Our days in paradise

Hi there!  Do you guys miss us?  I miss you. Unfortunately (for my blog and blog reading), my friend Janice introduced me and supplied me with The Hunger Games trilogy.  Which basically means that any time that I am not watching Peanut or hanging out with the fam, I'm reading.  Yes, I am addicted.  On the plus side, I only have about 200 pages left in the whole trilogy.  And 2 more days of vacation.  Let 's see which one ends first. Our vacation has been going great!  We've had the best time playing on the beach, laying out by the pool, and spending time with family. We spent the first few days in Ft. Myers by the water, enjoying morning walks on the sandy beach every single day. We ate most of our meals out on the linai, watching the beautiful blue sky. Peanut decided that she no longer wanted anyone to help her eat her yogurt, which meant that we dunked her in the tub after almost every single meal.  Since we were all on vacation, we didn't mind. This trip brought a lot of firsts for Peanut - first time in the pool, first time in the sand, first time picking shells, first time in the ocean (we went to the beach once when Peanut was about 5 months old, but she pretty much just sat on a blanket under an umbrella). Peanut loved almost every single moment of it, especially picking shells and playing in the sand. Since it was Peanut's first time in a resort, we spent some time learning how to jump on the bed. Peanut couldn't get … [Read more...]

(not really a) Wordless Wednesday post

It's been a little while since I've done one of these posts (ok, I'm already failing at the "wordless" part) - so here are some shots from our flight to Florida and our first day here! Up at 3.30am and ready to hit the road by 4:30! ps- that mirror distorts our faces, which is actually kind of funny. Our little nugget, awake before her usual time but doing great. The 3 of us on the plane, enjoying a snack. There was an empty seat, so we installed our car seat and Peanut loved it. She did so great! (details to come). Waiting for daddy to get our luggage and enjoying the warm weather at the car rental lot. Peanut, enjoying a walk along the water. She loved walking around in the sand. Ok, so one of her pantlegs is tucked in - it's the cool thing to do. Watching the sun set form the balcony, while we enjoy dinner. Cheers! … [Read more...]

Switching from bottles to sippy cups – your replies

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There are apparently two primary school of thoughts on dropping the bottle: (1) going cold turkey or (2) letting your kid dictate when they're ready.  Here is some advice from the commenters: (1) going cold turkey been there done that (haha! awesome name) I just decided on a day and dedicated that day to the big switch and when they got up they were only given the sippy cup all day long. No other choices. My oldest just took it and gave me no issues. My middle child refused to drink all day. He picked up the cup and hurled it at me and cried and cried and cried. After about 9 hours of refusing to drink and practically refusing to eat he finally gave up and sucked down a huge cup of milk. He wasn’t happy the next day when he woke up and I handed him a sippy cup but he took it and that was that. Emily We cut out the bottles cold turkey. Packed all the bottles away (so she couldn’t see them) and only offered the sippy cup, as recommended by our pediatrician….why prolong the inevitable. It took one day. Don’t get me wrong, it was one very long day…crying, throwing the cup, etc, but by that evening she was drinking out of the cup and hasn’t had a bottle since. The sippy cup with the straw worked best for us. (2) letting your kid dictate when they're ready Turner I’ve asked friends how that transitio at a year works and most of them just tell me that their child gave it up on their own when it was “their time”. Maybe like 13 or 14 months? One said their child went … [Read more...]

Q & A – part 3

If you're catching up, read Q& A part 1 and part 2. Today is our first and last work day of the week - we're going to Florida tomorrow!  I am excited, anxious, and giddy all at the same time.  Excited because it is going to be our first vacation with the baby!  Anxious for our first flights with the baby.  Giddy for the warm weather!  No worries - I'm bringing the computer and although I do not promise to blog daily, I do promise to keep up!  In return for your patience, you get to look forward to posts about flying with a 1 year old, packing for a long trip away from home, and a ton of pictures of our little bugget at the beach. Now, back to the subject at hand: your questions! Happiness Is... says "If you could have dinner with 3 dead people, who would they be? Alive? If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be? Favorite quote? All time favorite book? Must-read parenting book (if you have one)?" Ashley- You're single handedly trying to keep my creative juices floating, aren't ya :)  Maybe we should add a weekly spot of "Ashley's question of the day" - you in? Ok, dinner - my grandmother, my grandfather (both on my mom's side) and my uncle (dad's brother); I would love to have dinner with some of my favorite bloggers!  Katie from Marriage Confessions, Jenna from Jenna's Journey, and Jen from Life in the Green House.  Honestly, any of my top 25 favorite bloggers would make my day (Happiness is is definitely in that … [Read more...]


I'm joining The Paper Mama today for the weekly challenge.  This week the topic is Family and I couldn't think of a photo that reminds me more of family than this photo from forever and a half ago (about 9 months, seems like a lifetime).   The loves of my life, asleep on the couch.  Can you believe that she was ever this small? Happy Sunday, peeps. … [Read more...]