Monthly Archives: July 2013
|July 17, 2013||Posted by Holly Marie under Life and Times in our House, Vacation||
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!
|July 16, 2013||Posted by Holly Marie under Belly Questionaire||
- 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.
|July 15, 2013||Posted by Holly Marie under Life and Times in our House||
|July 11, 2013||Posted by Holly Marie under Adventures in Cooking, Vacation|
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
DIAPER BAG ESSENTIALS:
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!
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.
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!
|July 9, 2013||Posted by Holly Marie under Reviews, Vacation||
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
CARES Safety Seat Belt Overview: