Thursday, June 28, 2012

Glyde Review

I, like many of you, have found myself with extra electronics or DVDs that I would like to sell & get some money for rather than just keep them around the house when we are finished with them. My go-to places for this have always been eBay or Craigslist. Both of which have their pros and cons. The one thing I know I always hated was the shipping - figuring out which box or package to use, how much to charge, etc. Then going to the post office or other shipping place and just taking the time to go through the whole shipping process.

Well, I was contacted by someone from Glyde, a new way to buy and sell your games, iPods, iPhones & more! They gave me an opportunity to try out their site. They provided the merchandise and just asked me to set up an account, list the item, set the price and then ship it after it sold. In exchange, they asked that I give the proceeds to the charity of my choice. (I must say, it was a no-brainer that I'd be donating to Adriel's Bloggers for Birth Kits.)

Launched in 2009 by people behind eBay Motors, Glyde is a person-to-person, online marketplace that makes it truly easy to sell your old iPad, Android, iPhone, video games, or DVDs.  Glyde was founded on the idea that buying and selling your things online should be easy, safe, and economical. It has an incredibly user-friendly interface where you can list your iPad in seconds for free.  No descriptions to write or pictures to take. (An iPad is what I was provided to sell.) Best part, in my opinion: when it sells, Glyde sends you an easy-to-use shipping kit with everything you need.  Just place your item into the kit and drop it in the mail. Once the buyer receives your item, you get paid.

Here's what I liked about Glyde:
  • Listing was incredibly easy! You chose the specifications of the item you are selling and they give you a suggested listing price, which you can obviously adjust. You pay nothing to list and Glyde only takes a percentage if your item sells.
  • Best part about the pricing is that you are able to see how many people have the same product listed for prices close to yours. You can adjust to be the cheapest of your item if you want to sell quickly!
  • Also with the pricing, you can see immediately what your selling price is and what your proceeds would be after Glyde takes their percentage.
  • SHIPPING. This was by far the easiest and best thing about the whole experience for me. When you are pricing, you don't have to list a shipping price. It's taken care of.
  • After your item is purchased, Glyde sends you a package to put your item in. It has a mailing label to your buyer in it. All you have to do is stick the label on the package, put your item in the box and drop it in your closest Post Office box. Absolutely the easiest & least stressful online selling I've ever done!
  • Wonderful customer service & team on staff at Glyde. I had a great experience working with the team & was given the opportunity for lots of support if I needed it! (Although I must say, with the ease of the whole process, I didn't end up asking for it.)
 Here's what I wasn't sure about:
  • I didn't buy any items on Glyde, so I'm not sure if the buying process is as easy as the selling process, but really with the ease of everything I experienced, I can't imagine that it would be difficult.
  • I don't know how Glyde's percentage compares to what is taken out by sites like eBay. With Glyde, they take a percentage and then you pay for the shipping box, usually $1-$3.50. You can read about Glyde's percentage for selling transactions here.
Overall, I really liked the process!

Selling on Glyde was the easiest and least stressful online selling process I've ever had. My husband and I have a lot of experience buying and selling on eBay and Craigslist and we were both really impressed with the whole process at Glyde. We will definitely use them next time we are selling these types of products online! I highly recommend checking it out next time you have some electronics to sell!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Potty Training

Having a little celebratory ice cream for pooping in the potty!
We are successfully potty trained! This is an experience & a milestone that I have to record somewhere, if only just so I remember for next time! Also, this has lots of potty talk in it, so if you're not interested in reading all that...don't. 

Isis has been going occasionally in the potty for pee since she was a little older than 18 months. This would happen more often with the grandparents because they seemed excited to do it & she seemed more at ease about doing it with them. We didn't push it almost at all at our house because I wanted to go all in or just wait. I didn't want to just go halfway with the potty training & drag it out forever. She also has woken up dry for naps pretty frequently for about the same amount of time. She has also woken up many times dry in the morning. She would also tell me sometimes that she needed a diaper change, so I knew she was ready. As a teacher, I just waited until summer to do it because I didn't want a babysitter to have to potty train her - especially considering our sitter watches several other kids, so that's just too much. This past week I had 3-4 days in a row where I knew I could be home & focus on it, so we did it! General stats: Isis is just over 2 years 5 months right now.

Gathering Info
If you've been reading my blog for very long or know me at all, you'll know that I like to take experience & advice from lots of different people & figure out what combo of that will work for me. No one parenting style is going to work for a wide range of people & the same can go with potty training or any other guided parenting strategy. So I set out at first to gain some knowledge from the experienced parents around me! I also had a friend who suggested the 3 day potty training method. I have the ebook & I read it in less than an hour the day before I started. Taking all this into consideration, I determined what method I wanted to use. Now, those who know me also know that I like structure, I like having a plan of action & I like to think things out in advance. I try to be intentional in my parenting, so I went into potty training with this mentality. 

My method / Our experience
 I focused on the positive with Isis through this whole process. She never received any sort of negative response to an accident or anything. I started by putting her in big girl panties & being really excited about it. Good thing was, with her past experience using the potty, she was excited to go on the potty first thing in the morning the first day. After that, I left her in big girl panties, told her to "tell mommy if you need to go potty" and just let her do her thing. I stayed close to her all day, playing more directly with her throughout the day than I normally do. (I usually try to get her to play independently during the day for a little while.) If she had an accident, I just tried to catch it right when I realized what was happening & I ran her to the potty. If any pee made it in the potty, I got really excited & gave her 2 M&M's. I then kept reminding her throughout the day to "tell mommy if you need to go potty." I didn't ask her if she wanted to go potty & I didn't suggest it. I tried to give her the control because she is 2 & we're in the "I do it" stage, so this made more sense to me than asking her all the time or trying to take her to the potty after a certain amount of time. The first day, she had what I'm calling 1 1/2 accidents. 1 was a full on accident & 1 was just she started & finished on the potty. The rest of the day she asked to go.

I also did diapers for sleep. I'm going to keep diapers for sleeping for a while. Not sure how long. The first day she did wet her diaper during naptime & bedtime. But she didn't after that. So, it's interesting. Maybe I won't need diapers when she's sleeping as much as I thought I would. 

The second day, she asked to go pee every time. She had one accident at night right before bath time. I think she just forgot because she was running around with Lewis getting bubbles for the bath and stuff like that and she just stopped in the middle of the hallway & goes "uh oh!" We also got out the little potty on the second day and she got more excited about that. She would run in the bathroom and open that one and start pulling her panties down. So that was pretty exciting! 

The third and fourth days, she did perfect with the pee. No accidents at all. 

The problem
Here was the only problem with the whole thing: poo. I started potty training on Thursday morning. Isis is normally a once a day pooper. The last time she had gone was Wednesday  morning. I could tell Tuesday afternoon that she kinda needed to go, but she didn't. Then on Friday I started to tell that she really needed to go, but was holding it. I had expected this would probably happen because I'd heard about how common it was. Friday afternoon, I called the doctor just to find out what I should do if it continues and to find out at what point we start to worry. Isis has done this before where she held it for a few days. We had used apple prune juice & it had worked great before, so we tried that, but it didn't work. The doctor told us we could use a glycerin suppository if high fiber foods didn't work. They said, though, that they didn't recommend this during potty training because it could cause them to have a negative association & I really didn't want that. I also knew from someone else that I could use Pedia-Lax, which is a children's laxative. I bought the chewable tablets on Saturday because her belly started getting big and I knew she was really uncomfortable. We gave her 1 tablet on Saturday night & she ended up going 1 teeny tiny bit, but nothing really substantial.

Today, though, she finally went! We had given her another tablet for breakfast and 1 around lunch. It was after dinner when she finally told me she needed to poo. She'd been drinking prune juice all day, so I knew it was going to be interesting. She was in the living room and she seemed uncomfortable when she started going & so I told Lewis to bring the little potty into the living room because I was afraid moving her would make it stop. So she just ended up sitting there in the living room to go. Because of the prune juice and the laxatives, I think the whole experience was a lot more comfortable than it could've been after 4 days of not pooping! She seemed really excited because we made a really big deal about it! There were lots of high fives & big smiles while she was going. She'd look in the potty & point at it & go "look at that!" It was actually really funny and I had to focus on not laughing. I tried to just stay really positive and happy and excited! She got a little bit of ice cream & some M&M's afterward for pooping in the potty!!

So overall, I'd call that all a success! We'll see how the pooping goes from here, but I feel like getting her to go that first time was a breakthrough! And she was excited about it, so hopefully we won't have as much trouble after that!

What I think worked: 
  • Being consistently positive, no negative associations with accidents or not pooping
  •  Having her "tell mommy when you need to go potty" - giving her control
  • Patience, patience, patience
  • Consistency - I tried to treat each time the same so that she knew what to expect from me & from the whole process
Now, this was my experience. As I said, I gathered info and advice from lots of different people whose experiences looked different than mine & we all now have potty trained children so you've gotta do what works for your child. So in the grand scheme of things, just like anything else, take from this what works for you & leave the rest! Mine is just one more experience to add to the mix!

What was your experience?
Any tips for readers looking for potty training advice?

Good luck with your own potty training experiences!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Another Girl! And potty training

We are having another girl!!!

I am so excited that Isis will have a little sister. That is something I never had and I always wished I had. Having a brother was fun, too, don't get me wrong, but there was always something I envied about that bond of sisters. I look forward to seeing this with my girls!! Everything looked great with the 20 week ultrasound, so we are excited and well into nursery planning and preparing as I want to have everything done and ready before I go back to school at the beginning of August.

Now, second reason for this post: Potty Training
We have also decided it is time to potty train Isis. I held off during the school year because I didn't want to make my babysitter do a lot of it. Isis uses the potty occasionally as it is, usually about once a day, if not more. She just doesn't really tell us if she needs to go all the time. She also wakes up with a dry diaper some of the time both at night and almost always for naps. So we feel like it's time. I'd love to get that taken care of before I'm back at school in August and before the baby comes!

So here's where I need advice! What worked for you with potty training?? Any fabulous tips or tricks? 
Right now we are planning on starting tomorrow because I've got 3, possibly 4 straight days where we can just hang out at home and we don't have to go anywhere. I'm just going to go straight to underwear and no diapers and just let her do what she does. I'll suggest it and have her try throughout the day and we're going to do 2 M&M's for pee and 5 for poo, although I don't really see the poo thing happening in the potty anytime soon. We also are going to keep the diapers for night time and naps for right now. After 2-3 days, I'm going to re-evaluate and see if it's working or it's not and go from there.

What did you do? Give me advice!!
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