When selecting Max’s summer clothes I looked for pieces that could be easily mixed and matched. I was careful not to go overboard (I have that tendency!) and limited myself to buying about 5 pairs of shorts, 10-12 t-shirts, 3-4 rompers/overalls, 2-3 pairs of shoes. I probably could have gone with a couple less in each category, but we typically keep 2-3 full outfit changes at daycare. Since I do most of my shopping online, it is easy to overlook some of the nuances associated with children’s clothing (i.e. functional vs non-functional draw strings). My guiding principle is to stick to bottoms that can be adjusted beyond an eleastic waistband.
We recently took an 8 hour road trip with Max. To entertain him we brought along a couple books, one toy car and an iPad. If you have traveled a lot with a toddler you are probably laughing at our serious lack of toddler entertainment. Needless to say, we spent about 5 minutes on the books, 5 minutes on the toy and the remaining awake time watching shows on the iPad. I’m not opposed to letting Max watch the iPad, but I love the idea of amusing him with more hands-on activities as well. In the future I think Max will enjoy all the educational apps available, but at 17 months he isn’t quite ready for them. I’ve gathered a list of fun non-iPad ways to entertain a toddler in the car.
The upside of being married to a tech geek is pretty obvious: lots and lots of gadgets. When it comes to a new product launch, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Aaron and his Dad will be on the phone gabbing about all the awesome new features and discussing their plans to get it. Whether it is a smart light bulb, a new feature announced on the iPhone or a new system for home automation, Aaron’s tech insight is always up to date. In a new series I’ll showcase the gadgets a tech novice like me has loved immediately, grown to love or just didn’t care about. This week, Rachio.
A couple months after Max was born I noticed a slight pain in my left wrist. Simple gestures such as turning a door knob or brushing my hair started to ache. Aaron and I were entering into a tough sleeping phase with Max and were exhausted so I shrugged off the pain as something that would probably go away on its own. It didn’t.
The other weekend we went to Aaron’s cousin’s high school graduation and it got me thinking about the things I wish I knew when I was in my 20s. Of course I wouldn’t want to take back anything that happened in the previous decade, but it’s fun reflecting how I could have done “better” had I known “more”. Obviously some lessons are more meaningful than others, but even the seemingly trivial ones have a major impact at times.