Rave Reviews-Gap Pants

>> Sunday, May 31, 2009

I know as a new mom I always asked my Mommy Friends...what's the thing you can't live without? And what is the thing that was a waste of money? So this has inspired my new weekly post: Rave Reviews. I have decided to start doing weekly reviews about products Mommy's shouldn't do without. Today I want to rave about Baby Gap.

To be honest at first I hated Baby Gap and Old Navy baby clothes. Mainly because of the sizing. The little newborn sizes are fine but then it is 6-12 and 12-18 and 18-24. Along the same note does anyone know the difference between 24month and 2T? I just don't get it. I hate it. I don't know what the means. There is a BIG difference between my six month old and my twelve month old. But as I got used to the sizing I now love Baby Gap. But one product in particular. The 'play' clothes are awesome. Yes at times they can be pricey...but I always buy on sale. On average I pay 5-10 dollars for a shirt or pant.

My absolute favorite? Their pants. The stretchy ones with the teddy bear on the bootie are so great. They fit well, they hold up well, the don't fade. I love them! I only have two pair that I got sale in pink and green (shocker!) but they are awesome. I have included a snapshot of Lily in one of her Gap play outfits from this weekend. I love that this shirt is long too. It covers her huge belly! It maybe because I bought it in a 18-24 months and it actually fits, but it is still so cute.

So remember look for the little bear on the bootie!


Photo Editing

>> Thursday, May 28, 2009

I found a new photo editing website thanks to Nikki! I have been contemplating getting Photoshop or something similar to correct pictures and highlight here and there. Well who needs that?! I can do it for free...well most things. I may pay to upgrade though. So I had to show off my work on my girl Brookie.




Cute Baby Sites

>> Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hey everybody! I want to get some cute stuff for Lily's Birthday. Know of any cute baby websites to buy items? Respond in the comments sections with your favorite sites. I love to support local/small businesses!


Memorial Day Weekend 2009

>> Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lily and Mommy on her first Memorial Day!

We had a fun Memorial Day weekend. Three day weekends are the best for getting stuff done, or catching up on sleep. Saturday we went shopping since my dear skinny husband's pants are falling off. I got him a GAP gift card using Credit Card points and let him go to town. After a huge debate in the dressing room about the trendiness of button fly jeans I talked him into a few new pair of pants and a new GAP polo in a non traditional Michael color. He wasn't happy about the button fly but I swore to him they were hot. We got stuff for Lily at the Gymboree outlet. I love that store. They have the cutest kids clothes. The sad part is we were buying her 18-24 month clothes from there. She has got suck a big belly! So shirts any smaller ride up on her belly. Luckily it is summer so we can pull off the shorts in those sizes as well. All the pants would be way to long if not.

Then on Sunday we did some house/yard stuff. Including planning what we wanted to do to the yard before Lily's Bday. Which is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! Scary.

We did goof off a little and snap some pictures. These are from Friday. She is so cute in her piggy tails.

She is so silly sometime and has become quite the expert as fishy face! She is so happy too. Always clapping and giggling!

My future Cheerleader practicing her leg moves already!

On Sunday night we had a cookout at Brooke and Scott's. We played Jenga. I forgot how awesome that game is and how much more interesting it is if you play it while having a few beers. I will say I later got destroyed in multiple games of Guess Who? as well. But we won't talk about that. I had some bad luck in pulling girl characters. A definite disadvantage in that game. The highlight of the cookout? Scott's awesome burgers. Quite possibly the biggest I have seen and the tastiest. He wouldn't give up the recipe though.

On Monday we woke up and decided to go to Lake Benson to spend some QT. We also brought along Cesna to "possibly" let him go swimming. He needed a bath anyway!

We ate a "picnic" Lunch under the shelter. Can I just say KFC grilled chicken is the bomb...I will be eating those tasty leftovers for lunch today thank you very much. Lily enjoyed it as well. We actually tried to let her eat off a plate and she did very well. We may start practicing more with this. We will have to remain in close proximity to avoid a plate throwing but it is a start.
I love this little travel highchair I got for like twenty five dollars. All Mommy's listen up and buy one. I actually started using this earlier than I think it was made for (6 months?). She couldn't sit very well in highchairs that didn't have highbacks..most restaurants don't. And I was weirded out by germs. BTW totally over that now. But anyhoo. It has come in handy in cases like this or the one time we went to a restaurant that didn't have highchairs...hint hint don't bring your kids? It is awesome and can be used well into toddler years. It seems pretty comfy to her.

Me and You! She just started pointing over the past weekend. So I really want to starting working with her on identifying objects.
After we ate we played on the swings and laid a blanket near the shelter and played. The weather was nice and mild. I was more worried about bugs. Especially since last time we were there I got a tick. Of course Lily wanted off the blanket. She practiced her walking and goofed off with Daddy most of the time.
After blanket fun we decided to show Cesna some love and walk down to the lake. He was looking a little bored. He loves swimming there. As soon as he sees the water he dives right in and starts doing laps.
Bored Cesna. I take it he doesn't like being tied to playground toucans. But his mood improved greatly once we hit the beach.
Of course Cesna's presence attracted some children. But Lily and I just watched Cesna swim. She enjoyed it and kept pulling me towards the water.
Not sure what the face is but it makes me laugh. She kinda looks like she wants to kick the camera's butt. And the way her arms are makes it look like she is showing off the guns.
After the Lake Benson we went to Porter Farms which is right off of Highway 42 for the locals. I had planned on picking strawberries but Lily was passed out in the back seat from all the park excitement so we just stopped and bought some "we pick" buckets. I got a huge bucket of strawberries, a ginourmous zucchini, a sweet onion, and about five or six peaches for under 15 dollars. Can I just say the produce was beautiful. Of course we indulged in a some homemade ice cream while we were there. Porter's has a nice setup I recommend anyone close swinging by to check it out. Not to mention the strawberries are to die for! Just ask Lily....

The aftermath of our strawberry picking. It was even in her hair! Messy Baby shots are the best!
A fun three day weekend to say the least!


Birth Control for All

A lot of you have seen this picture on Facebook but I had to post it in honor of Mrs. Habicht returning to the real world today. I emailed this to her this morning with the subtitle "Hang this on your fridge as a form of Birth Control" And then proceeded to inform her of how many people got a kick out of this at her expense. Love ya Meesh!


ENT Update

>> Friday, May 22, 2009

By the way I am a blogging star today! Catching up left and right. It helps that today is really slow at work because of the upcoming holiday. The highlight of my day has been the bag of sunflower seeds I brought to munch on.

We took Lily to the ENT after my "I have had enough" phone call last week. Dr. Clark started with "well I wish we would have known...this is highly unusual" Apparently we should not have listened to the paediatrician and should have brought her in after the first one. Of course the current infection was gone after the ten day course of Augement (sp!). And she was fit as a fiddle. But the next course is going to be ear irrigation. Basically flushing her ears out twice a day with a water/vinegar solution. The giving the drops to help clear the gunk and infection. I am interested to see how horrible this idea is. Obviously he has not tried to hold her down for ear drops let alone ear flushing! Not gonna happen. Hey at least it is only one ear not both!

Then if she continues to get them we will discuss Adenoid removal. He said she was too young for that the first time around, but now it would be an option. So the basis behind that being that A) the adenoids can hold bacteria which lead to infection and B) they can be enlarged and pushing on her Eustachian tube. I am leaning towards B since my husbands family (him included) have GINORMOUS tonsils which probably means large adenoids too.

So the appointment itself was kinda worthless but he said the first sign of infection to call him back and they would get us in within a day. I am betting Dr. Clark will see us next week.


Adventure Aquarium-Camden, NJ

On the way into Langhorne, PA we stopped in on a local aquarium to fill our empty afternoon. The aquarium ended up being in NJ but was still only twenty or so minutes from out Langhorne hotel. Lily seemed to enjoy the experience. She liked standing in front of the glass tanks and trying to touch the fish. She kind of had a look of amazement through most of the trip.

By far one of my fav pics. I wish I had editing software to fix my hand in the shot. I was so paranoid she was going to fall. But the final product was still cute. Riding the sea turtle is really fun apparently!

Us with Scuba Steve!

A shot of the bridge leading to Philly behind us. Then our jellyfish shot. Lily liked those! They freak me out though!

Silly Family Shots! Lily liked being shark food and Michael and I made Nemo and Friends!

This pic is so cool. It is actually a reflection of Lily in the tank and if you look close there is alligator standing in the water. Yes standing not floating. Only his eyeball is visible. Creepy!

Shark Fossil!

"Careful don't drop her in!!!!" -Steph aka Crazy Mom

Disclaimer....been in the car eight hours and have no make up on.

We had fun and it was a good way to spend the day. We went back and swam in the pool for a bit and headed to bed early for a fun filled day at Sesame Place!


Sesame Place

During our trip to PA we stopped in Langhorne, PA to visit Sesame Place the Sesame Street amusement park. Sesame Street is the only thing to date that catches Lily's eye on TV. She can be in a dead sleep and she hears Elmo come on and her head pops up and turns to see him. She also has the Elmo Live and a Hokey Pokey Elmo. So needless to say we love Elmo. For that reason I was pumped to head up to the park. Although Michael thought she was a little young I knew she would love it! I actually first heard about the park on Jon and Kate plus 8. On TV it looked nice.

I had been talking about the trip for months. So I was fairly organized. Luckily the weather was nice and warm because come to find out there were a lot of water rides. The park was very small. But not busy at all since we went on a Friday. It was actually so slow that not all the water rides were open. The lady told us they don't staff enough lifeguards early in the season due to volume to open all of them. That was kind of disappointing. But to be honest the two water rides that were open were fun and the water was cold so I wasn't complaining about not having to do more. Lily ate lunch while Michael and I tried those out.

We brought Linda with us to PA to help with Lily since we were both in the wedding. It worked out great and she took tons of pictures so all of these are hers. I realized we never actually took any pictures on 'Sesame Street' the recreation they have in the park. But we did get some fun ones.

We started the day with a breakfast with Big Bird and Elmo and friends. A great way to meet the characters and fuel up for the day. It lets you into the park early as well. Well in hindsight we may have jumped in a little too fast. Whereas Lily carries her Elmo Live around by his eyeball she was a little nervous about the size of real Elmo and Friends. She was cool with the characters at a distance. She watched them very interested. But as soon as we approached one to take a picture or get them to hold her....she had none of it. I think this picture perfectly describes her attitude. Mommy and Daddy smiling and her looking at Zoe like she is crazy!

You can't tell but she is crying here!

I did get a few shots while Linda rode rides with Michael! You can tell Lily's hair is all greasy with suntan lotion. She was having none of the hat wearing either. But isn't this bathing suit adorable!

This is during the Elmo show. Lily is clapping to the music. Funny story of the day is Michael getting peed on. If you look closely you can see it on his leg. As if his face didn't give away his disgust. Apparently swim diapers don't actually hold pee in. Note to self next time don't change her into swim diaper until right before swimming.

She was such a big girl on the carousel. The sad part it I was singing along to the Sesame Street songs...."Who do you know in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood?"

Chilling with The Big Bird!

The only ride I didn't go on. It is sad when the kiddy version of drop zone/Tower of Terror scares you!

We didn't get a picture of the ride but this is the balloon ride that resembled a ferris wheel seat! Needless to say it was a tight squeeze for the three adults and Lily. She seems to have plenty of room!

The equivalent to the Dumbo ride in Disney. I didn't quite master the button pushing. And who knew pig Elmo's could fly! Michael was BeeBopping along though!
Crying again! No surprise. We did have a wardrobe change in between Bert and Ernie due to a juice incident...aka she dumped a whole juice in her lap and sat in it. Juice+diaper=no good.
Our attempts at family pics. Notice her giving the crazy look to both characters. Hey at least she wasn't crying!
I had a great time and she did too. She got to ride a good handful of rides. The place was dead so no long lines! And the weather was perfect. I definitely want to go back. Maybe when she is old enough to enjoy Hershey Park as well. Oooo and the Crayola Factory! Who knew PA would be cool?