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Makes My Monday: DRY!

Our town had its annual Halloween parade yesterday. Since it was a little rainy and chilly, I decided to put the kids’ PJs on under their costumes. (Plus, these PJs are the skin-tight kind, so they fit under their costumes quite nicely.)

When we got home, all we had to do was take off the costumes and viola! Ready for bed. Except…then I remembered that Logan usually wears a Pull-up to bed still. So, while we were getting teeth brushed and pottying for the last time of the night, I asked Logan if we should switch to the Pull-up.

He said, “Nope. Undies.”

I kind of looked at him and said, “So…you’ll stay dry all night? You’ll use the potty if you have to pee in the middle of the night and have a dry bed in the morning?”

He nodded.

Okay then….

Fast forward to 4AM. I hear “Mommy!” and think, “doh…” But all he wanted was a re-spray of Monster Spray (thank you, Halloween, for scaring my kid). Since he was up, I insisted that he empty his bladder (which really wasn’t all that full).

Fast forward to 7AM. While trying to figure out if I should wake him up at the same time I’m waking Burke and Maggie for school, Logan wakes up on his own and comes out to say Good Morning….completely DRY!! And he didn’t have to run to the potty either (so I didn’t push it), he went when he was good and ready.

I know he’ll have the occasional accident – it’s bound to happen – but…do I dare say “Buh Bye Pull-ups” ???

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)


Want to see what a month’s worth of dry beds look like?


Behold: The Power of Stickers

A little while ago Goddess mentioned putting together a sticker chart to make bath time easier. I’d been hearing about sticker charts and other things to encourage kids to do stuff (or not do stuff) since before having kids – but reading it over there kicked my butt into gear to create one for Burke and Marjorie. For what, you ask? Trying to keep the bed dry over night.

Has it worked? Mostly. More to the side of “yes!” … but I still have to say mostly.

Here’s the thing about sticker charts…Mommy has to remember to put the stickers on! Well, I have to remember to have the kids put the stickers on. And, for the most part, the kids would remind me…but on mornings when we’re rushing around trying to get to school on time, the sticker chart slides. And guess what happens when Mommy slides? Yep…the very thing the chart is used for tends to slide a bit. Oh, and sick kids tend to impact said chart as well.

Anyway … I’m actually really impressed with how well the kids are doing. It started out that they’d get one sticker if their pull-up was dry. Three nights in dry pull-ups meant they’d get to wear undies. A dry night in undies got them two stickers. Toward the middle of the month, we ended up changing to two nights in dry pull-ups…then removed the pull-up factor all together. I also got sick of the “in and out of bed” bed-time routine, so I promised another sticker if they stayed in bed all night (unless they really did need to use the potty!)

Oh, one other seemingly very important part is that I let them color the square in with a highlighter before applying the sticker.