Friday Finds: Nuk Active Cup

It’s Friday. This means many great things, but I know what you have been looking forward to the most is Friday Finds! Try to contain your excitement. Today’s Friday Find is the Nuk Active Cup.

One of the many transitions that moms face in the life of their baby is the transition from bottles to sippy cups. In the case of Zoe, she took a bottle from birth (after much effort and failure with breastfeeding). I started her on a sippy cup around 6 months old. She only would drink water from the cup because she was still drinking formula from a bottle as the bulk of her nutrition. Just after she turned a year old I started her on whole milk. With this change, I wanted to transition her off of the bottle completely. Before, Zoe had no problem with drinking her water in any sippy cup: short/tall, straw/no straw, handles/no handles, Disney princess or even Mickey Mouse. Not so much with the milk. When I put milk in her cups she was like, “Are you kidding me mom? I wasn’t born yesterday, more like a year ago, catch the memo.”

I remembered that another mom had mentioned that the Nuk Active Cup was a great transitional cup, so I headed out to the store and picked up the turtle design.

These cups made the transition seamless. One day we were using bottles and the next day we had packed up all of the bottles and we were only using these cups. I am so glad that these cups were recommended to me and I would recommend them to anyone.

We started with the tall cups. When I got tired of washing one or two cups over and over, I ended up buying another cup, but one that was shorter and had handles. She used all of them for a while, now she will only use the ones with the handles. Toddlers. Always changing their minds.

Here’s my little nugget.

That’s all for now. God is good.

End of the Summer Days

After a very busy summer we have settled back into life in McAllen for a little while. Between trips to Missouri, Connecticut, and short trips within Texas, one or all of us were gone most of the summer. I was on and off of a plane every two weeks from May 1 to July 16. Needless to say, we are glad to be home for a while. We don't have another trip until the end of August and that is just to San Antonio. 

In these days, Zoe and I have been settling into a routine. Over the summer, we lost her morning nap. I am still mourning the loss of two naps. This week Zoe has been napping like a champ, which is fabulous, because that means I have been given the gift of productivity. I try to make sure we have some kind of morning outing every day to make up for the time she used to spend napping. We go grocery shopping, visit Target, go to story time at the library, or her newest and most favorite adventure, the splash park. 

There are a couple of splash parks in the city of McAllen. I was worried that she wouldn't like the water. She hasn't always been the biggest fan of going swimming. She also has a love-hate relationship with taking a bath. There was no need to worry. She would splash all the time if she had the chance. The only things that get in the way are an abundance of bigger kids, or when she spots the playground and decides to run over there. Otherwise, she is the queen of the splash park. It is terribly cute. I don't know what it is about babies in little swimsuits and those cute little sun hats. If she had the vocabulary to request more than just food and water from me, I would be in trouble because I am putty on her sun screened hands when she is in that cute little get up.

I just want to squeeze her.


My favorite.

This right here. Putty in her hands. Do you see that hat?

Story time at the library is another story. Zoe must be the most active toddler ever because like all of the other kids at story time, she will not sit in my lap. She MUST get up and see what is going on. She MUST roam around the room while we sing the song after the story. Everyone says, "She's so social." I'm glad that they don't mind her getting in their space. 

Shopping these days isn't super easy. She obviously doesn't want to sit in the cart for a long time. When we are at the grocery store she says, "Mmmmm", almost the entire time. Everything looks delicious I guess. I have figured out how to buy myself enough time to enjoy my Target trips. Two words: Cheddar Bunnies. Annie's brand has Cheddar Bunnies, that are basically Goldfish Crackers, but they are easier for her to chew. They have made my life much easier in the shopping department. They are also a yummy snack for Mommy, if she is famished.

I hate to burst everyone's bubble, Zoe watches TV. I know. I know. Parent grade decreases to B-. I should be teaching her Latin when she is not having play dates. When we aren't out and about or just playing we really enjoy Sesame Street. When I saw "we", I mean we. Mommy may like Sesame Street more than little Zo. I'm not kidding. "The Letter of the Day' song is my jam. It is really catchy. If you haven't heard it, go here, or watch below.

I am enjoying these summer days with my bug. We are having so much fun. 

Turtle girl.

How can you not just collapse from the cuteness of her in that jumper?

That's all for now. God is good.

Friday Finds!

Hello Everyone! I decided that I wanted to start something new with my blog. I am going to try to have a weekly post called Friday Finds. I tend to find things on a weekly basis that make my life easier. Some of these things may be for moms and some might just be for anyone. Some of you may be more experienced parents, but could pass the tips along to a new parent. You can also read this and say, “We never had these things in my day. These kids have everything!”

My first “Find” is the “Table Topper”. As a pastor’s family we are invited to go out to eat on a regular basis. We also travel a great deal. One day, I was at Chick Fil-A and I went to get Zoe a high chair. Hanging on the back, was what I thought seemed to be a plastic bib. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Chick Fil-A provides disposable placemats that stick to the table. I stuck it to the table and Zoe was able to eat without the table germs getting all over her food. This was amazing to me. When we had gone out to eat in the past, she would have to eat off of a napkin which would result in her throwing the napkin and the food on the floor or eating a part of the napkin. We are still working on eating from plates, as she likes to throw those on the ground too.

After I found this wonder at Chick Fil-A, I thought that there must be someone who sells these magical placemats. Naturally, because all of my short term memory capabilities left when I had Zoe, I forgot about it. Until one day, I was in the aisle at HEB (grocery store) and I saw this package.

Table Toppers! The magical placemats! I quickly snatched them up and I have been using them ever since. They are available at my grocery store and I have also seen them at Target and on Amazon. Don’t worry, they make them in all kinds of designs. We have used Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse so far! Zoe gets very excited when she sees Elmo or Mickey Mouse.

Of course there has to be a cute Zoe picture.

That’s all for now. God is good.