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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ticket for Three – We are Off to Pittsburgh

I had Ms. Tiny take me to the airport, so I could be sure to have a little help getting the car seats, bags and stroller together. Unfortunately there wasn’t any curbside check-in for my flight. Seriously people. I finally find a porter to help me get my bags to the counter. Once everything was checked in I had a little less stress. I can do this.

Security was a fun messed up, messy mess. The poor people behind me. I had:
- 2 car seats on the belt
- 4 bins (1 ipad, 1 milk, 1 shoes, 1 stuff)
- my carry on roller board
- a small diaper bag
- the stroller seat
- and then I had to flag someone down to get stroller hand checked – because it doesn’t fit on the belt.

And all the while I have my Little Rose strapped to my chest and I am clutching my two year olds hand (because if I don’t hold tight he WILL bolt. If it wasn’t such a crazy moment I would have taken a photo.

I got to the gate and tried to fix our tickets; because all three of us were sitting at different rows on the plane. Unfortunately the gate agent was completely frazzled, unhappy and just plain rude. She told me to go sit down but that I might just need to take the next flight. Pissed I bit my tongue… because the gate agent is the queen of her little dung hill and I know from experience (I was a flight attendant for a year) that you do NOT piss off the gate agent. Besides just recently I pissed off a city official and it landed me in a ton of city permit do-do. I learned my lesson. Thankfully after the drama cleared up and her line went away the gate agent called me up and handed me our now fixed (all in one row) tickets. I thanked her smiled and walked away. Sometimes it pays to keep your Ally McBeal thoughts to yourself.

I got on the plane without too much trouble and my kids… they were amazing. I had kept Little Ms. Rose awake until we got on the plane, exhausted she fell asleep and stayed asleep for four of the five hour flight. HOLLA!

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With my Little Rose sleeping I was able to give my Little Cricket tons of attention. We played with string games, magnets, paper clips, rubber bands, sticky pads. We colored and then I let him play with the phone. Around 4 hours into the flight, with an hour left, my Little Rose woke up and my son was getting a little tired, a little fussy so I handed him the iPad. I didn’t hear a single peep from him for the rest of the flight.

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The real problem happened when I landed. Ms. Pool Shark couldn’t pick me up and there wasn’t a porter. With so much stuff to lug there was no way I was going to get everything to the taxi station. In frustration and when I was about to cry a little old lady who had been trying to help me find SOMEONE to help me offered to push the stroller. So I tied my two large bags together. I pulled the large bags with one hand and the roller bag with the other. I Hercules dragged everything to the taxi stand. I am woman hear me roar.

Ms. Pool Shark smothered us with love when we walked in the door. Traveling for 10.5 hours the kids were now done. We had soda and Olive Garden and relaxed. We are here. I am here with my bestie. Bliss… pure bliss…. And it was all worth it.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Where Ziplock Bags Saved my Life… AGAIN!

I had to pack today to go to Pittsburgh. Over the past week I have been gathering a huge pile of things we were going to need on the chair in our room. You can no longer see the chair, but at least with this system I can pack over time. Today however I needed to get everything organized and I had to work on the logistics of getting everything we needed onto the plane.

Ms. Tiny offered to watch the kids while I tackled the packing, but first we needed food. She really wanted to try a new place around the corner ‘Bru’s Counter’ so we hauled the kids out of the house and went. OMG YUMMMMM. We split the mushroom burger and their famous dish chicken and waffle. And now I feel like I have the energy to get to work.

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Packing and getting ready for myself as well as two kids two and under is no joke. I needed a completely new system in order to keep me from losing my mind. Enter in the ever handy Ziplock bag. I ordered ones of various sizes and sorted all of our clothes into day bags. As in an extra change of clothes per child and then a few extra changes of clothes for me too (you know for the inevitable messes that get on me from my lovely kids). Hopefully this new way of packing will make everything stay quazi organized while traveling.
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After I finished packing our two gigantic bags (that I am checking) I started getting ready our carry on. I decided to bring one roller board with everything we would need for the plane in it. A ton of diapers (I have gotten stuck in the airport with delayed flights and have run out of diapers), lots of toys, snacks, extra outfits for us all and my Little Cricket was getting a treat, we decided to convert our old iPad into his iPad. I bought a super bumper protector that I love, and that I am hoping will prevent the iPad from getting destroyed. We have given my Little Cricket a phone with games on it on rare occasions but I am hoping that the iPad (which we plan only to use while traveling) will keep him super occupied during the flight, the road trip and at several points when he is required to sit more than he is at home. I turned to the internet and to other moms for advice on what apps are the best. After lots of research on which were educational and fun these are the ones I decided on.
- Daniel tiger day and night
- Sago Mini Fairy Tales
- Endless Reader (Endless Alphabet)
- Toca Band – all Toca apps are great
- Playha us
- Bugs and Buttons
- Marco Polo Ocean
- Dianosaur Train
- Smarty Pro
- Alpha Tots & Tally Tots Pocket
- Paper Town Friends
- Counting Caterpillar
- Sids Science Fair

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I am not a nervous traveler but I am nervous about the logistics of getting all this crap to the airport, onto the plane and back off again with two tiny kids. At times I think I might be crazy to even attempt to travel without my husband to help. But I want to travel, I need to travel, I love to travel; so this just what I have to get used too to do what I want. So back to logistics, I have:
- 2 large check in bags
- Double Stroller with my Little Rose’s car seat attached (which I will use on the plane) the rest of the stroller will have to be gate checked right before we get on the plane
- my Little Cricket’s giant and heavy car seat
- roller bag with all of our carry on plane stuff we need

The problem was how do I push the stroller with both kids in it and carry the car seat through the airport. It won’t fit on the stroller I tried that. So I tried a mommy hack I found in a travel thread. I got a double latch bar and two large circle rings. I bought a new black small carryon sized roller bag and I used the new latch system to ATTACH the car seat’s anchors onto the roller bag. Viola. I push the stroller with one hand and I pull the roller bag/car seat contraption with the other. Hopefully it works tomorrow!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

My Little Rose: 10 Weeks Old

You my love are the most beautiful sweet angel on the planet. I sometimes have to pinch myself, trite I know, but I have two beautiful healthy wonderful children. Three years ago I wasn’t even sure if I was ever going to have a baby. So my deep love for you is also filled with awe.

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I am really really really trying for you not to have that whole not as many photos as your brother second child thing everyone keeps talking about. Sure I am exhausted, sure my surgery scar still hurts, sure my back and feet are sore, sure there is laundry to be done and dinner to make, but with all the excuses in the world I am still going to try my best to document your years just as much as I did for your brother. And these photos… as hard as they were to take… are priceless.

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You have really pushed up working out this week. We do lots of floor time with you, mostly with me curled up right next to you, and you are kicking your legs like crazy. Gotta work out those leg muscles so you are ready to crawl and walk. I know it is going to go by so fast. I already can’t believe you are two months old.

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This week has also brought you better head control. You are losing that newborn bobbing. Of course we are still careful to help support your head when holding you but I can see in the next few weeks you not needing that.

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Your big brother seems to be getting much more interested in you. He is now helping (sort of bringing me a diaper) when at the changing station and he loves to get your bottle and try and feed you. Sometimes when you cry he will fake cry right alongside with you. When he comes to say hi you are now smiling back at him. The dreams I have high hopes you two will grow up the best of friends.

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I have been giving you a bath on the counter in the kids bathroom. We still haven’t gotten our whole ‘night time bath time by myself with two kids’ routine down but I am working on trying different things to make it go more smoothly. Now during baths you are arching your neck around so you can coo at yourself in the mirror. Babies are so deliciously adorable.

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You are starting to really love tugging on things. Your adorable dresses are now being pulled up. And your burp cloth which before would rest on your chest is now being dragged around. In particular you are now loving dragging your blankets and your burp cloths over your face when you are tired. Yeah not on my watch… sids hazard for sure. We are just going to have to be extra careful not to have anything in your reach.

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Babies are their own little people. Sure some things are easier this time around because you are my second child but some things still baffle me. For instance this week you projectile vomited a few times a day for three days in a row. It wasn’t a ton but it was something you have never done before. I started freaking out a little and vowed to see the pediatrician the next day and then it stopped as suddenly as it began. Babies really need manuals.

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This week you are refusing your binkie. You were never loving it, but you would suck it for a few minutes. Now however you don’t want anything to do with it. I find it so strange since your brother was/is a binkie MANIAC.

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I’m noticing a flat spot showing up more prominently on the back of your head. We hold you as much as we can but you are in your bouncer or the car seat often, and then you are sleeping on your back in your bassinet. All of these things contribute to your little flat spot. I am not too worried about it since the same exact thing happened to your younger brother. I brought it up to the pediatrician and she said that nearly half the babies now have a flat spot on their head. The back to back campaign has really cut down the risk of SIDs statistics. Unfortunately the side effect of that diligence is resulting in positional plagiocephaly. Most cases (like yours so far) are super mild and only a cosmetic issue. Once you start rolling over and sitting up it most often just goes away. Your brothers did and I am hoping yours will too.

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Ms. Tiny is still living with us helping out as much as she can. I can say it is awesome to have her around. She adores you like crazy and will often just jump in to help while I am busy. I can downstairs after putting your brother to bed and Ms. Tiny was multi-tasking; making dinner while feeding you your dinner. That is a rockstar helper!

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