Monthly Archives: July 2013

NW Vacation: Beach Day

Let me tell you how much this makes my heart melt… the Toddler LOVES the beach but not more than he LOVES his Nana and Aunt Rachel! We had a blast the second time at the beach.  The heat wave was starting to hit Seattle and it was a perfect day to get some quality time on the rocky shore.  

Nana taught D how to throw rocks in the water- little man loved watching them splash!  

OH- and this time we were all prepared for walking in the water.  Last trip up to see our Great-Nani, the Toddler decided to run straight into the water- on a 65 degree day- in 50 degree water. Poor Nana had to run in after him… thanks Mom! : )

The Toddler was all about holding onto hands and exploring the beach.  We even got to play with more squishy’s today after the tide started to roll out.

Nana also introduced him to the little crabs that scurry around at low tide.  Boy thought they were interesting, that they tickled his hands, and that they just might be scrumptious.  Lucky for the crabs that they are faster than my little man. Very lucky indeed.  

I am just so proud that he is willing to explore the beach, like my sister’s and I did when we were little- completely oblivious to cold water, loving crab hunting, throwing rocks, and even squishing all the little squishes! 

36 Weeks Bumpdate

  • How far along are you? 36 Weeks Along- NINE MONTHS BABY
  • How I’m feeling: You should hear me speak whale. I am an expert. I am large, hot all the time, swollen, and can’t breath if I walk up or down the stairs. To say that I was counting down the seconds to our baby girl’s arrival would be the understatement of the century. Although, she does need to cook for another week. So stay put little one.  I can take the heat.
  • Total weight gain: Bahahahaha. I ignore the scale now. I am still in a healthy range but dang do those numbers scare the crap out of me.
  • How big is baby?  The Little One is the size of a pumpkin.  A PUMPKIN. Hence why I now speak whale fluently.
  • Maternity clothes:  The black pants I bought when I was pregnant with the Toddler are way too darn tight on the belly. Yes, they are not maternity- but gosh darn it- they are my go-to pants for when my ankles swell like melons-because nobody needs to see that at Target- nobody.  Sports bras, snug black yoga pants are about it- unless I have to look “respectable” and then I try my darndest to fit into one of the two maternity dresses I bought. But at 120 degrees outside- there really is no comfortable clothes in the universe that would make me feel better.
  • Stretch marks? SAME-Heredity messed up on this one.  Even in college if any muscle got bigger I would get stretchmarks. No questions asked.  BAM there they would be.  With D- for some reason the Belly God’s thought they would mercifully let the belly be stretch-mark free.  I am not holding my breath for two-for-two.  But one can hope.
  • Sleep: I wake up about six-seven times a night. Clocking in at about 3-4 hours of sleep. Zombie Mom over here.
  • Best moment this week:  One week closer to full-term.
  • Movement: Other than the fact that I am sure I have some internal bleeding. SAME-Yes- especially at night- and whenever I hold the Toddler- sibling rivalry at its finest folks.  She kicks and punches at him with all her might. It would be precious if it wasn’t so painful.
  • Food cravings: After 9PM it is a strawberry milkshake, fries and a large ice cold diet coke.
  • Food aversions: Anything too hot temperature wise.
  • Labor signs:  Extreme BH contractions after strenuous exercise.  So I am supposedly “toning it down” on Doctor’s Orders. Now if you could explain that to my hyper-active Toddler that would be lovely.
  • Belly button in or out:  SAME In- but looking like it might pop out- it just disappeared with D- so that would be interesting.
  • What I miss:  SAME-Not having a round face- le sigh- ah well comes with the territory for me. Not being a whale. Not being too hot.
  • What I’m looking forward to:  FULL TERM NEXT WEEK.

NW Vacation: Squishy Heaven

Squishy Heaven 

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.


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


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!


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.  


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!

Flying with a Toddler: Mom Migraine Stopper

As many of you know, the Toddler and I traveled to the Pacific Northwest for two weeks of family time recently.

The dreaded solo-flight with a Toddler.

8 Months Pregnant.


More importantly we THRIVED!


Chalk it up to planning…planning…planning- parenting 101(know when a break down is about to occur and thwart that little breakdown beast with-you guessed it something from your magic bag of planning), and the C.A.R.E.S Safety Seat Belt.

Need a refresher of my Flying with a Toddler checklist? CLICK HERE

As I was freaking out the night before we were set to leave-as I normally do-I did some research on just how much room our car seat was going to take up on the plane.  As we all know, those seats are getting smaller and smaller and car seats are getting larger and larger! Low and behold our fancy schmancy car seat is not even approved by the FAA to be used in an airplane- some are- just not ours.  Didn’t even think there would be car seats made that would not meet the specifications of the FAA- MOM FAIL.  
So what does any rational human do upon learning this valuable information?
Yes, I was completely irrational and went about asking GOOGLE what on earth I was supposed to do with a 36 pound toddler- MY 36 POUND TODDLER- who wiggles and wriggles and can scoot out of the little lap belt on the plane.  For this time- even though he is only a year and a half- he has his own seat-this belly being 8 months pregnant with a 36 pound toddler as a “lap” child would just be ridiculous and dangerous to all those involved.
Well, Google made it’s Momma proud.  I found the CARES Seat Belt- found a store that carried them and then sent my husband(my lovely husband) out at 9PM at night to knab that sucker because our flight was at 7AM the next day and I JUST HAD TO HAVE THE SEAT BELT.  Seriously- read some of the hundreds of comments from thankful parents who have flown all over the world.  TRUST those reviews. I DID. And gosh-almighty am I glad that I did.
The seat belt was easy to use- looked like and fit like the exact same harness that our car seat uses and the Toddler got to sit in the window seat-like a big boy-the BIG boy that he is-and just relax.  Felt right at home in the harness.

CARES Safety Seat Belt Overview: 

CARES Child Aviation Restraint System is designed specifically for aviation use for children age 1 and older who weigh between 22 and 44 pounds. CARES is the first and only seat belt approved and certified by the FAA as an alternative to a car seat.
Is it a cure all? No.  If you have no control over your child and can not discipline them at home then this extra step just saves the people around you from being trampled-climbed on and kicked- but if you plan accordingly with books, healthy snacks, “new” toys(ones they haven’t seen in awhile), and are an able-bodied parent who knows how to discipline-then this is the icing on the cake!
Tired? Yes. BUT WE MADE IT!
Please note that all opinions are my own- I was not contacted by the company-I just TRULY think this is a life-saver for parents and am hoping that this information helps parents on flights with their little ones.  
For the first time in 12 flights- 12 solo flights- I felt calm on the plane with my little one.  
And that my dear friends is PRICELESS.
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