Thursday, August 30, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things...

Now that our sweetness is a year old I thought I'd update on some of her favorite toys, books, and non-toys. as well as things I love that have entertained her the longest. 

(all toys available for purchase online are linked as such. Those that are vintage suggestions are given for where to locate.) 
  • Her little tykes vintage school bus and fire truck. Along with the people. (many choices for these on ebay)


  • Her fisher price shape sorter  
  • fisher price stacking nesting bowls  
  • Fisher-Price Crib Soother Aquarium  
(no longer available in stores, check thrift stores and consignment sales. Ours was 3.00 at a thrift store and just needed more water added.)
  • Cloud B Gentle Giraffe On the Go(aka Lionel)  
  • A crocheted Kitty made by a dear friend  
  • And octopus made by same friend  
  • Mortimer the moose is great for the car  

Non Toys:
  • A ceramic coffee mug
  • An oral medicine syringe
  • a spoon (plastic or metal preferably metal so it clanks when she stirs it in the cup)
  • my stylus from my tablet(5.00 at walgreens) with the rubber tip removed. 
  • An ink pen with a tight cap. (they fit in the holes in the bottom of her people so she likes to put it in the hole over and over again.) 
  • Coat hangers (just plastic clothes hangers) of any size and color are old favorites 
  • A large cooking spoon or ladle if I'm cooking
  • A wallet with "money" (aka bank deposit slips and recipets) and a photo of my family as well as cards to take in and out
  • plastic cups
  • straws
  • hairbrush
  • the reusable fabric pads for nursing
  • a plastic whipped cream container
  • the changing mat from her diaper bag (aka her magic carpet)

These are our current go- to toys and such. Some even have come with us traveling. Lionel has been to New York, Georgia, and California with us, flown on planes and rode in the train, subway, and bus.
I hope to replace some of the non vintage plastic toys with wood as we continue on our parenting adventure and have more littles. But if you've shopped for those you know they can be quite pricey. So we'll be aquiring them slowly so not to break the bank. I just can't eliminate the vintage stuff as it's been through 6+ kids all ready and still going strong. And they are so easy to clean! A little dish soap and water and good as new. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Plane Ride pt 1

So as many of you read in my last post I recently underwent a plane ride with my DD (who will be 1 tomorrow how the time flies) and had purchased an odd number of items to entertain her on the trip.

Well I thought I'd report back on how they went over!

First our flight was split into 2. One 2 hour and one 4 hour. We BOTH slept through all but 30 minutes of the first flight. By the time she woke up, nursed and looked out the window it was time to get off the plane.

Our second flight felt longer than our previous flight of 6 hours when she was 8 months old. She and I slept for about 2 and a half hours. I was so glad to have the baby carrier because I used it to keep her in place on my chest without fear of dropping her.
I also was much happier with a window seat than an isle. I laid my head against the side of the plane to sleep.

The second flight was much hotter than the first so Poor Sweetness was sticky and sweaty when she woke up. Which makes her impatient and grumpy. She also had a poopy diaper.
We had to wait what seemed like ages for a turn in the tiny bathroom. But Changing her diaper wasn't a big deal. The bathroom at the front of the plane had a changing "table" that folded down over the seat.
The last bit of the flight was tough. She wanted down on the floor to play and couldn't understand why she couldn't have that. The flight was crowded so if I wanted something from the diaper backpack I had to step over hubby, and the person next to us to get it out of the overhead compartment.
I found what entertained best for this flight was her books (we choose moo ba la la la, and two from flying frogs "one baby" series), a plastic water bottle, and the window shade. She flipped through the various magazines selling overpriced junk in the back of the seat as well.

My goal was to not have to pull out our entertainment bags till our return flight and we met it!

That said the magna-doodle has been a great car seat entertainment tool. ;)

I'll update on our return flight when the time comes!