Summer favorites for a toddler

Wednesday, July 31, 2013




Janie & Jack hats
Carter has 3 of these and wears one every day.  They are the best because of the strap under his chin and they stay on!  They are reversible, but he usually wears the plain navy side.  When you have momma's fair skin and super blonde hair a good hat is a MUST!!

BabyGanics Spray Sunscreen
Back to the fair skin...another must have!  I like this because it sprays on and rubs in pretty quickly.  The non-spray lotion is hard to rub in.  This is much better!

Janie & Jack rash guards
Love these rashguards.  He has 3 and they are great!  2 are long sleeved which is great for the UV protection and 1 is short sleeved.  They look super cute too!  He wears 6-12 months.  (He has a Janie and Jack swimsuit but they run really big.  His is 3-6 months!)

Gap Bathing Suits
He has 2 suits from BabyGap (12-18 months) and they are my faves!  But Gap didn't have rashguards that matched.  Luckily I found Janie and Jack rashguards to match!

Crocs
I didn't think my boy would wear Crocs, but we got a pair of hand-me-downs and he wears them almost everyday (except school days).  They are easy to put on and I like that we don't have to bother with socks.

Carter's sweat shorts
Just basic shorts that he has in a few colors.  They seem super comfy and easy to wear, so if he is wearing other shorts I usually change him into these for nap.

***a little sidenote...I bought Carter some of the BabyGap cargo shorts with the elastic waistband in the spring in 12-18 months and they are HUGE!!!  I thought that he'd grow into them, but he hasn't and they are just sitting in a drawer waiting to be worn.  So, lesson learned don't order too far ahead of time.

Here are my other "favorites"


SFL #9 Read 3 books

Monday, July 29, 2013


Summers used to be spent reading for hours at the beach, but since having Carter, reading (aside from baby help books) has not happened.  So I put this on my Summer Fun List so that I'd have to do it!
Here are the books I read so far this summer and a little about each:
I started following Kelle's blog (enjoying the small things) last year.  It was one of those blogs that brought me to tears and intrigued me so much that I read it for hours.  Her pictures are awesome and although I felt like I knew her story from her blog, it was still interesting to read her whole emotional account of being a mom and the unexpected turn when having her daughter born with Down Syndrome.  
I've read so many Jodi books and it's always a safe choice if you're at a loss for what to read.  (Nineteen Minutes, My Sister's Keeper are a few favorites)  So I picked this one off the shelf since I hadn't read it yet.  The big topics were infertility, gay marriage, divorce, and alcoholism amongst many others (as Jodi books always have lots of big topics).  I wouldn't say this is one of my favorite Jodi books, but it was entertaining.   
I've read all of her books and they're always quick reads.  This doesn't disappoint!  Teenage pregnancy and adoption are the main topics.  I'd recommend this for a good beach read, for sure!
I may have time for one or two more non-school books this summer.  Have your read any good books? 
 I'd love some book recommendations!
Here's the rest of my Summer Fun List.

SFL #5 Take Swimming Lessons

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Today we finished our swimming lessons.  We had 6 lessons in two weeks.  Let's be honest, it wasn't so much of a swimming lesson, as it was sing songs and play in a 92 degree bath tub pool.


The first day he wouldn't loosen his grip on me for the entire time, but gradually he became more comfortable and let go.  His favorite part was when we played with the pool toys (ducks and rings and balls), of course.

Today at the end of his lesson he was smiling and high fiving all his classmates and teacher, Ms Bambi. He waved bye-bye to everyone at the pool and in the locker room!  
It was great activity to fill our late afternoons and it was fun!  

SFL #11 Go on a bike ride

Friday, July 12, 2013

We went on a bike ride every morning at the beach on the bike trail, to get donuts, and on the boardwalk!  We learned that he can't take too long of a bike ride and that he doesn't love wearing a helmet :)  

It was fun to do something new and we'll definitely take more bike rides at the beach!

Here's the rest of our Summer Fun List
and SFL #8 ride a merry go round

4th of July beach weekend

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

We had such a blast at the beach over the long 4th of July weekend!  Carter loved running around with his cousin, Ian.  (We loved it too!)  

Sharing a room went pretty well!  He was up first every morning, of course.  On the last day the entire house was awake at 5:20.  Oops!  Luckily, everyone except Carter, went back to sleep.

beach buddies
He continued to hate the sand and refused to touch it.
But sat happily on his chair or on a towel or on a lap!


pop pop
jumping waves
 He was on airplane watch and stopped and pointed everytime an airplane or helicopter flew by (like every 2 minutes!)


We went out to dinner one night.  We went early, but hit lots of traffic and had to wait for a while to get a table, so by the time dinner came he had no interest in sitting still or eating.  So he hung on the side of the dock and watched the boats with Gram. 


Looking forward to more beach fun in a few weeks!

Restoring my sanity

Monday, July 1, 2013

It's no secret that the last few weeks have been painful trying for me.  Again it all comes down to sleep.  And when he doesn't nap or only takes a short nap, that makes for a very exhausting day.  Christian also just started a new job so now he leaves an hour earlier and gets home an hour later.

The worst part about these new hours are that the gym routine that I just started a few weeks ago (and I loved and felt so much better from having alone time) is gone.

Last Thursday was my birthday and my mother-in-law came to play with Carter while I got my nails done.  While I was there I realized that the last time I was away from Carter was the previous Tuesday, 9 days before.

No wonder I was falling apart at the seams.

My nails were done so quickly and I wasn't ready to go home, so I stopped at Barnes and Noble and got a Frappuccino (caramel ribbon- way too sweet, and if you know me, that's like ridiculously sweet) and I sat in a corner reading Bloom.  It was freezing in there.  And I sat there alone, shivering with goose bumps, reading about another mom's story and struggles.  And that was the best part of my day.

That night at dinner (of Five Guys cheeseburgers and fries after bedtime) I told Christian about my nail appointment and how I didn't want to go right home so I stopped at B & N.  He said to me, "Why didn't you want to go home?"  And THAT is when it was all unleashed.

Somewhere, somehow while trying to survive meet the needs of my high-need baby/toddler I got lost, again.

So on Saturday I went to the gym and got a facial.  Then Carter and I hung out with my bff at the pool and I felt so much better.

Then Sunday came and we got in the usual routine and alot of the normal hanging on momma.  But around 4:25 I had a headache and I needed a break.

And for the first time ever I said, "Christian can I have until 5 to myself?"  And I closed the bedroom door and I sat on our bed and read.  Then I showered in the quiet calm of my bathroom, without anyone screaming and banging on the shower door or worrying that anyone was sticking his hands in the toilet or picking through the trashcan.

And when they came through the door 45 minutes later, I was refreshed and renewed and so happy to have my boy sprint into my arms.

The weekend was topped off with dinner with two good friends and a raspberry martini and lots of girly talk and catching up!  It was the perfect end to the weekend.