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healing and empowerment

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Back in November I was suffering the loss of my much desired set of twins. I discovered that for me, pregnancy and birth brought the words death, pain, tears, empty arms, grief, as I posted here.

Well, I am very pleased to say that is no longer the case! There has definitely been a lot of healing in my heart since then.

A woman does not need a beautiful waterbirth to feel empowered, nor a VBAC to find healing from the trauma of her previous deliveries.

Empowerment comes from knowing her options, and making those choices with confidence that it is the best decision at the time. Essentially,
empowerment is taking ownership of ones actions.

Healing comes from inward reflection, mentally and emotionally walking through the fire of confusion and fear and finding clarity. She recognizes that no matter what alternative choices she could have made in the past, she embraces the future with hope that things could be different for herself and others.

Parental Rights Under Threat

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If your children attend public school, you are among those parents whose rights will end the moment your child enters the school. That’s because in 2005 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found in Fields v. Palmdale School District “that the Meyer-Pierce right [of parents to direct the upbringing of their children] does not exist beyond the threshold of the school door.”

You read that right. Parental Rights “[do] not exist beyond the threshold of the school door.”

“We conclude that the parents are possessed of no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on the subject [of sexuality] to their students in any forum or manner they select” (emphasis added).

Of course, most parents contend they don’t have a choice in where their children are schooled. Either economic constraints or personal circumstances leave them with no practical alternative to the local public school. And that leaves no parental rights at all.

Please act to reverse this assault by big government courts against parental rights. Sign the petition and get more information at ParentalRights.org.

myths vs facts: home VBAC

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Free Pictures | acobox.com“The well-known Landon (10) and Bujold (11) studies, which failed to control for induction of labor and may have had selection bias, also both showed a connection between induction and uterine rupture risk.

When I spoke with Dr. Landon at the 2007 ICAN conference he freely admitted this connection and had even addressed it in a further study on VBAC after multiple cesareans, which was published in 2006.(12) In an e-mail communication, Dr. Bujold also agreed that induction of labor was found to increase the uterine rupture rate.(13) My conclusion: Avoid induction and you remove a major part of the risk.”

Which is what I have found in my rupture support group. Nearly all of them were induced and almost all of them, of course, were in hospitals when they ruptured.

” In women with lower transverse uterine incisions who are not induced, the chances of uterine rupture range from 0.2% to 0.5%… The Lieberman birth center study of VBAC (2004) showed that the combined uterine rupture and fetal/neonatal death rate among women with a single previous c-section and who were less than 42 weeks was 0.2%.(16) That study also found that “half the uterine ruptures and 57% of perinatal deaths involved the 10% of women who had had more than one previous cesarean delivery and no previous vaginal births, or who had reached a gestational age of 42 weeks+.”(17)”

This proves how extremely important it is that the VBAC studies specify wither the mother was induced and what induction methods were used. If nearly all of the ruptures are because of induction and the remainder from VBAMC, it’s a terrible shame that these facts affect the ability of a woman to have a vaginal delivery after one cesarean, particularly with a prior vaginal birth, who has not been induced. Her chances of rupture are almost nothing, perhaps even less then the chance of a non scarred uterus of rupturing during a typical induction. Yet, women are induced all the time and women who desire a VBAC are turned away by the very same doctors.

And in the end, a possible 1% rupture rate of a VBAMC with no induction is still the same stat as many other birth risks, such as placental abruption which almost always causes fetal demise.

http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/homebirthaftercesarean.asp

Jesus Our Passover by David Benjamin (republished)

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The Passover Seder (the word “Seder” means “order”) is a celebration ordained by God to remember the deliverance of the Hebrew nation from slavery in Egypt. However, for a Messianic Jew like me, that is, a Jew who follows Jesus, this celebration takes on another meaning as well. For on this day we celebrate that not only did the Hebrews of old escape death but so do we.

Passover takes place on the 14th day of the first month of the Jewish calendar which is called Nissan, usually coming around the end of March or the beginning of April.

If you are new to the Jewish understanding of Christianity, you probably do not know that all Jewish Holy Days, like Passover, are also prophetic. This one in particular bears a prophesy that has been in effect for the entire history of mankind; a Savior will rescue us from the curse of death brought on by sin.

Passover is the story of the spotless (signifying sinless) lamb slain to save all those who place its blood on the doorposts and lintels of their houses. The whole meaning of the celebration is summed up in its name. Passover, literally means “pass over” and so it is “the celebration of the passing over”. The enslaved Israelites in Egypt were told to swipe the blood of a lamb over and to the side posts of their door way. That way, the angel of death would “pass over” that house. The prophesy given by Passover is this: The saving of man from the judgment of God via the blood of a perfect sacrifice.

The fulfillment of this prophecy begins as Jesus enters Jerusalem to the praise of the people. At this time, during the traditional celebration of Passover, a spotless lamb would be brought into the temple and would have been inspected for blemishes for the next four days. Similarly, for the next four days Jesus is tested by the Pharisees and still none can find him at fault. He is spotless.

On the eve of Passover Jesus and the disciples celebrate the Holy Day just like any other law abiding Jews. Near the end of the Seder meal Jesus institutes the Communion declaring of the matzo and wine, “Do this in Remembrance of Me.”

That night Jesus is taken by the Pharisees. He endures torture, beatings, illegal Jewish trials and a Roman sentence before being led to Calvary. It is the ninth hour of the morning when Jesus is nailed to the cross. At this exact time in the traditional Passover celebration the spotless lamb is sacrificed in the temple. Not a bone of the lamb was to be broken, and none were, in either Jesus or the lamb. The prophecy is complete.

It is no mystery that John the Baptist said of Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.” Jesus was and is forever the Spotless Passover Lamb of God. This year, even if you are not from a Jewish background, I encourage you to search out a Messianic Seder. Your relationship with the Lord will be deepened as you relive the Lord’s last supper and understand the long history and fulfilled prophecy behind the sacrifice of the Lamb.

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Be happy and whole, dear Jacob

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A friend of mine recently lost her little boy, Jacob, to a tumor on his brain stem.  Please join me in praying for his family, as it is those who are left behind who feel the pain and sting of death.  Those with Jesus are eternally glorified and I’m sure he’s excited to get to know his “big” sister.

TAYLOR, Jacob Matthew age 9 of Deer Park, Ohio passed peacefully Sunday morning, March 21, 2010 at home with his family by his side. Born August 17, 2000 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jacob was the son of Ryan and Tiffany (Taylor) Hering and a 4th grade student at Amity Elementary School in Deer Park. Jacob was a loving son, brother and grandson who enjoyed playing football (an avid New England Patriots fan) and playing video games. In May of 2009, Jacob was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called a brain stem glioma or a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. In the months to follow his diagnosis, Jacob made several exciting trips – his Make A Wish Trip to Disney World, a trip to Alaska, a trip to the Sugar Bowl and to a New England Patriots Play-Off Game where he sat 5 rows back from Tom Brady. Jacob was a member of the U.S. Skydiving Team and U.S. Parachute Association. Preceded in death by his baby sister Abigail; Jacob leaves behind his loving and caring parents – Ryan and Tiffany (Taylor) Hering, brothers – Nathan and Sam and sister Molly all of Deer Park, Ohio; maternal grandmother Kathy Taylor of Loveland, Ohio, maternal grandfather Russ (Joanne) Taylor; maternal great grandparents Bill and Cheri Jones; uncle Jeffrey Taylor and many other family members, classmates, friends and neighbors. Friends may call on the family Tuesday evening, March 23, 2010 from 4:30pm until 6:30pm at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Maineville, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 7:00pm at the church with Pastors Ron Corbin and Barbara Schnecker officiating. The family has requested memorial donations be directed to The Cure Starts Now, 10280 Chester Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215. www.thecurestartsnow.org The family also wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Childrens Medical Center, Cincinnati for their compassionate care and the Fast Trax Skydiving Team for their special friendship with Jacob. Arrangements have been entrusted to STINE Kilburn Funeral Home, 801 Monroe Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036. More information about Jacob`s story may be found by visiting jacobmatthewtaylor.com.

STILL

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STILL
music & lyrics: Gerrit Hofsink

I’ve been waiting for you
For such a long time
You’re always on my mind

And I’m lying awake
Most of the night
Waiting to hold you tight

Now that I do
And look at you
My heart is breaking
This can’t be true

Chorus:
Lost you before I found you
Gone before you came
But I love you just the same
Missed you before I met you
On earth we never can
But in heaven we’ll meet again

Close to my soul
Close to my heart
Right from the start

Lost in time
Lost in space
Can’t wait to see your face

Now that I do
And look at you
My heart is breaking
I know it’s true

Chorus:
Lost you . . .

Sometimes I find myself wondering what to do
With this pain that I’m going through
But I know one day, God will take me away
And I’m coming home to you

And when I do
And look at you
My heart is healing
I know it’s true

Chorus:
Lost you . . .

Bet ya didn’t know I like to break!

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Peace I leave thee, peace I give unto thee

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It is so hard making small choices sometimes.  Do I buy that dress?  A new pair of shoes?  Chicken or beef or tofu?  Big decisions about much more important options can be almost impossible, sometimes, especially when you are leaning in a direction that those around you may disagree with.

Perfect love drives out fear, and  if you seek His face He will give you peace about the path He wants you to take.  Sometimes, there is a God given healthy concern about an issue, but even in those times when there is a Godly urgency about something, there will be a level of peace there with you, you should never be overtaken with fear.

For instance, it’s only when I’m being selfish that I feel panic/fear over the idea of getting pregnant this month.  When I’m wanting to be on the computer or read or do something else that my children are taking me away from and requiring extra attention from me then I really want to give, that’s when I start thinking I’m crazy for wanting more children or the ‘burden’ of pregnancy woes and surgical delivery.  But when I have faith and trust in my Maker, I have joy in looking forward to another.

This is a good pattern to live your life by- notice why you feel fear and if it’s because you are not being Christ-like, then you need to look inward for a heartchange and reach further inward and ask our Helper to change it.  Jesus knew that fear and sinful selfish desires would rule the hearts of His followers, that’s why He told them before He left Earth that He would send a Helper, the Holy Spirit.  And as we change we find ourselves reaching outward towards others in Christ’s love.  When our hands are open to give and to receive we can’t make fists to fight or to hold onto our fear and selfishness.  This is something that I have really been learning a lot about these last couple of years of trials.

So as I am in the midst of the cancer pit and the chemo horrors and the pregnancy losses, do I have fear, or faith? I find that I have faith and peace. But it’s not easy, even with faith. I am not appreciating this time of my life. I don’t embrace it with the kind of joy that some say we should have while facing trials. I just want it to be over. But…there is still peace and faith.  Well, most of the time!  Admittedly there are times that I take my eyes off Jesus and begin to sink into the raging sea.

What about you? What has God taught you about faith, fear, peace and doubt? When have you felt the most peace and how has God used fear to bring about good things in your life? I’m willing to bet that true fear has never brought about good things.

Time is short

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I dream of Benjamin sometimes.  Soon after his death I had a very healing dream where I was in a pretty cabin room with double doors that opened onto a patio.  Gauzy white curtains blew with the wind and soft white sheets with fluffy pillows surrounded me on the bed.  I was holding Benjamin and his eyes were open, he was alive!  He heart beat within his chest and he breathed rhythmically.  The midwife in my dream (different then my RL midwife) was there and a little confused why I thought that Benjamin had died.

I usually don’t remember my other Benjamin dreams when I wake, only that I had dreamed of him.  This morning I had another dream, though.  I did not realize I was dreaming, or it would have been very different.  I had things I wanted to do, an agenda for the week.  My mom was watching him, giving him a bottle.  I kept thinking that it was ok, I would see him soon.  I did see him for a brief moment here and there, and even nursed him, although I didn’t pay much attention to him.  It was just something I did, not a precious experience between mother and son.

When I woke I mourned that I didn’t cherish the time I had with him.  If only I had remembered that he was dead and I was dreaming and enjoyed him, instead of off doing my own thing.  But isn’t that the way our lives often go?  We are busy doing our own thing and although it may not mean leaving our children with someone else, we have our minds on the cooking and cleaning and other things…and neglect to cherish each moment with our loved ones because we think they will be there when we are ready.  But then sometimes they aren’t…things have changed and they are gone and our lives are full of missed opportunities that can never be retrieved.

“The Days we are given are gifts from above,today we  remember to live and to love…” Superchick.

You get what you get

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In our house we have a few phrases that you hear every day. Here are two:

“You don’t get seconds until everybody has had firsts. ”

“You get what you get and you don’t whine about it! “

The second one is a particular favorite of our two year old and can be heard frequently (particularly when someone is whining.) When someone says it inevitably another child (or several) chorus “AMEN!”

It is so funny.

The Circle

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I have been reading a series of books over the last couple of years.  It’s now totaled to 15 books, but they are grouped in smaller series divisions.  Here’s a ‘trailor’ for ‘Book Zero” Green , it somewhat describes the other books as well.  I wouldn’t read Green first, though.  Read the Circle Trilogy Black, Red, White (I think that’s the order, there is one big book that has all three together.) The end of Green is the beginning of the trilogy, that is true, but it would be confusing and give too much away if you read Green first.  You can likely get them from the library, too (I did, although I had to get some of them from other libraries but they send them to your chosen library.)

Basically it’s a fantasy series kind of like LOTR and C of N.  Thomas Hunter wakes up in a beautiful world where the animals speak and the people follow the Great Romance as they woo each other and swim in Elyon’s waters at the Gathering, celebrating life and love in Elyon.  They are friends of the Roush, fluffy white bat like creatures who are as cuddly as they are noble and courageous.  The humans’ leader, Tanis, is deceived by the Shataiki- the black and evil counterparts to the Roush.  Their world falls into Black as the Shataiki are released from the Dark Forest to ravage the Colored Forests.  Tanis and those who follow him now worship Telah, the ruler of the Shataiki, instead of Elyon. Their flesh is eaten by the Disease making them Scabs, creating a new race called the Horde who make it their mission to destroy all those who love Elyon and bathe in the lakes to fight the disease which tries to overtake their flesh as well.

Meanwhile Present Earth is under threat of the Raison Strain, a virus that began as a vaccine and mutated into something that was sure to destroy all human kind.  Thomas Hunter races the clock as he tries to save both worlds, jumping back and forth between them each time he goes to sleep.

As I said there’s also The Lost Books  and the Paradise Novels.   The Lost Books are about the characters in the future Earth and the Paradise novels are about the characters in the present Earth and how they affected Future Earth. Definitely read the Circle Trilogy first.

When I read Ted Dekker’s books in this series I feel like a hole opens up and I drop into this other world.  The characters are so rich and as realistic as one can get in a fantasy realm.

If you Want me To

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The pathway is broken
And The signs are unclear
And I don’t know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I’m gonna walk through the valley
If You want me to

Chorus:
Cause I’m not who I was
When I took my first step
And I’m clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet
so if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will walk through the fire
If You want me to

It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that’s not my home
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I’d never go alone

So when the whole world turns against me
And I’m all by myself
And I can’t hear You answer my cries for help
I’ll remember the suffering that Your love put You through
And I will walk through the darkness
If You want me to

Cuz when I cross over Jordan
Gonna sing, gonna shout,
Gonna look into Your eyes and see You never let me down
So take me on the pathway that leads me home to You
And I will walk though the valley
If You want me to

Yes, I will walk through the valley
If You want me to


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This is what we are doing this Christmas in lieu of gifts. Please go to www.gfa.org for a catalog, a church gift packet which includes a DVD, bulletin insert and catalog or view their online catalog. Our girls just love picking out gifts in the catalog and talk about it well into the next year.

It is well with my soul

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I began to miscarry Sunday. I went into full fledged labor on Monday. It is so hard to tell my girls, but my 5 YO keeps saying “I hope this baby doesn’t die” and my 6 YO keeps telling Emma goodnight. So I told them it looks like God is taking Emma Liberty to Heaven.

We have a funeral today, a friend of mine delivered a stillborn little girl named Sara Beth at 39 weeks. She knew that she had trisomy 18 so this was not a surprise, but there was great hope that God would perform a miracle and they could bring their baby girl home.

Despite my miscarriage I have chosen to go to the funeral. I feel that I am likely to be the only one there who really truly knows what it is like to hold your full term newborn baby’s lifeless body in your arms.

I am sorry I never got to see Emma’s face, but I will one day. Heaven is such a better place and I am happy that she is happy.

So, my births go in this fashion

Alannah went on to Heaven at 9 weeks August 2002, her twin was born healthy at 32 weeks

Kailey Faith 1-23-03 (6)

Bethany Hope 2-22-04 (5)

unconfirmed miscarriage June 2004

Taryn Grace 5-4-05 (4)

Kaitlyn Joy 3-30-07 (2)

unconfirmed miscarriage May 2008

Thomas miscarried at 6 weeks, July 2008, his twin joined him later

Benjamin Isaiah born sleeping 3-8-2009 at 40 weeks 1 day

unconfirmed miscarriage August 2009

Emma Liberty miscarried at 6 1/2 weeks October 2009

I am storing up treasures in Heaven. 🙂

Walk by faith, not by sight

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I have to admit, I was not planning to get pregnant this cycle. I was pretty sure that Paul had cancer and now was not a good time. But God’s ways are not our ways. 11 days before AF was due I had a strange dream that came true and led me to take a pregnancy test the next morning. It was positive. We were happy, of course, but I was a bit scared. Positive test the day before surgery just could not be a coincidence. I cramped and bled the next day, not sure if I was miscarrying or not. Elevated hormone levels could mean a couple of things- ectopic pregnancy or multiples.

Paul did have surgery. The tumor grew through the colon and attached itself to his back and into the blood vessels in his leg. They removed what they could, but to remove those blood vessels would cripple him.

The Dr came to me following a longer and more complicated surgery then expected. He said that Paul was doing well and awake (he didn’t wake up following his appendectomy last year.) However, the mass, as I said, was tremendous and impossible to remove all of it. It was all malignant. My 33 YO husband has cancer.

I’m stunned. Why is it that so much has been happening to us? He is in so much pain, and the meds make him sick so he doesn’t take them. He wept on my shoulder today. I can not help him. And what happens when I have this baby?

I had an ultrasound yesterday. Only 2 weeks post conception but there was a little sack with a little dot in it. 🙂 I also have one or both of my ovaries very swollen with cysts, which cause some pain. I was researching and found that they can be caused by multiple pregnancies, so we’ll see. I have another ultrasound in two weeks.

I admit, the situation by sight is pretty scary. My husband has cancer. I am pregnant. Post rupture. Possible rupture, preterm labor, and definite cesarean are in my future. We can’t sell our house right now. Hubby can’t work right now.

But we are to walk by faith, and not by sight. We know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. That means that everything that happens is for GOOD! That might be tough to swallow right now, but in time it will all work out.

On the way home from the hospital I listened to Beauty from Pain by Superchick. It’s so appropriate following the death of a child, a diagnosis of cancer, ect.

“Beauty From Pain”

The lights go out all around me
One last candle to keep out the night
And then the darkness surrounds me
I know i’m alive but i feel like i’ve died
And all that’s left is to accept that it’s over
My dreams ran like sand through the fists that i made
I try to keep warm but i just grow colder
I feel like i’m slipping away

After all this has passed, i still will remain
After i’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today,
Someday i’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

My whole world is the pain inside me
The best i can do is just get through the day
When life before is only a memory
I’ll wonder why God lets me walk through this place
And though i can’t understand why this happened
I know that i will when i look back someday
And see how you’ve brought beauty from ashes
And made me as gold purified through these flames

After all this has passed, i still will remain
After i’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today,
Someday i’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

Here i am, at the end of me
Tryin to hold to what i can’t see
I forgot how to hope
This night’s been so long
I cling to Your promise
There will be a dawn

After all this has passed, i still will remain
After i’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today,
Someday i’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

The days we are given are a gift from above

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“We Live” Superchick

There’s a cross on the side of the road
Where a mother lost her son
How could she know that the morning he left
Would be the last time she’d trade with him for a little more time
(so she could say she loved him one last time)
And hold him tight
But with life we never know when we’re coming up to the end of the road
So what do we do then
With tragedy around the bend

We live, we love, we forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love
We live, we love, we forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love

There’s a man who waits for the tests to
See if the cancer had spread yet
And now he asks why did I wait to live ’til it was time to die
If I could have the time back, how I’d live
Life is such a gift
So how does the story end?
Well, this is your story and it all depends
So don’t let it become true
Get out and do what we were meant to do

We live, we love, we forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love
We live, we love, we forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love

Waking up to another dark morning
People are mourning
The weather in life outside is storming
But what would it take for the clouds to break
For us to realize each day
Is a gift somehow, someway
And get our heads up out of this darkness
And spark this new mindset and start on with life cuz it ain’t gone yet
And tragedy’s a reminder to take off the blinders and wake up
(to live the life)
We’re supposed to take up
(moving forward)
With all our heads up
Cuz life is worth living

We live, we love, we forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love
We live, we love, we forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love

No more diapers!

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I have a friend who has her third baby and the children are around 4, 2, 4 months. She practices Elimination Communication. Yes, the 4 MO uses the potty! I found that the tiny Baby Bjorn potty is best for the little ones and as they get too big, the larger Baby Bjorn is my absolute favorite potty. When they are big enough to get on the regular adult potty on their own we have a smaller seat attached to a full size seat

My oldest potty trained at age 4. My next at age 5. Third at age 4. This was expensive and potty training for so many years was stressful for all of us. So when my fourth was born I DID NOT want this to happen and I decided that my others may have potty trained sooner if I didn’t wait until age 2 to introduce the potty. My little one was taken to the bathroom anytime I had an older child go sit on the potty. I bought the Baby Bjorn potties and kept one in the van and one in the kitchen. It was very soon that my baby (not yet a year old) was ASKING to sit on the potty. Yay! I put a box of books next to the potty. When she started walking she would go sit on the potty and read many times a day. She never DID anything in the potty, but she was sitting happily. At age 2 she started eliminating a couple times a week and I was happy to see progress. About two weeks ago (age 2 1/2) she said no more diapers and I let her run around with a bare bottom and a dress….and she used the potty exclusively! She is now fully potty trained (dry at night and nap times) without ANY EFFORT on my part. No bribing, spanking, fussing, ext. It was so easy, she potty trained herself. Now, it could be that she was just more apt to potty training but given that my approach to training this time around was so different, I tend to believe that it was introducing the potty in infancy that made all the difference. I don’t think I could have managed true EC while trying to potty train three to four children at the same time, but if God blesses us with another I may start out EC.

BTW, I spent $5,000 on disposable diapers before I refused to use them anylonger and went to cloth diapers. I did not find that cloth helped in potty training (naked bottoms did, though) but it was so much cheaper! I like www.diaperswappers.com, www.craigslist.org, www.freecycle.org for diapers. Here’s some books on EC (there are many websites as well.)

http://www.diaperfreebaby.org/
http://www.thepottywhisper.com/

What kids say

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The other day I listened to the girls in their usual round of “Old McDonald Has a Farm.” After all the animals had been named, the next line they sang was “Old McDonald had a farm, E I E I O. And on his farm he had lots of poop, E I E I O. With Lots of poop here, and lots of poop there. Here lots of poop, there lots of poop, everywhere lots of poop. Old McDonald had a farm, E I E I O.”

Oh my, well with all those animals surely there was lots of poop, right? hehe

Then they followed it with “Old McDonald had a farm, E I E I O. And on his farm he had a wife, E I E I O. With a “Get to work here” and a “Get to work there” here a “get to work” there a “get to work” everywhere a “get to work.” Old McDonald had a farm, E I E I O.”

I was laughing before, but that was just hysterical!