Put Your Big Girl Panties On

The time has finally come.  Cori said ‘Goodbye’ to the fish in the Orthopedist’s office for the last time and it was bittersweet.  This doctor is the first one that she has been comfortable with and doesn’t get anxiety about visiting.  Oddly enough considering the reason we had to see him in the first place.  But the goodbye was a release nonetheless.

Today marks many good things for our family.  We got the ‘all clear’ for her to resume normal activity, meaning we can finally have a bounce house party! (Over a month past her birthday).  Today she walked with her foot more forward than sideways.  Today will mark 3 days of peeing in the potty exclusively! (We still have to get poop under control and going on the BIG potty… but progress is progress).  And today nobody is sick!  Nobody is broken.  And EVERYONE is walking!


Maybe our lives can resume some type of normalcy now?  We can move forward with a life that includes bribery to poop the potty and to not fight over a toy that you never wanted until your sister touched it.  I have longed for those average, everyday parenting struggles and not the ones that include a broken baby leg that completely altered our toddler’s demeanor.  She went from so painfully shy and breaking out in hives from the anxiety to hopping right off her chair, walking to the doctor, flashing her foot to prove it’s “All Bettuh” and demanding stickers.  It was a small yet immensely relieving feeling for me to watch.

Maybe I can even get back to working on my book and praying to the literary gods to find me an agent that thinks I’m brilliant.

This time change has really thrown everyone off though, it seems.  Diem is sleeping late which now offsets the afternoon nap she usually takes at the same time as Cori, which is fine… however that was my prime writing time.  If someone is awake, that kinda puts a damper on things.  Then since we finally got rid of our last and final night time pacifier with Cori (which went WAY too smoothly the first 3 nights), she now seems to not be able to fall asleep.  So today I will be forgoing her nap to ensure she’s EXTRA sleepy for bedtime thus giving Chris and I an evening to watch a movie that isn’t Disney/Pixar.  We do secretly enjoy snuggling up with her between us, but my back seems to be voicing some strong feelings about the lack of space and constant disturbances throughout the night.


It doesn’t help that I have also missed out on my afternoon runs for about 2 weeks.  Between my tonsillitis, potty training and this stupid cold weather I’ve had to put my sanity on the back burner.  In disgust, I just inhaled 3 glazed donuts so that should help.


But I guess I would rather be complaining about my complete lack of self control than crying into a ball of toilet paper as my child demonically screams not to use the potty.  (Because that is the real success story in all of this).  After almost a year, to finally have her willingly (using the term loosely) sit on the potty lifts a weight that has been sitting on my chest for a while.

Parenting is not easy and definitely not for the faint of heart.  But what I do find comforting are those lovely mom friends of mine who are also willing to be ‘real’ and admit when their kids are assholes.  Admit when they just want to, or actually do, pop open a bottle of wine long before 5:00 pm because shit is just TOO real sometimes.  We live in a special world together where we can celebrate each others’ personal and child successes and then feel the same depth of disappointment when you have something go completely wrong.  Good girlfriends/mom friends are hard to find and we are all just glad for that special moment when the stars align and our kids actually sit and watch a whole movie without asking us for something.

I mean… when they sit with an appropriate amount of screen time, that totally isn’t an iPad with the proper nutritious snacks.

So now that I have a hefty percentage of stresses off of my plate, I add yet another.

Potty on the road.  Damnit.


I now will be planning my trip by Chick Fil A pit stops to hopefully get the kid to pee.  Figure out what to do WITH the pee if/when she goes since it will be in the car.  And pray no poo is involved on the journey.  I have also planned a lovely little birthday dinner for a friend… that is kinda just for me to not talk about a potty for a couple of hours and get to shower and put real clothes on… but I will run with that it’s just for birthdays so I look like a better person.

I have reserved some time this afternoon to form a prayer circle to ensure this trip goes smoothly… to and from.  And that neither child decides to make me look like bad parent while we are in Houston.

I leave you with my delicious turkey taco recipe!

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1 lb ground turkey meat (I am now using the one from Costco and love it)

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 – 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth.

1/3 cup chunky salsa (I used the organic one from Whole Foods)

2 % mexican blend cheese for topping

1 avocado for topping

I used white corn tacos for this one, but you can use any ones you like.  I also use the white corn chips from Whole Foods (they’re best on calories and carbs) if you want it to be more nacho-y.

  1. Preheat oven according to instructions on box for tacos and bake accordingly, or just use chips.
  2. Brown the turkey meat in a large skillet.  Add in the paprika, salt/pepper, cumin, garlic and onion powder.
  3. Once it is cooked through, pour in the chicken broth, stir and let simmer 3-5 mins.  Add in salsa and stir to combine.