Friday Things

Happy Friday, friends!!  It’s been another week of snow days around here, it was regularly scheduled programming for Monday & Tuesday, followed with TWO snowstorms and we have been out of the rest of the week! πŸ™‚  Part of me is over it & beyond ready for spring, then the other part sees Waverly’s face in it and almost considers moving us to a place where this actually happens on the regular.  Almost. πŸ˜‰

I wanted to thank you for all your sweet support on Waverly’s bed transition I shared earlier this week, as always, I am so appreciative of your helpful comments & ability to relate.  We are definitely not experts (far from it) & I’m sure we will have a set-back before too long (like when she figures out she is physically able to move from the bed), but so far, so good, & we are happy!

Randomly, we also have other big girl news to share, Waverly is officially potty-trained!  It actually happened the same day that we moved her to her new bed, which we didn’t plan AT ALL.  She had been going potty at home for a while now, pretty much since I did the three-day boot camp over the summer, but it definitely wasn’t something that happened all the time & it had never happened while we were out of the house.  Then last week we ran out of diapers, like literally didn’t even have one, so I had to put her in big girl panties to run to Target & get them.  I was completely nervous, but as soon as we got there she told me she had to go & after I took her to the bathroom, she went! πŸ™‚  A total first for us.  After that, she asked to go back twice in the same trip & then when we got home.  So we rolled with it, & pretty much have ever since, with pull-ups still at night for now! πŸ™‚  I’m so proud of her & definitely excited to have only one set of diapers to change come June, but seriously, did it really all have to happen that same day (the same day we had her first mani & pedi, by the way)?!  She is SUCH a big girl. πŸ˜‰

Also, for what it’s worth, I don’t want to sound like we have our shit completely together over here with all this happening.  We still have a pacifier problem (yes, still), that seems to have gotten worse since these recent big girl developments.  She was only using them at night & naps, then I think I got more lenient over a short sickness she had and because I have been so proud of her lately.  Any advice is definitely welcome & appreciated, I know this problem will only get worse once little sister has her own pacifiers in a few short months!

Lastly, a quick sneak peek of a fun girls snowy session we had with our friend, Brooke earlier this week!  I can’t even explain how much I love the fact that I have pictures of my growing belly in the snow, something I didn’t think I would have be able to get in Virginia Beach!  I can’t wait to share more, Brooke is so talented & we are so thankful to be able to work with her!

Have a happy, happy weekend!


  1. February 27, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Girl, those pictures are gorgeous and you look so great! We had the paci problem too and it wasn't just at night. Our friend had a baby and I came up with the idea of telling my son that she didn't have any pacis and that since she's a baby he should give his to her. He was ALL for it and just like that, the habit was broken. It's funny when they put their minds to something it's no big deal!

  2. February 27, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Love the pics of her in the snow! And of YOU in the snow!!! Adorable!
    Everything takes a little bit of time, effort and research…wouldn't it be nice if kids came with instruction manuals?? πŸ™‚
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend friend!!

  3. February 27, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    You've got to be the most stylish mama out there, with the cutest lil girl. Love the pictures in the snow, she is so precious.

    Congrats on potty training, that's so exciting! Only one in diapers, woohoo!!!

    Stay warm and enjoy the snow. Spring is coming!!!!

  4. February 27, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    Your snow pictures make me actually like snow! To be fair I'm not against snow, I'm just against the below freezing temps we are experiencing! It's hard to even play in the snow up here in single digit temps!

    Wow that's amazing about the bed and the potty training!

  5. February 27, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous! And there is just something about seeing your kiddo playing in the snow with that huge smile on their face that makes you hate snow just a little bit less for the moment. Lol. But only a little!
    I am so proud of her! So many big girl things in one day!!!
    As far as the pacifier goes, that one may be a little harder. If you use the kind that look like the nuks I know you can cut the tip a little and sometimes that ruins the desire for the,. But, we didn't use those. We used the green and purple ones that the hospital gives, I can't remember the name of them, and when Sydney was two we finally just had to take them cold turkey. She passed out without it before a nap and actually slept. Once I saw that she could sleep just fine without it I just took them away. It was three days of hell and then she never asked for them again. She even saw a baby with one shortly after, like a couple of weeks, and was fine. So it's hard, but maybe that's the answer. Lol. Either way, GOOD LUCK FRIEND!

  6. February 27, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Oh Waverly and her happy snow face! I love it!! Now that we are in Arizona I almost miss living where it snows regularly… then I think about having to drive in and I'm like "no thanks!"
    So exciting about potty training!! The only thing we do have down in this house is the no pacifier- ha! It was so terrifying for me to take it away but then it ended up being easy peasy. Maybe start talking to Waverly about getting rid of it now, so that she can start preparing herself (it's crazy how much that helps with Mia- talking about it before doing it) and maybe that will help? Good luck!!

  7. February 27, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Big girl bed AND potty training?! I'm def coming to you in the future! Way to go! Love the snowy sesh pics and I hope ya'll enjoy your weekend! xo

  8. February 27, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    You look GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see more pictures!! PS Unless you're moving to Maine, DON'T move somewhere where you get snow all the time…it's not all fun and games! πŸ˜‰

    GO WAVERLY…big girl bed AND potty training? I'm so glad you threw in the paci problem – I was about to send Cam to YOUR boot camp because I'm obviously slacking in the parenting department. πŸ˜‰ We get so good about only using the paci for sleeping (and the car), but we get lenient, too, and he uses it other times. UGH…I LOVE it for sleeping but HATE it otherwise. I feel like whether we take it away or not, he will want it again when the baby comes (if she uses them). If you find something that works, please share!!

    Have a great weekend and enjoy the snow! πŸ˜‰

  9. February 27, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    horray for potty training being DONE!! way to go ms waverly (and mama!). and dude, our pacifier situation is bad too. we finally stopped trying to take it away from lex during the day and she's cut back on it herself BIG TIME. she was using it as a tool to get attention from us telling her to put it back in her bed (we had it down to nap/bed time-until the new babe came). so i have zero solutions. we cant seem to ditch it especially after her transition to big sister-dom because sister gets one and blah blah. but man i'm ready to ditch it!

  10. February 27, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Such cute photos of Waverly in the snow, and your picture is gorgeous as well !!! I'm so jealous potty training went so smoothly, My Estella has no interest and I was really hoping we would be done months before #2 comes.. not looking so good. Have a wonderful snowy weekend:)

  11. February 27, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    LOVE your maternity picture! How fun that you got to have some pictures taken, and in the snow to boot! And wow to little Miss Waverly! Potty trained and a big girl bed! That is so exciting! We are working on that, but I'm waiting for the warmer weather to try the boot camp training. As of right now, the little guy goes potty, mostly at night before bed, but that's a step in the right direction, right? I wish I could help you out with the paci thing, but thankfully we didn't really have to do that. I hope you'll share how it goes for you in case baby #2 loves his paci for longer than his brother did. Have a happy weekend!

  12. February 27, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    I just want to let you know that after you posted about Waverly's first mani I had to give Ellie one (at home of course). You totally inspired me and Ellie is obsessed!!

  13. February 27, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    YAY for Waverly with her big girl accomplishments! We actually did the pacifier before either the big bed or potty!

    Here's my pacifier suggestion. Elyse would sleep with 4-5 pacifiers at various part of her crib. We took 2-3 of her favorites and a pair of scissors and clipped the end off. Just barely. And then unbeknownst to me, my husband kept clipping them ever so slightly each day. And within a week…they were gone. Elyse seemed to be much less interested in them since they were "broken." It was a beautiful thing. We did this at around 2. Pacifiers are such a necessary evil!

  14. February 27, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, Ashley. That is seriously one of the most amazingly beautiful pregnancy photos I've ever seen. Get ready for that bad boy to be pinned all over the place πŸ™‚

  15. February 28, 2015 / 2:30 am

    Your snowy maternity photo is STUNNING!

  16. February 28, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    WAY TO GO, Waverly!!! Wow, Mama! Big girl bed and potty trained? Those are two huge accomplishments! That's amazing! We have mastered the big boy bed here in our house, but I am dreading the potty training. Caleb has no interest in it so far – we've tried sitting on the potty, and it terrifies him, so I'm thinking I might wait until he hits 2 to try again. And we are still loving pacis over here in our house. I figure with all of the other transitions he is making right now – the big boy room, getting ready to become a big brother, facing potty training – the paci is the very last thing I will try to phase out. I do try to limit it to naptime and bedtime, but he LOVES that thing. So I am not looking forward to the day it has to go bye-bye. πŸ™ Don't put too much pressure on yourself, Mama. Even if Waverly and Caleb end up with pacifiers for a bit longer than we'd prefer, eventually they will give them up. I did have a friend who took her toddler daughter to Build A Bear, and she got to build a stuffed animal, and they put her paci inside of it during the building process. She got to say bye to the paci and get a new stuffed animal out of it, and it's worked well for her so far. Maybe that would be something that could work for Waverly?

  17. February 28, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    Omg!!!! Your maternity pictures!!!! Dying to see more!!!! Gorgeous!

  18. March 1, 2015 / 1:30 am

    The last picture is beautiful!
    Congrats on the big girl bed and the potty training. Exciting things!
    It looks like she enjoyed the snow so much!

  19. March 1, 2015 / 2:03 am

    I know you read about our paci experience, I will be writing an updated post soon about how that's going. It is TOUGH! Maybe it won't be for you though! She may surprise you. If you're serious about getting rid of it I'd do it before baby..I felt like it would only be harder to get rid of it after once she saw her brother with one, not to mention dealing with the stress of it with a new baby around. Good luck!!

  20. March 1, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    Way to go little lady!! Growing up so fast!! And yeah…. I would be totally with you on the snow thing if I wasn't currently having to live here…. But I can honestly say you would be over the snow even quicker when the snow is feet upon feet and it is TOO cold to even take the kids outside… Charli could care less at this point about the snow… she says "it's too fweezing outside momma"! haha! But glad you can enjoy it! And I am LOVING the maternity pics!!!!

  21. March 1, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    First of all, those pictures of Waverly. ADORABLE. Seriously not only is she so photogenic, but you are an amazing photographer! Second, YAY for potty training!!!!!! You go girls! And sadly, sorry no solutions here for the pacifier… by some miracle, Mason hated his from day 1 so we never had to ween him from it.

  22. March 2, 2015 / 3:56 am

    yay for potty training! Waverley is awesome πŸ™‚ We have a paci problem too— she uses it at night on weekdays and naps and night time on weekends but sometimes if she's sick of melting down we give it to her (or if she is teething really badly) and she is definitely not giving it up soon (though she never uses it at daycare, doesn't even ask for it there…!) I have no tips…but I did read online that someone took their child to build-a-bear and put the pacis in the bear with the stuffing to say "bye bye" to them.

  23. March 3, 2015 / 6:36 am

    Hello, my daughter just turned 2 and we decided to take away pacifier by making a big deal about it. First night cut off the ends, so she thought they were broken. Then we took her to build a bear and let her pick everything out. She put her pacifier in it, she knows it's in there because sometime she asks about it, so we let her feel the bear and where the pacifier is! Worked great for us!

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