall to get candy for the kids, I got ready early, had my makeup done by my sister in law, had a few glasses of wine to calm my nerves, and just hung out with my bridal party and favorite hair dresser Jolie. I didn’t begin to freak out until I was told Brandon was in the building and I now had to stay inside my bridal suite. Everything from there was a blur, I do remember my dad showing up with a ton of umbrellas for the ceremony though!

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Around 6:20pm everybody started to line up, I could hear the music and hoped to God that it was the ‘correct version’ I had asked for. Dad who was the only one with me kept telling me “you’ll be okay” when I started to have a hard time breathing. Before I knew it I was standing behind the big fence doors, dad holding an umbrella, trying not to cry. I could see Brandon between the cracks of the fence posts, and I couldn’t help the water works.
Once the gates opened my eyes were already filled with tears I barely caught the ‘first look’ and I was worried about my dress catching on the concrete and how heavy it felt now soaking with water. But when my eyes semi cleared as I saw Brandon’s face nothing else seemed to matter.

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I don’t remember much about the ceremony, i remember seeing my friends Calley and Kenzie, Yadira, my family from San Antonio. I remember our vows, mainly because I cried like a baby. But I remember holding Brandon’s hands the entire time, him looking at me and making me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. I remember everybody telling me we had the coolest wedding ever because we embraced the rain which apparently isn’t common.
It’s still crazy to think were married, every morning Brandon has woken me up or greeting me “Good morning wife” “Hey Mrs. Alvarado” which makes me smile so big my cheeks are starting to hurt! It’s also weird to think what I’m going to do with all my spare time now, this wedding took up a lot of energy and time I’m freaking out about what I’m going to do with myself haha. I need a hobby.
Many people told me that things would go wrong the day of the wedding, music would mess up, weather would act up, cake wouldn’t be perfect, the flowers, decorations, people would aggravate us, anything that could go wrong would- and that it wouldn’t matter. Because at the end of the day it was all about Brandon and I being one. It was 100% true, I don’t remember the flaws (if there were any!) all I remember was I had an amazing time and I’m married to my best friend and have an amazing official step son! That Is all that matters.

So again, thank you very body who came out and embraced the rain with us. You made our day special ❤️

Much love, Suzanne Alvarado

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25 more days to go???!!

Can I honestly say I’m freaking out right now??? Hahah, I didn’t realize just how quick this wedding is coming up until I actually sat down and wrote out a list of things we still have to get done before. Let’s just say it A LOT! However I can finally start checking off registrations. I finally got down to it yesterday with my maid of honor Megan. We’ve just been so busy so I apologize to everybody who’s been asking us “Where are y’all registered at?” Well I finally got ONE store down! The good ol Target!
It was so much fun, getting the scanning gun and walking up and down aisles asking myself “What does my family need?” “What do I need in the kitchen/bathroom/living room” (Mostly ‘I’ things because I’m the one taking care of my boys and the house, lol.) I tried to be reasonable, I don’t expect anybody to get us a Tv stand worth $200.00. But it’s nice to dream, right? 😜
We’ve done so much for the wedding lately, invitations sent (and getting RSVPs) ordered our gifts for the guests, getting my dress altered again and fitted, got all of the bridesmaids dresses confirmed, got my moms dress, flowers ordered, registries, and so much more. It’s a lot to wrap my head around.

Well this is going to be a short blog, because I still have a thousand other things to do! :)

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Camping trip.

As most of you know we took a week long camping trip during the month of July! It was really an adventure. This was the first time in years I have been camping in a tent, and the very first time for Brandon and Bryce! Not going lie, I was worried Bryce would get tired of it very fast and want to “go to my big home” (his way of saying our apartment) but he did fantastic!
This trip was filled to the brim with fun activities and family. We traveled to surrounding towns and relaxed, went fishing, rafting, and so much more.
Bryce thought it was the coolest thing when we put the tents up and often referred to it as “my green home”. Him and my nephew played everyday with my dad (pawpaw) who had brought nerf guns and an unlimited supply of nerf bullets. Bryce wanted to be with Jaxon and PawPaw all week! Guess Dad and Step momma were crampin his style, haha.
We traveled to Silverton the first day, shopped around and ended up at the train station where the train was just then making an entrance. Bryce thought this was the coolest!!! Until the conductor started blaring the horn and made Bryce cover his ears. But he still enjoyed seeng all the smoke and the conductor and all the people getting off and on.
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While in Silverton we went to the museum there that use to be an actual jail house, Jaxon, Bryce, Uncle Ray (Thomas), and Aunt Gen (Megan) and us had plenty of fun running through the cells taking hundreds of photos. Usually this is how we spent our days, then go back to our camp site to relax.
We visited Ouray, had lunch and shopped around like usual. Durango was the coolest town we saw in my opinion. It was small and beautiful and quite a lot to do. Brandon and I roamed the town for a couple of hours and we even had dinner at a pizza place where they served us a pizza that was 36″!!! Holy cow was that a big pizza!!!
One of those days we relaxed just at camp after getting our fishing licenses. We grabbed our fishing rods and headed for the lake. We had bought Bryce a small iron man light up fishing rod so he could join. But he wanted to keep watch of everybody and make sure they were all doing okay and cheered us on! So I ended up using the rod, and caught the first two fish in 20 minutes!! I was very proud of myself, and from that point on I had Bryce by my side saying “Go Mom Go! More Fish!” We all had a blast, even uncle Ray who kept breaking his line.
One of our last trips was to Mesa Verde, to the old Indian cliff dwellings. It was so hot! But we made the best out of it and got to see the ruins. During lunch time we even ha a small visitor, Jerome, the squirrel. Who begged for food and allowed us to pet him in exchange for a chip. Obviously he had done this before because this little guy was fat! We decided to cut the trip short because it was just too exhausting climbing up and down the mountains.
At night we cooked dinner and made s’mores or banana boats, played and talked and took our showers. When everybody went to their tents, Brandon Bryce and I stayed beside the campfire that Brandon worked so hard to keep going. (It rained a lot while we were there and sometimes would just hit out of nowhere!) it was chilly at night so Brandon and I along with Bryce sitting in my lap would cuddle under a blanket. Bryce would take my phone and bring it to me and ask me “Momma sing please.” And I would sing to him till he fell asleep. My heart melted every time, because he wouldn’t allow anybody to sing to him but me. I love my boys so much.
Brandon and I had fun, but were ready to leave when the time came. We packed up our tents despite Bryce’s requests to keep and live in his “green home”. He was ready to go home too eventually, and we said bye to our camp site.
This was Brandon, Bryce, and I’s first real vacation together. Since we only get him on the weekends and both of us have jobs we are not able to go travel anywhere really because time is so short. So when we have a lot of time together we try to make the most of it! It was even better that we got to spend this time with my family and my nephew Jaxon as well! I’m hoping we can do another vacation sometime soon!

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F.U.N

So I don’t blog much when Bryce is here only because we are busy doing stuff together I can’t find the time to unless he is asleep or i’m at work. So I’m going to type up a quick update on our family right now while I have some downtime. Bryce has done a 180 just like we hoped! In just a short amount of time we have seen a huge turn around in his speech and just him all together. We taught Bryce how to potty standing up! Every time he goes he announces “Bryce pee like Dada!” its perfect.
Bryce even before July was talking, but still he wasn’t putting his words into sentences much. He could name things but when it came to conversations it was almost nonexistent. However, in just a short time and with CONSTANT talking to him; Bryce is finally speaking in full short sentences to us. Before for example if he wanted to go to Brandon and I’s house he would say “Home.” now that we’ve been working really hard he says “Go to my home please” “Bryce wants to stay home.” It really wonderful. He now tells us what he wants for dinner or when he wants snacks and asks us permission to get a jello from the fridge (With ‘White whip” on top “like Pawpaw” *talking about whip cream), haha.
This month has been pack full of park adventures, bike rides, and full blown allergies, slurpee trips, and house hunting, we attempted swimming lessons at Seahorse but Bryce was having a problem not being with Dad in the pool that we ended up not being able to complete the lessons. That’s okay though, he will get it eventually!
We are still patiently waiting for our big camping trip this next week! I won’t lie, i’m a little worried how Bryce will do being out camping so long, but I know he will have fun! We will have my nephew Jaxon with us, and Bryce and him always have fun together. We plan to go on hikes, fishing, swimming (possibly hah), campfire fun, see the big trains (and possibly ride one!), and go visit the many towns surrounding us in Colorado. It will be an adventure, and Brandon and I’s first real vacation since we went to Chicago last June.
We still have a lot to prepare for the trip, so we plan to get all of that figured out this weekend while Bryce goes to his moms for the weekend.

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July, when we can finally be complete again!

It’s been super long since I’ve wrote about my family. If you know Brandon and I personally you will know why. However July is right around the corner and I can’t hold in my excitement any longer!
July is Brandon’s full month with his son! Eeek!!!! This step momma is SO HAPPY! Last July when we had him Bryce was not talking hardly at all, he was shy, and was never around other kids. Well during that month Bryce had broken out of his shell, we taught him so many new words and his vocabulary grew tremendously. So this coming July we are excited to see what else we can teach him!
As many of you know Bryce now, he’s still not a talker. And even though he needs speech therapy still but isn’t able to attend because of reasons.. we plan to work on longer sentences with him. Hopefully it works out just as well as last July!
Other than working on speech, we are going to place Bryce in swimming lessons! Let me tell you- this kid loves to swim. Anytime we come across a pool he gets excited, “Dad! Mom! Me! Bryce! Cool pool please??” It’s so cute. We can’t wait to take him to Water Rampage. But that’s not all we plan on doing this month, Lubbock actually had many activities for kids his age. So we have something planned almost every day! From clay clubs to movie nights at the local parks. Bryce is going to have a blast.
Sadly, unlike we originally planned, Bryce isn’t going to be doing T-ball this July. But that’s okay because we are getting ready for a huge camping trip! My parents, brother, sister in law, nephew, Brandon, Bryce and I are traveling to Colorado for a week full of outdoors fun! Bryce is super excited, he loves being around PawPaw (my dad) haha. He will get to see trains, animals, and experience the outdoors life instead if being home all the time! Hopefully we can make this a tradition.
Anywho… 3 days in counting until our little Bryce Bryce is home safe an sound! Then we have the big ALVARADO get together on the 4th! Hopefully Bryce doesn’t freak out with the fireworks again, haha!

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Easter weekend.

We got Bryce a little earlier then expected, I’m not sure why but I will not question it! We are always happy with extra time.
I’ll jump right into Saturday after I got off work – once I got home we took off to my parents for dinner. Bryce was excited to see Mini and Pawpaw as always. Bryce and Pawpaw go crazy when they are together, it non stop yelling and running around!
Bryce’s new thing right now is the Hulk. He flexes his muscles and growls loudly and starts hitting and destroying things just like the super hero! This week Mimi and Pawpaw bought Bryce some awesome shoes to go with his new found favorite super hero, some green Vans with Hulks face on it! Oh boy did he enjoy those. Little man found some “Socker Boppers” in the toy chest and went on a rampage against my dad who was just too weak for the insane strength known as toddler hulk.

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Afterwards Mimi and Bryce went through the resurrection eggs she had to explain the reason why we celebrate Easter, Bryce still doesn’t understand, but he will! He loved opening each egg and listening to the story behind each symbol. However he was confused when he reached his last egg and found it empty!

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We left for Seminole right after that, and after what seemed for forever because of a huge thunderstorm we made it. Exhausted we went to bed to rest up for the morning to come!
Easter morning we got ready, got Bryce taken care of and surprised him with a great Easter basket!

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The bubbles were his favorite thing, not the candy or peeps or his new Hulk, but bubbles. I am happy that he is so content with the simple things, he doesn’t need big expensive gifts or name brand anything to be happy. Just something as simple as blowing bubbles brings him joy! After Easter baskets we left to go to the Castillo’s house for the egg hunt, it was great spending time with other kids Bryce’s age and our friends! The kids made out like bandits with baskets overflowing with eggs!

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After the hunt we went back to Brandon’s parents and ate lunch and hung out till we had to leave. It was a nice weekend of just relaxing and hanging out.

“I remember the day you were born..”

Every year I look forward to my grandma and grandpas birthday cards they send me. Not because I’m expecting money, or any gift… But because for the past four years I cherish every word they would write in a different new way.
This year was no different, I waited patiently for that card. But this year was different of course, in February my grandpa passed, and I knew my cards would never be the same. I still eagerly waited for it to be sent to my parents house and to open it on my birthday.
You know I had this idea, maybe it’s from watching too many movies or having my hopes to high.. I had received the letter hoping that maybe by some miracle my grandpa would have written it early, possibly before he passed. That way I could still enjoy one last tradition and cherish it. Maybe then I would get the closure I needed. It was a fantasy I wanted to hard to believe would happen. But from the moment I held the card in my hand I knew that wasn’t the case.
I held the card, the first thing that I noticed way my grandpas name was marked out on the postage sticker. Only my grandmas name remained. Inside the envelope was not a card, but two pieces of paper with my grandmas beautiful writing. The first thing she wrote was how I might not get the check in time for my birthday an that she should have sent it earlier. I laughed, because that is and has never been important to me. I soon realized that this wasn’t just a birthday card, she didn’t have to write it but I knew that this was her way of reaching out. The next thing she wrote was how she misses grandpa, and how everywhere she looks she is reminded of him. She goes on to what she plans to do for the next few months an how she spent the entire day before outside working. Signed, “Love you, Grandma A”
I felt like crying, but being at a table full of my family I tried not to show it. I wanted to call grandma, and I feel terrible that I haven’t done it since I saw her at the funeral.. I just wasn’t ready. I guess I still haven’t accepted that grandpa was really gone, and by calling her I didn’t want to upset her. It seemed like every time I was around grandma when we went down to the funeral anytime she saw me she cried. I just was scared that if I called her one of us would end up crying and I don’t want to put her through that.

But I plan on calling her today. Once I get home I’m going to call her and tell her of my engagement and I plan to call her twice a week.

I will always miss those birthday cards, but I guess it’s good that they are someplace safe. I can always re-read them when I’m missing him the most. But one things for sure,

I sure do miss those beautiful blue eyes..

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The beginning of the rest of our lives.

This weekend really was one to remember. So much has happened! So I will jump right in to it and I’ll start from the beginning like always.
This was a Bryce weekend! Something fun ALWAYS happens when we have our little man home. Friday he came home a little late but we still managed to make it to dinner with Nana and Kristen. Bryce was happy to finally be home, he holds onto his dad so tight when he sees him! That night we gave Bryce a much needed haircut, his hair was super long which can sometimes be a problem considering he sweats A LOT for a toddler. Friday came and went quick, and Saturday morning I had to go to work like usual. Brandon had school for a couple of hours so my mom (Bryce’s Mimi) came to watch him. Oh man does Bryce love his Mimi haha. All he does is talk about Mimi when we get home, and anytime I get a phone call he immediately asks if it’s Mimi and if he can talk to her! It’s super cute. When I got home from work Dad was already home and taking a nap with Bryce. We planned to take Bryce to the park to ride his bike, he always has a blast! However it started getting chilly so we left a little early to go to the store. Bryce gets a kick out of the little kid carts and loves being a little helper with the groceries.

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As I prepared dinner that night we all sat down at the table. I looked at Bryce across from me and suggest we say “Thanks”. I told him to put his hands together, close his eyes and bow his head – he did, and I told him “Say ‘thank you Lord for our food.'” In a hushed tone Bryce whispered “Thank you momma, eats.” Haha, well at least he appreciates my hard work! However we think it’s time that Bryce start learning the importance of God and how he blesses each and every one of us. So we will continue to work on prayer with little one. That night we watched The Little Mermaid, one of Bryce’s favorites. Usually he hates my dance moves and always tells me to stop but that night he asked me to dance with him as ‘Under the Sea started playing. Dad watched us from the couch and laughed at our very crazy dance moves and turns. After the movie Bryce asked us to be read to, and after a few books of his choice we crawled in bed and all snuggled up together.

The Proposal
Sunday we woke up early, I made the boys breakfast, pancakes, waffles, eggs, grapes, milk and orange juice. We attempted prayer again and got the same response, “Thank you momma, eats!” Haha. We got dressed in our nice clothes, something we always do Sundays and went to the mall for a little bit. After coming home and eating lunch Brandon started being all weird. He told me we were gonna go driving around in the car, but had to blindfold me. Alright- Brandon’s not the greatest with secrets or surprises so I kinda had an idea of what’s happening. But I was totally fine with doing whatever he asked! We drove for forever it felt like, he stopped the car and got out telling me to stay put. I asked Bryce “Where are we Bryce??” He got flustered and said “ugh I dunno mom!” and eventually Brandon took Bryce out with him.
Moments later Brandon came to my door a with me still blindfolded told me to walk with him. What was weird was we were outside and I could hear was the sound of bagpipes! What on earth was I stepping into!? Brandon and I walked for forever and I kept stubbing my toes on bricks but eventually made it to whatever destination we were at. He took off my blindfold, there was Bryce, holding a box, an Brandon with a huge smile on his face. “Suzanne, will you be my wife?” My eyes starting tearing up, but I didn’t let then fall because TR, Brandon’s friend was right next to us snapping photos. Of course I said yes! Bryce took the ring from the box with Brandon’s help and put it upside down on my middle finger, Brandon had to help him out a little to correct it, but it was perfect. I get to marry my best friend and I get to be an official step mom to Bryce.
I’m so extremely happy! Brandon and I of course were planning on getting married which a lot I people know, but to have it officially official puts things in perspective. It’s totally happening! My Pinterest board isn’t just a dream, it’s reality. Planning begins now. Eeek!!!

Back to reality- since it’s Sunday we had to prepared to take Bryce back to Seminole. We packed up and headed that way around 4. When we pulled up to Nanas house around 5:30 she walked out shocked. Apparently Memaw (Bryce’s other grandma) was going to pick Bryce up in Lubbock from our house so we didn’t need to make a trip to Seminole. However Bryce’s mom didn’t inform Bryce’s father of any change in the court ordered drop offs. The papers say we are to take him home to her place of residence at 6pm sharp. Which we were doing.. —- I won’t go into any more detail because lord knows my blog is being VERY CLOSELY MONITORED… But
Talk. About. Stressful.
He got home at his regular time that’s all that is important. But funny how a little bit of communication could have saved everybody a bit of trouble. It makes me realize just how important communication is in a situation like ours. We have an open line of communication, however it is very rarely used, we (mainly Brandon) always are more than willing to talk and have a healthy relationship with other members of Bryce’s family. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a good relationship with the other parent for the well being of the child. Even though that might not be our reality I know my Brandon does the best he can and that is all that matters.

Thank god we get him back this weekend.

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Spring Break with Bryce.

Spring break came extremely fast this year, and as my previous blog I posted you can see it was quite successful. We successfully potty trained Brandon’s son Bryce! Boy, we all proud of his accomplishment!
This week I decided to take Bryce to Wednesday Night church in Abernathy with my parents. When we got there he was very happy to be around other kids, he even had a little girl Addie who followed him everywhere because she wanted to take care of him! Bryce was very independent, he didn’t want me to be with him while he hung out with all of his new friends. Can I just say how worried I was? Yes I know that he is safe in the church and there are so many people watching them… But I’m so new to all of this! I wanted to be with him every step of the way to make sure he was ok and had enough juice and didn’t have to potty. Brandon and I are always with Bryce. So to have him tell me “No, momma” and go run down the hall to the kids was bitter sweet. He is growing up so fast! Even while we ate dinner at the church he took his plate and took it to the kids table and left me with all the other parents.
It was nice seeing him play and have so much fun. When we got dismissed to attend classes I walked him the his class and asked him if he was going to be okay. He assured me with his sassy attitude “sigh… Yeah momma..” And I left to attend the adult class. However not even 10 minutes later the teacher of the class pulled me out to tell me Bryce was calling for me. Happily I joined the class in their activities, yeah, Bryce is independent, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want his step momma every once in a while! :) victory for me!

For the weekend we did have to move some stuff around, at the beginning of the year we had checked the school website that have a rough draft estimate of the spring break vacation in March. We took that and planned a big trip to San Antonio to see my family and take Bryce to Sea World as a surprise. However the school district apparently changed the date of spring break shortly after we checked and we ended up having to cut the trip short, but we still planned on going until Brandon’s work decided to make him work one one of the days we were suppose to be traveling home. So sadly we had to cancel the trip. Which in reality was a blessing in disguise!
The last Saturday of our time with Bryce we decided to take him to the zoo I’m amarillo about an hour and a half away. Bryce was excited for our day trip to another town! When we arrived at the zoo Bryce could hardly contain his excitement, the monkeys, lions, longhorn, tigers, and many other animals had him in smiles the entire time. After a few hours at the zoo we decided to check out the mall there and went to dinner.
During dinner I had taken Bryce to the bathroom to pee and was so happy when he did! He had finally had used the potty in public! Dad and I can’t express how proud we are.

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How to potty train your toddler in 1 day.

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Wow has this been a journey for Brandon, Bryce and I. Today I’m writing about how Brandon and I successfully potty trained our toddler in one day, while giving you tips that will hopefully help you out when you decide it’s time to potty train your little ones!
Let me start off by saying, THIS IS NOT MY ORIGINAL IDEA! Like most clueless moms/stepmoms, I found the help of other ladies from good ol Pinterest. I must have read 100+ articles on “How to potty train your toddler in a week!” “How to potty train in three days!” “ONE DAY POTTY TRAINING” you name it. What I’m going to share with you is the way Brandon as I decided to do it, and how it WORKED!
Every child is different, and as I’m sure you’ve heard – “Boys are so much harder to potty train.” Which in our scenario was not the case. HOWEVER, I’ve been told by many moms that it is true.
First thing first, your child must be ready themselves. You can’t just decide one day “I’m sick of changing diapers. You’re getting potty trained now!” Your toddler should be showing some interest in the potty, they should be uncomfortable in a wet/dirty diaper. Once they begin to understand when it’s time to ‘go’ is when you should begin your research.
Bryce has been ready, he sees his dad go to the potty and says “Dad, pee!” And puts his hands over himself. He usually just went right then and peed his diaper. So we decided now that we have him the entire spring break that potty training was our main goal! So now, here we go….

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN YOUR TODDLER IN 1 DAY

What you will need:

•A entire day free of any activities. (YOU MUST DEVOTE THIS ENTIRE DAY TO THE CHILD!)
•Underwear, lots of it.
•Pull -Ups for emergency.
•Books to read while on the toilet. Ex. A Potty For Me
•Juice and other fluids.
•Fruit to snack on. Ex. Watermelon, apples, grapes, oranges, pineapples.
•Child’s favorite stuffed animal or action figure.
•Blankets & towels.
• Toy box filled with all toys. (No video games or iPad or iPhone.)
•Toilet donut OR small toddler toilet.
• Potty chart with stickers.
• Treat jar (Optional if you do the sticker chart. Whatever motivates your child more!)
• PATIENCE, AND PLENTY OF IT!
•a positive attitude!

We started early that morning. Brandon was home the first shift while I was at work. We chose to start cold turkey. Meaning we tossed ALL diapers out and put him in underwear. Brandon explained to Bryce that when he had to pee or poop to let us know and we could take him to the potty. This is where their favorite stuffed animal/action figure comes in. This gives the child a visual on how to use their new potty.
“Uhh ohh- Iron Man has to pee! Iron man is a big boy and he uses the big boy potty!” Now you place Iron Man (or whatever) on the donut and allow the child to see. This will motivate them in some cases, Bryce saw his favorite hero using the potty which made him want to use his more.
What we found best was to take Bryce to the potty every 15-20 minutes. Yeah, you read that right. EVERY 15-20 minutes. We constantly asked him despite what he was doing “Do you have to potty?” Even if the answer is no, when that 15-20 minutes is up you need to take them to the potty. Sit the child down and have them sit for at least 10 minutes. During this period of time you should be reading to them. Always listen. If you hear even a slight trickle of pee you should always congratulate them. We chose at first the treat jar, small pieces of candy, but soon found out the potty chart & stickers was more rewarding for him. This motivated our toddler to want to go to the potty constantly. We encouraged and hugged and high fived every time he peed. Never down play a potty experience. If it’s a long pee, short pee, tiny trickle, small deer pellet poop, or a massive nuclear poop (haha sorry for the detail) you should ALWAYS celebrate and congratulate it. Let the child know how proud you are of them!
When not on the toilet, we gave Bryce nothing but fluids and fruits. This was to help him realize the sensation of having to ‘go’. We played with toys and always watched for signs that he have to pee and poop. Example: him hiding, him crossing legs, him touching his privates or butt. We did not allow any video games or iPad access to games. This distracts the toddler way to much from the goal. We did however allow movies. But paused every 15-20 minutes for bathroom breaks.
Accidents WILL happen! When they do, NEVER scorn them. This is why we had many towels on the ground where he sat. Help them change from the dirty underwear to a clean pair, an explain to them that it is OK! Everybody has accidents and it is alright. Still always encourage them to go to the potty.
I do not encourage Pull-Ups at all. The only reason we have pull-ups in the house is for emergencies. Such as emergency runs to the store for more juice. But always explain that If they need to potty to let you know. And the moment you get home you put them back in underwear. Also, we put our little one in a pull up at night but always explained that if he had to go that he needed to tell us. He has yet to pee in a pull up.
With this method you HAVE to be on top of your game, don’t leave them alone, always be doing hands on activities with them- reading, playing with toys. Don’t do your dishes, don’t cook a huge lunch or dinner, don’t leave your child in a room alone. I mean it when I say you must dedicate this entire day to your child. At times it will get frustrating, you will want to crawl in bed as throw your hands up In defeat and slap a diaper back on the kid. Don’t! You’re child WILL get it! After all you’ve never seen a kid go to college in a diaper right? It takes patience and a good attitude and lots of encouragement. As well as a village, everybody must be willing to go on with potty training, that includes both mom and dad, any step parents, grandmas and grandpas, babysitters, brothers and sister. Everybody! & you must always be consistent.

I hope that my small tips help you out in your journey of potty training and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below. I wrote this in a hurry so it may be sloppy! :)

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