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Motherhood is hard. Some days are really, really hard. Monday was one of those days for me. I slept for 4.5 hours on Sunday night and had zero patience. I was in tears by 8am. I was yelling and swearing. I honestly didn’t think I could make it through the day. As a stay at home mom, I didn’t have another choice. (By the way, I don’t think working parents have it any easier. Most of the stresses are all the same.)
So I did what any social media loving mother would do and I turned to Instagram for advice on how to stay patient with young kids when you feel like you don’t have anything left to give. It might seem silly since I haven’t even met some of my Instagram friends in real life, but they’ve saved me more than once in my short time as a mama. So here are my crowdsourced tips on how to stay patient with young kids.
- Laugh. Hard. Even if you have to fake it at first.
- Lock yourself in the bathroom. Cry. Pull it together. Eat chocolate. (In that order)
- Share with others (misery loves company, right?!)
- Go outside. Change the scenery.
- Give yourself permission for non-perfection.
- Try to sleep as soon as they do.
I was scrolling through the blogs I read this morning and came across this post from Naomi. Maybe it’s the season or something is in the air because it seems I’m not the only one short on patience. So I’m adding her advice – to stop and give a deliberate hug – to my list. I’m writing this list down on actual paper and carrying it with me. I have a feeling I’ll need to reference it often.
As for this outfit, I’m ready to wear jeans again. It’s been pretty warm the past week. I’m craving cooler temperatures and jeans (even if they are a summer white).
shirt: gap (sold out but I linked similar shirts below); jeans: madewell; shoes: birkenstock; bag: chloe; necklace: maya brenner; bracelets: david yurman (here, here and here); ring: david yurman; sunglasses: warby parker
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Coming to you this Saturday morning with a bonus weekend post! I ordered a few things from Gap for Sybil this week. Since they’re all on sale, I wanted to share them before sizes run out. I love a good baby girl clothes sale. Almost everything is less than $10! She needed leggings since it’s cooler in Minnesota than we’re used to in Arizona. I love these leopard print leggings and you can’t go wrong with basic pink (with the cutest bow in the back).
I couldn’t resist this little eyelet flutter top. She already has the cutest chambray bloomers to go with it.
We were at Carter’s to grab Lawson a pair of pajamas since he’s grown out of the 24 months size and couldn’t resist this floral jumpsuit for Sybil. It’s only $10! Won’t it look cute with a little sweater over it come fall?
You may also like: 4th of July Style for Babies & Toddlers.
Traveling with one child is stressful enough. Traveling with a baby and a toddler can feel downright crazy. Even though it seems like a lot of work at the time, exploring together and creating new memories is always worth it.
After 5 flights with Lawson and Sybil, I’d like to think we’ve learned a thing or two about traveling with a baby and toddler. These are my 10 tips for flying with a baby and toddler.
10 TIPS FOR FLYING WITH A BABY & TODDLER
- Figure out what time works best for your kids and their schedule. For us, it’s the morning. A 10am flight is the sweet spot. We don’t have to get them up earlier than normal and get the majority of flying time done before they get really cranky in the afternoon.
- Bring new or forgotten toys. Every 2 year old seems to go through a sticker phase. They are perfect for flights since they easily fit in your bag and can be put on trays, windows, seats, etc. Just remember to remove them before you get off the plane! If we have a flight coming up, we hide Lawson’s iPad a few days beforehand. I always try to add a new show to keep him occupied.
- Request bulk head seats whenever possible. You have to store your carryon luggage in the overhead bin, but not having to worry about the kids kicking the seats in front of us is worth it. They have a little more room to roam, which we’ve found beneficial.
- Food is the ultimate distraction. The best kind is anything that comes in multiples. Think fruit cups, pretzels. If it takes them longer to eat it, the better.
- Take yourself out of the equation. Eat before you board the flight or better yet before you get to the airport. You’ll have your hands full taking care of little ones.
- Wear the baby in a carrier or sling and put the toddler in a stroller. We take an umbrella stroller since it is lighter than our double or jogging stroller. It folds up easily and is checked at the gate.
- Rent car seats through the rental car agency. If we’re going on a longer trip, we’ll bring our car seats. For shorter trips, it’s easier to rent them at our destination. Rental car agencies typically have a maximum for renting car seats. It varies from agency to agency and it can pay to shop around.
- Every so often I bring a book or magazine. I think maybe this is the trip they nap at the same time. I’ve never read them. Do yourself a favor and leave them at home.
- Stay calm. You will have tense moments. Your baby will cry and your toddler may kick and scream. They will miss naps. Try to stay calm. If you’re anxious and frustrated, your little ones will be too. We once took a 6 hour red-eye from Hawaii when Lawson was 14 months old. We thought he’d sleep the entire flight. Instead we were the ones with a crying baby while everyone else was trying to sleep. We didn’t make any friends on that flight, but we did survive.
- Invest in TSA Pre-Check. The security lines are generally shorter and you don’t have to go through extra steps like taking off your shoes. These can make a huge difference when you’re trying to wrangle two kids through security too.
Tomorrow I’m tackling my first solo flight with Lawson and Sybil. I’m slightly terrified by the thought. I take comfort in knowing many parents have done it before me and somehow everyone survives.
Do you have any tips for flying with a baby and toddler? I have a feeling I’m going to need all the help I can get!
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We had a good one. Nothing too exciting, but a solid summer weekend.
Do you have plans for the 4th of July holiday? We don’t have any (yet), but that hasn’t stopped me from planning Lawson and Sybil’s outfits. Though I don’t usually coordinate holiday outfits, I am always ready for some red, white and blue and I thought it’d be fun to put together a little 4th of July style guide for babies and toddlers. I’ve had to stop from buying one of everything. Luckily it’s almost all on sale!
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