With two kids under the age of two and the fact that I’m on my own most of the time, I’m thinking a double stroller is going to be a must. I did quite a bit of research on the double stroller that would work for us and decided on the Joovy Caboose. I chose the Joovy because it:
Is lightweight (21 pounds)
Fits in the trunk of a compact car (apparently a rarity for double strollers)
Has a universal carseat adapter that will allow me to put the infant seat in the front while G-Man is little
Has the option for Holden to either sit or stand
I also got the Joovy Caboose Too Rear Seat, which turns the rear seat into a full-size reclining option for Holden. Apparently with this accessory, the Joovy is a great option for families with kids who are close in age, like Holdy and Gatsby will be. We’ll see; I’ll report back on how it works out!
Word from friends with multiple little ones is to get a diaper bag backpack for optimum kid juggling. Again, I did some online research and decided on the Dadgear Backpack. The Dadgear won me over with its:
Flip-down baby wipes access window (no more digging!)
Diaper “hammock” at the top of the bag that keeps the diapers easily accessible
Two bottle pockets on the sides
I’ve started using the backpack already and love it. It’s a bit different going from the Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty One Gifts that I had previously been using to the backpack, mostly because that bag was entirely open (which was sometimes problematic). I’m going to be quite a sight with my backpack and double stroller, juggling two little kids, haha.
I have a few things on the Baby #2 Wish List that I’ll share soon. But… the preparation process has started!
One of my best friends lives outside Philadelphia, so when we found an amazing Living Social deal for the Please Touch Museum, located in the Fairmount Park section of Philly, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get together with the kids.
The Please Touch Museum is basically two floors of super-interactive play environments that are educational and fun. There’s a play version of Philadelphia, complete with a SEPTA bus; a ShopRite grocery store that was an absolute zoo; a Wonderland replica (as in, “Alice in”); a musical rainforest; a water pond and a gorgeous carousel… among many other exhibits. There are even toddler-specific areas.
Holden basically went nuts. It was a great day.
Admission to the Please Touch Museum is $16 for an adult or child; children under one year are free. Keep your eye out for great deals: the Living Social deal was $9 for admission and included a carousel ticket.
Seriously, this place is adorable and has the most precious clothing and toys for the wee ones. I’m partial to the super cute monster line they carry. The fun little monster faces are made of terry cloth (perfect for spit up and drool) that are appliquéd onto American Apparel onesies, tees, gowns and rompers. Holden came home from the hospital in a little monster gown.
I’m leaving tonight for a girls’ weekend in Cape May with my mom, aunts, cousins and Holden. Going to Cape May has become a bi-annual tradition for us. We go every Mother’s Day and every October, over what would be my Nanny’s birthday.
Long story short: my Nanny loved going to Cape May with her daughters. In 2011, we all had plans to take her to Cape May for Mother’s Day. She died a week before our trip. We decided that we would all still go to celebrate her life and to spread her ashes on the beach (shh, I’m pretty sure that’s illegal).
During that first trip, we all decided to do something else to honor her: we each got a tattoo of a ladybug. Nanny loved ladybugs; she thought they were her lucky charms. So now we all have Nanny’s lucky charms with us forever. We’re The Ladybug Girls.
Since Nanny’s death, we see ladybugs everywhere. The first time we visited Cape May for Nanny’s birthday, there were hundreds of ladybugs swarming the rocks near where we spread her ashes. Who ever heard of ladybugs on the beach? For my cousin’s daughter’s birthday, we found a ladybug inside the cake box. There was a ladybug at the pool the first time Holden went swimming. Ladybugs are our reminder that Nanny is always with us.
I can’t wait for another fun weekend with The Ladybug Girls and to spend my first Mother’s Day in a place I love with Holdy. Here’s hoping you get to spend your Mother’s Day with the ones you love.
All photos from the camera of my super talented cousin, Katlyn Marie.
Well… we survived Holden’s first trip to Disney World at 10 1/2 months old. Before you judge me as absolutely nuts for taking a baby to Disney World, let me just say 1) my parents are in the Disney Vacation Club so we go like every other year 2) yes, I know she won’t remember any of it. That being said, I do believe she enjoyed herself and overall the trip wasn’t nearly as bad as I was anticipating.
My fidgety little crawler was quite the trooper through the two-hour car ride, two-hour wait in the airport and two-hour flight. Though she did spend half the flight crawling back and forth from her dad’s lap to mine, she spent the other half napping. I was so psyched by this that I didn’t care that my arm was asleep for a full 45 minutes. The air pressure during takeoff and descent didn’t seem to bother her a bit, thanks to her trusty Nuk.
(remind me to tell you more about that fantastic pashmina later).
We stayed at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. Holden absolutely LOVED swimming in the pool, much to my delight because I am a sun worshipper myself.
The pool accessories I picked up for her were clutch to ensuring a misery-free week at the pool.
UPF 50+ Sun Protective Baby Suit by NoZone: prevented me from having to worry about reapplying sunscreen all over my squirmy little crawler and made sure her baby skin remained burn-free in the hot Florida sun.
UPF 50+ Sun Protection Flap Hat by Iplay: protected her head, face and neck (even if she did look like Sheikh!). The chin tie and drawstring in back ensured that the hat stayed on, despite her best efforts to remove it.
Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy: was perfect for my daredevil who pooh-poohed the baby pool and wanted to go right for the real thing. She floated along happily until her fingers got pruney, with the shade providing an extra layer of sun protection.
I had so many parents at the resort asking me where I got each one of those items (Amazon!).
We only ventured to one park, hitting up Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Festival.
It was so stinking hot that we looked for any excuse to get out of the sun with the baby, which actually turned out to be a great thing because we went on rides that I had deemed “too boring” to visit during previous trips. Holden loved The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Seeing the huge grin on her face made me briefly forget my ichthyophobia (google it).
Thank god for the Baby Care Center in Epcot (which is located in the Odyssey Center, between the World Showcase and the Test Track). We escaped the heat, did a diaper change, drank a bottle, and had a full-on, sprawled-out nap, all in the blessed air conditioning.
Sadly, we lost a good man in Epcot that day: our beloved “Monkey Nuk” (the Nuk clip on her shirt in the photos) didn’t make it home with us. RIP, good buddy. You were an integral member of our parenting team.
Overall, it was a–dare I say it?–magical trip. To see my daughter’s face light up with delight over and over again made it all worth it. Spending all day, every day with her for seven straight days definitely made it even harder to return to work today.
The pool at our resort has been closed down no less than three times during our stay due to… defecation.
I was all psyched to try out the new Pampers Splashers swim diapers I bought for Holden, only to find that they are too big for her, despite them being the smallest size available and despite her supposedly fitting within the diaper weight range. How did I find this out? By the bucket full o’ pee that came gushing out of her suit and onto me as I was holding her.
I discovered that the regular diaper, topped with the waterproof rubber pants (that I also luckily brought along) was a better combination to keep any yuckies from spilling into the communal waters. But the situation got me thinking about how much of my life is spent hoping that my daughter doesn’t poop someplace inappropriate.
Please don’t poop in the pool. Please don’t poop at Gymboree. Please don’t poop in the bathtub. Please don’t poop on the plane. Please don’t poop at the nice restaurant Mommy probably shouldn’t have brought you to in the first place.
This paranoia most likely stems from an incident that occurred the first time I gave her a tub bath. Spoiler alert: she pooped.
We dodged a bullet this time–I SWEAR that not one of the poops that shut down the pool came from Holden. But I think I’ll always be waiting for the other poo to drop.
Where is the most ridiculous place your child has pooped?
Amazon.com, meet Disney World. Disney, meet Amazon. After checking out the weather forecast for our Disney trip and realizing my 10-month-old was woefully unprepared for heavy rains, I did some last-minute online shopping. As in, the night before we left.
I knew that you can have stuff delivered to your Disney resort, thanks to my friend Sarah at How I Pinch a Penny. So I went to Amazon and ordered some rain essentials to be delivered during our trip.
I used Amazon Prime for free two-day delivery. I googled the name of our resort for the actual mailing address and made sure to include my travel confirmation number in the mailing info (if I were already here and knew my room number, I would have used that).
On the third day of our trip, I returned from the pool to a voicemail from the front desk: my delivery had arrived! Of course, now the weather is beautiful with not a cloud in sight. Isn’t that how it usually works? Oh well, at least now we’re prepared!
We’re headed to Disney World with my 10-month-old daughter. Are we crazy?
I’m a bit nervous about Holden’s first plane ride. We are lucky in that my parents are actually driving to Orlando, so most of our gear will be traveling with them. I’m planning on nursing (or bottle feeding) Holdy during take off and descent, but I’m more anxious about two hours in a confined seat with my eager crawler. We’ll be bringing lots of books, a Kindle Fire and a portable DVD player in our carry-on. I’ve downloaded some of the iPhone apps from Parents‘ List of Best iPhone Apps for Babies. If worst comes to worst, I’m prepared to do a lot of aisle walking. I’m told that flights to Orlando usually have many children on them, so hopefully I won’t be “that mother.” Or that only mother, anyway.
I’ve been reading up on some tips for traveling to Disney World with a baby. Traveling Mom has some fantastic hints on doing Disney World with a kid in tow. We definitely plan on taking advantage of the various Baby Care Centers located in each of the parks. These centers offer (among other things) changing tables, nursing rooms, rockers and a full kitchen to prepare bottles and food and to clean gear. They also apparently have a wide variety of baby necessities to purchase (at a premium, of course) should I (inevitably) forget anything.
If Mr. B and I decide to get our ride on, we’ll be checking out the unadvertised Baby Swap option. On the rides where a child is too small or too young to ride, Disney offers families a “Baby Swap,” which allows one adult to ride the ride while the other waits at a designated point. Supposedly, when you get to the entrance to the ride, you let a Cast Member know you are planning to Baby Swap. So we’ll see how that goes.
Rather than spending all week schlepping a stroller around the parks, I’m planning on tons of relaxation at the resort pool (and am really hoping Holden is on board with that!). To protect Holdy from the hot Florida sun, I picked up the following gear from Amazon. These were all very highly rated, so I hope they do the trick.