Parenting

Pregnancy Update: 7 months

7 months pregnant // sincerely kymberly

1.  How did your 7th month of pregnancy go?

Overall, great!  Family was in town to celebrate Christmas and then we enjoyed a post-Christmas road trip up the coast of California.  Checking out the central coast had been on my 2014 to-do list and I’m glad I got to sneak in the trip just days before the year ended.   

Braxton Hicks on the other hand- those are getting more intense; but it’s just another reminder of how close I am to meeting lil man :).

2.  With two months left, what’s on your baby to-do list?

A few things: 

-I’ve finally got all the nursery art ordered and delivered so I’ll be tackling hanging up the decor.

-Touring the hospital and filling out admissions forms ahead of time.

-And lastly, admitting that I need help.  Let the hiring process begin…  

3.  Any new fashion update to your wardrobe?

Although I can fit most of my regular tops, I’m starting to notice that their lengths are creeping up on the belly and aren’t as long as I’d like them to be.  So, I’ve snagged from my husband’s closet one of his button up shirts to wear over my leggings, as it’s been providing that much-needed length to cover up this booty ;).  Other than that- the wardrobe has remained the same: sporty-chic.

4.  What’s the highlight of your 7th month?

For Christmas I received several items off my registry.  My favorite being this bad boy.  I’ve mentioned my love for it before, and I truly believe it will make co-sleeping and recovering from a c-section much easier.  

5.  How’s the growing baby and how are you doing?

There’s no doubt we are packing on the L-B’s.  Baby is getting chunkier as the days go by and it’s evident in his movement.  His kicks…oh man, are they intense!  Just lay me down and my belly starts moving and shaking.  It’s an internal house party up in thurr.  

Me, I’m packing on the L-B’s.  Specifically all the weight I gained was in a weeks span.  I’m still not sure how I feel about gaining 6 pounds in one week…

Sincerely, Kymberly

Have Baby, Will Travel

I think you may have seen my son’s (future) BFF lately.  He’s been creating quite the buzz traveling throughout New Zealand and Australia with his Mum and Dad (also, my future girl BFF and my husband’s future guy BFF).  The adorable royal parents, William and Kate, took baby George along while they traveled the three-week tour simply because they just couldn’t imagine being away from their son for too long.  (I can absolutely relate.  See, Kate- we are totally going to be BFF’s.)kate-middleton-prince-willliam-royal-tour-gallery-87-gtykate-middleton-prince-willliam-royal-tour-gallery-82-gty

Seeing the adorable pictures of George alongside his parents while they travel, got me thinking about my own family and our travels.  Harrison, who is now 20 months is one lucky toddler.  Not in the sense that he has me for a cool mom (wink, wink!) but because he’s been lucky to travel often.  He took his first flight at 4 months of age, has since taken 12 flights, plus about a hundred long-distance trips; I’d say he’s a pretty seasoned traveler.

Getting prepped for my first flight with a baby was a scary one.  I researched like crazy gathering tips and tricks on how to travel with a baby.  I even chatted with Facebook friends who had recently traveled with their own babies.  Then, that first flight came and left.  Leaving me no longer scared or sweaty-lipped about traveling.  In fact, I  don’t even think twice about traveling with him.  How about flying alone with a toddler?  Shoot, I got this!  And road trips?  I welcome you.

Since I’ve become a semi-pro at this “have baby, will travel” lifestyle, I would love to share my top 5 tips and tricks to traveling with a toddler.  From packing to reaching the tarmac- this list will help make the process a smooth one :).

5.  Bring the comforts of home with you.  For some, their immediate reaction is that they don’t want to lug around “all that” baby/kid stuff.  But, I learned from the one (and only trip) where we borrowed things, to never do it again.  I thought borrowing wouldn’t upset our son because when we did, he was only a few months old.  But our son proved us wrong.  Harrison sure had his spider senses cranked up to full gear because he was irritable and didn’t sleep throughout the night in his borrowed pack and play.  Sleeping through the night wasn’t an issue pre-trip.  But this particular trip, it was an issue :(.

Moral of the story: bring your child’s own blanket, favorite toys,or anything else you think of that may make traveling easier.

FYI: Airlines don’t charge extra for baby/toddler related items.  So feel free to check-in the stroller, car seat, pack and play, inflatable toddler bed, etc.  Sure, you’ll look like you are traveling for a month, but  you’ll be the parent getting a full nights sleep and not getting grey-hair from a cranky kid.airport luggage // toddler

4.  Embrace technology.  Have your cell phones fully charged and your iPad full of downloaded apps just in case your lil one decides to throw a tantrum.  If you are a “no technology” kind of parent, well that’s cool.  But maybe think twice about having this as a backup plan just in case your baby decides that your normally soothing sing-songy voice doesn’t do the trick and instead Baby Einstein is killing it.

FYI:  My favorite app (it’s free too) is WATCH Disney Junior which provides different 30 minute shows seen on Disney.

3.  Splurge if necessary.  I’m talking non-stop flights if possible, flying during nap time or evenings, paying for extra leg room, and if theirs a chance the flight will be full (say, Christmas season) pay for the child’s seat.  I know we don’t all have the luxury to do such things every time.  But, use your judgment on when to splurge and when to skimp out.  I’d rather be able to sip on my gin and juice (I mean, apple) and enjoy my pretzels in the other hand, than trying to find room for my toddler and I to fit comfortably in one seat.  flying with a baby // airplane seat

10 month old // airplane // seat

2.  More is better.  Carve out more time to get to the airport and to go through all that airport ish.  You know that “be at the airport 2 hours early rule” that someone came up with?  Um, do it.  Because even if you breeze by security (because you’re a genius and totally didn’t pack liquids) and are waiting at the gate ready to board, you’ll have done it in a manner that kept you relaxed and sane.  Plus, now you’ve got more time to grab food, nurse your child, shop at The Body Shop or whatever random stores that perk your interest.

FYI:  If you’ve got a stroller, bring it through the airport.  You’ll not only be able to zip around the airport but you’ll be able to gate check it.  I’ve taken my Uppababy G-Luxe on all 12 flights and that bad-boy of a lightweight stroller is the ultimate in versatility and among its many (and I mean, many) amazing features; my favorite is that it is suitable for a 3 month old, the youngest age for a glorified umbrella stroller.

Uppababy // G-Luxe // 4 month old

My son at 4 months: first flight and using the Uppababy G-Luxe umbrella stroller.  (Side note: this moment is of my son meeting his Great Grandpa for the first time.)

1.  Do You.  Simple enough.  When in doubt, revert back to what you’ve been doing.  After all, you’re the parent and you truly know what’s best for your child.

So there you have it, my quick 5 tips on traveling with a toddler.  Got any other tricks you can’t live without?

Sincerely, Kymberly

 

 

Toddler Essentials + GIVEAWAY

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Now that my son is a toddler, I’m finding his needs are much different from when he was a baby.   With Harrison just weeks away from his 18 month birthday, I’m sharing my favorite Skip Hop items that are essential for a toddler.  Then scroll down to read more about my Skip Hop GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Here’s what made my Toddler Essential List:

one:  This stay-put mat and plate is genius!  Helps to keep food in your toddlers mouth, not on the floor.  (okay, it won’t prevent your tot from throwing food, but that’s a whole different story!)

two:  I’m loving this spoon and fork set because the rubber grips are excellent in helping teach  your toddler how to use utensils.

three:  The perfect sippy cup for when your tot finally makes the transition away from a bottle.  Plus, it comes with an extra straw (because it’s always good to have a spare!)

four:  A luggage that’s small enough for your toddler to move around, yet ample enough for a weekend trip’s worth of clothes.

five:  I truly can’t say enough amazing things about these Skip Hop bibs.  They are my go-to bib to throw into my son’s diaper bag.  The bib tucks into a compact size and cleans/dries easily.  Plus the velcro is durable and doesn’t come off even with a toddler tugging at it 😉 .

six:  A playmate like this one is a fun addition to a tots bedroom or playroom.

seven:  A little tot backpack is ideal for a day’s worth of snacks and favorite toys.

Do you love Skip Hop as much as I do?  You’re in luck, all zoo products are an additional 20% off on their website with the code: JAN20.  (Code valid January 20-24, 2014).

Want to win a Skip Hop bib of your own?  Good news, I’m giving away TWO BIBS!!!!  Your toddler will love it!  To enter the giveaway, I’ve made it  super simple to enter:

(1)  LIKE my Facebook page and

(2)  COMMENT on the Facebook post regarding this Skip Hop giveaway.  Just make sure you include what animal bib you want and leave your email address (so you can be contacted).

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If you are already a fan of my Facebook page, you can still enter to win.  Just comment on the post 🙂 .  Winners will be picked at random and announced this Friday (1/25/14).  Last time to enter your name will be Thursday 1/24/14 5pm PST.

Easiest way to enter a giveaway, right?  Good luck!!!

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Sincerely, Kymberly