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Rudy Said, “You Don’t Have To”

16 Feb


Ok, back to potty training.

After posting Lemon Pound Cake and explaining about my adventure in potty training, I have received much more realistic and welcomed advice from all of you. Thank you!

But, the best advice that I think will work is…NOT THE SAME FOR RUDY!

CHEERIO’S DO NOT BELONG IN THE POTTY! “Have you lost your mind, mom!” Cereal belongs in the cereal bowl, NOT the toilet bowl.

Yes, I’m happy Rudy knows that putting food in the toilet isn’t normal. But, I have to question why he isn’t phased by flushing the family pet fish down the toilet, and that this isn’t the least bit traumatic to him…??? hmmmm…? :/ I’m Slightly concerned.

I’ve even told Rudy to go watch dad and brother go potty and Rudy’s response was, “No, that’s gross!” I guess he’s right…I’m dumbfounded.

I recently put a new app on my IPad for Rudy to play and learn from called “Potty Time” (I thought I could try to “trick” him into going on the potty by getting this app.) I was going to stop with my efforts and let this cute little frog named Hopkins, do the work for me.

This story explains how Hopkins is a little nervous about letting his diapers go, and one of the pictures is illustrating this cute little frog hugging his diapers like they’re his blankie.

When I read this story I use my super excited voice when Hopkins reaches victory and transitions into “Big Boy Underwear” but this doesn’t phase Rudy. He will just say, “yah froggy good job.” Then he will ask to play games….

Rudy hides when he is doing “his potty time.” It was quiet and he was nowhere to be seen. I usually just follow the unpleasant scent to find my little redhead. But there was no scent this time. I found him hiding in my bedroom sitting on the floor with my IPad going through the book “Potty Time” all on his own. I wanted to shout and praise God for this break through!

I just stood there super quiet listening to Rudy read the story to himself filling in the words from memory, because I have read this book to him 1,978,999 times (yah, I exaggerate). But, through my eavesdropping I noticed Rudy wasn’t repeating the correct words that I say to him.

Rudy wasn’t flipping through the pages either. He was staying on the picture of Hopkins clutching his diapers scared to let them go.

Rudy in a whispering voice was telling Hopkins, “he doesn’t need to go on the potty.” Then I heard him say, “oh you’re scared? that’s ok, your mommy will change you.” “Keep your diapers…”

My little redhead was talking Hopkins out of potty training. sigh…..big deep breath…

This moment was mixed with emotions for me. I wanted to cry, and smile at the same time. Cry because I felt defeat once again, and smile because I actually did feel and witness a victory from Rudy. I was proud to see Rudy care and feel concern for a little someone that felt scared. It was nice to see this side of my Rudy.

Yes, I know Rudy felt this compassion for this frog in training because he can totally relate, and lets be honest he doesn’t want to be the last one still in diapers! Every child in the nursery at church has conquered using the potty except Rudy. He is feeling a little left behind. And now this little green creature is using the potty too! Rudy felt compelled to talk him out of it!

I keep telling myself the same thing all of you keep telling me, “don’t worry about it, Rudy will not be going to school in diapers!” Yup, I believed you until I saw THIS! Thanks to my sister Becky!

So, for all of you that say this doesn’t happen……ummmm….you might be wrong!

Ok, with all craziness aside, I have let the potty training thing go. I’m a stay at home mother that doesn’t have the pressure to conquer this task for convenience of child care providers. This will happen when he is ready and for some reason he isn’t ready. That’s ok, to be quiet honest I’m not that great at change either. The only change I want to stop is his diapers. It will happen when it happens. Besides I’m not ready for him to grow up so fast either. He’s my Rudy Raccoon.

“Lord, give me the patience to be the best mother I can be for this child you have blessed me with. I don’t want to impact anything negative, I just want to raise my children that will always honor You.”

I guess just like the awesome Lord we have, He never gives up on us, and He is patiently waiting for us to come around at times. I will never give up on my children no matter what, just like the good Lord will never give up me!

Have a blessed weekend!


Lemon Pound Cake

4 Feb


Have you ever had one of those days that it seems like everything you touch turns out as a stink’n disaster?!

Well, that was my day. It started like this:

Max shut his alarm off before I heard it in his room blasting off to the Superman theme song. So, because of this, he missed the bus. Which then resulted in getting Rudy Raccoon up from his sound sleep.

I kinda cherish the quiet mornings after Max gets on the bus. I really enjoy watching Beth Moore uninterrupted with Rudy’s wants and needs of the day.

You would think I could drop my child off to school on time, but no! And since we were running 3 minutes late I had to “sign him in” at the office. But before I surrendered to exposing myself (sweatpants, moon boots, no make-up, frizzy hair and a stained sweatshirt from the night before) to the other mothers that must get up at 5am to put on a nice pant suit, make-up and boots with heels, I seriously debated on just keeping Max home. Bad mom moment, I know…
When I get to feeling this way at times reading THIS HELPS ME.

Since Rudy and I were up and out already, I thought it would be safe to go to the library for only 37 seconds so I can get a movie and go hibernate back home. But….there was a lovely lady in there that noticed my 3 years and 4 month old is not potty trained yet. I wanted to cry and tell her, “I’ve been trying!” But, I just listened to her with a smile on my face while she was giving me her advice on how she had the miracle solution on how to get toddlers trained.

This ladies miracle solution was simple: “just let them run around at home with nothing on.” BRILLIANT! (Now remember, I’m desperate) She did say I would have to stay home all day and keep putting my child on the potty every few minutes.

Stay home all day: Check!
No clothes on my child, translation=no laundry: Check!

Accident 1 happened on the kitchen wood floor directly after sitting on the toilet for 8 minutes.

Accident 2 happened on the carpet. sigh…

Accident 3 happened directly on one of my kitchen drawers. I opened the drawer, and my ramekins were full of urine. I quickly called my friend Becky to get calmed down and to have her talk me out of going to the library and demanding this ladies address!

So after a good bleaching, and putting a diaper on Rudy, I had some rational thinking that I was the coo-coo one for trying this method, I decided pound cake would make things better. Prayer and baking calm me down.

The day was grey (in more ways then one) outside and I thought the refreshing taste of lemon with a sweet glaze was just what I needed to brighten things up around here!

Doesn’t it look yummy!

I can’t wait to have a slice or twoooo………nnnnNNNNOOOOOO!!!!!

This literally slipped out of my hands. I stood looking down at it for about 27 minutes in disbelief. Fortunately, I did eat the slice that is pictured above. This was 😦 delicious!
I will be making his again, but just not today. I gotta go, Rudy just spilled his milk! Shocking!

Lemon Pound Cake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten. I bet she didn’t drop hers! Or have pee in her ramekins!

Side note: Ephesians 5:20 (NIV) always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I wouldn’t change a single thing about my life! I’m richly loved and forever accepted!

Side note: I did eat off the floor. Don’t judge!