I went to Old Navy today and I bought a better bathing suit and no one called me fat. So THERE, Target!
I also picked up some freaking adorable bathing suits for Maddie. I mean…how can you resist a sixteen month old in an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini?
Or a sixteen month old all decked out in an anchor bathing suit (future DG what) and matching flip flops?
We need bathing suits because this weekend we are going to Arizona. Mike’s family has gone just about every year (except for the last two years because of babies) since he was a kid. We swim, we go to Spring Training baseball games, and over the course of several meals we eat an entire cow. Each. I don’t know what it is about Arizona, but they love the beef. And I love the beef. It’s a mutual beef-fest.
So that’s our weekend plan. We’re very much looking forward to going away for a long weekend. It will be fun to have all of our families there (my parents are also going), and Maddie will be able to cross her second US state off her list. I’m just a little nervous about flying with her. I would love any advice on how to fly with a little one. Some awesome peeps on The Twitter told me how to bring liquid through security for her, but what else do I need to know?
To thank you, I offer up another gratuitous Maddie photo!
(She’s going to need to grow into those bottoms)
She is a model in the making! But one of those classy ones, not the trashy ones.
PS so glad she is feeling better.
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Bring a portable DVD player on the plane! Worked like a charm when I flew with my busy 18-month old.
Ms. Moon says:
I want to reach through the magical interweb and kiss her neck. Arizona will never be the same again.
I’ve heard that sticker books work well with little kids on planes…
I love the little yellow swimsuit, that is just too stinkin cute!
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Mary Beth says:
I don’t know if there’s anything you can do to help her when her ears pop – that’s always the worst part for me. I’m so jealous – I’ve really been feeling the urge to go to spring training games. Unfortunately, Florida’s a little bit far and Arizona’s way to far – will have to wait for April (sigh). Enjoy! And Maddie in her suits – just too adorable!
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She is adorable!
We have flown with our son twice. We have had no troubles at security. You can check your stroller at the gate. Make sure you have plenty of diapers and food in case your flight gets delayed. We gave him a bottle at take-off and landing, which helped his ears.
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A bottle or sippy to suck (ear popping), maybe Benadryl, and a new never before seen toy. My kids loved an empty jar with cheerios to take in and pull out over and over. Weird, but good. And quiet.
since both sets of my parents live in a different COUNTRY than us, my kids are SEASONED travellers…and it still sucks balls. sadly, i have no advice. i would say portable DVD player, if you have one child, which you do, because my kids just fight over it.. hahah
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Patti B. says:
Hahaha that Target lady should definitely be on your “suck it” list now! Maddie looks amazing and I’m sure your suits are amazing too Have a great trip!
She looks adorable in that first picture.
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The bathing suits are adorable. There is just something so irresistible about baby bathing suits, my daughter always has more than she needs!
I flew with my daughter last year when she was 11 months old. I brought a few of her favorite toys and books on the plane as well as a brand new book for her (I choose a flip the flap book to keep her extra occupied) to break out when the old favorites no longer did the trick. Give her a bottle or a sippy cup of something when you take off and land to avoid the ear popping. My daughter did fine, she didn’t seem to be phased by the ear popping thing. Also, bring lots of snacks. Our flight was about 2 hours and by then end she was ready to get off the plane, but did really well.
I’m sure Maddie will do great. Have fun.
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ms. changes pants while driving says:
i heard bottles help with the take off and landing.
also, you should drink heavily.
Andrea's Sweet Life says:
You won’t actually be on the plane very long, from LA to AZ, so plan more for what you’re going to do to keep her occupied in the airport. Which is a freaking ZOO.
Extra diapers, a fold up lap pad (inevitably, you’ll be changing a poopy diaper on someone’s lap) lots of finger snacks, new books or things she can move back and forth, we also usually take little plastic animals that can easily be played with on the fold down tray. DVD player always ends up more of a hassle than anything for us, but if you’re taking a laptop, that will work.
Good luck and HAVE FUN! She is going to rock the swimming pool in those suits!
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She might need to grow into that top too. I do love the little teeny yellow polka dot bikini.
There is this store, a toy store and it’s even in LA and I can’t for the life of me remember the name…stupid Denver brain…anyway, they have these little frogs that you push the bottom down and it “hops” like an inch. Both of my kids loved those things when they were Maddie’s age. I only brought them out for plane rides and long dinners out. Matchbox cars might work too. Something new and tiny and exciting.
If I can find the link to what I was talking about, I’ll send it too you. They are like $1.29 each and worth a zillion dollars.
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That first picture is such a cheesecake shot — I lurves it!
I have no advice for you, obviously, other than to echo what someone else said about drinking, heavily. I will shed a tear or two because you will be at Spring Training and I will not. But then I will laugh because my Giants will beat your stinky Dodgers soon AND because I know you’ll be taking pictures of the ever-adorable Maddie in AZ!
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We fly a lot with our little guy, I think he’s been on 12-13 planes and he’s not even a year old.
For take off and landing, definitely a bottle or sippy cup. Since your flight is short and she might not want another bottle when decending, I tend to resort to bribery/baby crack and give the kid straight 100% juice just to keep the sippy cup in his mouth. If I give him his usual diluted juice, he loses interest QUICKLY and the screaming begins. Definitely pack lots of snacks and like others said, a new toy or book. Also, make friends with the flight crew, sometimes they’ll slip you a free drink or two and give her treats from the first class meal. they can also hook you up with bottled water for making formula or juice.
Lastly, roam the aisles, make other people entertain her. she’s so stinking cute that all the grandmas on the plane will want to take turns making faces
have a wonderful time and enjoy the sun!!!!
Oh and be warned, for whatever reason, the pressure change of take off and landing tends to make them poop. pack a spare outfit (or two) wipes and diapers to get you thru the flight. if you have to change her on the plane, don’t bother with their pathetic excuse of a changing table, use your seat and squat in the aisle or do it across your/Mike’s lap. takes a team effort.
We have traveled with our kids on planes a lot! My parents live out of state and the quickest way to get there is to fly. Our daughter was 6 weeks old the first time she flew. We have always, always brought their car seats and strapped them in just like they were riding in a car. There was no arguing because they knew that when they were strapped in, they had to stay there, just like the car! And, now this is our pediatrician talking, baby Benedryl! When I voiced my concerns of intentionally drugging my child, he said it was better for both mom AND baby if they were sleepy! And of course lots and lots of things to entertain her! We would always buy a few new toys that they had never seen before and those would hold their attention a lot longer than their “old” toys!
Have a great time!!
cindy w says:
Those bathing suits are all adorable. As someone who’s made a few cross-country flights with a toddler (LA to Arizona? What’s that, like 2 hours? Pshaw!), these are my tips:
1) portable DVD player with some of her favorite videos (worth every penny)
2) stick 1 or 2 small new toys or books in your carry-on and don’t show it to her until you’re on the plane; the “new-ness” of it will likely keep her interest for a while
3) a half-dose of children’s benadryl (seriously, I had a pediatrician tell me it was ok, I’m not Evil Mommy or anything)
4) let her sip on either a sippy cup or a bottle during take-off & landing; the swallowing will help with any ear pressure problems
5) bring a change of clothes for all of you in your carry-on. JUST. TRUST. ME.
P.S. “mutual beef-fest” sounds totally dirty.
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Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) says:
OH MY GOSH – sooo freakin cute!
And we have baby girls the same age!!!
Barbara said that you are in on the LA party planning. SO grateful – thank you! I am going to try and fly over. Ciaran Blumenfeld said I could crash at her place, so I only have to pay for the ticket.
It will be great to meet you!
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Amazing Greis says:
Love the pictures. No kids here, so I can share no travelling advice. I’ve heard from friends that portable DVD players are life savers though. LOL
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moosh in indy. says:
Yep. I’m on board with the bribing with juice in a sippy or bottle on take off and landing. Because when their ears pop? The crying will make you want to jump out of the plane.
Now that the moosh is older we use tootsie rolls on take off and landing, works wonders.
And novelty, yes, the dollar store can save your sanity on plane trips.
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