Traveling with a toddler “post Surgery”

Hey Y’all!

Sooo… my daughter and I recently went on a cross country adventure to Los Angeles. When I tell y’all the first flight of the day was hell ( lol).

When I say she raised sand for 2 hours straight! She was unhappy and indecisive. I even downloaded all of her favorite movies and shows. I even packed her favorite snacks. Nothing really worked 😦



There was even a rude passenger in front of us who beat on the wall every time she got upset. To some people’s perception my daughter appears to be older but I have to remind people that she is only a year old.(she will be two in December)


She has flown before when she first turned one, and she was still in the infant stage. She would nap at any slight movement. Now!!! Nope!


I really prepared for this trip by snack and sippy cup. I purchased the Mommy and me handcuffs. Puzzles, crayons, favorite toys, and her blanket “baby”.IMG-4869

I purchased my travel cuffs through Amazon for $10.

Travel essentials are key to your success.


Returning home:

We flew out of LAX at 6am and we weren’t due to Miami until 4:30pm, with a connection flight to Charlotte NC. My daughter slept for the first few hours and then….


On this flight home I packed her “baby”, her mess free coloring set, and her Minnie Mouse plush toy. A course our snacks on the trip is popcorn, goldfish and cheese puffs “Cheeto dust lol”.


This trip home was very successful because Mariah adjusted to the flight and we even lucked up with their being a spare seat in our row and they allowed my daughter to have it (# winning).IMG-4846


Even though Mariah is turning two in a couple months, we have decided that it is time to buy her own seat. Mariah is really strong and she is really fast, so with her sitting in my lap post surgery was probably not one of my best ideas.


Mariah earned her wings!

Key points:

  • Schedule your flights around naptime/bedtime
  • Pack your toddler’s favorite activities/toys
  • The flight attendants will offer snacks, but toddlers to get bored. Pack their favorite go to snacks, ie goldfish, graham crackers, gummy snacks, pre popped popcorn, and juice.
  • Ignore the mean looks or concerns of those on the flight who get upset when your child is irritable “the hell with them”.


Post Surgery:

I decided that I wanted to go to my sister’s funeral so of a course I had to go through the channels of getting the approval of family, doctors and my physical therapist. Everyone was really stressed about the possibility of blood clots or not being able to commute on and off of the plane. I did take the precautions of ordering wheelchair assistance. Also on the flight I performed my leg exercises to build my leg strength, I even left my walker and cane at home. I felt that dragging all of that around would be stressful and quite annoying.


Traveling with a toddler has definitely been an experience especially when your LO is experiencing things for the first time. She was interactive with the flight attendants and she was able to spend time with her grandparents and cousin.

It was really awesome being able to spend time with family and build on a business. We initially went out to Los Angeles due to the passing of my sister Toni, but I was able to use this time to bond and work on various business opportunities. Sometimes you have to make the best out of a sad situation.

I believe that if you continue to travel to with your LO then it will become something that they are accustomed  to. Things will get a little easier, hey no one said travelings with kids was easy. Hopefully me sharing my experience with you will help.

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Organizing Mariah’s Room

Hey Y’all!

Today’s blog focuses on the recent changes that I made to my daughter’s bedroom/guest room. This small makeover has been in the making for 6 months. The sudden motivation to work on my daughter’s room was brought on my recent diagnosis of needing a hip replacement. With that in tow I decided to make her room more accessible for the visitors who will be coming to help care for my family and I.


The image above is courtesy of me and the lack of organization. lol


Mariah is now able to go into her room and play, she doesn’t require the hands on supervision and she is free to play however she wishes. This process definitely took me a few days because every time I put something up she would go behind me and take it back out. (lol)

She really is enjoying her new space because she can actually see all of the toys that she owns, which is so exciting for her. I do suggest that if you want your toddler to play with their learning material that you get a laminate material to cover the cards or books. You will be really happy if you did this because it will prolong the life of their educational material. I also used a laminate plastic to cover her artwork for her art wall. (no image available-still in the works!)

The image below shows the improvements to her room, there is more to her makeover but I wanted to give you guys a little sample.


The plastic storage bins in the above image was purchased from the local dollar tree. The rug was purchased from a store called 5 Below, which is officially one of my top favorite stores to get cool house or out door supplies for under 5 bucks.

This entire room makeover was literally under $20 and I am so glad that my daughter has a space that she can call her own. This is her first bedroom that she actually has a chance to enjoy, especially since we moved from our Georgia home before she was 12 months old. I definitely am not finished with the makeover, but this is a one day at a time project. So if you are looking towards doing a makeover for your child’s room you can refer to Pinterest for inexpensive ideas.

So I am going to leave you with this, anything is possible if you just believe.

P.S. Always be open to change and improvement.

Good Luck!



Donna P.