I have decided to potty train L. He is 3 in June and tells me all the time that he "hates diapers mommy!" We have been trying to get him to use the potty for a while now and have even bribed him with stickers and pennies for his bank, but nothing seemed to work. We even have 2 different kinds of pottys, but nothing. So after talking to some of my great mommy friends, we put him in big boy underpants and see where it takes us. I started that on Wednesday and today is Friday. He is doing better, but we are still having accidents. Today he hasn't gone pee yet, except for on the floor this morning because we didn't get to him in time. He did get 10 stickers on his board in the bathroom so I went out and got him a prize. But D was flipping out because she wanted to use the potty too. Last night I took her upstairs before bed because she wanted to use it. She peed on it right away and was very proud of herself. So last night after the kids were off to bed, I headed out to Meijer. I picked up 3 packs of big girl undies for D, 1 more pack for L to use as prizes, a package of pull ups for each kids (only for long car rides), and a new potty chair for D (since L freaked when we tried to let her use his). What an expensive trip to the store that was, but counting how much diapers would cost, I'm willing to invest. With L we are on day 3 and with D we are on day 1. Wish me luck!
I have officially gone crazy trying to potty train 2 at the same time!
UPDATE TIME: It is not going well. L was doing great, but now today has not gone on the potty once. He was holding it for hours throughout the day, I would stick him on the potty when I knew he would have to go, and this would result in a meltdown. I would finally let him get up from the potty, only to have him have an accident and not tell me about it. I keep asking him if he needs to go, but he is just stubborn! Now D, she was so not ready. She was showing me all the signs, but when I finally put the big girl undies on she just kept peeing all over the living room, and not telling me that she did. So D is back in a diaper and I'll try again with her in 2 months, and L is in a pull up for now. I'll try again with him in a month. We shall see!
Ingredients:Makes 16–20 servings
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter , at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 large eggs , at room temperature
- 3 cups milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder , preferably Dutch process
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter , cut up
- 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Pecan halves, for garnish
To make the layers, sift together the sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Sift the mixture one more time, and set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the paddle blade on high speed until light in color and texture, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl and be sure the mixture is well-blended. On low speed, add the flour in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of the milk, beginning and ending with the flour, and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl often with a rubber spatula. Beat in the vanilla. Using a scant cup for each layer, spread the batter evenly in the pans. It will make a thin layer.
Staggering the pans on the racks so they are at least 2 inches from each other and the sides of the oven and not directly over each other, bake the layers until they feel firm when pressed in the centers and are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pans, about 12 minutes. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Invert the layers onto cake racks, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely. Wash and prepare the pans. Repeat the procedure until all 12 layers have been baked and cooled.
To make the icing, bring the sugar, cocoa, butter and evaporated milk to a full boil in a large saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the icing has thickened slightly (it will resemble chocolate syrup but will thicken as it cools), about 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Let the icing cool until thick enough to spread, but still pourable.
Place a layer of cake on a wire rack set over a jelly-roll pan. Spread with a few tablespoons of the icing, letting the excess run down the sides. Stack the remaining cakes, icing each layer. Pour the remaining icing over the top of the cake. If you wish, smooth the icing on the edges to cover the sides. Place pecan halves around the top perimeter of the cake. Let stand until the glaze sets. (The cake is best served the day it is made. To store, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day.)
Recommended technique: If you buy inexpensive aluminum foil cake pans at the grocery store (they can be saved for another time as well), you will be able to knock out layers in no time. And no washing between baking!