Daily Archives: July 11, 2013

20 Months Munchkin Meals: Airport Travel

Time for another Munchkin Meals thanks to Brittany over at A Healthy Slice of Life! On the first Thursday of every month she hosts a Munchkin Meals Link-Up Party- which enables me to look through tons of great meal ideas to change things up with my Toddler.

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The Toddler STATS

20 Months Old- 36lbs Strong- 37 Inches Tall

HATES anything with sugar in it- seriously.

LOVES fresh vegetables, fruit and white chicken chili.

19 Month Munchkin Meals
18 Month Munchkin Meals

Currently we are working on saying “please” and “thank you” at the correct times-along with using the sign for those words.  He can drink from a regular cup, use a fork and spoon and let’s us know when he needs more of a certain favorite-like his current favorite white chicken chili-or if he is all done with his meal. He sits in a regular chair at the table for all of his meals- for lack of an adequate high chair- he broke the solid wood one we had- apparently too heavy for it-awhile back. He uses real plates and silverware, but I am sticking with plastic cups for now.

We just returned from a two week stay with family up in the great Pacific Northwest and thought it might be interesting to document what he ate on one of the days we traveled.

How to Cope with Flying with a Toddler
Flying with a Toddler: Mom Migraine Stopper

DIAPER BAG ESSENTIALS:


This all fits in the diaper bag. Truly.

Wallet & Shot Records- to prove he is mine. Plus a letter from my OB that stated I could fly in case TSA tried to keep me from flying home to the desert at the end of our trip.

The Toddler’s two FAVORITE books- can’t you tell? So much loving wear on them. PLUS-this was the first time I had technology on one of our flights! One of our friends downloaded Cars and Finding Nemo for us- it helped during times when other kids on the plane had meltdowns. And I can not tell you how many times I read those books on the plane.

Diapers-Wipes-Boogie Wipes-Band aids-Wet Bag-Tide-to-Go Stain Eraser-Hand Sanitizer = Necessary

What?!? 20 Months old and he still takes a bottle? Yes- only at night-but for how “scary” flying can be I make exceptions.  Empty Nuby Cup- I fill it up with water after we get through security.

LARGE bag full of Cherrios- he munches on this off an on throughout the flight- helps pop his ears.  Pouches and spoon attachments- the spoon attachments are only used for food that he really dislikes-like squash-otherwise he just sucks those babies down.  On this flight he only ate Cheerios and the GoGoSqueeze- but I know I need options with his appetite.

My trusty JJ Cole diaper bag.  I lost my previous bag to the AZ Desert Heat last summer- seriously- cars get HOT!

Safety Seat Belt- see Mom Migraine Stopper Link Above

Swaddle Blanket- just to cuddle with.

The OH-SO-NECESSARY change of clothes.



Our flight left at 7AM so I actually had to wake up my sleeping boy and load him into the car.  Poor guy was really out of it and had a hard time waking up in the car.  My Husband was sweet enough to get a Gate Pass and assist us getting through security and to the gate on-time.  I have never been turned down when I have requested a Gate Pass from Southwest Airlines but I hear that it is common for other airlines to turn you down.  

So I felt like one lucky duck!

The Toddler was awake and running amok- like he should- in the airport to get all of the morning “sillies” out.  I was able to get a banana for the trip after we went through security that he happily scarfed down.

Traveling days are weird and I really need to prepare for everything when it comes to the Toddler’s meals.  

Together we went through the entire bag of Cheerios on the flight.  We munched on them during take-off and landing to help “pop” our ears.  Throughout the flight he consumed 8 ounces of whole milk and a couple sips of water. 

During choppy weather we shared two cups of ice.  He is teething-getting in the last of his back molars and ice makes him happy-which in turn makes me happy.

The GoGoSqueeze was sucked down after our trip to the restroom.  I went to the back of the plane-the changing tables on SW are in the front but my little man hasn’t fit on that since he was 8 months old.  SOOO when that familiar smell came about I made the executive decision to attempt a change in the back lavatory.  Well, it was a mess.  We survived.  The change of clothes was necessary. Enter the GoGoSqueeze.

We made it to Seattle by 11AM and Nana was waiting for us with snacks- I was famished- 8 1/2 months pregnant hauling a Toddler around will do that to you.

D fell asleep on the ride home from the airport and we decided to hit up my favorite place to eat when we are at home!

LUNCH:



YUM YUM YUM. Cheese quesadilla, beans, rice and apple juice.


The Toddler was exhausted and I knew for sure that he was going to bed super early because of the lack of a real nap- BUT- if he was going to sleep through the night he definitely had to have something to eat.  

DINNER:

Apple, Monterey Jack Cheese, White Chicken Chili and 6 ounces of water.


All-in-all we had a very successful travel day! I was really proud with how well he did on the plane.  We were so very lucky to be able to escape the heat for a bit together and visit family!  The Toddler even got to try one of our secret family recipes which apparently I need to start making on a weekly basis- TODDLER APPROVED.  

The Toddler was down and out by 5:30PM- a record for us!  So glad that even with all of our allergy hurdles, we can still have a healthy day of eats on the road!

Thanks for reading-and thank you Brittany for hosting!