Fashion Friday

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Outfit Details:
On Kallie
Pink Blush Wrap Dress, c/o | Stella & Dot Bracelets {here, here and here} | Fitbit
On Paisley
Target Dress {exact one is from last year. Similar style here} | Cardigan | Mary Jane Flats

So I failed at getting this post up in a consistent and timely manner…surprise…BUT here is the second edition of my Mom Fashion Friday! I am continuing to improve my posting consistency, and for some reason I go in spurts! I promise it will get better. HA!

It’s getting a little harder to feel comfortable with this gigantic belly – 37 weeks in this photo – but we are getting more and more excited to meet our baby girl!

I’ve wanted a floral wrap dress for a while now and finally found one that I love. It’s the perfect light blue color AND it is long enough for my 5 foot 7 frame. Super comfy and thick (no extra layers! woohoo). My favorite aspect is that I can wear it after I have baby too. Perfect for nursing and beyond.

I had to share Paisley’s style too! She specifically asked to have her picture taken – and that I got some of her twirling! (She poses WAY better than I do and I probably need to take tips on twirling from her!)

I hope you guys are enjoying this type of post. Let me know your thoughts!! Happy Friday All!

~xo~

2 Kids + Airplane = Travel Chaos

To say that we travel a lot is an understatement. With all our family outside of California, holidays and other times throughout the year you can find us on an airplane or buckled up for a long journey.

I wouldn’t say we are “experts” in this whole traveling with kids thing, but I would say we are pretty good at it by now (ask me in a few months if traveling with 3 makes me change my tune. ha).

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Carson has been traveling back and forth to California since he was 7 weeks old ( I do NOT recommend traveling with a baby this small…or at least don’t expect to get much house hunting done with a baby this small. Their no-schedule phase is not a pretty one when trying to navigate a new area, with WAY more traffic than necessary, and “sight-see”). When it was just him and he was that young, I needed way less stuff than I do now. I could get by with the diaper bag, a carrier or wrap, a few changes of clothes (for him and I…just in case), snacks for me and a good book. Things have changed now that he is 18 months and Paisley accompanies us on all our flights!

In the past year visiting California and since moving here, we have flown at least 5 times with children. Typically with both children and a WHOLE bunch of luggage.

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Our last trip, we met up with our family in Las Vegas and spent a few hours driving to Phoenix for Spring Training (which was a blast, check it out here). We finally had an ah-ha moment when packing for this trip. Previously, we used a shuttle service, lugging all our bags and 2 car-seats from our car to the shuttle, from the shuttle to the check-in counter – which is a nightmare when you only have 4 capable hands to really do all the work. It is a miracle if we travel with less than 5 checked items (3 suitcases and 2 car seats), add in two kids and we definitely look like a hot mess. Brian came up with the genius idea to drop myself and all of our junk at the airport prior to parking the car at the shuttle company. That way it would eliminate the biggest hassle of 2 unnecessary loading and unloading of junk – and the balancing act of getting all that cargo from the shuttle drop off to the check-in counter.

This little idea has saved us so much stress. You do have to account for an extra 30 minutes or so in your travel time, but it is well worth the headache. Paisley, Carson (that way we can get car-seats out, too) and I wait at the curb while Brian  parks the car and hops on the shuttle. Once he meets up with us, we only have a short commute to the check-in.

We don’t typically bring our stroller, as it is one more thing to mess with, but on the Arizona trip, we had our BOB Double Stroller, which came in big time – carrying more than just Carson. We stacked both car-seats, clipped on our carry-on bags (using this handy Mommy Clip), and threw on a few other smaller bags, so we had more hands available for pulling the larger bags. Paisley is also a huge help and loves to pull luggage, so she gets a bag to take to the counter as well (always a helper!). Once bags are checked, the rest of the trip is easy-breezy.

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For the actual plane ride, Paisley again is a champ. Just give her an iPad  loaded with some fun games and she is set (not even embarrassed to admit that this is our go to!). Carson is fine flying as long as there are enough snacks to pass the time (seriously he might eat the entire time). My travel bag of choice is Stella & Dot’s Getaway Bag and here’s what inside (and yes it ALL fits in this bag!):

  • Snacks – I can’t say this enough. We as adults get bored and want to munch, so it’s no surprise our kids are the same way. Go with the most loved and least messy. There is nothing worse than gunk all over your pants or your stuff. We love applesauce in these reusable pouches made by WeeSprout (click here for my more in depth review). Throw in extra fruit snacks, crackers and always have a water bottle for each kid. We love this Munchkin Snack Container and this these Munchkin no-spill cups!
  • Books – Carson is in to textured books, flap books and interactive books. His favorites are First 100 Trucks and Things That Go, On the Farm , and Moo Baa La La La (really any book by Sandra Boynton, she’s amazing!)
  • LeapFrog LeapPad – Paisley refers to this as her “green iPad”, but it is full of educational games, a note pad and music player. Her favorite is the camera feature!
  • Color Wonder Markers and Books – These are super kid friendly and virtually mess free. They make a bunch of different character themed books and markers, so you can easily customize this to meet your kiddos loves!
  • iPad – This is easily Paisley’s favorite accessory we bring on the trip (Carson is slowly realizing it’s amazing power! ha). But we load it with some fun games and shows that she gets to control. I am sure to download a few of her favorite movies (just be sure you have enough storage) from the Plex app. Her favorite games involve puzzles, matching, sorting and coloring (and it makes this momma feel less guilty knowing they are “educational”…right?!?)
  • Pacifiers – I am admiting that our 18 month old still relies on his paci to self-soothe and relax. And I’m not ashamed of it. He is so much different than Paisley in that respect. Getting rid of the paci is just not a battle we are ready to fight yet…so we typically have 3 on us whenever we travel. It’s just a good rule of thumb!
  • Blankets – Each kiddos gets to bring a blankie with them, and both typically opt for their aden + anais muslin blankets. Huge perk for momma is that they weigh practially nothing!
  • Headphones – Nothing special for Paisley, just a set like this to help her hear her games and movies better (and it saves this momma plus the others around us from having to hear them!)

By the time we fly anywhere again, we will have 3 kids and Carson will have his own seat. This could be a game changer for us, so I’m anxious to see how that goes for the first time. All I know is I get my own row with the new baby and Brian gets to share the row with Paisley and Carson…what could go wrong?!? haha

I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for flying and/or traveling with kiddos. The more ideas we share the easier it will be for everyone!

~xo~

Yesterday’s Little Blessing

I just have to tell you all what happened yesterday! I am one to stick to routines, follow my motherly instinct, but then also sweat the small stuff (aka: not getting the house clean, not having dinner prepped, worrying about wasting time, etc.). But that was not the case yesterday!

Carson had THE HARDEST time falling asleep yesterday for nap. We dropped Paisley off at preschool and went on a walk around the park to kill some time before pick up. Carson played his little heart out, swinging for the majority of the 20 minutes we were there (HA!). On the way back to the school, he took a little snooze. The sweetest thing for sure! Except it was eerily close to his actual naptime, which in turn threw everything else off.

After lunch we got a surprise visit (it wouldn’t have been a surprise if I would’ve had my phone…sorry Rach!), but it was a wonderful surprise. I haven’t seen this lady in TWO WEEKS and our little chat was well overdue, plus it brought Paisley a friend to play with for a bit before nap – win/win! I kept Carson up as well, since he loves him some Rae Rae time (and baby Brooklyn!), but that was a mistake!

This lead to him crying, throwing his pacis and blanket out of his crib…basically a huge NO THANK YOU from him to his momma. It took me a little under an hour to get him calmed down (I even pulled out the big guns and made him a bottle…don’t tell), and that barely worked. After a while he was so exhausted that he FINALLY laid his head down long enough to fall asleep.

*This is when I did something I have told myself not to do many times!* After this, I couldn’t lay him down. This sweet boy who loves to cuddle, play with trucks and barely sits still…was laying in my arms fast asleep (and snoring in the cutest way, might I add!). So I stayed. I rocked him for the rest of his nap time. I explored every feature of his face. The way his nose is still turned up just slightly. The freckles that are making an appearance ever so slightly in his hairline. His perfect eyebrows and eyelashes. His laugh in his sleep.

In this moment with him, I was relaxed. I thought about the chores or prep work I could have been doing, but didn’t do. I chose to listen to my motherly instinct and stay with my little boy. He needed me in that moment, and so that is where I stayed.

So much floating around about “spoiling” your baby, let them “figure it out”, and all the big grown up ways we say “we just don’t have time for them right now”…but we do and we should. It is our choice to bring these babies – and they are just that, BABIES – into our families. By picking them up when they cry, helping them fall asleep, taking time out to play with them…we are meeting a need for that child. They need us to recognize what their needs are and act accordingly!

Play with those babies, hold them, snuggle them, read them one more book. It’s little times like these when we realize how important we are to them, but even more so – how important they are to us. Screaming at me for an hour is a weird way to say that, but the snuggles and clinging to my arms makes it all worth it. So glad I slowed down yesterday, didn’t worry about “my other chores” and stayed in that room. He will only be this little for so long. I have to remember to take advantage of it when these opportunities present themselves. Time moves too quickly not to.

~xo~