It might have taken me 36 years and a lot of trial and error to figure this out, but I've got my skincare game down now. I have tried the $$$$ products, "Jesus in a bottle" (google that one, it smells awful) and super crunchy low tox products. Some dried out my face, some didn't help with breakouts and some were just too expensive.
My parents are "snowbirds", spending half of the year in Florida and the other half at the Jersey Shore, so we've done a good amount of back and forth. Here are a few tips and must haves for traveling with little ones.
A month ago today, my alarm went off at 3:30am. I scrubbed down in some sort of medical grade anti-septic solution (the third day in a row of showering with this stuff) in preparation to meet you. An order from the doctor to keep us safe.
Your Aunt Erin (and Teddy’s dutiful god mama) came quietly into our house at 4am, to be there for him when he woke up later that morning. Your mom-mom and pop-pop would be arriving shortly after. I left his favorite frozen blueberry waffles for breakfast. I kissed your brother one last time while he slept peacefully, your dad grabbed our bags, I hugged Aunt Erin so hard while I cried.
Sweet girl, I won’t ever lie to you about this. I was scared. So excited to meet you, but so scared to go through another c section.
I was utterly underprepared for my first birth, which started with my water breaking, followed by 28 hours of labor (2 pushing) and ultimately an emergency c section when Teddy went sunny side up and meconium was detected. I was offered pain meds, inflammatory foods and sugary drinks following his birth in the hospital (which is fairly standard). Even the natural birthing classes I took at my yoga studio didn't really cover post partum care past getting the baby out, feeding the baby and sleep schedules for baby.
This time around I'm going in with a bagful of items to support healing after a lot of research.
Popped into Target for some last minute Easter candy and came out with a handful of Spring dresses. All of these dresses are BUMP friendly (not maternity) and I'm thrilled I can wear them again and again post partum -- AND they were all under $40!
Click here to see a quick try on!
And all of my favorite options here:
We recently went on a road trip from Philly to Martha's Vineyard, MA to visit family with our two year old - who is a super BUSY boy. My sister-in-law who travels back and forth 12 hours from Philly to Georgia several times a year with a toddler AND dog gave me some of the BEST ideas for keeping him entertained on the road.
Feeling worlds away but being just a 5-6 hour flight from JFK, it's no surprise to me how popular this travel destination has become. Iceland is a truly unique place, from its vast array of landscapes to the amazingly fresh, local (albeit pricey) food it offers.
Check out the full rundown of our four day itinerary here. And a major thanks to my travel partners for pushing me outside of my comfort zone and for the stellar teamwork in planning on this one.