Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Our Trip to the Dallas World Aquarium

Yesterday we took a family trip to the Dallas World Aquarium! A friend and I had been planning to go together and take our kids. Unfortunately her little guy got sick, so at the last minute, they had to back out. I told Brendon this and tried to figure out a game plan for taking both of my girls by myself... to take the double stroller or the single stroller with Adeline in the Ergo, to take a bottle or my nursing cover... I was determined to go! That's when Brendon said he could actually just take off work in the morning and come with us! How fun was that!

So on a Tuesday morning we went on a family trip to the aquarium. (A total perk of Brendon working for a family-friendly company.) We went right when they opened at 10 AM. There was one field trip there, but since DWA staggers field trip admissions, there was only one at that point and very few other people. So we zoomed through the whole aquarium in 45 minutes... we went "Lilleigh speed," running from one animal to another. It was pretty great to see it all with no lines!






Lil loved the alligators!
 




Adeline slept most of the time in the sling. Good baby!





 I love this photo of Lilleigh looking at the turtles and fish that are bigger than her!
 




And the shark tunnel is pretty fun too!






And y'all, Adeline actually let ME feed her a bottle! Wow, night and day difference between Lilleigh and her in the whole bottle domain. Way to go, Addie!




I'm hoping to go again, since we have a membership that will expire at the end of the year. We haven't gotten to go as often as I had hoped, since I was pregnant {aka exhausted} or had a newborn {aka hands full} all year!

Lessons learned from our aquarium outing...

  • Taking both girls alone someplace like this is totally doable. However, taking both to the aquarium again by myself, while totally doable, might be challenging. Adeline loves to be in the sling. Not a fan of the car seat. And seeing the animals and fish really requires a good amount of lifting up Lilleigh to see. So next time, if a friend isn't with me, I will probably use an awesome neighbor from our babysit co-op to watch Adeline, while I take Lilleigh solo to the aquarium.
  • Also going at 10 AM on a weekday is definitely the time to go! No lines. Minimal field trip kiddos. By 10:45, there are many more kids there. 
  • Bring cash. I forgot cash for parking. If you pay by credit card, you pay more, park in a fuller lot (though not at 10 AM...), and stand in a long line to pay (even at 10 AM...). With cash, there's no line, pretty much ever.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My Little 3-Month-Old Isn't A Newborn Anymore!

It is so crazy to me that Adeline isn't a newborn really anymore! Three months is big time! 


 

A little about Adeline this month --
  • She's still a rock star sleeper and nurser. Her schedule is pretty similar to my report at 2 months. Adeline has really put herself on a pretty set schedule. Lilleigh had a set routine, which I think is like most babies. Adeline is almost clockwork.
  • Adeline is very entertained by her big sis! Big sis Lil will come up and talk to her and show her toys while Adeline sits in her bouncy seat or plays on her play mat. Having an older sis to entertain definitely makes my job easier! 
  • We have started calling her "Addie" some. Lilleigh started us on the nickname, really.
  • Adeline loves to smile and coo. She is talkative, but honestly I can't remember how much Lilleigh talked at this age to compare and predict if she will be the chatterbox her big sis is. I want to say that she is talkative but not as much as Lilleigh was. Time will tell.
  • She has laughed a couple of times but no big belly laughs yet.
  • Adeline is in size 1 disposable diapers (though we usually do cloth). She usually wears 3-6 month clothes, though she can get away with 3 month. Her cloth diaper bottom usually brings her pant size up to 6 month though! Haha.
  • Addie sleeps on her tummy but hates tummy time on her activity mat. She usually doesn't even give it 5 seconds, sooo I'm not seeing any rolling from tummy to back happening soon. She loves to be on her back on her play mat though, kicking and reaching for her toys. She can spend a good amount of time there playing and looking around. Content is a great way to describe Adeline.
  • Adeline also hates her car seat. It's really pretty unfortunate. I cannot remember the last time she fell asleep in her car seat, and I know that the number of times it has ever happened could be counted on one hand. If she is the least bit tired, she wails when we drive somewhere. Not sure how that will work out for road trips... The upside is though that she doesn't fall asleep on the way home from someplace and ruin her nap. Mommy would much rather endure 10 minutes of wailing in the car and get 2 or 3 good hours of Addie napping at home, rather than a 10 minute car nap and no nap at home. So there's the silver lining, I suppose. 
  • She takes a bottle well. Yea!  
  • Her belly button, which I was convinced would be an outie, has turned to be an innie - I THINK. It keeps changing on me. We'll see!
  • She also drools like crazy! This started right at 2 months. 
 I'm sure there is more, but that's all I can think of for now. Here is another pic of my little punkin!