Chincoteague

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Just a couple more photos from our annual family beach trip to Chincoteague, Virginia.  It was the first time I’d seen my sister, brother in law and niece Siena since last summer.  Except last summer the girls were so little (Adelaide couldn’t even sit up!) and didn’t play together or interact.  This summer they sat next to each other in the shade and played in the sand, fought over toys and talked about their crazy moms (ha, not yet, but I’m sure it’s coming).

I love bringing Adelaide to the sleepy little beach town where I spent my summers growing up.  Not much has changed over the years, which is just the way we like it.

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Love this photo of my mom with Adelaide.  Given the choice of my mom or me, Adelaide would pick my mom every time.  It was so special to see them playing in the sand and jumping in the waves.  Not to mention it gave me a break to sit for a minute.  Didn’t get to read any books like in past years, but a minute to myself is still a minute to myself.

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Siena couldn’t even wait for her bathing suit.  The sand!  The sand!

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The girls playing side by side.  A rare moment where they weren’t fighting over beach toys.

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Adelaide fell in the sand and didn’t want to put her hands down (she hates getting them sandy) so instead used her face to push herself up.  Yea…that didn’t go over so well.  Had to be mean mommy and snap a picture before cleaning her up.

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Play time with daddy.

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She might not be smiling, but at least she’s not screaming.

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Can the summer please never end??

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Adelaide 12-17 Months

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I thought my last Adelaide update was like a month ago, but apparently it was almost 5 months ago.  Time flies?

We’re right around the corner from Adelaide being 17 months, which for the parent of a young child means “17 months” but to a non parent means “stop counting in months and tell me how old she is”.

I personally will count in months until she’s 2, and then I’ll stop.  So just deal with me for another 7 months.

Five sentences in and I’ve already said “months” seven times.

Now for the actual update:

Food- Still a struggle.  The last week she’s been into blueberries and blackberries.  Will occasionally eat a slice of peach or apple.  She surprises us by scarfing down something one night, and then refusing to take a bite of it the next.  We keep offering her a variety of things and are happy when she eats any of them.  I’ve given up on making her wear a bib because she HATES THEM and is a surprisingly clean eater.  I’ve decided it’s not a battle worth fighting.  If she refuses to eat while wearing a bib, but eats fine without it, then no bib it is!

She still gets exclusively breastmilk.  I nurse her before work and before bed and pump 3 bottles while I’m at work.  I’ve tried giving her cow’s milk and almond milk, and she’s refused each.  Now we are slowly mixing cow’s milk in with her bottles of breastmilk to hopefully get her used to the taste.

Words- It’s interesting the words she decides are necessary to learn.  Her first few words were dada and then mama.  Then all of a sudden it was a very clear “Brady”.  Occasionally she yells a very stern, “BOBBY!” which Jon and I think is hilarious.  We may or may not refer to Brady as “Bobby” more often than not.  Not sure where Bobby came from, since she can say Brady with no problem.  Other favorite words are milk, cheers (while clinking glasses), cheese (while taking photos) and shoes.  That brings us to hobbies…

Hobbies- Shoes.  She will bring us our shoes and even pick up our feet and put them in the shoes.  Everyone must be wearing shoes.  If you take her shoes off her, she’ll throw a fit and insist you put them back on.

She loves standing on her scooter and making us push her around, as well as taking her plastic keys and unlocking the door to her Little People Farm.  (This is a favorite hobby of mine because it keeps her entertained, quiet and out of trouble.)

And as always, she loves playing in Brady’s water.  And chasing him around while he tries to get away.

Oh, and taking everything out of my wallet.  She still hates the car, so if I give her my wallet she will literally take every single card out and throw it on the seat.  It’s a pain to clean it up after every car ride, but better than her screaming the whole way.

Quirks worth mentioning- Adelaide hates to have dirty hands and feet.  If she gets food on her hand she’ll hold it up until we clean it off.  The first day at the beach when her feet hit the sand she immediately bent over and tried to wipe the sand off her feet.  The other day I took off her shoes and plopped her in a sandbox and she immediately lifted her feet to make me dust off the sand.

Songs and Books- Favorite songs are “Old McDonald Has a Farm” (she sings the “E-I-E-I-O” part) and “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” (wags her finger along with me).  She still hates reading, which makes me so sad.  For a long time I stopped reading to her because it was a wrestling match to get her to sit still and listen.  Or she’d be tearing the book into pieces before I could even get it back.  So I tried reading while she ran around the room.  And she still snatches the book out of my hand and tries ripping it to shreds.  She’ll like to read eventually, right??

She’s also started realizing that Jon and I aren’t necessarily drinking the same things as her.  In the past if she’d reach for my soda or my beer I could hand her her sippy and say “That’s mommy’s water.  Here’s yours!” and she’d buy it.  Now she’s all, “Get that out of my face and give me that beer!”

Except with less words and more screaming.

Oh Adelaide.  You exhaust me.  You push me and challenge me.  You make me happy.

I pray every evening as I snuggle you to sleep that you were fulfilled that day.  That I’ve shown you enough love, that I’ve taught you enough, that I let your spirit soar enough.  Being your mama is such an incredible responsibility that I’m so blessed to have.

Even if you are a little crazy.

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Happy Friday, Folks

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Love, a girl and her dog

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Cruise to Bermuda

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I’m going to wrap up a seven night cruise to Bermuda in one very photo filled post.  I swear we have jobs and we aren’t always on vacation, but we’ve definitely been burning through PTO days like water.

This cruise wasn’t originally on our radar, but when a couple of our friends invited us to come along we quickly agreed.  After all, we didn’t want to be the lame ones with the baby who got left behind.  Except we were kind of the lame ones with the baby who got left behind anyways.

You see, our first mistake was thinking we could keep up.  We just couldn’t.  Travel and vacations are different with a baby and we’re okay with that.  There were a lot of things we couldn’t do with a baby, for instance:

We couldn’t go cliff diving or rent mopeds or sit for an entire meal.  We couldn’t sunbathe (or sit still, for that matter).  Children in swim diapers aren’t allowed in the pools, so that was out.  There were no splash pads and Adelaide was too young for the children’s programs.

The entire week we really felt like we were just chasing Adelaide around one big not baby-proofed boat.  Jon and I ended up taking turns doing alternate things with Adelaide while the other one got to hang out with our friends.

The saving grace of the cruise was the unlimited booze package.  Yes, that’s right. Un-lim-it-ed booze.  Top shelf.  As much as we wanted.  At 9 am.  Having a frozen drink in hand before noon definitely made things better.

Don’t get me wrong, we had a great trip.  But had we planned this ourselves (without taking a big group into consideration) we would have gone on a more baby friendly ship.  The one we went on was definitely aimed toward the grandparent aged crowd, making life a bit more difficult for us parents of young kids.  So now we know.

 

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These two.  This is what my heart looks like when it’s really full.  Is there anything better than a dad and his daughter?

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I’m wearing Adelaide here in a water ring sling.  It’s basically made out of the same material as gym shorts.  You can wear your baby while you’re in the water and it dries quickly.  I wish I’d had this last summer, when she would have wanted to sit still.  This year, not so much sitting still.

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Since we knew in advance that Adelaide wouldn’t be allowed in the pools, we ordered this inflatable bath tub from Amazon and it was our saving grace.  We filled it with water from the pool and plopped it in a shaded area on the deck.  We forgot to bring pool toys with us, but Adelaide was just as happy playing with a room key, complimentary shampoo bottles and plastic cups from the buffet.  Everyone that went by LOVED that we brought this along.  People would constantly come up to us commenting on Adelaide’s private pool.  Someone even came up to Jon one evening and said, “Oh you’re the dad who had the little pool today!  You win the award for best dad!”

I would like to say, for the record, that Jon said the pool was unnecessary when I spent the $12 on it.  It feels good to be right.

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We love cruising, and this was definitely no exception.  Next time we’ll know to look for a more kid friendly cruise.

And bring grandma.

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Bronx Zoo

the baloney bug For Mother’s Day, Jon and Adelaide got me a family membership to the zoo.  It’s pretty awesome- good for 4 different zoos (and parking!) as well as special exhibits and the aquarium.  We decided to go to the Bronx Zoo first.  Adelaide had so much fun running around the zoo grounds.  She didn’t pay much attention to the animals, but loved the fish tanks and water fountain, ha.

She became obsessed with that damn water fountain.

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I can’t wait to take Adelaide to the other zoos.  I just hope they have water fountains so she has a good time too.

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Copenhagen, The Final Part

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Let’s wrap up Europe, shall we?  Only 2 months late.

It turned out that there was a national holiday the week we were in Copenhagen, so Jon got an extra day off work and we all enjoyed the extended weekend as a family.  We did a bit of shopping for some souvenirs (Jon picked up some gorgeous salt and pepper shakers, a blanket and Danish print for Adelaide and a whisk for me.  Clearly I live on the edge when it comes to souvenirs).  Denmark is obviously known for their good design, so we enjoyed picking up a few everyday items that will help us remember our trip.

We also took the commuter train to Sweden for an afternoon.  I have no pictures (or passport stamps!!) to prove that we were there.  But we were.

I really wanted to go in Ikea while in Sweden (we did see one).  I mean, what would be a better souvenir than a flat pack sofa straight from the motherland?

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Traveling with a toddler is exhausting and exciting.  I love that traveling with Adelaide means doing things we wouldn’t otherwise do.  We’ll stop to sit in parks and have picnics while she gets some energy out.  Or we have to find local grocery stores to pick up fruit for her.  I was surprised that kiddie foods like yogurt melts and puffs don’t exist in Europe.  We had to start rationing the yogurt melts after we realized that we couldn’t replenish them, because those were a life saver on the flight.

Alright Europe, you were great. Thanks for such great memories!

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Copenhagen, Part 3

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After Jon got done working, we took a stroll to Tivoli which was just a few blocks from our hotel.  It’s a beautiful theme park, which Walt Disney was inspired to model his parks after.  There were tons of rides (of which we went on none, because, you know, the kid) as well as gardens, restaurants and a fun play area for the little ones.

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Oh kid, you kill me.

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Copenhagen, Part 2

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Oh look, more photos of Adelaide running. 

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One of the largest dome cathedrals in Europe.

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Just a few more photos from our walk around Copenhagen.  By the end of the day we’d walked all over the city and were exhausted.

Nothing that a big glass of wine and Danish pastry couldn’t fix, of course.

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Copenhagen, Part 1

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After we left London we took a short flight over to Denmark, where Jon had to work for a couple of days.  It just so happened that my good friend and co-worker, Caroline, was going to be there the same dates.  She was there visiting her cousin, and it worked out perfectly that I could tag along with them while Jon was at work.  Not to mention, Caroline’s cousin speaks Danish, which was a major help.  Everyone we encountered in Copenhagen spoke perfect English, but it was nice to have someone who knew the best shops and sights and could read labels on food for me.  I kept buying sparkling water and just wanted a big bottle of flat water, so it was nice to have her to tell me which bottle to buy.

Side story- we had picked up quite a few bottles of water thinking they were flat and drank all but one of them before we left.  I didn’t want to throw out the last bottle, so I decided to bring it with us on the plane.  You can bring sealed bottles of water with you if you’re traveling with a small child.  So I get to security and the security guard pulls it out and I say, “It’s for the baby!” and she looks at me and says, “This?  For the baby?”  I declare that of course it’s for the baby and she gives me a glare but relents, and sends us on our way.

A few hours later I was sitting on the plane and go to open the bottle of water and FIZZZZ sparkling water goes everywhere.  The security guard must have thought I was either dumb or just had a really fancy baby.

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We trekked over to the waterfront to see the famous Little Mermaid statue.  It was probably about a mile from where we were staying, and many say it underwhelms.  It was a gorgeous day and I’m glad we got over there to see it even though it was kind of small.  There were plenty of parks and green space along the way to sit down and relax for a bit as well.

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These next few were taken in front of the Queen’s Palace.  In Denmark you can just walk right up to the palace.  Cars would also randomly drive through this plaza which was kind of strange.

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Caroline played baby wrangler for a while.  You’ll see a theme here- Adelaide RUNS.  This kid never learned to walk, just run.  Seriously, it’s exhausting.  She hates holding hands.  She’s a pro at wiggling out of your grasp and running away at full speed.

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She became obsessed with this fountain.  All she wanted to do was climb straight in and take a swim.

You’re seeing the theme here, right?

Adelaide is crazy.

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London, The Final Part

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Just a few random photos from around London… Big Ben and the London Eye behind us.  Adelaide wasn’t very impressed, so she slept through it all.

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You would think from this post that Adelaide often naps in her stroller.  But don’t get it wrong.  This is a rare occurrence that just happens to be documented twice in one post.  Basically, she only falls asleep when we’re about to get somewhere interesting and is wide awake for times we wish she’d take a little snooze…

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Oh you know, just listening to the ocean…

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Taking a selfie in Liberty of London.  I was so excited to visit this store.  Basically, my heaven.

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Playing in the trash, as babies do.

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Adelaide was very unimpressed with her first trip on the tube.  We went 2 stops before finding out the train was no longer running due to construction, and were forced to take the bus.  Which ended up being a blessing.  The tube was VERY un-stroller friendly, and buses were surprisingly easy and stroller accessible.  In New York you have to fold up the stroller to take it on the bus, but in London there are no steps, and there’s a place to park the stroller as well.  We ended up taking the bus exclusively after that first tube ride, and I can’t speak highly enough of our experience.  I think the great bus system (and difference between the NY buses and London’s accessibility) was actually the most shocking thing about London.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug We sprung for the champagne package of the London Eye.  Basically because you avoid the lines and because everything is better with a little bit of alcohol.  Except when Adelaide is running around trying to spill everyone’s champagne.  Would you believe it if I told you that we were the only ones with a baby that got the champagne package??  Party of 3, please!

London, you were too good to us.  From the changing of the guard to the shops to the amazing bus system, we loved it all.  I’m even willing to overlook you going from bright sunny skies to torrential downpours with no warning.  Until next time, my friend.

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