Kid Struggles, Uncategorized

Potty Training Nightmares!


I wanted to share some information on our potty training experience, that was a huge struggle for months.  I know that not everyone has a smooth and easy experience, and there are lots of blogs out there on how to do it in one day!  Well, guess what that did not come close to working for us.   We did everything out there we could think of, charts, prizes, pretty panties, a cute potty chair.  It was a battle I would not wish on anyone.  The number one reason I believe this was hard for her, she was always constipated.  We started giving her Miralax as a suggestion from several friends and co-wrokers.   I wanted to go over our biggest struggle, and how we have fixed it.

  1.  Having smears (small amounts of poop) in her panties, several times a day.  When this started, we assumed she was holding her poop in.  Afraid to poop due to constipation and the pain it would cause her.  These smears resulted in diaper rashes, bad ones, even though she was wearing panties.  This battle lead us to Miralax.
  2. She did a little better with the Miralax, but continued to have occasional smears.  She also had pee accidents quite often.  We were doing the whole potty chart with stickers, and when she completed a sheet she could get a prize from her “treasure box”.  This worked for the most part, and I think it would work for most children, but we were battling constipation and the fear of moving her bowels.  Eventually she got a severe diaper rash, so we made an appointment with the doctor.
  3. The doctor confirmed she was constipated and prescribed a very strong cream for her.  She also suggested we give her an adult dose of Miralax every morning.
  4. We soon had her butt cleared up, and she started pooping regularly with the adult dosage of Miralax.  We did not have a rash after that.  She may have a smear here and there, but nothing compared to what she did before.  I was not a fan of giving her Miralax, but if we missed one day, she would not poop.  He doctor has assured us that it is safe (despite random scary articles posted on the internet). I feed her a balanced diet, but I feel nothing short of feeding her fiber only would fix her issues.
  5. She is four years old now, and she still has the occasional accident, but that is typical for kids her age.  We had so many struggles getting to this point, but I’m glad we are finally here.

Did you struggle with potty training?  What suggestions might you have for other parents to get through this?  I know we had a lot of patience, and lost it many times along the way.

Meatless Monday, Recipe, Uncategorized

Taco Lentil Stew

It’s meatless Monday again. I had a can of  fires roasted diced tomatoes I wanted to use. I searched several recipes, and came up with this very simple one.  It came out great.  A nice thick, spicy meatless stew!


1 c dry lentils

1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 can rotel

2 c vegetable broth

1 Tblsp taco seasoning

1/2 tsp celery salt

Pinch of Chipotle powder

Cilantro as desired

  1. Star by cooking your lentils according to package instructions in a large pot.
  2. After your lentils are cooked, add the remaining ingredients (except Cilantro) to your pot. Bring all to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for about 15 minutes.  This will help your stew thicken.  Serve with Cilantro.



Hello world!

I started this blog to share recipes and craft titorials, but it has turned into A little bit more. I like to share money saving tips, our fun adventures and vacations. I like to keep most of my posts short and sweet.  Highlighting the important aspects. 

A little about myself.  My name is Karla. I live in a very smalI town in Oklahoma.  My husband, stepdaughter, daughter and I live on 160 acres just 2 miles from town.  It’s great because we have no neighbors in sight and are still close to town.  When I say small town, I mean it.  We have one small grocery store, a Dollar General, 4 restaurants/cafes (which is a lot, one being Subway).  There are a few other small businesses in town also.   I met my husband in 2007, and we were married in 2008. I was living in a small city south of Oklahoma City at the time, which was about a 3-hour drive to where I currently live.  I never thought I would be back to this part of Oklahoma, but never say never!  He has 2 children.  When we met his daughter was 6, and son 11. I had no children of my own but wanted one of my own. Right after we were married we were ready to stop the birth control. I was already 36 years old, so my clock was ticking! I did not get pregnant right away, and I had thought maybe I was only meant to be a stepmom. I prayed a lot about it. Not asking for a baby, but just asking God to give me one if he felt that I would be great at it, and could have a healthy baby. Right before I turned 40 I decided to go the family doctor in the very small town I lived in. She performed a well woman exam, and we discussed my issues with pregnancy. From what she could see, I had a healthy reproductive system.  She wanted to refer me to a fertility clinic, but I said no.    A little more on my health background, at age 21 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and a few years later with Lupus.  My first rheumatologist presented me with drugs that could affect my reproductive system in negative ways.  I refused the medication and eventually found a different doctor.  All of those years I avoided the medication that would be harsh on my body because I knew I wanted children some day.  I had no idea, way back then, that I would be 36 before I was ready.  Because of my health background, I had already decided that going to a fertility clinic, and the stress of it all, would be hard on my health.  When I left the doctor’s office I felt pretty down and had pretty much made up my mind that I would never get pregnant.

Almost two months later I had spotting, that I thought was my period starting.  After a day or two, my period had not started.  The month before I had one day of spotting, and no period.  So, that got me to ponder, “Was it possible I was pregnant?”  I started reviewing the last couple of months in my head.  I had been really fatigued the previous couple of weeks, but I thought I was becoming anemic (which is common for women with RA), I also remembered urinating a lot more than normal.  But, I had no nausea, vomiting or odd food cravings?  I went to the store and bought a pregnancy test.  I was nervous and excited.  Right away it showed positive!  I was pretty sure I was dreaming.  Could I really be pregnant?  Was this a false positive?  Were there false positives?  I went out and told my husband.  He was excited.  I was excited too, but hesitant to believe it was real.  I went back to the store and got two more tests.  I took one right away and it said positive.  I saved the other one for the next morning.  It was positive also!  I was super excited and nervous, but still not 100 percent sure it was correct.  The next Tuesday (It was Memorial weekend), I made an appointment with the doctor to have a pregnancy test.  They couldn’t get me in until afternoon.  Ugh!  It was a long wait, but I finally found out that I was truly pregnant!  Even after that, it didn’t seem real.  It wasn’t until my first ultrasound that I really believed it.

I had an amazing pregnancy.  I was high risk, but everything went super!  I don’t think anyone expected that.  I had lots of doctor appointments in Oklahoma City at Mercy.  Towards the end, the most exhausting part of my pregnancy was all the appointments.  I continued to work my job full time through my entire pregnancy and took off 3 days before my scheduled inducement (two of those days being the weekend). I had a healthy baby girl on January 7, 2013.  I went into labor all on my own right before we were leaving to head to the city for my scheduled inducement, and had her naturally.  She is the biggest blessing of my life, and a true miracle to me.  My daughter has changed my life, and she has changed me.  There is nothing like creating a life.  I am amazed by her every day.

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