Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Q+A [part 1]

A while back I made an Instagram story asking for any random questions people might have. I got a ton of questions and then never sat down to actually answer them SO I went back to IG to see if there were anymore questions before I finally got around to doing this :)

1. Is your new house in a neighborhood or on land?
We are building in a neighborhood but our house will sit on almost 2 acres. It's out in the country which we are so excited about. Our anticipated closing date is November 2nd. We're excited to be moving in right in time for the holidays!

2. Will you still live in Athens once you move?
We are actually moving out of Athens to the next county over. We will be in an amazing school district and we will be about 10 minutes from the new school I'll be working at. We will also be closer to my parents and to the lake so we are super excited about the relocation!

3. What kind of car seats do your boys have?
Both boys have Maxi Cosi Pria 70's (currently 20% off at Nordstrom). We LOVE these seats. They are super comfortable and easy to install. They are bulky so if you have a smaller car (even a smaller SUV) they probably wouldn't work well, especially rear facing. We luckily have captain's seats in the middle that we can move back so Shep can rear face and not have to move the front seat up a ton. 

4. What kind of car do you drive?
I drive a GMC Acadia. I love this car so much! We have had it for about a year and a half and I never want to drive anything else. It's the perfect size! Three full rows with tons of room but doesn't feel as big as driving a Tahoe (which is what Adam drives). 

5. Do y'all want more kids?

Right now, no. In a few years, probably so. I know Adam is fine with having just the two boys but he also knows my desire to have more so we'll continue praying about it and see how our family grows from here. I definitely think adoption is something that we would consider when the time is right.

6. How did you potty train Bennett?
I definitely do not think I am a potty training expert by any means BUT I was surprised with how easy potty training went for us. For one I waited until I knew Bennett was ready. It was never something I forced on him. We have had a little potty in his bathroom for a little while and put him on it but never got very serious about it until this summer. When I decided to go for it I knew it would be hard work. I read a few different methods and just kind of meshed them together for what would work for us. For the first 3 days he went completely without pants, no underwear, no diaper, no pull up (except during nap/night time he would wear a pull up). He wore a bigger shirt that covered him up and we just went about our day as usual. I put him on the potty every 30 minutes for the first day and then gradually increased the time between each trip. By the third day he was waiting 2 hours between trips. Each time he sat on the potty he would get an m&m. This was huge motivation for him. We stayed home pretty much exclusively for the first week with the exception of a couple necessary outings. By the end of the week he was able to wear underwear all day without accidents. As long as I stay on top of him about it he does great. We are still working on him wanting to go #2 on the potty. He is not quite sure about that yet and doesn't want to sit long enough for it to come out. I know he will catch on to it when he's ready. For now I just encourage him to sit longer each time until he eventually poops. We are still doing pull ups during nap and nighttime and don't see that changing until he is much older and consistently staying dry at nap/night time.

7. How do you meal plan?
Adam is the cook in our family. I am not very good at it and don't really enjoy it and he is really good at it and enjoys it so it works for us. We plan meals together every Sunday for the upcoming week and always grocery shop on Sundays after church. We have a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market that is actually really nice (not like regular WM at all!!). We shop there so we can use the Wal-Mart Savings Catcher App. Another awesome app we use is the OurGroceries app. Adam and I can add things to our combined list throughout the week and then on Sundays when we shop we know exactly what we need. We used to meal plan for the entire month and would have certain types of meals on certain days (Monday=pasta, Tuesday=chicken, etc.) but we have found it much easier to budget when we shop weekly.

8. Do you still use Moms on Call?
YES!! I am a MOC freak. I love it so much and refer to it for EVERYTHING. We currently use their baby+toddler combined schedule and it works so perfectly for us right now. I love that I always get two hours of uninterrupted time during the day when they are BOTH napping at the SAME time! I have the books downloaded to the Kindle app on my phone and probably reference it once a day for something. I use the Moms on Call methods for everything from sleep training, to feeding, to transitioning out of the crib, and everything in between. For us, structure, stability, and routine have been instrumental in raising our boys. 

Thanks for sending so many awesome questions, check back tomorrow for part 2! If you have any other questions you want me to add leave them in the comments :)

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