Friday, December 12, 2014

Five on Friday!

- ONE - I seriously cannot thank you all enough for the prayer and encouragement you all blessed me with after learning the news of my dad's cancer battle {post}. So many of those emails and comments met me in some of my most broken moments and uplifted me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I know that God uses every circumstance to bring us to our knees and draw us closer to him and that we will get through this. So many of you have experienced or are currently experiencing similar battles and I am humbled to learn of your stories too. I wanted to share my story in hopes that any of you facing a similar situation could relate and not feel so alone. Or maybe something else big is happening in your life - you're loved one is sick, you recently experienced a miscarriage or are battling infertility, you're going through a divorce, you lost your job or are struggling in some way. If there is a way I can pray for you please let me know. This community is powerful and I am so thankful for you all.
- TWO - I am anxiously counting down the days until we can get down to sunny Florida to be with my family! This will be Caroline's first flight and I am a bit nervous, not so much about the actual 1.5 hour flight but carting suitcases, strollers, baby, carry ons, formula and more through the airport. It should be interesting. If any of you have any tips on flying with a 7 month old, please share!!


- THREE - Earlier this week my girlfriends surprised me with such a thoughtful gift - the snuggliest blanket, a delicious Christmas candle and the prettiest mug. Even Charlie was jealous of my coziness.


- FOUR - Last night Matt and his partner Bryan hosted their first firm event and it was such a success! Guests were invited to a mini holiday party at the office where tons of Chick-fil-a nuggets and a variety of beer was provided. At the end of the event each person was given a branded six pack holder to stuff a variety of beers in to take home. It was a hit and I was so happy to help! Proud of these guys and how far they've come in their business!



- FIVE -  This weekend is going to be a busy, festive one! Tomorrow I am working my firm's annual Nutcracker event. I always enjoy this event. It's so fun to see all of the little girls arrive in their fancy dresses, so excited to meet the ballerinas, take a backstage tour, eat sugar cookies and watch the Nutcracker. And on Sunday I'll be attending Mel's annual cookie exchange! Thank you all for the recipe ideas. I am definitely leaning towards the "pour everything in one pan, bake, cut into 4 dozen pieces" route!

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21 comments:

  1. Still praying for you, lady! So glad everyone's lifting you and your family up in prayer. So powerful!

    That nutcracker event sounds amazing. Do you work at a theatre?!?!

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  2. Still sending lots of love and prayers your way!! That blanket looks amazing...girlfriends are the best :) Enjoy your festive weekend!!

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  3. That was so thoughtful of your girlfriends! I have no advice for flying with a baby but with your hubby to help carry things and Caroline's sweet smile, I'm sure y'all will do fine! :) Have a fun weekend!

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  4. Prayers going up for your dad and the rest of the family. My father had 3 different types of cancers at different times in his life and it was hard seeing him go through all the treatment!!! I'm sure a Florida trip is just what you need. Enjoy your trip!
    Sydney
    http://raisingsoutherngrace.blogspot.com/

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  5. I can't wait to hear how the flight goes. We have a trip planned with our little one next year and I am already a tad nervous about it.

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  6. So sorry to hear about your Dad - I am praying for you & your family!! I completely agree with what you said, He uses everything to draw us closer to Him!

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  7. Still praying for you, girl. We are going to Florida in February, too! We are leaving Cam behind and enjoy four days in Naples...we flew with Cam when he was 8 months old, and he did so much better than I anticipated. I brought one carry one with his stuff: extra clothes and pajamas, blanket, toys and snacks. We rented a car seat, so we didn't have to lug that. We brought our BOB and used it to either carry Cam or our stuff!! :) Bring lots of sanitizer...LOTS! Seriously, though...you should look into renting baby supplies when you land. It saved us so much time and hassle and didn't cost too much. Have a great weekend!!

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  8. Definitely keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, and am so glad that you are finding comfort and support during this time! Congrats to your husband on his first official office event:) And hoping you enjoy yours as well:) Happy weekend, sweet friend!

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  9. Love the mix your six pack idea. Excellent branding too!! Enjoy your weekend.

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  10. So very sweet of your friends! And the event this weekend sounds like every little girls dream come true!

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  11. SOOOO much love and prayer coming your way for your family. Big virtual hugs!
    Beer is always a good way to employee's hearts. :)
    Have fun at the event tomorrow! Sounds like a good time!

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  12. Just got home from our first flight with a 6 month old (just me and her.. ah!). Here's what worked for us: You can check a car seat or stroller for free. We bought this cover from Target and checked out car seat. ((http://www.target.com/p/jl-childress-gate-check-bag-for-car-seats/-/A-10630170#prodSlot=medium_1_2&term=gate+check)) Also, we only brought an umbrella stroller and it was SOO nice. You can push the baby through the airport with it, and they take it at the airplane door. For this we just brought a garbage bag and threw over it so it wouldn't get dirty under the plane. I checked everything but her diaper bag so I only had that, her, and the umbrella stroller. I brought a few small toys, extra change of clothes, and then the normal diaper bag items. Also had 3 bottles of water for formula and the little Enfamil single pouches (that look like crystal light single packs). These are life savers on saving room. Our flight was on an hour and 15 minutes too, so not bad. She slept most of it. Our first flight didn't have a changing table in the bathroom, so try to change her at the last minute before you board. I also had my mom (where we traveled to) to buy her wipes, diapers, and formula for me so I didn't have to travel with it. Saved tons of room! I also bought an extra car seat base and shipped directly to her since it was only $30 and she could already have it installed when we got there. Sorry for the novel, haha, but all this helped us so much!! :)

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    1. Sheesh, typing too fast and had some typos. I also made her bottle for the plane before we boarded, so I wouldn't be worrying about getting it ready on the plane. I brought a big blanket too, but it got in the way on the plane because it was so hot and we didn't need it. A small blanket in your diaper bag should be plenty. Short flights go by so fast, I wouldn't worry about bringing a ton of stuff. My baby was happy staring at everyone or sleeping! :) Good Luck!!

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  13. that blanket looks seriously cozy! I'm a sucker for buying a ton of new throws this time of year!

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  14. I have two boys (3 & 7 months) and we have flown a lot (my family is in St. Louis and we are in California). First I will say that it really isn't that bad! I don't find flying with little ones to be too stressful. I just go in with the mindset that we are going to take a little extra time to do everything and that we'll make it whether there is spit up in my hair or not! Also, everyone tends to be SUPER helpful when you have a little one in tow. TSA is so kind (most of the time) and the flight attendants tend to take pity on you as well. My few tips:
    1. Bring a ziplock back with everything you need for 1 diaper change (maybe pack a couple) so you don't have to bring the giant diaper bag into the teeny tiny airplane bathroom.
    2. Have Caroline eat when taking off and descending...it helps their ears. (pacifiers work too if she will take one)
    3. The baggage people are rough on car seats and strollers even when gate checking...might be worth getting some kind of bag to throw them in (we got some at babies r us...cheap but protect the seats from gunk and grime).
    4. TSA will pretty much let you bring any amount of liquids (formula, baby food, medicine, etc.) through security as long as you have a kid with you. They might want to test the liquids but I have never had to throw anything out when traveling with my kids.
    5. I always pack baby tylenol in my carry on. I figure if, heaven forbid, someone has a minor ear infection (or is just generally uncomfortable) we didn't catch before flying and seems uncomfortable we have the means to make the problem go away.

    I'll stop now but those are some of the big ones for us. Good luck and I know you guys will do great!

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  15. Such great flight tips above, I need to pin this post just for that! Hugs and love to you, sistah!

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  16. Keeping you & your family in prayer this Advent season.... God indeed cam to be with us, through it ALL. Enjoy the special time in Florida! Honestly, traveling with a baby is easier than with a toddler, I think.... Nursing helped so much when taking off & landing, as did keeping her comfy, cozy & warm on the breezy plane. Less is more with packing.... Ie: buy diapers there. And less to lug around! Thanks too for your prayer for our families as well. Grateful for your sweet blog!

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  17. Much much love to you all. Once you've done your first flight you'll be an instant pro, but nerves are normal for anything new when it comes to babies! I did a really long post about our travel tips after we'd done about 50 flights, so if you still want a little more reading on the topic, head here...Babes on a Plane.

    Sending extra hugs to you all xx

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  18. Stephanie covered most of what I would say about traveling with a little but there is a few things I would add:

    1. If you have any sort of carrier bring it, and use it in the airport. TSA won't make you take her off and you now have your hand(s) free to help with luggage, tickets, etc.

    2. Leave your stroller at home. I have the same stroller as you, and while it is a great help when tooling around town it is not worth the hassle of getting it through the airport. Also I've seen many a stroller get broken (even being gate checked). Once you get to Florida you can pick up a cheap umbrealla stroller new for 20 bucks. You could get your family to start looking for a gently used one for less. And you only have to do this once because it can just stay there with them when you leave.

    3. I would second feeding while taking off and landing. The paci didn't help my little guy when we were landing, and I think that is because swallowing is the key to getting their little ears to pop. Once he started eating he was fine.

    Everyone really is exceptionally nice when you have a baby in tow. Just make sure to leave extra early so you don't feel rushed/frazzled to begin with. Good luck and happy holidays!

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  19. Prayers to you and your family! I agree with all of the flight suggestions. I tested with the Bjorn one way (checked the stroller) and then keeping the stroller on the way back. I think Abby was happier on the plane after being in the stroller until boarding. Definitely use a bag for your stroller. One of our car seat adapters was lost and then the stroller was useless! Also keep in mind smaller feedings with a short flight. I had issues with the bottle for landing since she was already a little full. And finally, I just read about a woman who handed out treat bags to passengers around her that included ear plugs and a note: "Please bear with us, it is our first flight." She said it changed the mood around her. Good luck and happy holidays!!

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