Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Off to Mardi Gras!

Baby J and I leave Friday for Mardi Gras! It will be his first Mardi Gras and I CAN'T WAIT! I had this little longall made for him to wear to the parades. Isn't it adorable?


The week of J's 1st birthday we started switching over his 3 formula bottles to sippy cups and milk only. He now takes a sippy cup of milk when he wakes up and then drinks from it during the day and a bottle of milk at night. Pretty good for just a few weeks! I'm so scared to give up that night bottle, but I'm sure he'll be fine once I get the guts to do it. Any tips? Also, this trip will be our first without formula. It is pretty easy to travel with formula (or while you are breastfeeding), but I'm worried about the milk. I went and bought this. It says it will keep the milk cold for 12 hours. What do you do about milk when you travel with your toddler?

Oh, quick question for all of you Moms of little Southern boys. What kind of shoes do your little boys wear? I want something that goes with Baby J's smocked outfits and also gives him enough support for his walking. The Striderite store on the UES is not cutting it! Their options are SO UGLY! Help a Southern girl out! What's a great 1st shoe for new walkers? I've just been putting him in his little white robez and he needs more support!

Can anyone recommend a good book to read for the Toddler years. We are already experiencing the terrible twos, I bought this book, because I loved this one. But, would love a couple more!

Baby J and I are traveling by ourselves. I've done it quite a few times now, but since he is REALLY walking it should be interesting trying to get him to sit in my lap. The flight from LGA to ATL is 2.5 hours and the flight from ATL to PNS is about 1 hour, so we decided not to buy him a $350 seat. The last flight to California was the 1st time we bought a seat, so now I'm spoiled. Oh well! "A" will join us for my parade next weekend. I can't WAIT! This is going to be such a fun trip.

Tomorrow, one of my very best friends is being induced with her 2nd child.. You may remember praying for Scarlett, her 1st child that is missing the tissue that connects the left side of the brain with the right side. Scarlett is almost 2 now and doing pretty well. She has a lot of physical therapy, but is still not quite walking. Although she is a great climber! My friend will have her hands full, but I'm so excited for her. I am even more excited to get my hands on her little man! I can't believe I will get to be there!

On Saturday, I'm going to Mardi Gras parade and ball with some of my high school girlfriends. On Sunday, we have float loading. That is where we bring all of our bead and throws and put them on our floats. It is also a big party and I can't wait to see all my friends and their families. On Wednesday, it is one of my best friend's birthdays so we are celebrating with a Crawfish Boil! So fun! Thursday is our rehearsal and meeting and our float's party and Friday is our parade and ball!!!! This is going to be such a fun time with my family and friends!

Do you want to get in the Mardi Gras spirit? Order a king cake! A friend of mine up here asked where to get a King Cake shipped from and a few of my friends recommended these places:
Gambino's Bakery:
Cake Palace:

Hope everyone is staying warm! Laissez les bonne temps roulez!!!!


Kristin said...

Will they let you bring milk in your carry-on? I knew you could bring prescriptions and baby formula (but they inspect it), so I guess it's the same? Interesting! I travel all the time for work and never really thought about that... probably because I don't have any kids yet. :) Have fun! I LOVE New Orleans!

HW said...

I buy Jumping Jacks - Basically Barefoot for my one year-old. They are classic and really cute!

The Hensons said...

These are some of the shoes I love for summer with all the smocked outfits. Of course we always have our white Keds too. And I am AL girl, so of course obsessed with anything smocked or monogrammed.

Marla said...

We loved Saddle shoes, and still wear them on Sundays! They are classic, perfect for everything. I liked the Angel/Lamour best...Ragsland is a good place to buy them. Or best Dressed Child.

Erica said...

See Kai Run shoes. They are more stable than Robeez, but still soft and moldable (great for toddling!)I love the Ainsley and Tobias styles for summer. They remind me of Saltwater sandals.

The Preppy Wedding said...

We love pediped (bought these yesterday for Gray for summer: We also have the Charlie in black and they look dressier for smocked outfits and church. These would be cute for spring:

Also love Salt Water Sandals for summer, they look like what I used to wear:

jill said...

We love pedipeds at our house and they ship quickly.

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

We have some pedipeds, but they're too small right now. I want to find him some little boots.

Where did you get the Mardi Gras longall? Help a Louisiana girl out! :)

We're going to Dallas this weekend and then my parents are off the Nola for Mardi Gras. (are you heading to New Orleans?)

We just ordered 4 king cakes for our Super Bowl party from Haydel's. I've always used Gambino's, but I heard great things about Haydel's so I'm excited.

The Monkeys' Mama said...

I didn't get to see the milk items you purchased, the link was broken for me :( Hey it's Julia by the way...I had to make a new blog:

ROLL TIDE and can't believe our boys are ONE!!!

Some Like it Southern said...

We like the pedipeds and I have ordered some sandals from Kelly's Kids in white and brown.

Love the Mardi Gras longall, it's so cute!

Hope you have a great time and have a smooth flight!

Alyson said...

I think Trumpette's have little driving mocs.

I also like Puddle Jumpers for girls but looked at the boy selection and it isn't as cute.

What about some Keds? Maybe navy blue. I got some for my daughter in white when she first started walking.

Also, love Baby 411 and Toddler 411. I have heard Magic 123 is a good toddler discipline book.

Sarah Harrison said...

Just wondering... are you coming to Mardi Gras in Pensacola or just flying in and driving to NOLA? If you are indeed coming to Pensacola we may home some mutual friends!

The New Mrs. S said...

Have you tried the Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp? His baby version worked great for us.
We also love pediped for Big Ben. I feel like he is growing out of shoes soooo fast!

Mary Avery said...

You can never go wrong with Stride Rite white little boy shoes! They always match our smocked outfits!


My son wears his white keds EVERYDAY! They go with EVERYTHING! You cant go wrong - leather or canvas!

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