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Monday, November 3, 2014


This week I am:

  • getting very, very excited that our Vancouver trip is only 2 weeks away!
  • writing lists of all of the things we need to do before said trip, and all of the things we need to pack for 6 weeks of winter with an 18 month old, oh my...
  • glad that I was the first person on the waitlist at my local library to get The Rosie Effect; it was a wonderful sequel to The Rosie Project
  • eating this chunky chocolate buckwheat granola for breakfast every morning
  • using our air conditioner more than I should
  • putting the finishing touches on a little toque for Clementine; it'll be on the blog very soon
  • watching the Death Comes to Pemberley series, and loving it (I read the book while we were in Colombia last year)
  • wondering whether to buy an umbrella stroller
  • thinking that I need some alone time
  • squeezing in a few last minute family shoots before we go away
  • enjoying this Canadian blog
  • addicted to the latest seasons of Downton Abbey and Homeland
  • pleased to have some new expat friends in the neighbourhood who host hockey parties (ice hockey, obviously)
  • obsessed with the tiny desk series concerts, especially this one and this one
  • asking everyone I know for traveling-with-toddler-tips (long haul flights, jet lag etc…) - if any of you have any words of wisdom, please let me know!

15 comments:

  1. Very excited about The Rosie Effect, you'll have to let us know what you thought of it! How exciting that you're heading back home! What an amazing feeling :)
    Have I told you how much I love the name Clementine? Seriously thinking about stealing it. I'm not pregnant, but in the next few years, you know :)
    x

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    1. I loved it! Seriously. I read it in 2 days. Could not put it down.

      p.s. feel free to "steal" the name ;)

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  2. Re: long haul flights with toddlers, I took my four and two year old boys to the UK. I tried hard not to have expectations and feel relaxed and you know what, they were amazing! I lowered my standards re screen time and because TV/movies is a novelty, they enjoyed watching it. I downloaded puzzles and educational games on an iPad and they played those (they'd never seen an iPad before). I took some playdough, magnets and a small cookie sheet, new books and stickers and a small notepad and stickers from the 2 dollar shop which kept them entertained. I also took loads of snacks (dried fruit, carrot sticks, freeze dried apples, fruit and vege squeezies and fruit bars). I tried to sleep when they did and not get sucked into watching movies. I also took "magic spray" a jetlag rescue remedy type spray anytime they got stressed or looked like they were going to lose it, I sprayed it saying it was fairy spray that would help them relax so we'd get there faster. My boys are bundles of energy who are used to loads of moving about and outdoors play as we live in the country and I was petrified as the last time I'd travelled id been breastfeeding both but now they were weaned and I was so worried how they'd behave but it was soooo much easier than I thought. Hope you have a similar experience.

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  3. Oh and re jet lag when you get there. Hand them over to the grandparents and get some rest! We found by travelling at night and arriving there at midday, we gave them short naps in the afternoon, put them down later at night and within a day they'd adapted better than us!

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    1. Thanks so much for all your tips Lucy! I definitely have low expectations and will be letting Clementine watch as many videos as she likes. I hadn't thought of play dough and magnets though, great idea! And I also quite like your idea of giving her to my mum as soon as we get to Vancouver ;)

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  4. Traveling: we just took my two year old from Boston to London. I know it's not nearly the haul you'll be doing (!), but here's what we found with ours:
    -food! we have a big eater, and so I brought lots of little snacks, like veggies, fruit, hummus, nuts, etc.
    -the umbrella stroller - yes. yes. yes. The only time we really ever use this is in airports, and we hardly ever fly, but being able to keep a little one contained and on the move without being carried is priceless.
    -entertainment: he had a little toy tiger that he kept in his hands most of the time while we were on the move that kept him happy. on the plane, we brought a couple books, crayons and a notepad, and the doll he sleeps with. Also, he really never watches TV yet, but we let him watch the whole disney bears documentary they had streaming on the plane, no sound, which he loved.
    -jet lag: no advice here. We only shifted him about half the time difference so that he stayed up late and slept in with us. We did do as the above commenter recommended and dropped him with his grandmother when we arrived so we could rest up, though!

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    1. I must start organising snacks, I think that will be key! Thank you for the advice!

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  5. how exciting Gaby! I agree with Lucy W ↑ hehe...bring something new for Clementine, a small toy, a new book, and of course the ipad ;) that has worked for us.

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    1. Thanks Briseidy! It certainly sounds like the iPad is the solution :) Now I just have to actually get some fun games/videos on it...

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  6. Good luck! We aren't at that stage yet but travel a lot between Broome and the East coast. My friend has lent me her umbrella pram to look at before our next trip and it's actually alot bulkier than I'd expect. I know many airports these days have the compact umbrella prams for you to use between checking in and the gate. Target sells the cheaper, more compact ones though, I've known friends to take these overseas before.

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    1. I've just heard that the airport has strollers! I've never seen them before or been offered one, I wonder if it's only in the domestic terminal...

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  7. Make sure you have baby panadol, nurofen, electrolytes, anything you can get your hands on & have mobiles/credit cards that will work if you get stuck in another country on the way (I thought mine did, and they had done 6mths prior when we travelled, but apparently rules had changed and I had not checked). I have travelled all my life and have become way too relaxed about it all. Then our kids got struck down by gastro 1hr before landing in our stopover country (I have never seen them SO sick), we couldn't board our next flight and had to spend 24hrs in another country before flying on. I was not prepared at ALL!

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    1. Thank you! Such good suggestions. I'm writing all this down in my 'to pack' list. Travel with little ones is SO hard, sounds like you had a terrible time of it :(

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  8. I need a new series to watch! My mom keeps trying to convince me to do Downton Abbey. Maybe I should give it a shot.

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    1. It is SO good, just make sure you start from the beginning!

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