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Little Monkey Mischief

We’re one month away from the girls turning 4 years old and we have to finally admit that they are not babies any longer.

My back, of course, has insisted upon this fact for quite awhile – our girls are quite hefty now and I can barely carry them.  Unfortunately, the girls are quite put out at losing this particular service – they had gotten into the habit of demanding to be carried from room to room like little princesses – and heaven only knows how I even got suckered into doing that in the first place!

Halle gets up a couple of times each night to use the potty (howling loud as the hound of the Baskervilles as she does so), Zanna still sleeps like a little rock all night long – we’re at a loss as to how we’ll get her nighttime pottytrained.

Both the girls are becoming quite good at playing with babies – very gentle – and love to play with other children in the neighborhood.

And the girls are coming up with evermore creative ways of making their own fun.

This morning they pulled all the stuffing out of a sofa cushion, spread it ALL over the living room floor, then came and got me.

“LOOK!!” they exclaimed gleefully and proudly, “It SNOWED!!”

Oy vey.

Actually, it feels more like –

Oy. Freakin’. Vey.

And last night, lest I celebrate too heartily that I FINALLY got them to eat mashed potatoes after a years long campaign, they then set about packing as much of the smashed spuds as they could onto their fingers and waving them gaily about, “Look Mama! ICE CREAM!!”

Thunk.  Thunk.  (Can you hear me thunking my head on the table over here?)

Oh well.  At least it’s better than the mama with the kid who spreads excreted digestive by-product around.

Can you tell I’m a bit tired?

Must be all that noise keeping me up at night – Halle’s got the lung capacity and decibels of an air-raid siren as she caterwauls her way through the nightly potty trips.

 

A Break in the Clouds…

Lately, the CIA-torture level of sleep-deprivation we’ve been suffering, courtesy of my older twin, Halle, has really been getting to us.

Every night, when her full bladder wakes her up to go potty, she had decided that EVERYONE – in the entire apartment building – must wake up as well!

Then, wailing all the while, we lead her to the potty, she does her business, and goes wailing back to bed – where she insists that she be entertained before resuming sleep.

Mama and Dada, however, are barely functioning at 3am, and are loathe to put on a performace worthy of Barnum, Bailey & Ringling Bros. at their finest.

We tried talking to her, we tried begging her, she was unmoved by our tears, and she WOULD NOT BE QUIET.

Then we started using the Potty Tots Training Kit and noticed a quick and definite change in how she went to potty in the daytime – instead of a wild orangutan baby on a rampage, she began to resemble a small child using the potty!

Emboldened by this, my husband and I got a travel potty set up in the hallway and explained to the girls that this was for use when Mama and Dada were busy or sleeping.  (Still not wanting to tempt fate by giving the twins unsupervised access to the bathroom.)

The girls seemed ok with this, and after an unfortunate setback involving the tissue box we had set there for their use, things seemed to be working well.  They used the hallway potty without problems.

So we kept explaining to them that at night, when Mama and Dada are asleep, they must be good QUIET little girls and use the potty all by themselves and then GO BACK TO SLEEP.

Nice in theory.

Our upstairs neighbor, who has a small child of her own, even casually commented that they could hear Halle’s shrieks at 3am, then chuckled nervously that she understood there wasn’t much anyone could do until the kids grew up.

We amped up our campaign to get a Quiet Halle at night.  I told her amusing stories about children who made Too Much Noise, and the Fate That Befell Them, but it didn’t make much of a dent.

Finally, as a last resort, I took to begging God desperately, during the twins’ bedtime prayers, to have the girls be quiet at night and use the potty like big girls.

Prayer works.

We have officially received Divine Intervention here!

Last night, Halle was so quiet!!

She woke up quietly, used the potty quietly while reciting the steps from the Potty Tots wall chart, quietly woke up my husband to ask for replacement panties, and when he collapsed in an exhausted heap on the carpet afterwards, quietly insisted that he get “back in bed with Mama!”

We praised her mightily!

In fact, she was so tickled and proud of her self, that she insisted upon kissing Mama and Dada goodnight and hugging us and practically tucking us into our bed!

Then she proceeded to prance around the hall anouncing loudly what a good girl, what a BIG girl she was, to go potty all by herself without being loud!

By that time, we were all awake (6:45am) so she insisted that breakfast be served, as she couldn’t “sleep with an empty tummy.”

Still, it was LOADS quieter than her usual ‘breaking the sound barrier’ levels!

So we’re pretty happy here, and things bode well for our future sleep!

Huzzah!  Huzzah!  HUZZAH!!

🙂

 

Giveaway/Review – Potty Tots Training Kit – ENDED

 

Recently, I won a giveaway at a twitter party.  I was told I had won a “Potty Tots Training Kit for Girls”. At first, I thought that would be rather useless, as we were already (sorta) advanced (wishful thinking) in the potty business.  But I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try – maybe we could learn a few new tricks.  (I just hoped it was better than the “Once Upon A Potty” series that shows the little girl putting the potty ON HER HEAD!  Trust me, my girls do not need encouragement to do annoying things like that!)

So about a week later, I got the Potty Tots training kit in the mail.  They have an online component that the kids can meet the Tots online and learn about them, and I checked it out – it did look interesting – but I don’t usually let my kids use the computer at home.

There was a Potty Tots storybook, a DVD, a Potty Chart, and a Potty Game.

The girls demanded to see the DVD right away.  We popped it in and they were riveted!  They wiggled and danced around during the two extra bonus Potty Tots Music Videos.

Next, they demanded I read them the storybook – they loved it!  They insisted that I tell them each Potty Tot’s name, which they repeated until they could name them all!  Zanna seems to like Leilani most, and Halle seems to like Shamika most.

Then the girls demanded to go potty.

We trooped in to our bathroom, where I had already set up the Potty Chart and Potty Game. I was floored when my girls started pointing and following along with the steps on the Potty Chart!  I didn’t even have to chase them around the bathroom first or pull them away from the sink or tub!

They got their pants down, sat down and did their business without long drawn-out dawdling, then they carefully counted out the appropriate amount of toilet paper – “!!!!!” (I was shocked at this point, because usually I have to wrestle them for control of the toilet paper before they waste half the roll!) then they wiped, hopped off, got clothes back in place, flushed (and didn’t try to swish their hands in the toilet!!!) and then went over to the sink to wash hands – with soap! – and they DIDN’T EVEN SPLASH!!!

Then, triumphantly, they went over to the Potty Game and advanced their marker to the next position.  Then they simply exited the bathroom and went on playing!

Instead of 20 minutes of toilet torture for me, everything was over and done with in less than 5 minutes!

O.M.G.!!!!

They’ve even been managing this consistantly for a week now, so I’m actually thinking of setting out a portable potty in the hallway for Halle to use by herself at night!  I think that thanks to the Potty Tots, she might be ready for this next big step! (And my husband and I might actually get some sleep at night!)

You can buy the Boy or Girl version of the Potty Tots Training Kit at the Potty Tots website for $19.95 USD.*

And here’s a discount code good until 6/30/11 that I caught off of Potty Tots’ Twitter:

“RT Get 25% off Potty Tots Potty Training kit! Use code PottyTotsMNO25 http://www.pottytots.com Hurry offer expires 6/30/11 #pottytraining”

* I received no compensation for this review, and it is my own honest opinion.  The product I received was a prize at a party and was not in exchange for this review.

5/31/11

Potty Tots just got in touch with me and were very impressed with my review of the Potty Tots Training Kit – and they generously offered to do a giveaway for Twice Blessed Life readers!

The winner will have their choice of 1 Boy or Girl Potty Tots Training Kit!!

(Retail Value: $19.95)

The giveaway will run from 6/1 – 6/21 10pm EST.  USA Residents Only* (*Alaska & Hawaii residents excluded).  Prize will be shipped directly to the winner for free.  Winner will be chosen via Random.org, notified and have 48 hours to confirm and respond to notification email.  If winner does not respond within 48 hrs of notification email being sent, runner up will be chosen.

How to enter:

Leave a comment below with each entry. If something says “2 entries” then leave 2 separate comments for that action.

ex: posting the giveaway on twitter – 2 entries….

Here is what your comments should look like:
1) posted giveaway on twitter http://twitter.com/………  entry 1
2) posted giveaway on twitter http://twitter.com/………  entry 2

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  • Mandatory Entry: Visit Potty Tots and leave a comment below with your (or your child’s) favorite Potty Tot and your email (You can find a picture with all the Tots in the “Meet the Tots” section.) — (1 entry)

Additional Entries (won’t count unless Mandatory Entry above is completed.)

  • 2 entries-Click to “Like” Potty Tots Facebook page, and let them know Twice Blessed Life sent you, and leave a comment below that you did so.

  • 2 entries-Tweet about this giveaway on twitter, and comment below with the status link for the tweet.   (Can tweet once per day. )

You can use this for the tweet:

Via @twiceblessdlife – #Win #PottyTraining #Giveaway – Potty Tots Training Kit for Boy or Girl Ends 6/21 http://twiceblessedlife.com/?p=678

  • 2 entries-Post about this giveaway on Facebook, with a comment below including the post link.  (Can be done once per day.)

You can use this for your Facebook post:

Giveaway at “Twice Blessed Life – Raising Twins Heartistically!” – Potty Tots Training Kit for Boy or Girl – Ends 6/21 – http://twiceblessedlife.com/?p=678

There!  That should be enough ways to enter to give everyone a fighting chance!  Good Luck!  And may your nights be dry ones! :)

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Potty Tots To the Rescue!

Those of you who’ve been reading along for the past couple of years have been treated to a ring-side seat for our amazing Potty Adventure!

I’m sure that you all feel appropriately honored by this 🙂

For those of you who are just now joining our non-stop whirligig of fun – a recap:

The twins, at two years old, while giving all the signs of being “potty ready”, were nonetheless still interacting with their potties as though they were wild orangutan babies – though thankfully without the throwing of excrement.

At three years of age, their nursery school teachers – Miss Amy & Miss Rhonda – were of IMMEASURABLE help to us in getting the twins steadily going to the potty during the daytime – but at home, potty-going was still an ordeal of epic proportions. Halle would gleefully run around piddling little puddles while my husband and I would be desperately mopping up after her, and Zanna would refuse to admit she had to use the potty until the countdown was T-minus 1 second and counting!  We were hard pressed to find a clean dry pair of pants for her by the end of the day!

Now, at nearly 4 years of age, the girls hardly ever wet their pants, Halle no longer creates her own fun with wee-wee, and will even wake everyone up several times a night so she can use the potty. We had reached a plateau:  not quite ready to let the girls use the potty on their own unsupervised at night (they still exhibited the alarming signs of orangutan-hood in the bathroom), and our last nerves were being frazzled everytime a daytime trip to the potty was due.

Then I won a giveaway at a twitter party.  I was told I had won a “Potty Tots Training Kit for Girls”. At first, I thought that would be rather useless, as we were already (sorta) advanced (wishful thinking) in the potty business.  But I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try – maybe we could learn a few new tricks.  (I just hoped it was better than the “Once Upon A Potty” series that shows the little girl putting the potty ON HER HEAD!  Trust me, my girls do not need encouragement to do annoying things like that!)

So about a week later, I got the Potty Tots training kit in the mail.  They have an online component that the kids can meet the Tots online and learn about them, and I checked it out – it did look interesting – but I don’t usually let my kids use the computer at home.

There was a Potty Tots storybook, a DVD, a Potty Chart, and a Potty Game.

The girls demanded to see the DVD right away.  We popped it in and they were riveted!  They wiggled and danced around during the two extra bonus Potty Tots Music Videos.

Next, they demanded I read them the storybook – they loved it!  They insisted that I tell them each Potty Tot’s name, which they repeated until they could name them all!  Zanna seems to like Leilani most, and Halle seems to like Shamika most.

Then the girls demanded to go potty.

We trooped in to our bathroom, where I had already set up the Potty Chart and Potty Game. I was floored when my girls started pointing and following along with the steps on the Potty Chart!  I didn’t even have to chase them around the bathroom first or pull them away from the sink or tub!

They got their pants down, sat down and did their business without long drawn-out dawdling, then they carefully counted out the appropriate amount of toilet paper – “!!!!!” (I was shocked at this point, because usually I have to wrestle them for control of the toilet paper before they waste half the roll!) then they wiped, hopped off, got clothes back in place, flushed (and didn’t try to swish their hands in the toilet!!!) and then went over to the sink to wash hands – with soap! – and they DIDN’T EVEN SPLASH!!!

Then, triumphantly, they went over to the Potty Game and advanced their marker to the next position.  Then they simply exited the bathroom and went on playing!

Instead of 20 minutes of toilet torture for me, everything was over and done with in less than 5 minutes!

O.M.G.!!!!

They’ve even been managing this consistantly for a week now, so I’m actually thinking of setting out a portable potty in the hallway for Halle to use by herself at night!  I think that thanks to the Potty Tots, she might be ready for this next big step! (And my husband and I might actually get some sleep at night!)

You can buy the Boy or Girl version of the Potty Tots Training Kit at the Potty Tots website for $19.95 USD.*

* I received no compensation for this review, and it is my own honest opinion.  The product I received was a prize at a party and was not in exchange for this review.

 

 

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