How I’m Getting My Toddler to Potty Train Herself

I know that right about now you’re probably thinking “that’s not possible”, but I assure you that it is. However, it may not be the solution that works for you, your child, or your circumstances. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the most important thing that my years as an early childhood educator taught me is that every child is different. So, feel free to try exactly what I’m doing, alter some of it, or throw it all out the window. Let’s be honest, no child will be wearing diapers forever, even though it may feel like forever when you are wanting them to be potty trained. I assure you it will happen. I have watched lots of children in their potty training process and it usually goes one of two ways. The first way is that the parent decides its time to potty train based on the age of the child or some other external circumstance. The second way is that the child decides they are ready, whether it be all on their own or by showing signs of readiness and being guided by their parent. I am a firm believer in the second route, it typically means less meltdowns, tears, and accidents. I don’t know about you, but those are the things that I would like to avoid at all costs. We started potty training because Elouise showed signs of readiness, and now she is essentially potty training herself.

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Elouise Turns Two!

We celebrated our sweet girl yesterday with some of our family and closest friends. Since E is only turning 2 she had basically no expectations, we just opened our home, turned on the bubble machine in the backyard, made sure the door to the playroom was wide open, and of course set out lots of food. I vowed that this year would be low key and fun, and I think I sort of accomplished that. So, I’m going to share a whole lot of photos and also a few tips on how to create a stress free toddler party.

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My Kind of Dinner with Hello Fresh

Okay, so let me start by saying that I actually love to cook. However, being an adult means that cooking is typically not a leisurely experience where I am trying out a new fancy recipe, wearing a cute apron, and listening to french music. Nope, like never actually. This means cooking has become a little bit more like a chore and a lot less like a hobby. I think the biggest reason why cooking isn’t as enjoyable for me is because I have to meal plan, grocery shop, and do all the cooking (luckily my amazing husband handles all the clean up). Enter my new obsession, Hello Fresh. I click a button and 3 meals are sent straight to my doorstep with everything I need to have a great dinner for my family. I can finally relax and have fun in the kitchen again and I even had the energy and patience to let Elouise be my mini sous-chef! Lucky for you I have a sweet coupon at the end of the post.

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Finally a Family of Four

I could hardly believe those words as I typed them in the title bar. Family of FOUR! It honestly is so surreal but at the same time it feels like this it’s just how life was always meant to be. Sullivan fills a void in our family that I never knew existed. The week after we got home, my sweet sister in law came and snapped some photos of us. I wanted to share them all with you here because there are so many great ones and I can’t share them all over on my Instagram. So, here they are!

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Mrs Seacannon Must-Haves: DockATot

The one thing that I was most worried about when we found out I was pregnant was loosing sleep when the new baby arrived. No, seriously, that was my biggest worry. I really, really, like my sleep, and Elouise was sleeping through the night pretty much since we brought her home from the hospital. Surely we had no chance of getting that lucky again. Then Sullivan was born and the DockATot saved our sleep.

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