potty training

We started potty training 3 last month. We did the 3-day potty training idea where we had him sit on the potty every 30-45-60 minutes and see how it goes. He seemed to figure out the potty training piece pretty quickly and I think it was more out of his own frustration than anything.

I’m not sure if there are other parents on here who have children with swallowing disorders. 3 has several health issues but one of them requires a thickening agent to drink. We are wondering if the thickened liquids take longer to process and work their way through his little body. He drinks a lot and still only goes to the bathroom every three hours or so. He’s been consistent with this from the start of his training.

Our experience with him has been largely great; but not completely. We went through a 2-day period where he had some spite peeing while with my husband. He didn’t seem to enjoy having to clean himself up afterwards, though, so that ended pretty quickly, fortunately.

Night-time potty training is a whole other experience. We are still doing diapers at night. First, we tried waking him every 3-4 hours through the night which turned into a nightmare for us because nobody was getting any sleep. After a few days of realizing that just wasn’t going to work, we changed things around. 3 goes to bed at 7:30PM; at 9:30PM, we get him up and put him on the toilet and then put him in a diaper. He’s half asleep at this time, so he doesn’t really know what’s going on but he’s been going, which is great. My husband gets up for work at 5:45AM and gets 3 up, puts him on the toilet, and then gets him dressed in underwear and puts him back in bed until 7AM when his get-out-of-bed clock lights up.

This is a strategy that’s worked for us. Aside from the spite pee incidents, he’s been doing great through the day and even the 9:30/5:45 toilet trips, which is great. I am flying solo with him over my spring break, so I’m hopeful that he can keep it up on the flight and we can stay dry on our trip from Boston to Pittsburgh!


breakfast scramble

I do not claim to be a wonderful food blogger by any means: I rarely have my phone around when food is involved, so I am always forgetting to photograph meals. When I do take pictures, they’re not particularly beautiful. I remembered to snap a few pictures as I made this breakfast scramble — it’s something I’ve been eating to fuel my body when I feel I have a big day ahead or if I’m just feeling leisurely in the morning.

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: ~10 minutes

Cooking spray (optional)
4-5 slices Canadian bacon (Trader Joe’s) — the meat can be anything; I’ve used WF 365
breakfast sausage as well (4 links)
1-1.5c fresh spinach
2 eggs
1-2T almond milk
Trader Joe’s Everything but the seasoning
2 Campari tomatoes
2T jalapeños (I used pickled ones)


Whisk eggs, almond milk, and TJ’s Everything seasoning in a bowl; set aside. Chop tomatoes and jalapeños if desired; set aside.


Spray pan (if needed), cook ham/meat.
Once the meat browns, add the spinach and let it cook down.
Add the eggs; scramble.
As the eggs start to cook, add the tomatoes and jalapeños.
Finish cooking eggs to your liking; plate.
I rounded out my breakfast with two kiwi and about 1/3c of blueberries.


I used MyFitnessPal to figure out the nutrition breakdown for this (including the kiwi and berries) *based on 2000kcal diet:

Calories: 432
Protein: 32g
Calcium: 16%
Carbs: 49g
Fiber: 7g
Fat: 14g

feb reflections & march goals

I re-read my post: jan reflections & feb goals. Basically, the only thing that I was able to keep was practicing yoga at the studio and eating in a way that largely works with my body. I did not get around to starting The Grace of Enough, largely because I’ve had to read three novels and a slew of short stories to plan for the semester. Sadly, reading for pleasure is probably on a hiatus until spring break.

My spring break is in the middle of the month this semester. I am taking 3 to visit my parents during the week and am hoping to read my book, visit a local coffee shop for a lavender tea latte, and indulge in a doughnut from my favorite gem of a shop and/or some chili-cheese fries and a cheeseburger from a local dive (they’re amazing). I also want to head to a local chocolate shop and pick up a few things for Easter for the kids and us, and take 3 to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. It’s a great place and I’ve not been since 10 and 12 were much younger.

I am planning to continue with yoga and as I mentioned in my last post, I’d like to try some different classes as well. I also would like to start trying to practice 4-5x a week instead of three times with consistency. I’d also like to reintegrate weight training and a day of cardio, even if it’s just taking walks regularly or the elliptical for 10 minutes. I enjoy being active but with the weather and the winter blues, I’m not moving around through the day nearly as much as I should or as I’d like. I think this will pick up naturally once there’s no snow on the ground and the weather is better, but for now, I need to make a more deliberate effort.

As for my food/weight goals — well, I am pleased with the progress from February. I cut down on grains but still ate them; I never felt deprived or hungry; and I seem to be falling into a routine that works better for my body but only has changed slightly from how I’m used to eating. I am noticing inflammation more easily, so that’s something I want to keep my eye on more as March progresses. For the month of February, I’ve lost around 4lbs and a total of 6.75 inches (mostly from my waist and hips). I am pleased with this because it’s a slight transformation but I definitely see change. I don’t have any specific goals around this for March — just keep doing what I’m doing and be mindful of planning meals that best fit the needs of my body.

I look forward to reflecting at the end of March and seeing what progress I’ve made!


meals, march 1-7

Last weekend, my husband went to the store and bought a bunch of chicken and vegetables and we made several freezer bags with various sauces to use for lunches and dinners on the nights I have class/yoga. We’ve been trying to figure out how to simplify things so that we aren’t feeling stretched so thinly; we’ll see how this all goes.

We are back to integrating grains into our diets — this weekend, I plan to do oatmeal for breakfast Saturday before yoga. My husband and the kids will do a combo of overnight oats and chia pudding (True Roots, P 8-9). On Sunday morning, we are going to use the leftover zucchini bread from True Roots and make french toast (P17).

12 has musical practice that runs late Friday-Wednesday. Thursday is the opening night. We’ve planned a nice weekend of family meals because we won’t get any full-family meals in during the week until Wednesday (and possibly not even then).

Friday — Leftover meatballs and sausage from the freezer with lentil pasta. I will likely grab a salad of sorts after yoga.

Saturday — Chrissy Teigan’s Scalloped Potatoes; they’re amazing! (Cravings, P94)

Sunday — We are meeting a friend around 4PM for ice cream and will just have leftover potatoes for dinner afterwards.

Monday — I have class; husband and the kids will have crockpot chili when they get home. I’ll probably take some roasted vegetables for dinner and have a smoothie when I get home at night. I’m likely to stop for lunch after yoga.

Tuesday — Another crockpot meal (chicken tacos — super simple, chicken breast, salsa, taco seasoning, chicken broth, black beans, and peppers) for my husband and the kids while I’m off at yoga. Usually, I get to at least chat with them for a while before heading to class but probably not this week because of dress rehearsal.

Wednesday — Family dinner night! I’m going to make a butternut squash soup with prosciutto crisps (Cravings, P48)

Thursday — Date night! We are heading to see 12’s on-stage debut and will likely stop at SweetGreen on our way home afterwards. I’m making quinoa pasta, pesto, Italian chicken sausage, and spinach for the kids. I’ll send 12 with this for school, so she can eat before the show and and the other two will eat with the sitter.

Friday — We didn’t make EWYL’s pizza crust (P265) this past week, so we are going to make it next Friday, complete with fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, Rao’s pizza sauce, and artichokes (maybe some spinach if we have some leftover).

For weekday breakfasts, my husband is planning on oatmeal and boiled eggs; the kids are going to have cereal bars (Cheerios, protein powder, honey, and chocolate chips), breakfast sausage, and fruit. I’ll probably make eggs — the other day, I made eggs with chicken sausage, spinach, tomatoes, and jalapeños — they were so good!

For weekday lunches, my husband and the older two will take crockpot meals. As I mentioned above, we made several, so they’ll pick out which one they want to make first. I figure two freezer bags/meals will get them all through the week. I plan on eating mostly roasted vegetables because that’s seemed to serve my body well. I also made Chrissy Teigan’s carrot soup (Cravings… Hungry for More, P55) with dinner Wednesday — holy moly, it was amazing! It came out to be a beautiful color and was really rich in flavor. I will likely make a batch for my lunches this week!

What are your meals for the week?