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Potty training

Evelyn just told me she needed to use the potty, then she actually did- number 1 and number 2. Hooray! That means she gets a jelly bean AND a cookie. It also means she gets to try out her new panties.

I’ve really been frustrated in my search for underwear smaller than size 2T. There are cloth diaper companies that sell training pants in the 18 month size, but they are expensive and still too big.

I’ve finally found my solution! Evelyn has a ton of bloomers/diaper covers that she doesn’t wear. With a onesie or tights under her dress, it seems superfluous. So I took an extra burp cloth, folded it, and stitched it into her bloomers. Viola! 2 minute training pants, in her size.  (Eek! My brain was broken and I forgot to give credit where credit is due when I originally posted this earlier today- here is my inspiration for this project.)

And if I didn’t already have several pairs of bloomers, this tutorial from Dana at Made works great, too. I can make several pairs in about an hour. The extra room for a diaper leaves the perfect amount of space for adding a burp cloth. Folded layers of flannel would work just as well, I’m sure.

Now, if only potty training was that easy…


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We had big plans for Evelyn’s 18 month birthday(the 25th of February).  Well, sort of.  By that, I mean we made a cake and planned on taking her picture with it.  But then life got busy and I didn’t have time to frost the cake so I put the cake in the freezer and the frosting in the fridge.  Where they remain untouched.

That night Evelyn didn’t sleep well. And then the next morning she threw up all over me as soon as I got dressed for church.  And then she spent the rest of the week with a high fever, not sleeping or eating and visiting the doctor 4 times in 3 days and being poked and probed and generally hating life.  Poor kiddo.

But now it is the weekend again and we are doing a lot better.  I called and cancelled her doctor’s appointment today.  I’m tired of watching them poke and probe and everything else.  The fever is gone, and she slept last night.  Maybe I’ll pull out the cake soon and we’ll take a picture.

But in the meantime, we are back to potty-training.  Because I want this kid to be a little better trained when her little brother arrives NEXT MONTH! Can you believe I only have a month left?  I’m so not ready.  We are working on getting a little more independence from Evelyn when it comes to going to bed, trying to get rid of the pacifier, and trying to figure out how to get her to let us know when she needs to use the potty.  I should probably also be thinking about things like “Where is this new baby going to sleep?” “What is he going to wear?” etc.  But for now, my focus is on Evelyn. Yeah, I’m silly.

Luckily, MyBlogSpark contacted me again a couple weeks ago and asked if I wanted to try out and review some training pants.  Are you kidding me? Of course I would!  I was quite skeptical of being able to use them, since they are size 2T- 3T, and Evelyn is back down under 20 lbs (thanks to her illness), and wearing size 12 month clothes. But they are great!

Let me back up, since I’m supposed to be reviewing this product and I haven’t even told you what it is.

Seventh Generation partnered up with Universal Studios’ release of Dr. Seuss’ release of The Lorax, and so now their diapers have pictures of the Lorax on them to remind parents of environmental responsibility, as well as to encourage reading.  We’re all about those things at the Flynn house, especially when it comes to Dr. Seuss (Happy Birthday to him, by the way!).  They sent me a package of Free & Clear training pants, which have an absorbent core made with more renewable, plant-based materials.  They also feature stretchy, tear away side panels for a better fit and added convenience, as well as inner leak barriers for leakage protection.

Evelyn probably isn’t quite ready for training pants- she goes potty in the potty if we ask her to, and she occasionally tells us if she needs to “go poopy,” but she never stops herself from going in her diaper and rarely initiates the idea of using the potty by herself.  But I love them, anyway.  It is so handy to just slip them on, and they hold stuff in much better than I expected, especially since they are too big for her.  I also appreciate that Seventh Generation Free & Clear baby care products do not contain chlorine, fragrance, petroleum-based lotions or latex, and all Free & Clear products are also hypo-allergenic. Evelyn has had allergy problems with diapers before.

So, will I switch her?  Probably not.  I’m too much of a penny-pincher.  Amazon currently offers these training pants for .35 each with their Subscribe & Save/Amazon Mom discount, which is a fantastic deal. However, I’m currently using Luv’s with the same deals, and their current price is .16 per diaper. She is leaking at night, however, so I appreciate the thought of switching, especially as I’m told that right now Seventh Generation is promoting their newest product, which will be introduced later this month- Overnight diapers, which profess to be absorbent enough to keep your baby and bedding dry through the night or during prolonged travel.  I think I may be giving those a try soon.

MyBlogSpark is giving me the opportunity to let you try a Seventh Generation Free & Clear baby care product, as well, along with a copy of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.  Simply leave a comment below letting me know which product you would like to try- NEW Free & Clear Overnight Diapers, Free & Clear diapers, or Free & Clear training pants.

Feel free to send any potty training advice you have for me, as well.  I need all the help I can get.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, March 6th.

*Disclosure:  While the opinions are my own, the Seventh Generation Diapers prize pack, product and information have been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.


Congratulations to winner Alissa!  The book and diapers will be on their way soon!

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Evelyn is practicing rocking a baby this morning. Don’t you love her hair?

She is going to be a great big sister. In preparation for her little brother coming in 3 months, we have decided to teach this girl some independence. Well, actually independence is being thrust upon her. We found out a week ago that I have developed an inguinal hernia, which means I won’t be able to lift or carry her for the next 3 months, until the baby is born. I’m so grateful for the help of my husband, family, and friends.

Evelyn also decided this week that now is the time to start potty training! She loves sitting on the potty, and usually goes when we set her there. We are still working on having her tell us when she needs to go, but we aren’t in any hurry. She is only 16 months old and is just starting to wear clothes in the 9-12 month sizes. I don’t think I could buy panties that small!

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Evelyn’s First Birthday

Happy Birthday Evelyn!!!

We’re so grateful for our precious baby girl, I can’t believe she is already a year old, but I also feel like I’ve known her a lifetime.

Here is a little info about where she is at right now:

Evelyn hasn’t grown much since March, but she did accomplish the milestone of passing the 16 lb mark this month (finally!). She is a whopping 16 lbs 4 oz, and she is 27 inches tall.   Her 4 month old cousin is catching up with her fast.

She loves to walk, but doesn’t attempt it without two hands to hold or a piece of furniture to lean on.  She pulls herself up onto everything, and always wants to be where her Mommy and Daddy are.

Evelyn is pretty good about sleeping through the night.  She occasionally wakes up once or twice but I’ve learned to let her cry herself back to sleep, which she does fairly quickly.  She goes to bed between 6:30 and 7:00, and wakes up 12 hours later.  If she stays up late she still wakes up before 7:00, which isn’t usually much fun.  She takes one nap during the day, usually around 11:00, and sleeps for 1-3 hours.

Over the last week she has been weaning herself from nursing and started preferring a bottle of warm milk before bed and when she wakes up.  I had hoped to breastfeed for a year, and it looks like she knew her year was ending.  Mission accomplished!  We are very grateful that her milk protein allergy is not bothering her anymore and that she made the transitions to cow’s milk so easily.

Evelyn is a little chatterbox, most of which is unintelligible, but she does have a few favorite words and phrases.  I made the mistake of saying “Who’s that?” a little too often when familiar faces entered a room, so instead of saying “Daddy” or “Aunt Liz” she more frequently says “Who’s that?” and points.  It is still pretty darn cute, but I know Steve wishes he was called “Daddy” a little more frequently.

When she sees her picture or her reflection, or another baby, she will say “Pretty baby.”  We’re not counting on any low self-esteem issues for a long time.  She seems to recognize the beauty of the earth she lives on and will frequently point at or grab other “pretty” objects and label them as such- things like flowers and bright colors.

She mouths “bye-bye” when someone leaves.  For some reason this one is said so quietly that unless she is the only noise in the room you won’t hear it, though.  She also then waves to them and blows them a kiss.

Otherwise, most of her words are parroting, and you never know when she is going to say something.  She always is quite proud of herself when she gets it right, though, and gives herself a round of applause.  Clapping is the most frequent action she gives us- she’ll do it anytime anyone says “Good job,” “clapping,” or whenever she feels like it. This includes each time she pulls herself up on something or even if she is crying.

Most recently, and to our fiercest joy, she has begun folding her arm’s each time we have a prayer.  She will frequently keep them folded the whole time, unless the prayer is too long, or she feels particularly proud of herself for folding her arms and needs to take a clapping break.

She has begun to tire of baby food (which is totally fine, except that I have a TON), and always prefers to feed herself, even with the spoon.  This results in lots of dirty hair, dirty laundry, and dirty floors, but I’m impressed with how well she manages to get the food from the bowl to her mouth.  She loves to drink from a cup or glass, but still dribbles down her front quite a lot.  She prefers a sippy cup if it has handles, and really doesn’t like the ones that don’t.

One of Evelyn’s favorite games is “In” which involves putting anything inside of anything else.  Set her on the floor with a few small objects and some canning jars and she’ll be content for some time.  She also loves “Peekaboo,” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.”  She recently began touching her head when I ask her where it is, and touching my nose or a doll’s nose when I ask where they are.  She hasn’t had much success in finding her own nose, though.  She also enjoys being outside and going for walks- although she will frequently fall asleep in her stroller.

Oh, and she also LOVES to dance, if it has a beat, she is dancing.  Even if we are walking and the cadence seems regular or chopping veggies, she’s a dancing queen.

We love our little girl and we’re excited for the next year ahead, especially as we get to see her become a big sister in April.

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Curtain dress


I made this dress out of yard sale curtains. If we’re judging on cuteness, I’m thinking she beats Scarlett O’hara by a mile.

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When is the last time you looked in a mirror and thought “Hooray! It’s me!”?

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She is Blue

I’m ready for my close-up, Mom!

Come watch Evelyn in her on-stage debut this weekend!

Evelyn will be playing the changeling child in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tonight and Friday night at A.C. Davis High School, 212 S 6th Ave in Yakima.

Both shows are at 7 pm and the cost to attend is simply a can of food to be donated to Northwest Harvest.

The show is brought to you by the Discovery Lab School players and is directed by Irene Smith, with assistant directors Haley R., Grace W., and Gabe B-S.

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