Gas 2011 Average: $3.11 Gas 2012 Average: $3.32
Milk 2011 Average: $3.50 Milk Today Average: $3.76
Average cost of diapers for entire year of 2011: $1,200 Average estimated cost for diapers for 2012: $1,500
As seen above, the costs of everyday products are going nowhere but up, including diapers and so…. we are now entering the potty-training journey! I was actually a little excited about this transition until I began doing some research on tips and techniques…. “What method? Pull-ups or no pull-ups? Buy this product and that product to ensure success. Good potty-training should only take 3 days. Excellent potty-training should only take ONE day! Quit and try again later or just keep going?” I found myself wishing these days would hurry up and we could get past this stage! It wasn’t long after that, I found myself regretting those very thoughts! I was talking with my mother and we began to discuss how fast time goes by and her next statement stopped me cold. “If I had three wishes, it would be to hold all three of you as babies, just once more.” I began to blink rapidly to hold back tears. Only a mother would wish for that…… (Well, maybe a mother not trying to potty-train ha!)
When Landrey has a boo-boo, I can sympathize and understand. When she is excited about a new friend or toy, I can relate….but potty-training, I am having a hard time with! We, of course cannot remember being potty-trained, but we are supposed to know exactly what to do to make it happen and make it happen successfully! Sigh….
As of yesterday, the kitchen has a fresh stash of candy (bribes) waiting for Landrey as she attempts to be a successful potty-trainer and I have a fresh stash of paper towels, Clorox and ibuprofen! Let the fun begin full steam ahead!! All aboard!!