Our Father’s Day weekend

This post is so late, and I am so sorry about that, but I had multiple tests these past few days so I didn’t have a chance to get on here and write something.

Happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads, and moms who play both roles! I hope each of you had an extremely blessed day 🙂

FullSizeRender(look at how little the boys look in the picture from last year! Crazy how time flies)

I, of course, want to wish my boyfriend a very special Happy Father’s Day. You, babe, have been great. The boys and I love you so incredibly much, and appreciate everything you’ve done, do, and know you’ll keep doing.

This past Sunday we decided to keep the day simple and enjoy each other’s company. We went to the pool and spend around two hours there having fun. We swam around, played with the toys in the water, relaxed, and we each got a nice tan lol. That was the main focus of the day, then we came inside gave the boys their lunch then baths- we had some fun playing games in the bath too, of course! After that, we all relaxed for a bit then decided to go to the park for a little bit. We played ‘lost village’, played on the swings, learned how to slide from the tallest pole, jumped around, and slid down the slides! After that we went to the store to get some things together for dinner, came home/ate, and that was the end. We had a great day together.

Kids Suncreen + Summer Tips!

We’ve had plenty of hot days already this year, but the hottest days are yet to come! That means a really strong sun and keeping our babies protected! Besides keeping them cool, protecting their skin is extremely important.

Lately I’ve come across some really scary articles about sunscreen brands that instead of protecting a child’s skin caused 2nd degree burns!

Gio does have semi sensitive skin, but regardless I am still VERY picky with what I put on his skin. I wouldn’t put something on him that I wouldn’t put on myself.

The SPF for babies, toddlers, kids should be AT LEAST 30 SPF and I personally don’t go over 50 SPF. For a baby under 6 months it’s ok to use sunscreen but a minimal amount. I apply it on Gio 15 – 20 minutes before we head out to the pool, beach or long park days so his skin absorbs it, and I reapply every two hours if we’re still out and if necessary. Long outdoor day trips require sunscreen too.

If you’re just going to the store or a short walk, there isn’t a need to put sunscreen on them, a hat is a good alternative. Just always be cautious and always carry sunscreen in their bag in case you’re going to be out longer than anticipated.

Below are my favorite 2 sunscreen brands, one lower priced and another higher priced, and their website links where you can purchase (and where I got the images from, lol):

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Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50

  • contains 100% naturally sourced zinc oxide
  • good for sensitive skin
  • has a nourishing formula
  • water resistant for 80 minutes
  • fragrance-free
  • paraben-free
  • 3oz
  • I also have the stick form for the face
  • price $9.99 (may vary depending where it’s purchased)
  • link to site: http://www.aveeno.com/product/aveeno-+baby+continuous+protection-+sensitive+skin+zinc+oxide+sunscreen+spf+50.do

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Coola Baby SPF 50 Unscented Moisturizer 

  • good for sensitive skin
  • organic
  • has avocado and coconut oil (does say fragrance free be has a slight scent because of the coconut, but I don’t mind it and neither does Gio and his skin!)
  • water resistant for 80 minutes
  • paraben and preservatieve free
  • 3oz
  • I use stick for the face
  • price $36 (may vary depending where purchased)
  • link to site: http://shop.coolasuncare.com/mineral-baby-natural-sunscreen-spf-50-unscented

 

I love both of these for Gio, but my favorite has been Aveeno. I use Aveeno’s body lotion, body wash, and conditioning shampoo. Aveeno helped improve his skin from dry and irritated to super soft and healthy.

The reason I put Coola is because it’s my favorite brand for myself! When I worked at a salon that was the sunscreen we sold so I tried it out and never switched back. We sold the baby line too, but at that moment there was no Gio. I tried it out a couple times last year and loved it!

Now here are some tips on keeping your kids safe and cool during the hot times! 

  • Water! Water! Water! – it is so important to always be very well hydrated wherever you are and/or go. I make sure to always carry cold water for Gio, especially if we go to the park, beach, and/ or do any outdoor activity!
  • Hats – perfect to keep their little faces and heads from getting burnt, besides using sunscreen
  • If it’s too humid and too hot try to avoid outdoor activity. If they have to be out for an activity, start hydrating an hour beforehand and constantly give water and/or sport drink (depending on age, of course).
  • Try to find indoor activities or a cooling activity to do!
  • Be careful at parks. Most parks are usually right under the sun meaning the swings, slides, chains, etc., are directly under the sun and get extremely hot. Contact can cause up to 3rd degree burns (correct me if wrong on that!)
  • Dress them in looser, lighter-weight, lighter-colored clothing
  • Use an effective insect repellent and check for ticks
  • Cooler showers and baths- sometimes I give Gio two baths a day. If we go to the park or pool (or do any type of outdoor activity) I will give him a bath right after and a nighttime bath so his body can relax, and so he can rest better
  • Cool your car before driving off! If this isn’t really an option have a cold cup of water for your child so it can help them stay cool the first few minutes the car is hot. Also, be careful with the hot buckles! I always leave those hidden or covered so they don’t get hot.

 

Here is a link to explain to you guys why I don’t use a SPF higher than 50: http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/whats-wrong-with-high-spf/

 

More foods on the list!

Gio has grown into more new foods lately, which makes it so much easier to feed him! I mean, honestly, it’s never been difficult to feed him unless he’s just really not hungry or sick. Now that he’s getting older he’s more welcoming to different textures and a wide variety of flavors. Below is a list of new things Gio is into and hopefully can give you ideas!

 

Prepared meals by Gerber and Chef Boyardee- So far he likes the chicken or turkey mixed with vegetables and rice (usually lean for these if its been a long day or if someone has to watch him during a meal time)

Mac n’ Cheese- either the ones already prepared or homemade, he also loves it mixed with carrots and chicken

Peaches!

French Toast Sticks

Plantains

Yogurt- he’s actually always loved yogurt

Black beans

String cheese- Mozzarella (my favorite brand is Horizon!)

Applesauce!- he loves applesauce

Sandwiches- either one with a soft meat to chew or grilled cheese!

Meatballs!- or turkey

Potatos- seasons them slightly, drizzle a bit of olive oil and bake!

Quesadillas

Some whole meals I give him are:

Breakfast: oatmeal, banana, and small yogurt; scrambled eggs mixed with spinach and tomatoes with a fruit; French toast and a yogurt mixed with fruit pieces; plantains with black beans

Lunch/dinner: Grilled cheese with veggie sticks; rice mixed with veggies and chicken or turkey; salmon with a small salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocados with lime juice; penne pasta mixed with tomato sauce and ground beef or turkey; pb&j sandwich with fruit and yogurt

Snacks: any kind of fruit (he likes his banana and apples with peanut butter sometimes); veggie sticks, applesauce, string cheese, crackers, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado slices; small muffins

With his meals Gio only has water. He will only have milk when he wakes up (smallest amount so he eats breakfast) for a nap, a car ride if he’s really fussy, and bedtime! 

Almost ready to let go…

Gio is getting so close to feeling confident enough to let go of our hands on walk on his own! Lately he just holds on to our finger and doesn’t realize that he’s the one leading us now- he feels like he still needs us to walk, but he’s almost there! He loves going for walks now, and can walk for, what I think, a long time for him. Walking to him is the funnest thing to do, and its even more fun when kicking a ball around apparently.

I remember everyone used to think that he would be a early walker, even Erwin and I thought that. He was on his jumper by 4 months, learned to sit quick, learned to stand up even quicker, and quickly grasped the idea of moving around with support. Every little one takes their own time, though! I just know that once he let’s go I’m going to be following him all over the place. I’m definitely going to have to workout to be able to keep up with him and all his energy.

Gio will actually be 14 months tomorrow. He’s a 14 month old full of energy and personality. He keeps us really busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.