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We’re Moms Too: Potty Training

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It is so hard to believe that we are at the point in our lives where our baby is using the big boy potty.  This is one of those milestones I’ve worried about hitting.  I have a brother who is ten years younger than I am and he was nearly FOUR YEARS OLD before he was officially housebroken potty trained.  I remember my mom and dad having such a stressful time over this and I dreaded it.  Likely because of that experience, we never put much emphasis on using the potty.

We purchased a potty chair and a potty watch some time ago.  We introduced him to the potty and set it up in our living room (don’t judge) and we let him run around naked quite a bit (again, don’t judge).  We know that he is encouraged to sit on the potty at school twice a day.  Outside of this, we hadn’t tried to ask him if he had to go “pee pee” nor did we suggest that he sit on his potty at home.  With no fuss and muss about the potty, one can imagine the surprise we experienced when we found him tinkling in the potty on his very own back in November.

I had just arrived home from work.  Myles was running around the house with his bare butt hanging out.  I was giving my hubby a download of my day when all of the sudden we heard, “psssssst” and looked over at our son, sitting on the potty and peeing!  I literally jumped up and down like I was the next contestant on The Price is Right.  I was so excited and got weepy…over pee pee.  We gave high fives to Myles, high fives to each other, took pictures and gave him chocolate.  We made this a very big deal because it WAS a very big deal.

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Those of you who have followed our journey know that many of our milestones haven’t been easy, so I feel I’ve earned the right to brag about my awesome boy who potty trained himself.  He is now working on pooing in the potty (which has been moved to the bathroom) and aside from the one accident he had on the floor (that hubby stepped in) that is going great as well.

The irony of what gets me excited now that I’m a Mom is not lost on me.  I just want to bottle up all of these amazing little moments and savor every last one in every way possible.

Tena and her best friend (and hubby) had their first child in July, 2011. Their little guy has a congenital heart defect and he is one tough little cookie; don’t ever think about calling him sick though – “his plumbing is just different.” Tena is an animal loving vegetarian and is excited to teach her son about compassion and the importance of volunteer work. She secretly hopes her son will be left handed like his momma. She is the Online Marketing Director for Step2.

We’re Moms Too: Planning Our First Birthday Party

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Written by Tena

We are in the process of planning our first birthday party for our son Myles; not to be confused with planning a birthday party for his first birthday.  Confused?  Probably not half as confused as I typically am with planning events!

There are those of us who enjoy entertaining; making food for large groups of people and getting family and friends together for celebrations.  Then, there are people like me.  I have anxiety about planning events; specifically around planning events at my house.  Is it too dusty?  Is there cat hair on the couch? Does anyone have dietary restrictions?   Will my childhood friends get along with my mommy friends?  Will my family embarrass me in front of my co-workers? How much food is enough?  How many variations of beverages should I offer?  The list is endless  as to what I will find to stress out about so it should come as no surprise that I am not a fan of entertaining.

Because of this irrational fear (logically I know it is irrational) it is no wonder I skipped on having a bash for my son’s first birthday.  Last year, I wanted his birthday to be low key and with immediate family.  I wanted to enjoy every single second of his day and not stress about it in the least.  That didn’t happen.  We had other, unforeseen circumstances that I ended up stressing about.  Stressing is part of who I am and while I’m hoping that I will outgrow it (maybe when I’m in my 40’s or 50’s) for now, I have decided to embrace it.  That decision has led me to planning a party for Myles’ second birthday.

Much to my surprise, I am actually having some fun planning this event.  I’ve found small ways to manage my stress level; like having the party two weeks after his actual birthday so that we can still have a nice family celebration together.  Additionally, I am having the party at a park instead of at my house.  I planned the party for the middle of the afternoon to avoid a typical “meal time” and have also strategically planned around his nap schedule.  I am making Mac N’ Cheese (his favorite food) and serving it in martini glasses and offering some grown up topping options (like bacon, tomatoes, and onions).  The party theme is Monsters, Inc. (ever since we’ve introduced him to Movie and Pizza Night, it has been Monsters, Inc. every Friday night).  I am serving cake balls (cake pops without the stick because I find the sticks too difficult) and Sprite with colored ice cubes to drink or water.

For activities, I am not planning anything too grand.  Myles enjoys dancing so we have rented a speaker to hook up to the iPad and will be downloading kidz bop volumes 20 – 23 to our iTunes account.  Since we are having it at a park, the kids can also play on the swing sets and I may decide to bring over a few Step2 toys that we gave him as birthday presents.  I am actually excited for the party and hoping it will be a huge success.

When we celebrated on his actual birthday this past Sunday, I told him that I wanted to make a wish too.  My wish for him is that every birthday he has is better than the last; whatever that means to him.  I am confident that I can help that to come true by becoming less of a basket case with each passing year, or at least finding ways to manage around it.

What is your wish for your children?

 

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Tena and her best friend (and hubby) had their first child in July, 2011. Their little guy has a congenital heart defect and he is one tough little cookie; don’t ever think about calling him sick though – “his plumbing is just different.” Tena is an animal loving vegetarian and is excited to teach her son about compassion and the importance of volunteer work. She secretly hopes her son will be left handed like his momma. She is the Online Marketing Director for Step2.

The Potty Watch and the Power of Social Networking

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Written by Tena

While taking a quick glance through my personal Facebook page earlier in the week, I passed over a post that caught my attention.

The post was a picture of an adorable little boy who is the son of a good friend of mine from high school.  He looked about my son’s age and the post was:

“Potty chair, check.  Big boy under pants, check.  Potty watch, check.”

I did a double take of the post.  Until that moment, I had never heard of a potty watch, and I needed to learn more about it.

I commented to the post, “What is a potty watch?” and realized (moments after posting) that I didn’t have time to wait for her answer.  I needed to find out for myself.  I went to Amazon and searched for “potty watch”.  I read several reviews and the product description.  A few minutes and $10 later, I had a potty watch on its way to our home.

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Since then, I’ve been telling others about the potty watch and I don’t even own it yet.  I’m just so excited by the concept that I cannot keep my mouth shut.

Because of my role here at Step2 I am always reading up on the power of social word of mouth and have seen it from the business side happen quite often.  This was my first conscious experience of being influenced, socially, to purchase a product sight unseen.  Now, I cannot stop my mind from wandering and pondering and I want to know more!

What products have you purchased for you, your children, or your family that you’ve made as a result of word of mouth?  Have they lived up to your expectations?  What would you recommend that others buy?

Here are my list of products that I would recommend to any and everyone:

  • Clairisonic Mini
  • Benefits Lip & Cheek Stain
  • Nap Nanny
  • Doc Brown’s baby bottles
  • Wen 613 Shampoo
  • Up & Down Roller Coaster
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Chicken and turkey flavored baby food in place of kitty treats
  • Anything made by Gardein’
  • Sand Puff

The jury is still out on the power of the potty watch for me.  It shipped out yesterday and is due to arrive today.  I clearly was so excited that I inadvertently ordered a pink version for my son, but I’m certain he won’t mind.

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About Tena

Tena and her best friend (and hubby) had their first child in July, 2011. Their little guy has a congenital heart defect and he is one tough little cookie; don’t ever think about calling him sick though – “his plumbing is just different.” Tena is an animal loving vegetarian and is excited to teach her son about compassion and the importance of volunteer work. She secretly hopes her son will be left handed like his momma. She is the Online Marketing Director for Step2.

We’re Moms Too is Back with a New Contributor

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Last March, we began a weekly feature on the Step2 blog called We’re Moms Too. Each Monday, 1 of 6 moms who work at Step2 gave you a look into their personal life as a mom and/or grandma. During the holidays, we took a short hiatus from We’re Moms Too, but we are now back with more fun (and funny) stories of parenthood.

Joining We’re Moms Too for the second year is Ashley, Sara, and Tena. Ashley, Social Media Manager, went from mom-to-be in 2012 to a new mom of a 6-month-old baby girl. Sara, a Sr. Product Manager who is the mother of two young boys, has many more stories to share of their get dirty, wild and crazy play times this year.  Tena, Online Marketing Director, is enjoying the changes from having an infant to a now rambunctious toddler running around!

We are excited to welcome Meghan, Communication and Licensing Director, to We’re Moms Too in 2013. Meghan is a mom to three little girls, all under the age of 5, who are best friends and worst enemies at the same time. Meghan, married to her husband of 8 years, loves to travel, try new foods, and has recently become a big fan of Downtown Abby. It’s a real treat when she and husband get a babysitter and over-order at their favorite sushi restaurant.

Beginning next Monday, We’re Moms Too will be moving from a weekly feature to a monthly feature on the Step2 Blog. Follow these four moms the first Monday of each month as they navigate dirty diapers, battle the terrible twos, kiss boo boos, and boast about their love for being moms.

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Never Say Never

We did it. We traded in our mid-sized vehicle for a van. A van that seats 7 people comfortably! I think I swore to the powers that be that I would never purchase a van. I would never be the parent who lets their house turn into a huge toy room. I would never adjust our daily life for our children; they would have to fit into our schedule.

Even as I write that, the Mommy in me wants to laugh at myself for even having those thoughts. Yes, I am sure that there are some of you out there who have been able to achieve this, and my breast pump is tipped to you. For those mere mortals, like me, who find it easier (and even empowering) to just roll with the path of least resistance, can I get a “H.E. double hockey sticks yeah?!?!”
If I were able to have a conversation with my LBK self (live before kids) I imagine it would go something like this.

LBK Tena – “Wow, you bought a van. I thought you were way to cool for that. Aren’t you embarrassed driving around in such a huge soccer mom mobile?”

Now Self – “My van rocks – we have enough cup holds for water, pop, energy drinks and bottles! Milk wipes so easily off of the leather interior and the dual climate control for the second row of seating keeps everyone comfortable and happy. You should envy this van.”
LBK Tena – “You sure do have a lot of toys for Myles.”

Now Self – “It may look like he has a lot of toys but they are just strategically placed throughout the house. The box in the kitchen, those are the toys that distract Myles while he is eating. He loves to figure things out and I can get him to eat a full container of yogurt in about 2 minutes while he is pulling the hippo out of the ball that we shoved into that box. We are creative. Aren’t you impressed with my creativity?”

LBK Tena – “I cannot imagine why you are always late.”

Now Self – “You should be amazed that I made it at all. Myles slept in 30 minutes longer than normal and that threw the entire day off. We had to put his shoes on about 3 times before he actually kept them on and I had to make four trips back into the house because I forgot things that we needed. You try getting ready 2 hours before you leave to ensure you make it out the door and still show up with a pony tail for your hair do.”

Before having a family I only thought of all of things I would have to give up; my car, my time, my space, my life. The truth is that I have so much more now it doesn’t feel like I’ve given anything up. Don’t get me wrong, some days I miss staying in bed as long as I want, making dinner plans hours in advance instead of weeks in advance, or having walls that don’t need to be scrubbed every day from flying food. The reality is I wouldn’t trade one minute of my life now for one second of my LBK.

So, for all of you who rock your swagger wagon, adore your messy toy filled house, and are impressed by your ability to put a little mascara and lip gloss on and make it out the door with your child fed, napped, bathed and clothes, this clip is for you (it’s an oldie but a goodie).

About Tena

Tena and her best friend (and hubby) had their first child in July, 2011. Their little guy has a congenital heart defect and he is one tough little cookie; don’t ever think about calling him sick though – “his plumbing is just different.” Tena is an animal loving vegetarian and is excited to teach her son about compassion and the importance of volunteer work. She secretly hopes her son will be left handed like his momma. She is the Online Marketing Director for Step2.

Celebrating Milestones with Music

Written by Tena

Throughout my life my family has chosen to celebrate milestone events with music.  The technology used to serve up the music has changed through the years but I will always hold on to my tapes and CD’s that have been made with songs like, “Independent Women” and “I Hope You Dance.”

This tradition combined with my little guy’s love of music, it should be no surprise that I have made several play lists for him already.  What is surprising is the diversity in genres that we seem to come up with and how many songs I’ve heard over and over again that have so much more meaning now that I have my special boy.

I’m always looking for song ideas to inspire a slide show or a play list so I’m hopeful that by sharing my favorites, you will share some of your favorites with me.  Thanks YouTube for having all of these available!

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Glee Cast Version; obvious song choice but I really like this version
Amazed – Lonestar
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Fix You – Coldplay
We Found Love in a Hopeless Place – Rihanna; applicable to any parents out there who have spent a lot of time in the hospital with their precious baby
All of Me – Matt Hammitt
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars; we adjust the words to “his eyes”, “he’s so beautiful”, etc.
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Made for Each Other – Emilie Mover
Good Life – OneRepublic

I’m looking forward to some of your suggestions and hopefully I’ll be able to borrow a few!

About Tena

Tena and her best friend (and hubby) had their first child in July, 2011.  Their little guy has a congenital heart defect and he is one tough little cookie; don’t ever think about calling him sick though – “his plumbing is just different.” Tena is an animal loving vegetarian and is excited to teach her son about compassion and the importance of volunteer work.  She secretly hopes her son will be left handed like his momma. She is the Online Marketing Director for Step2.

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