As y'all know I have a three year old. I am a huge fan of the 3 day potty training method by Lori Jenson. I had my 5 year old "trained" in 2.5 days when SHE was three, so I know it will work. The only thing is that it is a pretty intense 3 days. You and your partner (or care provider) have to buckle down for a few days for potty boot camp. It is intense, and exhausting, but super worth it.
So, back to my new 3 year old. I had planned on finishing with the diapers that I had just bought at Disneyworld, er, Costco before beginning the "training". About 4 days ago, my husband says "hey, we need diapers, I am going to stop and get some" and I said "Nooooooooo, don't. I'm waiting for these to finish so that I can start with Saylor". He said "oh, great idea, ok".
So, well, life gets fast and there are oversights here and there of course, there are also unanticipated things that come up, right? right.
Cue in last night....................
We are sorta yelling to each other because Michael is downstairs and I'm upstairs, playing Jenga or something.
Michael- Are there any diapers up there?
Me- No, none up here. Why?
Michael- Well, I need one for Saylor.
Me- Oh shoot, I forgot that we were going to start after these diapers were gone. Check the school bag.
Michael- checked, there aren't any in there. I'll just go get some.
Me- *while balancing my tower* No, no! I'm going to train her soon. Just, check the car.
Michael-not in the trunk, babe.
Me- Glove compartment (well, I'm in Texas, so "gun compartment")?
Me-oh my gosh. What do we do???????
MacGyver-Don't worry guys. I've got it.......
It was all we had. Her sister's panty and one of my sanitary napkins. I adhered it to the underwear and let it flap its wings. Michael was in disbelief. I think he thought I was pre. tty. cool. Saylor was laughing when I put it on her, but she still wore it throughout the night! I love what a cool cat she is. The best part is that it actually worked!
I mean isn't that what a diaper is? A sanitary napkin shaped underwear?
So, here I am sharing this information with the blogosphere. If I can help just one parent, then I've done my job.
Anyhow, needless to say, we did it once more when we changed her this morning, but Michael ended up going to buy a small pack to get us to the weekend.
So, we've basically become experts at doing things efficiently and trying to maximize our outings/events. Almost every place I go to doubles as something else and you get to get more done in less time than it would take you to go to each place individually.
Get gift cards at grocery stores, get gas at the car wash, eat dinner at the movies, cook a meal (in the crock pot) while you leave your house, or renting a movie at the redbox while you wait for your prescriptions. I sometimes sing "trans. formers.....more than meets the eye" in my head.
All we're doing is attempting to save time and multitask, right?. Some say multitasking is actually a misnomer. Your brain hasn’t evolved to deal with consciously processing multiple streams of data, such as listening to someone talk on the phone while you check your email and try also to keep one ear open for tidbits of an interesting conversation nearby. What we call multitasking is actually a process of switching attention rapidly among a number of different activities.
Confirming this finding is an experiment where subjects were asked either to check their email and then write a report — the tasks performed sequentially — or to do both tasks at the same time. The multitaskers took one and a half times as long in total than those people who did one task and then another.
Anyhow, back to my anecdote.
So, my hair is stick straight. Obnoxiously so. When I realized (years ago) that my blow dryer was doing nothing other than blowing hot air onto my hair while I ran my fingers through it I immediately thought of "blow drying" my hair....................................using the heater in the car! I know, you're aghast, but, IT WORKS. I do this so much and am so successful with it, that my daughter's both know that this is what I do. They anticipate it when I get into the car with my damp hair and my 5 year old begs me to open up a window for them to "breathe fresh air".
Well the other morning, I was using the trusty heater to dry my hair and I was at a red light (which is when I really give it volume by drying it upside down and where I get my longest stares) and Saylor was in the back seat.
Conversation went like this.............
Saylor- "momma hair"
Me- "yes, momma's drying her hair"
Saylor-"no, momma, hair, ugh"
Me- "yes, doesn't momma look crazy drying her hair?"
Saylor- "Momma! (I swear her face looked like she wanted to say Yo, Bitch!) Hair in my mouth! Momma's hair,in my mouth! Look! "
I reach back to her and grab this long ass, brown hair that had already wrapped around her tongue, from her mouth. I actually had to stop the car and help her remove the hair from her throat.
"is this what you do all day" I have been asked, and I have to say "why, no of course not". (roll eyes and try to think of what exactly it is I do all day if it isn't kid or cuteness related). All new to the mom thing and to the blogging thing so I decided to merge them together as seamlessly as possible. Mother of two chicas and wife to an incredible hombre. Got a toddler's eye view of the world and lol'ing my way through it. I am a Stay At Home Psychotherapist and Cheesecake maker. Both exceptionally similar to me :) I travel extensively (mentally) and even have frequent flier miles to prove it.