The first four months of the year were crazy! M and I both endured some of the busiest times of our year at the office which left little time for the rest of life. After March 31, my work schedule slowed down significantly leaving more time for all the other commitments and exciting joys of life. M re-entered the heat of battle recently but by May we should both be in the clear. To celebrate, we have some big plans ahead of us.
Turks & Caicos!!
With M’s family, we can’t wait to take the boys down to the beaches of Turks & Caicos for lots of sun, warm weather and loads of swimming. It’s a much-needed reprieve from the cold, gray work-filled winter Chicago donned on us.
Update: We’re back, and we loved every minute of it! I shared a few photos and 12 Tips for Traveling Internationally with Toddlers. I’m sure you’ll find at least a few of the tips helpful, so be sure to check it out. In other words, please learn from my mistakes! 🙂
Now on to the obvious question, what to pack?!
From Business Casual to Beachwear
While maybe a little out of the ordinary, I’ll definitely be packing today’s dress which I’ve managed to transition from business casual to beach-side basking in the sun. I’ll make a giant leap and guess not too many of those pieces are floating around our closets.
I’ve managed to wear it three ways to work. The island print and light weight of the dress make it great for a beach-side dinner or a cover-up for a day at the pool. I’ll have to make sure I wash all the sweaty sand out of the dress when I return (gross, but true…).
I’ll also be packing plenty of swim gear. I gathered up a few suits for the boys from online and brick-and-mortar consignment shops around town. Not knowing what I would find, I had a “buy new” back up plan but the shelves ended up being loaded with great secondhand options. I’ll call that a win.
You better believe we’ll be bringing plenty of swimming diapers as well. T has taken a year or so of swim lessons and LOVES the water. He’s also still not entirely potty trained, although he’s making progress. That makes me the lucky mother with TWO babies in diapers. I know you’re jealous…
While I definitely want to keep packing as light as possible, we’ve learned the hard way to always bring plenty of diapers! It never hurts to have a few extra on hand.
When J was a newborn, I crawled out of bed for a standard middle of the night feeding and diaper changing session. Sparing you too many details, it ended with poop flying straight up in the air, landing all over our carpet nearly missing my head, and me yelling for M to help me limit the damage.
It also might have stayed on the carpet until morning because I wasn’t gonna be digging out the carpet cleaner in the middle of the night. I could barely keep my eyes open, so it got covered with a towel for the time being.
Passing judgment? Not here!
Thank goodness I rent? Definitely.
Having a diaper close by to play defense against that flying mess would have been fantastic. It might have been oversight on my part, but live and learn!
T’s been no stranger to teaching us the hard way to be prepared for a little diaper drama either. Out at lunch a few months after J was born, T decided it would be an optimal time to drop a nice hot one in his pants. He was wearing a diaper, which is a good start.
But… we had no bathroom in which to change him. As I laid him across the trunk of our SUV parked along a very busy Chicago street, I soon realized we had ourselves another little dilemma. We had no more diapers for T.
Wonderful. Just wonderful!
This left me no other option. I pulled out a size 1 diaper from the bag that belonged to J and hoped liked heck it would fit T. T weighed in at a whopping 7th percentile for weight at his last doctor visit, so we had that in our favor. The “diaper-Velcro” stuck suggesting we had a (very) temporary solution. Fingers crossed, we raced home only hoping we wouldn’t have a soaking wet car seat as a result of a “faulty diaper” (which others might deem “faulty planning,” though that’s neither here nor there).
We pulled into our garage and were welcomed by a dry car seat. Thank goodness! Those things are MISERABLE to clean. Trust me, I would know. With M out of town a while back, I had the joy of carrying a sick and crying, puke covered toddler as well as a heavy and awkward vomit-covered car seat down the elevator from our garage parking spot, through our building, back up our building’s elevator and into our apartment. That was fun! Oh, the joys of parenting!
I also got to clean it later, every single nook and crevice. I’ll add that to the list of “good times.”
Needless-to-say, we’ve learned our lesson and will be packing plenty of diapers for our upcoming Caribbean boondoggle. I stopped into CVS to grab two packs of Huggies Little Swimmers to ensure our boys have plenty of swim diapers to take as many trips to the pool as they’d like. I definitely don’t want to be the parent responsible for the child that “cleared out the pool” with a little accident. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself!
Lucky for us, the boys are close enough in size now that they can wear the same size Little Swimmers! At least we won’t have to worry about squeezing any toddlers in nearly newborn size diapers with nothing more than a prayer that everything stays clean.
Style Link Up
No worries, I haven’t forgotten. Per the usual, today is ‘share your style’ day. If you’ve got a business casual to beach side piece in your closet, even if it’s from an older post, I definitely want to see it! If not, no worries. Let’s see what you’re wearing at your desk these days.
If you’re new here or just have questions, you can find all the details (rules and requests, the Group Pinterest Board, ways to follow along, get reminders and more) about the link up on the Sophisticated Style Link Up information page.