Toddler Time – Change is Good…Right?

I knew it was coming. I knew EVENTUALLY, my daughter would either need to go to pre-school, we’d move, or some set of circumstances would occur where we’d have to change childcare providers, but I kept pushing that idea away, saying, “well, that’s way off”. Well, “Way off” has now become “next week”.

My little girl’s last day at her current daycare is this Friday. She’s been attending this home daycare since she was 12 weeks old. She’s had the same little buddies for close to 2 years– they’ve grown up together, been the closest thing to siblings that she has had (so far), and on Friday, I’m expecting her to say bye to them, because we’re moving and she’ll be starting at a new daycare next month.

I’m feeling so conflicted about this– really worrying about the whole situation. Will she be scared at the new place? Will she ever be as comfortable there as she was before? Will she make close friends the way she had before? Will she miss her friends and the daycare owner and ask for them? How can I explain the situation to her? What can I possibly do to make this transition easier?

My husband is falling on the other side of this coin, saying that kids are really adaptable and that change is good, that she’ll fit right in because there will be other kids around and I’m stressing out over something that will work itself out. By the way, this is always the case. I constantly worry about her… for everything. Is she the right weight? Is she sleeping enough? Do we read to her enough? Does she get enough outside time? This transition worry really is just another thing to add to the list but it’s weighing on me more than usual, probably because I feel like I’m forcing this situation on her… it’s our choice to move, and that choice is causing this “life change” to occur for her. And I’m freaking out a bit.

I’d love to hear about other people’s experience with this kind of change.  What can I expect? What is the best way to help my kiddo through this transition?

Ah, the joys of parenthood… Just learning as I go!

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What’s for Dinner Wednesday – Baked Macaroni and Cheese

We keep meals pretty healthy at my house– most of the time. Every once in a while though, its nice to splurge on some serious comfort food, and its been cold and dreary outside lately, which made me crave some seriously creamy, cheesy macaroni. After some searching, my husband found a recipe that resulted in mac and cheese that was truly delicious, and worth the splurge!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package of elbow macaroni
  • 8 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded Muenster cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups of half and half
  • 8 ounces of Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • a little bit of pepper

And here’s how to do it:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the oil and pasta and cook for as long as stated on the package of macaroni. Melt 8 tbsp. of butter, and pour over the drained macaroni and mix in a large  mixing bowl. Combine all the shredded cheeses in a separate bowl. Add the half and half, all but 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese mixture, the Velveeta and the eggs to the macaroni, and mix. Transfer to a large casserole dish and top with a bit of pepper, and the final 1/2 cup of shredded cheese mix. Bake for 35 minutes until hot and bubbling around the edges.

I like my macaroni cheesy, so I upped the cheese on the recipe above- the original recipe can be found here:

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Fashion Friday – Dressing Baby for the Holidays

For many families, the holidays are one of the only times of the year that everyone gets together. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and all- which means LOTS of picture-taking. This can put lots of pressure on parents to dress those kiddos to impress, since the photos that are taken over the holidays last a lifetime.

Baby Holiday OutfitsFor our little one’s first holiday, we went with a baby Santa outfit, which of course  had everyone cooing.  This year, we’re going with a silver and plum party dress. Everyone is dressed pretty casually at our place for the holidays, but I’ve seen some families really dress up as well.

Some of my favorite celebrity-baby looks of the season have been the red sweater jumper on Eric Church’s son and those dashing suits on the Beckham boys.

How are you dressing your princes and princesses for this year’s family gatherings?

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Travel Tuesday – 5 Tips for Traveling with Babies

Today is December 20th- and now that we’re in the “20′s” of December, that means that holiday travel is kicking into high-gear.

Traveling during the holidays is stressful for ANYONE– think of the lines, the cranky passengers, the potential weather delays making for even CRANKIER passengers.  Add baby (or babies) to that mix, and you’ve got a recipe for chaos–or at the very least, a very tricky parenting challenge.

As a travel-pro (and I make this claim only because I’ve flown almost 40,000 miles with my little girl, starting at 5 months of age -her first flight photo is above), I think I’m in a decent position to give some advice on how to get through those long airport and airplane hours. I’d love to hear tips from others as well- while I’m pretty good at traveling with one, I seriously suspect that traveling with multiple will be an entirely different story!

Tip 1- Book that extra seat.

Babies up to the age of 2 are allowed to fly on their parent’s lap on most airlines, but if at all possible think about booking a seat for your baby.  Not because the baby will actually sit in the seat, because in my experience, your kiddo will almost always end up on your lap, but to at least create what I call a “buffer zone” between you and another passenger.  If you’re traveling with another adult, the extra seat might not be necessary, but if you’re alone, a single-seat-sized space probably isn’t enough room for you, your baby, and your gear. Though– I’ve done it, with some luck and some cooperation of friendly row-mates, of course.

Tip 2- Pack light, but pack smart.

In the early days of traveling with my little one, I packed EVERYTHING I thought she could possibly need- including clothes for every single day we’d be away. But if you’re going somewhere that you’ll have access to a washer/dryer- don’t feel obligated to pack the whole dresser. Bring the essentials for about half the days that you’ll be at your destination and just plan on doing a load of laundry while there (and in my experience, if you’re visiting family, you’re going to get gifts of cute outfits upon arrival anyway!)

The on-the-plane necessities actually add up to quite a bit on their own anyway. In my experience, the following are must-haves:

  • a diaper wallet (lugging a giant diaper bag down that narrow airplane aisle and maneuvering it in those tiny bathrooms is just too difficult)
  • lots of liquids (one less thing to carry if you’re nursing)
  • snacks if the baby is on solid food
  • a changing pad
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • a change of clothes (for your baby, and a back-up shirt for you)
  • hand sanitizer
  • a nursing pillow (totally worth the space it takes up in the seat, because once you’re done nursing, baby can snooze on it and your arms get a rest)
  • a nursing cover
  • baby’s favorite book
  • a blankie (it gets cold on planes!)
  • an umbrella stroller if baby is big enough (this will get you all the way to the plane, and then you’re on your own) and, if all else fails-
  • your smartphone

Tip 3 – Nurse your baby on the way up and the way down to prevent the “ear pops”. Changes in altitude have been known to affect even adult ears, so there’s potential that those “pops” can make baby very uncomfortable.  If you nurse, or give your baby a bottle on the way up and down, the swallowing motion eases the pressure build-up and can make the altitude change less painful (for both  of you).

Tip 4Accept Help When it’s Offered. 75% of the travel that I did with my little one was travel alone. My vacation schedule was different than my husband’s, so I often flew back east on my own to see family while he stayed home and worked. This certainly complicated matters– and for those first couple trips, I tried to do it all by myself. Its not easy once you have to turn over that stroller at gate-check and you’re left with all your bags (purse, diaper bag, carry on) AND little one in your arms. Other passengers had offered to help and at first, my reply was always “oh thanks, I have it though”- after a couple trips, I was more than happy to let a nice co-passenger help me get our bags to where they needed to go, and when other passengers didn’t offer, the flight attendants were always happy to help (though, they often wanted to hold the baby, as opposed to the bags, but help is help!) Take the help when its offered and seek it out even if its not offered– it’s definitely worth it!

Tip 5- When all else fails, it really is ok (at least in my book!) to take the “easy way out”. Yes, I’m going to admit to you here that when I traveled with my toddler, when she was done coloring, when we’d read her books twenty times each, when she was bored and near melt-down, I pulled out my smartphone. Yes, I let her watch a movie. Sometimes, we let her play with baby flash cards on the phone. We had always said we’d stick to the American Academy of Pediatrics advice about no screen time before 2- but on the plane, while surrounded by strangers who just wanted some peace and quiet, and no possibility of escape, and with a solution at my fingertips, I took the easy road. And it worked.

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