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Love this for our air travel!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY

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This is not an ad ( I know things can sound that way and it’s hard to differentiate these days), but I have to say I have really enjoyed peace of mind with this CARES harness when it comes to flying with Lexi. We have used it since she was two and required her own seat. And it’s just soooooo easy to install and it mimicked a car seat harness so Lexi has no problems with its use. In fact she insists and will get upset if I don’t install it fast enough. She likes the security.

  

It especially now 2 years into its use am I realizing how awesome it is and what a large life span it has.

Anyone who travels by air at least once a year should absolutely have it. I’ve actually never seen anyone else use it besides us and I always get asked questions when I install it. People get very curious.

Once a flight attendant came up to me going “Mam, you’re not allowed to use this!”
Yes I am, I calmly replied. She went to ask someone and came back without a word passing me on the way. ;) 

It’s super easy to carry in the green bag it comes with and I usually just throw it into Lexi’s backpack. 

So just saying, it’s pretty cool if you travel by air. Look it up! 

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Breastfeeding a 4 year old at the airport

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, New Mom Experience, Parenting, TRAVEL

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Our flight is delayed and Lexi is crashed out. She asked for boobie before she went down. 
I haven’t spoken about breastfeeding for a long time because it has almost ceased. Almost. 

She is four years old. And yes she technically still breastfeeds. Mostly only at home before bed and in the mornings or when very upset or tired. 

  
And no I honestly don’t think there is any milk left. 
But today I breastfed her in the airport. A four year old who walks, talks, goes to the bathroom alone, and asks questions about the universe. And there is nothing strange about it to me. Or especially to her. 

“I love boobie!” -she says. “It’s my favorite food in the world” 

I’m pretty sure there is no milk left. But she loves it.    

 And based on the emotional sweet smile on her face when she talks about breastfeeding, I can see how incredibly emotional and important it is to her. 

I remember reading accounts of children who breastfed into childhood and remember the experience, and the feeling I got from those descriptions are warmth and love. And I love that it’s what she takes from it. 
I don’t care who thinks what. I’ve never cared. But it was interesting to breastfeed in public again now that she is 4. Since the last time months ago. It was completely normal and natural becuase TO HER it was normal. And it helped her go to sleep and relax. 

  
I honestly love it. As rarely as it happens anymore, I feel like if more women have the balls to not care what public things and breastfeed ( not that anyone actually noticed because it’s so discreet naturally), then maybe more women who are more easily influenced by public opinion will not be steered to wean before the kids are ready. 
  
  

Btw we are on our way to Chattanooga to have some family friendly fun and explore all that the town has to offer. If you are interesting in following our adventures, go to Instagram ( @prebaby log) and Facebook .

  

And this is what we use for in flight entertainment among other things. :)
   

Today exactly one year ago you were only 3

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Birthdays, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER

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And now suddenly you are FOUR!

Why does the gap between 3 and 4 seem so much more substantial than I thought it would be?

At 3 you were still a toddler to me, now you’re a big girl.

Looking at pictures of our last year’s party, you seem like such a baby. Not any more.

So as we celebrate your 4th birthday, with an awesome theme, great guests and even better ideas, I want to share some of the party photos from the last birthday.

Decor and Party Favor Bags posts can be found here:

3rd Birthday Party Decor | Princess and Pirate Party Favor Bags

Dress is by Chasing Fireflies

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Some clips from the party:

Waiting for the party to start…

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Budding poser and a little weekend getaway

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Last week we took a quick trip back to Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort (you can read about our first trip here). Our first trip to the resort was rainy, but still fun. This time we were unlucky with the weather again. Aside from the rain, we got a cold front. While that might have stopped us from enjoying the beach and the pool, it allowed us some time to explore more of the area around the resort.

OUR VIEW:

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LEXI WOULDN’T JOIN ME IN THE TUB, SO WE WENT TO THE GYM INSTEAD. AT 10 PM.

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Since the resort has a full kitchen, I stocked up on food at Whole Foods and the next day we had croissant sandwiches and a salad.

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We took a nice drive to the local Science Museum where they had a Dinosaur exhibit. Lexi loved being at the science museum and exploring concepts that she is so interested in right now: space, lightning, extreme weather. Her favorites were the plasma ball ( I got a lot of lightning questions), nano particles table, the hurricane force wind booth and the astronaut suit. untitled--4 untitled--5

The next day I researched unique playgrounds in the area and despite the rain drove 30 minutes out of our way to see it. The playground was epic but empty which resulted in a “I have no one to play with here” breakdown. The girl likes making friends. She finally found one local boy who was about a year younger and was happily following him around trying to engage him in play. I would love to return to the playground during better weather and have her really experience all the features.

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While we were getting ready, Lexi asked to pose with her speaker and had me take some pictures with my mirrorless camera.

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The scooter family is back.

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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I remember when Lexi was first born, her development focus was on the visual aspect of her surroundings. She wanted to stay on my shoulder for hours just looking around, and as soon as I would try to put her down, she would fuss until she was up high and looking again. For months she seemed to not be interested in moving as much as she was in seeing. Rolling to a toy was just not of interest until much much later.

Then things changed, and suddenly she just wanted to be everywhere and it didn’t end till she started walking. She didn’t start walking, I am sorry. Let me correct myself: she started runfalling, a process of falling and catching yourself so fast on repeat that you end up running. That’s what she did. Suddenly everything that had to do with physical activity was the shit. Scooters, bikes, climbers- she wanted to move. We got her a scooter. She loved it. Earlier than expected, but she did.

These are the pictures of Lexi lending Alexa her Micro Mini and riding together around the parking lot.

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Then came an era that confused me completely. She refused to use anything on wheels: scooters, bikes, motorcycles, even motorized riding toys. Just NO! She wanted to stay home and play pretend, play role playing games, play with her characters. That lasted a long time. At least it seems like it did for me. While her friends would ride bikes and scooters around the neighborhood, she would demand to play at home, with those same friends.

Now recently I am seeing the shift again. Bicycles are cool again, scooters are no problem, throwing a ball is fun. It’s confusing, but it’s certainly how it’s been happening all along. So tonight as I was going through my photo library I saw these photos. Lexi and me having fun on our scooters at the outdoor shopping mall. And it made me think of the amazing role that we have as parents to expose them and to encourage them to do varied activities. I have a scooter too, and so does Andrew. Mine is a white  Micro Kickboard scooter (seen below), and Andrew’s is a black one. They are pretty hot looking, sleek, solid. I’ve seen Brad Pitt and Angelina ride those with their kids.

And they are fun! Much more fun to ride than I ever thought it would be. And look cool. I feel kind of bad-ass riding a scooter…. skater girl-ish without the skateboard. haha

Sometimes, I take my white scooter out, put Lexi on the front and we go racing around the golf course.

Anyways, I just wanted to share a little piece of our life and activities we do here. Maybe someone will think it sounds like a fun idea. That would make me happy. No one likes to be that left out parent who is bored while their kid is having fun riding a scooter, right? We certainly love being a Micro Scooter family (this should be a hashtag).

Question 1: Would you consider riding an adult scooter with your kid next to your riding theirs?

Question 2: Have you noticed similar eb and flow of the preferred activities (physical vs mental) in your children, like I described above?

Think these scooters are cool? You can check them out and buy them here:

Learn about Micro Kickboard | Buy: Adult Scooter | Mini Micro

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Mommy and me trip to Dreams Las Mareas, Costa Rica (Part II: Experiences)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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In case you missed the first part, Read Dreams Las Mareas, Part I: Impressions

We arrived at the airport and were met by our driver who would take us to the resort about 2 hours away from Liberia Airport. The area we were going to be staying in is called Guanacaste region and is more remote but insanely beautiful and is known for its beaches, surfing and sportsfishing. On our 2 our road trip, we stared out of the window and counted monkeys we saw on the way, played on the Ipad and even napped. It went really smoothly.

Mommy and me trip to Dreams Las Mareas, Costa Rica (Part I: Impressions)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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I am addicted. Addicted to travel, but more importantly, traveling with Lexi. Being able to take her places that are different from our comfort zone of home, seeing her grow through that and develop, talk about countries I could have only dreamed of visiting when I was her age. It’s pretty darn cool.

This last year has been incredibly intense from the travel standpoint. When I look back and count the number of trips we have taken, I can’t believe it all fit into on year. We have been to Mexico (twice) and Costa Rica, on a Princess cruise to St Martin and St Thomas and to California. I personally ( alone) traveled to Hawaii, Sierra Mountains, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico. And many many local trips around Florida. There has been so much that it would be difficult to post it all on the blog. So I am relying on the power of social media to walk you through our adventures, as well as the photos that are supposed to be worth a thousand words.

Best Apps for SAHMs, WAHMs and WOHMs

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, BUSY MOM TIPS, FOR MOMS, Fun as a Toddler Mom, LIFE, New Mom Experience, TODDLER

Best Productivity Apps for moms: SAHMs, WAHMs and WOHMs

I’ve been writing this post in my head all of my motherhood life. My goal has always been to be a lean mean efficient machine and being a mother sort of disrupts that for a bit. You have a baby and efficiency, as you know it, sort of disappears from your vocabulary. It is what it is. As our kids grow and we adjust to our new roles, we find tools that help us deal with the constant barrage of requests and to do’s that come with motherhood. But aside from being mothers, we are also individuals, and workers, and partners. Somehow I have inadvertently fell into the three roles of being a SAHM and WAHM and a WOHM, stay at home/work from home/work outside of home mom. Each one of them at different times, obviously.

So today I would like to go over specifically the phone apps that help me with my days in all three of those roles. I try to use my phone to the best of its possible efficiency and some incredibly smart people have come up with ways of making our human lives better, more organized and straight forward. I’m all for electronic help!