Thursday, August 15, 2019

#biggywigs - 15 Months

#biggywigs | 15 Months

15 Months on the 15th!

Eating ice cubes was the best solution to your teething pain.

nicknames | monkey, a rhyme of your name, Baby

weight | At your allergist appt last month, you were 29 pounds.  So maybe 30 now?

size | 24 Months clothes, size 5 shoes, size 6 diapers (your weight is for size 5, but they just aren't wide enough for your tush!)

sleep | Bedtime is 7.  You normally sleep until 6 AM or so.  School only allows you to take one nap - you average 2 hours.  At home you take 2 naps that total 3 or more hours.

eats |  You do NOT like many foods.  What?!  I make sure you get a yogurt every morning and a veggies pouch with dinner.  I serve you what we are eating, but you are super picky.  UGH.  You LOVE spaghetti sauce (but not the noodles) and all fruit.
loves | 'Reading' books to yourself.  Playing outside, following big brother around, and stealing my snacks.

dislikes | Getting your diaper changed, having an item taken away from you, being over tired.

firsts | You are starting to wake up dry!  YAY!!  I have high hopes we can potty train you around 2.  You also are cutting 8 teeth.  And yes, we are all as miserable as you.  You sign 'All Done', 'More', and 'Please'.  You blow kisses and bye-bye.  You don't have many words - Dada, and All Done are your two main, but you babble constantly.  Just this week you also had your first and second bloody nose.  :(

Momma | Nursing came to an end right around 14 months.  I had to travel out of state for a week so I wanted you done with nursing before I left.  It broke my heart.  I wasn't ready to be done, but you transitioned seamlessly.  You don't drink milk (neither does big brother! ha) and just love to drink water out of a camelbak or 360 cup.  I love that you still want me to read stories and rock you before bed.  I love the time I snuggle you after you've fallen asleep.

You are growing so fast!!  I can't believe you have 8 teeth coming in!  You are so smart.  You love to sit down with your shapes and sorting cubes and figure everything out.  It's such a joy to watch your mind work.  I love you to the moon and back baby.  Forever and ever.

Daddy | You are 15 months old and are continuing to grow like a weed.  You are cutting 8 teeth at the moment are an incredible trooper given how much discomfort you are experiencing.  I love your smile and how happy you are when I get home from work!  I love hearing you chitter chatter.  I love watching you play with your big brother.  You are getting around so well and soon you will be out running around with your big brother!  You love water and your bathtimes with Momma.  You love being read Brown bear-Brown bear!  I love you so much son and I can’t wait to see you grow this month!

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Five on Friday - How I live out of a Carry-On

I've discussed it before, but traveling often for work have made me very adept at packing smart, not hard.

Separate Travel Toiletries

I headed to TJ Maxx a few years ago and bought some back-up supplies and a bag (similar) to hold them in.
My carry on has its own brush, shower cap, personal pillow case, night mask, and travel hair dryer.

I have another bag (I really love bags in bags....if you can't tell) that I put my products in.  I buy two of everything so I'm never unpacking when I get home.
Think - dry shampoo, face wash, shampoo/conditioner, face lotion, contact case and solution.  All I have to do is toss in my make-up bag and curling wand , and I'm good to go.
(again with the bags in bags!)

For air travel, I make sure I can purchase specific items at a local CVS/Target/Ulta etc at my destination.  (Travel size dry shampoo, contact solution, etc)  It saves space in my liquid bag and I normally use them up before coming home, so I don't have to pack them again!


I finally bought into the hype and I regret not doing it sooner.

I packed for 6 days in Chicago in a carry-on.  Including workout clothes, an extra outfit and school materials.
I STILL had room.
So I went shopping and filled it up! hahaha

For regular travel I have a bag specifically for workout clothes, another for pajamas/intimates, and the third for all other clothes.  Then I throw in an empty bag for dirty clothes.  It's easy to pull one bag out, wash everything up and repack my carry-on.

Travel Purse

Once again, TJMaxx for the win!
I found their Jet Set Travel Tote on clearance (the camel color) the same day I caved on packing cubes.  I couldn't believe the price and grabbed it before anyone else did.  I love that it's structured and easy to clean!  My old MK has seen better days (the handles are shredding) so I was in need of an upgrade.  It's large enough for my laptop and tablet and easy to carry.


Once again, bags in bags!  haha.

My cord bag has a phone charger, Anker charger, tablet charger, and wall adapter.  My watch charger is the only one that I have to take out when I get home.  I should look at getting a second watch charger...

I also have a 3 outlet extension cord and a USB Charging Station.  <-- bed.="" close="" desk="" don="" enough="" have="" here="" hotels="" is="" just="" mvp.="" nbsp="" ones="" or="" outlets="" p="" real="" right="" some="" t="" the="" this="" to="">

A Personal Uniform

I stick to a uniform when I travel for work.  It makes it easy to coordinate my outfits and plan for re-wears.

I'm either in business dress in a conference center, or in my jeans in the field.  Either way, the fewer items I have to pack, the better.

What are your travel must haves?

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019


I fell in love.

Now I CANNOT wait to go back in November.

Chicago, you are wonderful.

I treated myself to the Architecture Boat Tour after my exam Thursday.  I timed it out perfectly and the sun was setting during the ride.

#wiggydiggy wanted a picture of a buoy 

These homes look so cute!

My once a month glass of wine.

Had to get a tourist shot of the bean!  haha.

Class was wonderful, the weather was perfect (I left the day the heat wave hit. Woof.  It was HUMID that day) and I had a blast walking all over the Loop.

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