Thursday, July 06, 2006

Flip Flops has been FOUND!!! Yes, friends ... KPJara emailed me her NEW blog-address ... NEW! She moved and took everything with her ... including her forwarding address... All sneaky-like! THE NERVE!!! (yes, I'm pouting and stomping my foot like a spoiled child with my hands on my hips) It's almost like she's trying to hide from us! HA! That'll never happen, 'cause we love her too much! And I'm a blabber mouth and I'm sharing her address with y'all.... go to...

Of course, if I had bothered to look at the Family Friendly Blogroll I might have gotten her correct/new address... and ... apparently ... I'm the only one that didn't have it. Hmmmm ... maybe it's more personal than I thought?

Moving on...

Monday, we put Hunter in his baby pool for the first time. And trust me when I say ... the water was frigid! And he loved it! He even pulled himself up (of course, his legs were spread WAAAAAY apart) to a semi-standing position. Well -- I just got a call from my mother-in-law (they are watching Hunter this week while the Daycare lady is on vacation) and she's all excited and I could hardly understand her, and finally, I got out of her that Hunter had pulled himself up to a standing position in his crib ... alone ... without help ... and he did it again! Oh, my ... he's growing so fast! He just turned 9 months old on the 5th, and I can hardly believe how much he has changed! Practically OVERNIGHT he's pulling himself up. And, he is finally starting to eat some solids without acting like he's gagging over poison mommy just fed him! Too cool. I can see why people have 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 17, 18 kids. Okay. Maybe not 18. But 4 would be good!

And ... as if you were dying to know ... (and with baited breath, I might add) ...

Next week, we're headed off for the beach.
The first time with a baby, too!

So, I started making a list of things I'd need to take with us... Pack-n-Play for him to sleep in, blankies/silky, pacifiers, booster seat for meals, regular cooler, diaper bag cooler, bottles, formula, food, appropriate snacks, clothes, diapers, wipes, powder, sunscreen, hat, spf shirts (short & long sleeved), bathing suit/swimmer diaper thingies, toys, inflatable baby pool, canopy for beach, towels, floatie-donut thingie for the pool, and Speedo inflatable floatie thingie for pool, etc.

Then, I realized ... I've never been to the beach with my own baby. Yeah, I've been to the beach with my sister-in-law, and her baby, but heck -- I didn't have to pack for her, play with her, entertain her, feed her, change her and watch her like a hawk ... all on the beach or at the pool!

So, what I'd like to get from you is some sound advice on what I NEED to take, and what I DON'T need to take. And any other advice you'd like to throw out there. Ummm ... Within reason.

Other than that, I'm feeling pretty burned out and ready for a vacation. In fact, the wonderful, exciting jewelry I began designing is still sitting in my den right now ... crying out for attention that I just can't give it right now because my family keeps me hopping! My designs are pretty set, but getting to making the jewelry is another story... More on that later.

OP, yeah ... one more thing ... does anyone know why all the serious thunder-boomer storms sweep in at around 9:30 p.m. or later? Just wondering how much longer I'm going to be kept awake with storms.


kpjara said...


Non-parent seeking good laugh!

Anonymous said...

Take as much anti-anxiety medication as you possibly can. For you, not the child. :)

Just kidding, you will actually be fine, and you'll have a great time, I'm sure.

Be sure and let me know when you launch your business! I want to "plug" you!

Jennifer said...

Three things...
1)take a sheet to lay on the sand (the sand falls right off, unlike a towel that keeps it in there for years).
2)baby powder will remove sand on skin--it soaks up the moisture and the sand falls off.
3)water (of the non-salt variety) to rinse out his mouth when he puts a big handful of sand in there (trust me on this one)

Have fun!

Shalee said...

From my experience, I noticed that I always packed too much. Don't pack all the "just in case stuff". Just take the things that you know for a fact you will need:
blanket, lots of sunscreen (even though you will have that baby under an umbrella almost the entire time (hint), water, snacks, bathing suit, a float and a camera to catch those moments of cuteness, of which you will directly share with us (another hint).

And don't listen to kpjara. She is out to mess with your mind!

Laura said...

Have fun at the beach! Personally, I find a baby at the beach is much easier than a toddler on the run. ;)

And I would gladly trade your 9:30 thunder boomers for our 3pm ones. :)


Mama D said...

It sounds like you've got it all on your list. I will say that I heard an adult should use a shot glass sized amount of sunscreen on their body for full coverage. That surprised me. So I guess it would be about half that amount for a babe? Also, a tip I was given... Little Swimmers diapers can be reused. (if not poopy!) They are a bit of a pain to get off when wet, it's much easier to rip them on the sides BUT you can wash them in the washing machine and dry them in the dryer and they come out like new!!! When you think about the fact that they cost about 2 dollars each it seems worth doing!

Sheri said...

I always laugh at the list of things people take (Don't get me wrong, totally NOT laughing at you!)

With Dylan we took everything...and I mean EVERYTHING (Sort of like the opening to "Yes Dear) the time Ethan came around we just made sure we had a pacifier, a few diapers and a change of clothes. (And then normal beach stuff..sunscreen and such)

Randi said...

Vacation + Baby = Taking everything but the kitchen sink!!!

You will have a wonderful time, just make sure the little one doesn't eat too much sand!

the lizness said...

I've never been to the beach - but have a great time!

Susanne said...

So much fun! Relax. If you forget anything I'm sure there will be some kind of store or concession where hubby can run if need be. Oh one thing you forgot to list: your laptop so you can keep posting all the funny things that will happen! :) Just kidding!

Jan/ said...

Is there a Wal-mart near the beach? If so, you just take the minimum, and buy whatever you forgot once you get there! You can find the locations of all Wal-marts right on line. That's my solution for over-packing.