RUNNER PSA + HELP ME PLEASE

We’ve got a big week over here—> Brooke’s birthday + school starts + 1/2 marathon on Saturday!

Skye is doing better with her pull-ups than I am so far.

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We went to church after pancakes for breakfast and bubble time is by far the highlight for Skye at the very end of church.

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At our church the first hour is combined with everyone and then for the second hour we split up into different classes (Skye is in nursery for the second hour where the bubble party happens;).  Each week I try to rotate the things that I bring to keep Skye entertained during the first hour of church (and those coloring books are what Brooke and Knox usually use for part of the meeting) and here is what I took yesterday.  Each week I try to bring as many snacks as possible too.  BUT this gets her through less than an hour and we have a 6ish hour flight coming up… SO I NEED YOUR HELP.   Any ideas of things that will keep Skye entertained on our flight?

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We had my parents and my sister’s family over for dinner and I made this heavenly dish along with Rhodes Rolls and my mom brought a bunch of chicken too!

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And cookies of course:)

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My nephew proved to us that the Roll Recovery works well if your brain muscles need some recovery too.

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My niece see’s an area that needs to be organized and she wants to fix it.  She is the best.

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Just a random internet reminder to make sure you are getting in your iron and to get tested if you are worried at all that you are deficient!

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“Iron is involved in the function of the immune system, but it’s most critical role is in getting oxygen to your muscles.  So iron is needed for the body’s metabolism and oxygen transport system to function properly- and this is especially important in physical activity… Iron deficiency is the most widespread nutritional disorder in the world.” (Source)

I recently had my blood tested and I’m not deficient but I still make sure that I get some in each day.  My favorite iron bomb= a hamburger with a ton of kale on it (along with some sweet potato fries from TJ’s because that just makes the meal the best).

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My favorite burger on the planet is from Seven Brothers but usually Andrew will just grill a few on Sunday when we are prepping for the week for us to eat throughout the week.

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Another favorite lately has been this salad (quinoa, kale, pumpkin seeds and beans for the iron win) and I added leftover steak the other day to it also for lunch.

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I definitely don’t want a nutrient deficiency to hold me back from my marathon goals so if you are worried you aren’t getting enough, go get it checked out!

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Ever had an iron deficiency?

Do you take a supplement or what is your favorite way to get in iron?!

Any ideas on things we can bring for the airplane to keep Skye (20 months) entertained?

I asked this on IG and I was shocked by the results… I’ve always loved grape flavored candy/drinks but don’t come near me with banana flavored candy!  What are your thoughts on grape flavoring… banana flavoring?

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I have a daughter a similar age to Skye and a couple of our travel favorites to keep her occupied are: finger puppets, re-usable stickers, water based reusable colouring in books, small post-it notes, favorite books and toys that I keep hidden for a few weeks before I travel, clothes pegs, small fabric Pom poms to put in and out of jars / containers with lids. I try and “gift wrap” most of the little things with lots of tape – then it takes a while for her to open it. And of course don’t give Skye all the fun things in one go! Good luck!

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These ideas are great and I love the gift wrap idea too! Skye is going to have to thank you afterwards for helping me on this:) . I hope you have a fabulous day Claire and I wish we could do a playdate with our girls:)

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Wrapping is the best! Aluminum foil as wrapping works well too :)

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I have been diagnosed as having low iron at various times in my life. Was told with my second pregnancy that my iron levels are low and to supplement with an iron pill. I need to add an iron supplement into my daily routine! Activities for Skye in the plane: Water Wow books (all you need is a little water), stickers and paper for her to put the stickers onto, a few books that she likes, snacks that take awhile to eat. I am not a fan of grape flavored things after having grape medicine as a child. I also don’t enjoy banana flavored candy/snacks as it tastes too fake for my enjoyment. Good luck with the flight!

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I hope your iron levels are doing good now! Thanks for the ideas too, I am really appreciating the help. Thanks Christa and I hope your Monday is a great one!

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My daughter is about a month older than Skye and we had a 7 hour flight a few months ago. We got some plastic penguin nesting dolls from amazon (she loves them!!), Melissa and Doug water coloring books & reusable sticker book and then a tablet when all else fails lol I was terrified but it was better than expected. We lucked out on the one flight and had a bulkhead seat- so much room for her to play on the floor. Busy toddler on Instagram has great ideas and one thing she said was consider it survival mode- Give them all the snacks necessary haha Good luck!

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I have never thought about getting nesting dolls… Skye will love that. Thank you so much! So so glad it went better than expected and I am hoping that we get a little extra space too. Survival mode here we come haha. Have a wonderful day Christina!

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If your niece ever makes her way to the midwest, let me know. I’ve got a whole house she could organize!

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Bahahah I’ll keep you updated. She seriously is so so good at doing it… and I love that she loves doing it because my house is always put together a bit more because of her ha:) Have a great day Trisha!

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The Usbourne little dolly sticker dressing books.
Let her have screen time. They have in flight kids movies and TV shows.
It will be easier that anticipated, but I know easier said than done.

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It’s so so true… that always happens. It always goes better than I expect ha. Getting one of those Usbourne books. THANKS ERICA!

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For your flight I recommend all of the snacks!! Stickers and things to stick them on (lately mine likes to stick them on my arm), post it notes, Water Wow books, little packs of kleenex that she can unpack and repack, pipe cleaners and an empty spice container (stick the pipe cleaners through the holes). If she’ll sit still to watch a show or movie, you can always bring a tablet (my almost 19 month old isn’t quite in to them yet.)

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BRILLIANT IDEAS SARA!! I love the pipe cleaners/empty spice container… she will love doing that (and all of the things you mentioned. Thanks Sara and I hope you have a really great day!

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I second the sticker idea for the plane. Or tape. Or post-it’s. It’s amazing how busy that will keep kid. The water-wow reusable Melissa and Doug coloring tablets are amazing. We are also pretty into our magna-doodle , which they have in color these days.. for both my 18 month old and 5 year old. That’s great for when I run with them in the buggy 😁
I’ve been an iron deficient runner since my first cross country meet many years ago. My doctor has always stressed the vitamin C with the supplement for improved absorption. I also know that typically, my heart rate will be higher than a non-anemic runner, so I can’t always rely on tracking my heart rate for training/recovery like many people do. It’s certainly not the easiest, but if I notice some changes, like I can’t keep my heart rate down on easy runs, or I don’t recover quickly, or I cannot increase my speed, I usually go get checked and find it’s lower than my usual low.

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Just bought the water-wow books on Amazon, THANK YOU! I’ll bring our magnadoodle too (I forgot about that haha)! That is very interesting about your heart rate, I didn’t know that it varied based on anemia! Very interesting. Thanks for sharing and I hope you are felling better and better! Enjoy your day Robyn!

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Hey!!!
Oh my goodness I love a good burger! My all time favorite is 5 napkin burger in NYC. I live about 1&1/2hours from there so I make sure every time we get to the city it is our lunch stop!
I always test fine with my iron but my ferritin levels (where iron is stored) are dangerously low) so I get infusions about every 6 months. Funny thing the first place I can tell things are getting low is with my running …. like my legs always weigh 100lbs. And I never get my runners high.

I am so far from the 20 month old faze buuuutttt…. I do notice with my 9 year old the more he has to entertain him the less he is able to just sit for a bit with nothing…..
that being said …. try a tablet and make all the toys brand new for her , things she has new used. Sandwich her right between Brooke and Knox and she is gonna be great!!!

Artificial flavoring… not a fan… did you k ow that the FDA allows up to 3,000 chemicals to make the flavoring and most are known carcinogenic?? Scary stuff so I try to stay away!! (I won’t preach anymore about that ;)
But once a serious cancer hits your loved one you do all the research and try to educate everyone about the dangers of food additives.
Have such an amazing time in Cayman we love it there! We have a time share and go when it is snowing here and 80 there!! Enjoy :)

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I’m up for all the educating I can get! Thank you for sharing Karen, that is really scary and I had no idea. I am so sorry that someone close to you has caner.
That is very interesting about your ferritin levels! So glad you are able to get it infused! Great idea to put Skye in the middle of Brooke and Knox, she will love that and feel so cool. I hope your day is an amazing one Karen and so cool you have time share in Cayman. We cannot wait!

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Do you mind if I ask how you knew to check ferritin if your iron was fine? My legs feel exactly like you described! I want to go to the doc and get checked but I want to know what and how to ask…

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Ali,

Just tell your doc you want a “Full Iron Panel” blood test done.

“Whats included in an iron panel?
The serum iron test measures the amount of iron in the liquid portion of blood. Serum iron is almost always measured with other iron tests, such as serum ferritin, transferrin and total iron-binding capacity (TIBC).”

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Thanks so much!!

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Skye’s hair!!! So fabulous. Big yes to grape flavored anything. Even bigger no to banana flavored anything. I have had iron on the low side of normal (too low to donate blood but still within normal for women). I’m actually glad you posted that reminder because I’ve been thinking I may have dropped below normal because my legs are DEAD even after taking multiple rest days which is not normal for me.

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YES YES YES… go get it checked out! Keep me updated and I hope your legs are happy asap! Thanks Ali:)

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My kids are adopted from China and my youngest was 2.5 years old when we brought her home. If fact, there were 25 toddlers at the back of the plane! And the flight was 14 hours! Get one of those sticker books and let her put them everywhere! I know the older kids will help you peel them off when she is done. (We had a 2 y.o. next to us that literally moaned for 10 hours straight. My sticker book bought us 30 minutes of quiet. Heaven.) Also, washable markers. Let her color on the tray and then just wipe it off with a wet wipe! My oldest daughter was 4.5 y.o. during these flights from hell and she and my mom played endless hours of chutes and ladders, travel addition. My mom now officially hates chutes and ladders.

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Wow! 14 hours and 25 toddlers, you are all amazing:) Thank you for the tips and Skye will be so excited over the washable markers on the tray. SUCH a good idea. Hahah you need to give your mom chutes and ladders for Christmas this year;) . You guys sure have an incredible story! Have a wonderful day!

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My kids are now older than Skye but we stopped bringing every possible activity to church with us and now they each pick 2 things from our church supply box to bring each week. And they stay so much more entertained and involved when they only have 2 options that they chose themselves instead of bouncing around between a gazillion options and then screaming from boredom. Don’t know if that would work with Skye at her age, but could be worth a try?

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That is absolutely worth a try!! That is what my sister did with her little boys and she said it helped them out a ton… I just need to build up my courage now. Thanks Chelsea and I hope your day is a really great one!

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I had iron deficiency all through high school and didn’t know until my senior year when I had my ferritin levels checked and they were super low. I took liquid iron and that helped a ton. I haven’t had issues in years (but my mileage hasn’t been as high either so I’m watching it as I start doing more mileage). I don’t like banana or grape flavored stuff. The Instagram page @kids.eat.in.color just posted a ton of awesome tips for flying with kids, we usually do car trips but I love anything with magnets or stickers or dry erase. Have fun running Hobble Creek, it’s a great race!

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THANK YOU for sharing her account with me… I’m totally going to use her airplane bento box too! I’m loving her stories about the airplane activities, huge help. Thank you! SO glad that your iron/ferritin levels are doing great now. I am so excited for Hobble Creek wahoo! Enjoy your day:)

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At 55 I have learned that I have probably been on the verge of iron deficiency most of my life. I have been battling anemia and low iron for the past 2 years. It has really effected me try to run in my new home that is at 7300 feet in New Mexico. ( I moved from almost sea level in S. Texas) I have been taking iron supplements. The most important thing that I’ve learned is that your Dr. needs to check your ferritin level- not just general iron. I finally left my GP and went to an hematologist because what I was researching online wasn’t exactly matching up with what my GP was doing for my care. My hematologist immediately checked my ferritin. I was barely in the normal range (30). She told me that anything under 40 could show symptoms and that I needed to be at 100 to feel good working out etc. I have my next appointment next week!!! Every woman needs to read about the symptoms of low iron!!! I had no idea, and it took me a long time to go to the Dr!! Glad you are checking yours!!

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Oh Sharon, that is so so hard. I am SO glad you were finally able to get with that hematologist to help you figure out what you really needed and to get your ferritin levels back up. Our bodies are so interesting! I hope your day is going well so far and that you are feeling better and better!

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I would try to donate blood in high school and it was always 50/50 if they were going to let me because of iron! I’ve been SO TIRED lately though and I wonder if it’s the whole iron thing catching up to me again! I should get that looked at!

Paige
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YES>>>> go have it looked at and with comments above I’m learning we need to have our ferritin checked too! Good luck Paige and I hope your Monday is a great one:)

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For long car rides, my toddler loves Melissa and Doug Water WOW books! They hold just a little bit of water in a brush thing and then you “paint” the pages. When they dry, the color disappears, so she can color them over and over in the car.

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YAY!!! I cannot wait to get these… Skye will love them! Have the best day Brittney!

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Grape reminds me of childhood medicine. I cannot stand grape flavoured things because of it! I however am not much of a fan of banana flavoured either haha…
I have been able to time my 15mo old nap time for church! He usually falls asleep 15 mins into the service. But I do find boxes of raisins help (the yogurt covered ones are easier for him to take out) as it takes him awhile to dig each one out and he’s happy to play with the box after. Best of luck!

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I need to get some of those yogurt covered raisins… Skye would love that. We need to time naps with church better but I also kind of love having her nap when we come home hahah! Have a great day Gillian!

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My BIL & his wife have a daughter not much older than Skye, and they highly recommended the Water-Wow coloring books! It only uses water, and the littles get to “color” aka fill in the color on the paper with the water pen. The best part is that it’s reusable after :) Hope the flight goes smoothly! I was never iron deficient until I was pregnant… go figure. I’ve always been border-line anemic, and I was surprised because our bodies supposedly create more blood when pregnant to support the baby? Anyway, in terms of banana and grape flavored anything… I am team watermelon.

Have a great Monday!

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We took my 18 month old to New York last fall which was about a 4 hour flight. We did lots of snacks (suckers were a favorite and they’d last for like 20 minutes), window cling stickers were a hit as they stuck both on the windows and the pull down trays, and the ipad. We don’t do much screen time or movies, so she was memorized… for like 30 minutes, but i took it!

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My son just turned two and it’s such a hard age to travel with! Recommend: Melissa and Doug reusable sticker books, water wow coloring books, and color blast books. Post it notes and crayons are also fun at that age. My son isn’t super into the tablet but he does love taking pictures with my phone and looking at old pictures and videos. I do not limit the use of electronics at all while traveling A lot of lollipops bc they take awhile to eat. I buy all kinds of special snacks (think skittles and m&ms) that he doesn’t normally get. Can ask the flight attendant for some cups and straws- kids like to stack them. We have a three hour flight coming up next week, so this was a good exercise in remembering what I need to bring. Good luck!!!

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Lollipops (or similar hard candy that takes a while to suck) can also be helpful with managing ear soreness on take-off and landing too.

Also, I’ve been anaemic in the past but last time I checked was okay. Restless legs in the evening is a big warning sign for me – I was losing a LOT of blood… seeing as there’s no such thing as TMI on this page, right? Getting hemoglobin, iron and ferritin tested is a good idea. I used to work with a girl who had hemochromatosis (it’s more common than most people realize and you can be a carrier without knowing), she would always stress that people should get their iron tested rather than just assuming, buying something over the counter and taking an iron supplement that they don’t need – it can be dangerous!

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I’ve never been iron deficient, but prescribe iron supplements to my patients who have low ferritin levels and restless legs syndrome. I always tell them that the supplements are constipating, so take them with a stool softener, and to keep them locked away from children, as iron overdose is extremely dangerous for little ones.
I’m afraid I have ZERO advice for you for Skye’s trip. My in-laws live about 5 hours away by plane, and I cannot bring myself to visit because I can’t imagine my son confined to a plane for that long. And, it’d be free for us (husband is a pilot). For now, they come to us :) You are braver than me, girl!

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I have been Vitamin D deficient for a couple of years – guess my sunscreen really works! I finally got serious about taking a supplement and it’s now back in the normal range. I also take a multivitamin everyday.

As a frequent flier, I would say get up and walk with Skye when the seat belt sign is off. Let her charm the passengers around you so they’ll be a little more understanding when she’s had enough. It’s a long flight for adults, so don’t be too hard on yourself when she’s fussy. Also, she doesn’t have to be as quiet on a plane as you probably want her to be in church. I’m not sure how much screen time you allow the kids, but you might want to make an exception for a little more when you’re in the air.

Purple is my favorite color and as a kid/teen would eat anything grape flavored. Now, not so much.

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Good luck with the flight! It seems like if you go into the day knowing you’re going to need an extra measure of patience everything goes a lot more smoothly. I agree with lots of snacks, something you know she loves, and something new to unwrap. I’d also try to keep her awake so she will be more likely to nap…. but not too long past naps or else you risk melt down mode. It is absolutely worth the effort it takes to travel with littles!

I have a random but important question that I’d love to hear your answer to. How do you prevent bathroom issues while you’re racing? I took Imodium right before my 10k and it gave me the biggest cotton mouth ever. I’m running hobble creek this weekend too as well as St. George and I’ve got some big goals I want to reach. Ain’t nobody got time to use the bathroom!!!

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You are so so right about going in with a little more patience and I think she is going to sleep really well on the flight too (she kills it with her sleeping)! It really will all be worth it!
Bathroom talk! I have never had a problem (outside of being pregnant) with having to go during a race (besides peeing my pants a time or two haha). For me I really cut out fiber for a day or two before a race. I stick to very simple carbs and proteins and nothing super heavy and it has worked for me! But I know so many runners do have this problem so would you like me to ask this in the qs for tomorrow to see what everyone else does? You don’t have time for cotton mouth or for bathroom breaks… can’t wait to see you reach these awesome goals!

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Oh I would love it if you asked that question!! Thank you so much! And if you’re looking for some cute, won’t break then bank swimsuits (think $30!) for your trip, look up the “cupshe” brand on amazon.

Thank you so much! Maybe I’ll see you at the finish line Saturday if you stick around for a little while after you’re finished.😉

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I am cheering for you on Saturday!! You are going to rock it! And I forgot about cupshe… looking for more now!

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Yes, suffered iron deficiency for a while and then went a long time with results in the positive. The last exam was back to a few points lower than normal. I find that drinking daily iron vitamin (65 mg) is what does the trick–if I stop being consistent, I see the difference. My mom used to eat liver to keep hers at bay–I rather drink the vitamins!

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Banana and grape are both gross. But banana is grossest (but I think anything banana other than a just-barely-yellow-skin-and-stem-still-slightly-green banana and banana bread are gross so you may want to ignore my opinion). (Funny fact – if I eat a banana on an empty stomach, I get a stomachache. If I eat it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, I hurl. That was a fun super-early St George marathon morning discovery.)

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My tip for the airplane (and you might already do this): have Skye ride in her carseat in the plane. This is more about containment than entertainment, but sometimes that’s what my rambunctious boys have needed! I think it helps kiddos nap on the plane too, since it’s somewhere they’re already used to sleeping. Best of luck!

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That salad is my lunch for the week! I’ve been anemic and have taken the slow release iron, that usually does the trick. I need to get mine checked I’ve been soooo tired, is it just marathon training or iron. I’ll take your PSA and get it checked.

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About 2 years ago I worked with a naturopath to help get my iron levels better. I was never crazy low, but low enough that she encouraged me to take steps to boost it. Her simplest things were cook in a cast iron pan (which I know LOVE and have 4 different sizes!!) and that iron is best absorbed when you also have vitamin C – so lemon vinaigrette with spinach salad, have vitamin C rich foods along with steak or a burger, etc.

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Hey hey. Ok, my little one is 2.5 and we’ve done a bunch of flights – from 3hrs to 17hrs! Live in Australia, from Ireland.

You see so much advice online about this book, that sticker etc. They are all great and buy like 5 minutes. I would recommend the following:
– ipad
– snacks (not sugary!)

That is what gets the most bang for buck I feel. Also a lot of moms here who do the transatlantic flights do an antihistamine to help them sleep…….ask a local nurse perhaps but works.

Good luck and ‘this too shall pass’ :)

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Grape flavor ALL the way! ;)

Me and Anemia are far too well acquainted. I know my levels are too low when I start craving ice (Pica). Usually when I’m really struggling with fatigue my husband asks “When was the last time you took your iron supplement?” 🙈 Busted!! I hate them because they upset my stomach. So I do my best to stick to dark green leafy veggies, potatoes WITH the peels, red meat, salmon, and occasionally bison (big splurge because $cha-ching$ But also higher in iron than beef).

Okay, so for the flight, for us, back in the day legos were great (if you know Skye won’t put them in her mouth). You could even bring a pencil box that has a flat piece secured in the bottom and she can build in that. My daughter also LOVED when I got some paper dolls that I laminated and then placed magnetic strips on the back (the thin sticker back kind). I’d put the dolls and clothes in a shallow tin for her and she’d stick the dolls on the lid and dress and re-dress her dolls for hours on long car and plane trips. You could bring some new laces/yarn and some cereal and have her string the cereal. That way she can snack but also be focused to some fine motor skill work. We would also load brand new games/movies on the iPad to save for the very last ditch effort. We’d put off the digital as long as we could but then they kids would always have a fun surprise with something new.

Also, this tip might be controversial but I’m going to put it out there. When my kids were young (not all THAT long ago), their pediatrician (and every other older mom I knew) told me to give my kids some tylenol or ibuprofen about 20-30 minutes before takeoff. That way their poor tiny ears don’t hurt so much with the pressure change. Sippy cups/bottles at takeoff & landings are pretty vital too. And he told me to make sure to keep them on the dosing schedule for the duration of the flight. Please let me stress—this was doctor approved advice. And our babies were not the screamers on the flight. We just recently flew cross country and back and on BOTH flights (each one 3.5+ hours) there were multiple babies/toddlers screaming (not fussy/restless—screaming) for a majority of the flights. First, I felt awful for the little ones because they were clearly in pain/uncomfortable. Second, their parents were more annoyed that everyone else was annoyed than they were concerned with helping their babies. At one point I looked at my husband and said “Do doctors not tell moms about the tylenol trick anymore?” And he said “Or the bottle or sippy cup? I don’t know?” Soooo… huge soapbox for me and Andrew probably knows what the current guidelines for that might be…but honestly, a little bit of infant tylenol might help her (and both of you) SO much. Sorry if that advice is too outdated or offends anyone. It just makes me so sad to see/hear these poor babies scream for hours on end when they don’t have to be uncomfortable. 😬🤷🏼‍♀️ Or, you could always get some Sleepy lotion from LUSH and just Zen everyone out. That’s an option. 😂

Best of luck this week! It’s all going to turn out great. It’s like I tell my kids when I’m teaching them to drive (I’m on kid #3…I swear I’m not going to survive, I’m getting too old for this, haha): “Loosen your grip on the steering wheel just a little bit and you’ll find the car is easier to control. If you’re holding on to everything too tightly, suddenly the car is driving you and that’s not how it’s supposed to work. You drive the car, the car doesn’t drive you. So slack up your fingers, shake out your arms, roll your shoulders…and then YOU take this car where YOU want it to go.” 😉 You got this, mamacita! 🙌🏻

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We tend to get a new lift the flap book for every flight – a big Sesame Street or Disney one that had a ton of flaps on each page. Paired with crayons and coloring book and videos on the kindle. My daughter also loves getting apple juice and pretzels from the flight attendant and eating them on her little tray. Good luck!!

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This might sound weird, but when my daughter was about Skye’s age she loved opening bandaids! If I gave her a box (I bought the cheapest I could find!) she would sit forever opening them all – it takes some time to get each one open & for whatever reason she loved it. Might buy you some time if she likes it?!

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You have GOT to go spend 5-10 at any dollar store, the toys aren’t worth much BUT they will be a lifesaver on planes. Make sure she doesn’t see them ahead of time so they don’t loose their allure. Another thing we used to use for mine when they were little was a ziplock bag filled with hairgel and glitter (you can get these at the dollar store, too, bonus!) and put little animals inside, fish work great, but whatever they have will do. if you use just a little hair gel, not enough to make the bag super thick, you dont have any issues with TSA. the dollar stores usually also have a fairly good selection of coloring books that will do the trick for flights, tons of crafty stuff, and stickers! those are sure to keep the bigs entertained too.

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My mom always used these in church for her girls! They have many different ones to choose from:

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My daughter is a little younger than Skye; 13 months but I think these would still work, depending on Skye’s interests. My girl loves a book called baby says peekaboo. It has large, sturdy flaps to lift and each reveals a baby and a texture item. The final flap reveals a mirror. We play peekaboo with those babies instead of reading the text. Dear Zoo is another good flap book if Skye can be trusted with paper flaps. ;)
My daughter also loves her Dimpl! My niece (2.5) and nephew (9) also enjoyed the toy. With my niece, I had her tell us the color of each bubble as she popped them. We have the Dimpl with multiple size bubbles, but there is one with two small bubbles if Knox & Brooke would also enjoy it!
Painting tape is also a hit. It’s easy to peel and restick, you can “trap” toys under it or just stick it to various surfaces. I like post it notes too; they can be made into educational activity by having her select a particular shape or color one of the older kids drew (bonus getting them involved for a few minutes!) if she’s learning either of those right now.
We recently got a travel Color Wonder kit. It has a clipboard which opens to store the markers. If I had my girl color on the tray, she might think she could color on everything so I prefer Color Wonders until she’s a little older.
Some of my friends bring window clings if the seating arrangement allows them to. Skye could stick and remove them on the plane window.
Have a safe flight! I hope everyone does well!

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Little containers of play dough and masking take saved us on a flight to Europe with a 15 month old.

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