Staying Sane While Flying + Week 16 Update

Surprise, surprise. I've procrastinated packing most of this week and now Friday is here. This afternoon I am power-packing!

I am very excited to visit the in-laws though I'm not a huge fan of flying PLUS this will be little E's first airplane trip! I'm praying that our flights go smoothly and that we will stay semi-sane through these holiday travels. E has been throwing up this morning and I hope we can all be healthy by tomorrow morning and ready to fly...

The only plus about sick days: more cuddles!

Here are a few things I'm doing to make flying more enjoyable...

6 Sanity-Saving Airport Strategies:

  • Keep Moving During Layovers - This is our active time to blow off the toddler's steam before sitting down on the flight again. During our 4 hour lay-over, we might as well do some jumping jacks, lunges and squats, too! I bet we'll even have time for a game of tag.
  • Dress Comfy - I'm wearing semi-activewear for our big travel day so I can comfortably run around the airport with our son to blow off some of his energy and also sit/sleep on our longer flight. A sweatshirt and comfy jeans or pants are my ideal for travel. 
  • Pack Snacks - We are packing plenty of toddler snacks for E: PB & J sandwiches, goldfish and raisins. Leo and I will both bring our empty water bottles and probably steal some of the toddler snacks, too. And don't forget that sippy cup!
  • Bring Entertainment - For E, I'm packing a Color Wonder book and markers, a couple reading books, a small ball and a toy tractor to keep us busy during the waiting. Before having a kid, Leo and I used our travel-waiting time to talk, read books or I would write but now it's all about keeping the toddler busy!
  • Nap During the Flight - If we run around enough during the lay-over, I'm hoping E will take a nap for most (or at least half) of our 4-hour flight! (Mom wouldn't mind a nap either)
  • Bring "The" Blanket - Never forget the toddler's blanket. Might as well just go back home if we forget that blanket!

Pregnancy Week 16: Baby #2

E wanted to show his belly, too!

Baby's Size: Avocado, average fetus size: 4.5 in, 3.5 oz.

Cravings: Bring on the Chinese food... and eggs.

Aversions: Anything that's not related to Chinese food, eggs or oatmeal.

Eating: Hungry, like most pregnant women.

I'm Feeling: Really tired this week. We had our second baby appointment this week and it was wonderful to hear baby's heartbeat at a solid 160 bpm. I'm measuring 6 weeks ahead (21 weeks) right now and I'm antsy to have our ultrasound 4 weeks from now. Praying that everything is okay and maybe baby is just in a huge growth spurt!

Sleep: The same. I'm up once a night to head to the restroom and E is up crying some nights lately.

Weight: Up 7 lbs. from pre-pregnancy weight. Must be a growth spurt!?

My Prayer for Baby: "Lord, thank You for the blessing of hearing Baby's heartbeat this week! I pray that everything is fine with Baby's growth and that You give me peace as we wait for our ultrasound appointment. Thank You for blessing us with our children and I pray for their future spouses; that they will love the Lord, be caring and respectful. Amen."
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 JOHN 1:4
Last Week's Workouts:
Monday: 3 miles on the treadmill, 10:04/mile average. Feeling good but so tired.
Tuesday: G-Fit Workout of the Day.
Wednesday: 3 miles on the treadmill, 10:00/mile average. Starting to feel better!
Thursday: Ctollerun Dumbbell Workout: Upper Body
Friday: 3 miles on the treadmill, 10:01/mile watching "More Business of Being Born".
Saturday: 3 miles on the treadmill, 10:00/mile average.
Total Mileage: 12 miles
Do you have any toddler travel tips to share??

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  1. Layovers can be the worst! Definitely a great idea to use the time to move and burn some energy! Such a cute "belly" pic :)

  2. Hope the travel goes with. With traveling all the time bc of my jobs I know how stressful it can be with a little one. Goodluck! -L

    1. All went better than we expected! My son seemed to enjoy riding on the airplane :)

  3. Yes! My kids were always great travelers. Even as as a baby and toddler. I think it's because of everything I did when they were little aka your list.

    1. That's awesome, Jill. Our son ended up really enjoying our travels! The list was definitely helpful for us :)

  4. Safe travels and good luck with the flight! Just remember to keep smiling! :)

    1. I think we were smiling for most of the trip :) Except when they lost my bag and our carseat! Blame it on the pregnancy hormones and having the flu, I was near tears at that point.

  5. Hahah Eli holding his belly - so adorable!! :)

    1. He is such a character! Has to copy everything mom and dad do :)


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