Packing for a week in Mexico with a toddler

Honestly the thought of this was so overwhelming to me. I made sure to make a list and do a lot of research before packing for Liam.

I knew regardless of the research I would over pack just because I would rather be prepared. I decided to make a list of all the things we packed for Liam and whether it was necessary or not. I’m hopeful that this list helps others who are planning a vacation with a little one.

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This post will show what we packed in black and my feedback once we returned in red.

To the airport (going):

  • Pajamas-we had an early flight so we kept Liam in his pajamas.
  • Sweatshirt -to keep warm but also have as spare for chilly evenings and for the return to the frigid cold.
  • Socks-it is the dead of winter and cold so socks are a must; plus they will be nice to have as spares if the room is cold or we have a chillier evening –so thankful we had these because Liam ended up getting blisters and needed to wear socks with his shoes.
  • Keens -these are the shoes he will be wearing in Mexico as they are durable and breathable; plus since he will be carried into and out of the airport quickly we don’t have to worry about snow
  • Jacket -again it’s the dead of winter but we will be leaving this in the vehicle

Carry-On (diaper backpack):

  • changing pad
  • wipes
  • 6 diapers –3 or 4 would have been fine but it was nice to have extra
  • 2 spare outfits in a ziploc bag-Our flight was early in the morning so we left Liam in his pajamas. One of these outfits was for him to change into once we landed and the other was a spare just in case; the ziploc bag was for the dirty clothes if an accident did occur. The spare outfit is pants/tshirt combo so he can wear the pants home at the end of vacation. –this seemed like the right amount to me; better safe than sorry.
  • water cup
  • toys/books-I brought 2 small books with only pictures that he enjoys flipping through, 1 larger book lift-the-flap book, and his buckle turtle (he likes buckles) –he really did not play with any of these; not sure what my recommendation would be but he was way more into the people and things on the plane.
  • security item -Liam’s is a blanket –beyond necessary!
  • snacks-I brought 3 different snack items since he is a toddler and we flew during his breakfast time –he ate one of the snacks (an applesauce pouch) and we ended up buying him a fruit cup and banana at the airport
  • Ipad -Liam has never played games on our phones or on the iPad but we downloaded some apps for him to use at the airport and on the plane if necessary – entertained him for maybe 2 minutes. Should have given him a little exposure prior to the trip but not sure that would have helped either.
  • Soft blanket – this was nice to have on the plane
  • kids neck pillow –really helped support his head and my arm once he fell asleep. I would bring it again

Suitcase:

  • just under 60 diapers -I know this sounds like a lot but when we were planning for 7 days away we decided to bring extra due to the number of changes from swim diaper to regular diaper that may occur as well as the possibility of a reaction to some of his dietary options. –this was twice as many as we actually used and he had quite a few #2 diapers so use your best judgement but I would say 40 is plenty for 7 days.
  • 7 sleep diapers -we use pampers baby dry diapers at night time and pampers cruisers during the day –perfect amount.
  • around 40 swim diapers -again I know this sounds like a lot but thinking about the number of times he may be going in and out of the water I wanted to play it on the safe side. –Liam only went swimming a few times as he didn’t really enjoy it (water was a little chilly in the pools. The ocean was warmer but it scared him). I would recommend bringing 1 pack not 2 like we did and that would be plenty if your toddler does enjoy swimming.
  • Wipes – We ended up using all our diaper bag/travel wipes and so one full pack of wipes was great to have in addition to the travel/diaper bag wipes.
  • Security item -we have multiple of Liam’s favorite blankets so we packed a large one in the suitcase and a small on in the carry on
  • Clothes
    • 4 pairs of pajamas -I wasn’t sure on room temperature so I brought 2 shorts/t shirt pajamas, 1 tshirt/pants pajama, and 1 long sleeve/pant pajama –we did not use the long sleeve/pant combo but all other pairs were worn.
    • 3 swim shirts/3 swim trunks -again with being in and out of the water I wanted to have dry options for Liam – I would recommend at least 2 swim suits for sure and 3 if your child enjoys swimming. It is always nice to have a dry set.
    • 2 sun hats and 1 ball cap –the variety of options allowed Liam to wear the hat he wanted.
    • 3 bodysuits -one tank top/short and two tshirt/short – he wore all of these.
    • 3 dressy tshirt/short outfits -for pictures or nice dinners –he wore all of these.
    • 1 shorts/tshirt combos – he wore both.
    • 3 shorts/tank top combos – he wore all 3
    • 2 extra t-shirts –he wore these
    • 2 extra tank tops – he did not wear these
    • 1 light long sleeve zip up – wore this every day. Maybe would pack 2 next time.
    • 1 pair of socks –he did wear these and could have used an additional pair.
  • Thermometer/nail clipper/Tylenol/Ibuprofen/nose aspirator (nose Frida) –I used all but the thermometer but was glad to have packed it just in case.
  • 2 different diaper rash creams-Liam has not had a lot of experience with diaper rash so I brought 2 different kinds just to be sure -I read that humid temperatures can cause more diaper rash. Plus with being in and out of the water I figured all that moisture could lead to more rashes as well. – Liam did really good with rashes until the final few days. All the fruit he was eating loosened things up so I was glad to have these.
  • Sunscreen -one spray bottle and one lotion both 50 SPF – used every day; the lotion was good for his face and the spray made for quick and easy application
  • Milk cup –used every day
  • Snacks -some extras to have in the room if necessary and for the flight home –these were great to have in the room.
  • Toys -bedtime books, 1 toy car for the room, 1 toy car for the beach/pool, 2 plastic bath books for the pool or bath, plush Mickey Mouse –he was not interested in any of the toys except the bedtime books and the truck for outside
  • Portable crib sheet -crib provided by hotel –it did not fit for some reason.
  • Bubble bath/shampoo –yes!
  • toothbrush/toothpaste –yes!
  • forks and spoons –glad we brought these as Liam now requests to have a spoon or fork with his meals.
  • disposable bibs –These were very convenient for meals and could just toss them after.
  • 2 chair floats-one with canopy and other for spare if first one pops –I would recommend bringing only one. They have places to buy one if you need it.
  • outlet protectors –This made so much sense to me but we did not use these.
  • monitor –so amazing to have this.
  • sleep owl noise maker and night light –so glad we packed this.

To the airport (home):

  • Tshirt and pants
  • keens
  • sweatshirt and socks packed to add on once out of the warm temperatures

We also had to bring:

  • Liam’s car seat – this ended up being unnecessary as our transfer vehicle to the resort did not have buckles to strap the car seat in. –We had a transport to the resort from the airport and to the airport from the resort. Our transport vehicle did not have seatbelts therefore making the carseat completely pointless. Had we known this we would not have brought it.
  • Car seat transporter –very helpful for rolling the car seat around the airport and would work as a stroller if your toddler would sit in it -Liam would not.
  • Ergo baby carrier -we weren’t bringing a stroller so if Liam was not comfortable in his car seat/transporter we wanted a spare that would give hands free options – we did use this and not the car seat.

I truly hope this list is helpful as you are planning your vacation. I know packing can be hard but hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and successes on this trip and pack lighter/smarter than I did. 

A mix of busy and lazy

This weekend was a mix of both busy and lazy. All in all it was a good weekend.

FRIDAY

I worked a half day on Friday and had intentions of being productive during Liam’s nap however I was lazy and watched One Tree Hill. Eventually I got to working on the kitchen a little.

My mom hosted a Wildtree party in the evening so I headed to that while Joe and Liam had a daddy and toddler evening. The party was fun and the food was really tasty.

SATURDAY

In the morning I had my Zumba class. It really felt good getting my workout in knowing how busy the day ahead was going to be. Joe had hockey in the morning also so Liam spent the morning at my parent’s house.

Then it was home for me to play with Liam and shower for the day after a sweaty workout. Shortly after Liam went down for nap Joe got home and I was off to the high school. I volunteered to work concessions at the high school dance team competition. It was great because my sister in law Erin and best friend Annie were also volunteering at the same time. I made a lot of walking tacos!

I was able to stay and watch a few of the dances after my time slot was up. It was fun to watch.

Then it was home for a mommy and Liam evening because Joe had to go to a hunting banquet. We decided to go to the pool in town and meet Liam’s cousins Kam and Luke. Liam really didn’t enjoy the pool much but warmed up to it a little eventually. The exposure was good but probably not something we will do again very soon.

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After Liam went down for the night I watched some more One Tree Hill and headed to bed.

SUNDAY

After a busy Saturday we had a super lazy Sunday. We spent pretty much the whole day lounging and playing with Liam.

We did have a protein pancake and egg brunch at home which was really good. Then we all took a family nap. Joe was not feeling well and Liam always naps so they both have excuses but I was just tired and wanted a nap.

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The rest of the afternoon and evening was super lazy. Joe had a hockey game in the evening so he headed to that while I put Liam down for bed and watched the Miss Universe pageant (congrats France!).

It was nice to have a lazy Sunday and a busy weekend otherwise. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Fun and warm winter weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had a fun weekend that was pretty busy. The weather was actually really nice for January so we were able to spend some time outside.

FRIDAY

I was home Friday during the day with Liam and had a pretty lazy day. I did do some food prep and a little cleaning but other than that Liam and I just hung out.

In the evening before Joe got home I decided to take Liam outside. I took him in his swings and he had so much fun. He was giggling which made me giggle. So cute!

We had burrito bowls for dinner and then spent the evening relaxing and watching This is Us which is my new favorite show. We are finally caught up now so that is exciting.

SATURDAY

We spent our morning together and then it was off to Zumba for me. It’s nice to get a morning workout in on Saturdays.

Once home we did some cleaning and organizing. Then my friend Breanna and her husband TJ came over. Breanna wanted to show me the Rainbow Cleaning System and demonstrate how it works. I agree to do this and honestly it was amazing but out of our price range. However, it was fun to spend the afternoon with them and hang out for a little bit after the demonstration.

Then I met some friends out for dinner. Joe stayed with Liam for the evening. After dinner we all went to our best friend Jordan’s golden birthday celebration. It was decorated super cute and was fun to get together with friends. Happy Birthday Jordan!

SUNDAY

We went to church in the morning which was really nice. We really fell out of routine after Liam was born and so it was nice to be back. Plus Judah and Liam are so cute!

Then we headed to Joe’s parents for the Packer football game. We went early so Liam could go down for his nap there.

The game started at 2 and it was almost like Liam knew that because he woke up from a very short nap at around 1:30.

Joe’s parents were having a big party for the game and set up the “Lambeau experience” with a TV outside. It was super awesome! Liam and I spent some time enjoying the experience before we headed inside to watch the rest of the game. It was too cold to have Liam outside the whole game.

He had some fun playing with the balloons. He liked that they were floating so he enjoyed pulling them up and down.

Although the outcome of the game was not in our favor, the food and the company were great.

It was a lot of action and chaos at the party so we were all exhausted and spent the rest of the evening lounging and chasing Liam.

Weekends are so great and so short so I hope you enjoyed yours and have a happy Monday!

Cozumel 2017

This last week we went on vacation to Cozumel Mexico with my parents and for part of the time my brother Blake. The weather was mostly sunny and beautiful all week. We had so much fun and there is so much that we did in just one short week that it will be hard to write about all of it without making this post super long. So I will bullet some of the things we did each day and include some of my favorite pictures from the vacation. There are even more pictures on my camera and my mom’s camera that I could share too but these are just a few from my phone.

SATURDAY

  • 2am wake up -couldn’t sleep any longer
  • 2:15am -COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE
  • 3am wake Liam -he wasn’t happy about it
  • 3am head to the airport
  • 6am flight -Liam slept most of it -yay!
  • Arrive at our resort at 12 -find out check in isn’t until 3!
  • Change into our swim suits and jump in the pool
  • Spend the rest of the day poolside and checking out the resort
  • Joe, Dad, and Blake head into town to check out the grocery store.

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SUNDAY

  • Coffee and gym -yummy mint chlorophyll water provided
  • We spent our morning poolside until Liam’s nap
  • Poolside during Liam’s nap -thank goodness for monitors!
  • All the staff and guests loved Liam
  • We taught Liam to say “hola” -so dang cute
  • Packer game -they had it going in one of the lounge areas and there were a lot of packer fans
  • I committed to a night out with my brother Blake and it was great. We went to karaoke and spent a lot of time chatting

MONDAY

  • Beautiful sunrise -we are on the sunset side of the ocean so it was cool to see the sunrise through the trees
  • Breakfast outside with an ocean view -beautiful -we walked the beach after -Liam was not a fan of the sand.
  • Poolside all day!
  • Joe, dad, and Blake went snorkeling
  • Liam enjoyed a non-alcoholic pina colada -loved it
  • We watched an amazing sunset
  • Market in the lobby -mom and I bartered for some rings—it was crazy
  • Caribbean dancers -mom and I were able to catch a glimpse of the show waiting for our rings

TUESDAY

  • Liam finally sleeps in and is more in routine
  • Coffee and Gym
  • Joe and I were able to have breakfast together while my parents took Liam
  • Poolside while Liam takes a long nap
  • Floatie park with Blake and Joe (mom and Liam watched, dad was scuba diving) -definitely got a sinus rinse when Blake slipped and took me down with him haha! so much salt water!
  • Beautiful sunset
  • Dinner at el Patio which was the Mexican restaurant at the resort -very good

WEDNESDAY

  • Last morning for Blake -heading home
  • Another pool day (spent a lot of time by the pool because that is where our monitor reached and Liam hated the sand haha)
  • Tried to take Liam swimming in the ocean -he wasn’t having any of that.
  • After bedtime we played cards with my parents on our balcony -it was so nice and fun

THURSDAY

  • Coffee and exercise again! (wanted to stay kind of in routine)
  • Joe and I enjoyed the adult only breakfast restaurant again while my parents watched Liam
  • Pool day again -Liam finally enjoyed the water again and had fun swimming
  • Liam had a rough nap -could be all the sugar the grandparents pumped into him while we were at breakfast hahaha!
  • Another amazing sunset
  • Fire show -we thought Liam would love it but it scared him a little -poor guy
  • We tried to play cards again but it started to sprinkle so we called it a night

FRIDAY

  • Our final full day
  • We had coffee and did our final adults only breakfast while my parents watched Liam
  • Pool all day! We called it fry-day Friday because we all wanted to get as much sun as possible
  • There was a wedding at our resort so we watched a little of that -so pretty
  • One final beautiful sunset
  • It was Mexican night at the resort so they had a Mexican buffet that was really good and then later a Mexican show that my parents saw a little of
  • Cards again with the parents after Liam went to bed

SATURDAY

  • One last breakfast with our ocean view table
  • Pack and leave the resort at 9am
  • Flight at 11:55am
  • Land at MSP around 3pm and Blake picked us up around 3:30
  • We stopped at Jersey Mike’s to pick up subs and ate them once we got to my parent’s house
  • Picked up Marley
  • Home before 6pm —time to relax

We had such a wonderful vacation. The weather was amazing, Liam did so well, and we were able to enjoy our time together as a family. It was hard to leave but it felt so good to be home!

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017!

Happy new year! Sorry this post is a day late. Joe and I both had work off yesterday so it was an extended weekend for us!

FRIDAY

I had the day off Friday and was able to work out, run some errands, and clean the house.

Joe got home from work and we spent the evening playing with Liam. Then once Liam went to bed we were able to finish the original Gilmore Girls series. So good! I can’t wait to watch the new episodes. We didn’t want to start the first episode yet because it is 90 minutes so we watched This Is Us episode 2. We can’t wait to get more into that show as well.

SATURDAY (NYE)

After spending my morning with Joe and Liam it was off to teach Zumba for me. It felt good to get a final workout in for 2016. Once I returned home it was play time with Liam.

During Liam’s nap I was able to shower and get ready for the days events. I had a really busy day planned. (last year and this year pictures..he is growing to fast!)

After Liam’s nap we headed to his friend and our neighbor Keaton’s house for his golden 1st birthday. The theme was little golden books and it was adorable.

The birthday boy was loving the attention and having so much fun. It took Liam a little while to adjust but he had fun too.

They were adorable on Keaton’s little toy train together.

The birthday boy enjoyed his cake and dug right into the frosting. Of course the guests encouraged him to get extra messy by saying “oh no” and his response was putting his hands on his head. So dang cute!

After the birthday party I headed to the cities to be reunited with my college friends. We were celebrating NYE in our Canadian tuxedos (all denim).

Shout out to my friends Jerry and Lauren who hosted the gathering at their beautiful home with their beyond cute puppy Bennie.

It was so much fun to get the crew back together and spend the evening playing games and catching up.

SUNDAY (New Year’s Day)

Joe and Liam made sure to call me bright and early in the morning and get my butt on the road home. I packed my things and said my goodbyes and headed home.

Once home we headed to brunch with Joe’s parents and Kameryn and Luke. I had a BLT egg sandwich with avocado ranch. It was pretty good!

Then it was back home for naps for the whole family. It felt good to get some extra rest.

Our driveway was super slippery with ice so Joe went outside to salt. I bundled Liam up and we headed outside to get some fresh air too. Liam fell on the ice instantly (but gracefully) and was too cute. He loved salting the driveway with dad and running around outside.

Joe has been waiting to get his Elk antlers from his hunt in September and they finally arrived at his parent’s house so we packed up after dinner and headed there to check them out.

Joe was very proud as he should be. And Liam didn’t mind either.

The kids all rushed upstairs to play on the bunk beds. Liam had fun pretend jumping on the bed.

Then it was home for Liam’s bedtime and the Packer football game. I barely made it 30 minutes into the game before I fell asleep on the couch. I was so tired. However, it was a Packer victory!! YAY!

I hope everyone had a wonderful NYE and that 2017 brings you more joy and more happiness!