Thursday, January 31, 2013

All Boy

     
          They say in some baby books that all babies are different. They reach different milestones at different times. They will like and dislike different things. They also say that boy babies and girl babies if put in a gender neutral environment will still develop certain boy and girl traits. Traits such as boys will still like boy items like trucks and balls and girls will tend to pick the dolls and stuffed animals to play. I am beginning to see this unfold in my house.
      We did not know what Xavier was when I was pregnant. We kept his gender a surprise. Which by the way was one of our best decisions ever and I definitely plan on doing with the next one. Therefore, when getting toys for our baby either through hand me downs or new, many were gender neutral. Sure, some are definite like my son has a pink play table, and a couple pink stuffed animals. He also has trucks, balls and drums. What I find so fun to do is just sit and watch him play. It is so neat to see your baby learning how things work. I frequently just let him be him with his toys. I try not to direct him with how to play with the toys but to let him find his own way to play with them. I am not a child expert on what is best to do with babies but this is just what seems natural to me.



    I think the funniest thing is he is beginning to like the so-called boy things better. He loves balls and trucks. He loves his drum set and stacking rings. He frequently likes to bang stuff together to hear the different noises they make. It is funny to watch my baby becoming a little toddler boy.
     The other night was particularly funny. After he ate dinner and got it all over himself. I decided to just take his shirt off and let him play in just his pants until bath time. It was hilarious to see my BOY crawling around without a shirt. He then proceeded to spin his drumsticks in his hands grunting and hitting the ottoman with them. Then, he decided to crash his cart into the walls and grunt.
     That is correct. I have a burping, farting, grunting, crashing, drumming, squealing BOY! For all the noises and craziness. I am totally in love with him and think he is perfect the way he is and I am so excited to see what else he is going to turn out to be.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: Moby Wrap



    If you have been following my reviews lately this is my third week of doing the Top Five Most Needed Baby Items. This is number three, The Moby Wrap. (Here are the other two, Diaper Champ, and Cloud B Travel Size Sleep Sheep).  When you have a new baby you are faced with the many different types of baby carriers. We received a few hand me downs of very nice carriers, however, they were just not working for us. I would always have problems with straps digging into my shoulders. They did not seem to support Xavier very well. (He has always been a large baby). They were not comfortable to wear at all. I ended up getting a Moby Wrap because of the raving reviews and I liked the idea that it was all fabric and it could also cover me when I needed to nurse Xavier.
   This is the BEST carrier I have ever seen. I have yet to like any other carrier. I tell new moms about the Moby Wrap all the time and tell them to get one and get it before the baby gets here! It is the best invention you have ever seen. It is a very large piece of fabric that you tie around yourself. They give you an instruction guide with all of the different holds. The entire thing comes in a bag. It is easy to fold up and put back in the bag and it is all machine washable. What I like best about the Moby Wrap is that it is easy to put on, lightweight, soft and really holds Xavier very tight even with him squirming around.
    The Moby Wrap holds babies from 8-35lbs. I will apologize I do not have more photos of Xavier and I using the Moby Wrap. When he was little we used it constantly, but they were mostly days of his and my crankiness or me running crazy errands with him in it so there was not many photo opportunities. I will admit we do not use the Moby Wrap as often now, since Xavier is standing and crawling he constantly wants to go not be held. However, we used the Moby Wrap from when he was born until about 7 months at least weekly. It is great to get chores done, walk around in it, and even run errands at the grocery store and such. My favorite thing was before he was able to sit up on his own he loved to go grocery shopping with me and I would put it on at home, drive to the grocery store, put Xavier in it and walk around the store. He hated sitting in the car seat while I shopped so the Moby Wrap was perfect for him. Plus, what is so great about the Moby Wrap is that you can breastfeed with it. It has so much fabric you can use it to cover up with or if you wrap a certain way baby can feed while you are walking around. How much better can you get? I will admit it had a couple flaws that could use a little fixing but it's bonuses outweigh them. Be careful of the color you get, especially if you live in a hot climate, it is very hot. I made the mistake of buying black as that was all that the store sold at the time. It is way too hot to wear outside when it is warm out. They sell many different colors in basic and modern colors, some with designs, some with organic fabric, some with a UV protection guard of SPF 45+, some in a MLB design edition, and some Dolcino woven wraps made in Germany. The other issue is only if you are a petite person. The fabric bunch is very long and a few of my friends who are small said it was a lot harder on them because it was too big. If you are petite you may want to try one from a friend first or check the return policy.

    The different holds are really nice to have with the Moby Wrap. You will see as your baby grows that they get comfortable in different types of situations. For the most part we stick to the Hug and Hold. Now that Xavier is older though he also likes the Hip Hold.  All the positions are easy to figure out. If you do not understand the photos and directions you can go to their website and watch the videos. The videos really helped me be a Moby Wrap pro! They recommend that baby faces in towards you in  all the holds as it can be too stimulating to have baby face outward. I do agree with that as Xavier did not like being facing forward in it too much. I did have him forward a little bit when he was younger around the house he liked to look at things and honestly my arms needed a break from holding him. Here is a picture. Please know though that Moby Wrap does not recommend forward facing positions.

Moby Wrap Positions

Newborn Hug and Hold
Hug and Hold
Hip Hold
Kangaroo Wrap and Hold
  
 The Moby Wrap is perfect for moms and dads. It is not only a great carrier but it is also great for skin to skin contact and breastfeeding as well. If you are in need of a baby carrier or know a new or expecting parent who could use one pick up a Moby Wrap today.

You can purchase a Moby Wrap on their website
www.MobyWrap.com
BabiesRus and Target also sell Moby Wrap
Moby Wrap retails for $47.95 for the basic to $160.00 for the woven one.


 Disclosure
   No products,compensation or services were given to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC guidelines.



If you would like me to do a review of your product or service feel free to send me an email at
ReneeArbia@yahoo.com











Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Lone Shoe






    One of the many joys of parenthood are the unexpected things that come along. Just when I think I got things under control and am about to be knighted "supermom" something crazy happens.
     I was taking Xavier for a walk in his stroller for a change without the dog. (He was busy playing ball with the neighbors). I thought we were having a nice day. Only to come home and take Xavier out of the stroller and realize he is missing a shoe. I only put them on him for our walk. I know it sounds silly but if I happen to take him out of the stroller which I frequently do and we visit a neighbor along the way I want him to have shoes on to play outside. (I was caught once without shoes on and he played in his socks, don't want to do that again). So I knew the shoe must be around our neighborhood loop that we walked. It is 7/10 of a mile. I put Xavier back in the stroller and we walked around the loop again in search of his shoe. I could not find his shoe anywhere.
    I called Nick who was on his way home and asked him to drive around the loop and see if he sees Xavier's shoe. He of course finds it and says it was right in the middle of the road. I assume it must have been blown by a car or something in the middle of the road. Or perhaps I am just so sleep deprived from the teething infant that keeps me up at all hours of the night I missed a shoe in the middle of the road.
    I have to admit, before having a child I used to wonder how on earth someone could lose one shoe when I would see them on the sides of roads or parking lots. I now know the answer to that question. Apparently, the child kicked it off without anyone noticing. I sure do wish they made more cheap tie sneakers for infants. That episode today has made me realize never to put a lot of money into Xavier's shoes.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Asiago Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes




     This recipe is an Arbia family favorite. I got this recipe from the Food Network chef, Giada DeLaurentiis. This is a great pasta recipe that is fast and easy to make and very tasty. It is nice to have some different pasta dishes besides spaghetti and sauce. This is a healthy alternative and kids like it as well because of the bright colors. Pick their favorite type of pasta to cook this with and you will have a healthy dinner for the entire family.


Asiago Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes
Recipe Courtesy of Giada DeLaurentiis

Ingredients:
- 1 pound rotini pasta
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 (9 ounce) bag of fresh spinach roughly, chopped
- 8 ounces (1/2 pint) cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup (3 1/2 ounces) grated Asiago cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender, but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.

   Meanwhile, warm olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and tomatoes and cook until the spinach wilts, about 2 more minutes.




Add the cooked pasta and toss. Add the cheeses, salt, pepper and the pasta cooking liquid and stir to combine. Transfer pasta to a serving plate and serve hot.




Friday, January 25, 2013

Baking Tip


     As much as I love cooking I am fairly new to the whole baking thing. I had planned on a recipe for today's blog post. In fact the first recipe did not work out and I did not know what I did wrong. I thought perhaps it was just not a good recipe. So I found a totally different recipe and bought the ingredients and decided to make that recipe. Again, that recipe flops. Even though I am not much of a baker I am usually good at following recipes. If anything goes wrong it is usually the way it looks, my baked goods tend to taste much better then they look. (That does pose a problem when you put your recipes on a blog). However, with these two recipes the baked goods were horrible looking. They did not rise or cook properly. I had no idea what the problem was. I blamed lack of sleep. Until I thought of something. The baking powder and baking soda that I put in them. I looked at the expiration date on both of those items and they were three years ago! Yes, I know it sounds horrible but do you really check the expiration date on items in your spice cabinet? If a lot of you do then apparently I am missing something because I did not realize that is something you must do. Anyway, it is back to the grocery store I must go to not only get some more ingredients but also to get some NEW Baking Powder and Baking Soda. So your tip for today, check the expiration date on your Baking Powder and Baking Soda if it is too old it can be affecting your baked goods.
   Here's to a lovely baking weekend. I hope you all have a great weekend and stay warm!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

So Yummy

   
      Inevitably every parent will end up teaching their child some crazy thing to do. I knew it was coming with Nick and my crazy personalities it was only a matter of time before we imparted some thing crazy onto Xavier. It has been quite hectic here in the Arbia house the last month or so and the other day just Xavier and I were eating dinner (leftover spaghetti and eggplant). He has been cranky from teething again and I was just tired so we were both moody. To lighten things up I took a bite of the food and sang "Mmm yummy in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy" and kind of wiggled in my chair. I then proceeded to feed him with his spoon and after he took a bite he said "Mmmm" and wiggled in his chair like a dance. I started laughing and so did he and hence our dinner of leftovers together got much brighter.
    Since that day Xavier now feels the need to dance in his high chair at every meal but it is pretty funny and cute and certainly something I am glad to see. It is nice to know that he finds meal time so much fun. Plus it is always nice to brighten the day with some dancing and singing.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: Cloud B Travel Size Sleep Sheep

Review: Cloud B On The Go Travel Size Plush Sound Machine Sleep Sheep

   For the next few weeks I am doing a review of the top five most needed baby items. At least in my opinion anyway. The Cloud B On The Go Travel Size Plush Sound Machine Sleep Sheep is my #2 most needed baby item. (For number one check out my blog post, Review:Diaper Champ).  I never bought this item, in fact I did not even register for this item. A good friend of mine bought this for me as a shower gift. My first impression was that it was adorable and a very nice gift. However, I had no idea how necessary this item would become until Xavier was born.
   This is not Xavier's lovey. He actually does not seem to have much attachment to this other then he falls asleep faster and deeper when we use this sheep. After two or three nights of struggling to get Xavier to sleep when we first brought him home. I finally remembered this sleep sheep and put it in his cradle and pushed a button and magically he was lulled to sleep. The Cloud B On The Go Travel Size Plush Sound Machine Sleep Sheep is a plush eight inch sheep with a box inside of it. (It is only held by velcro so easy to remove to wash the sheep). It plays four soothing nature sounds; gentle stream, spring showers, ocean waves, and whale sounds. It has two sleep timer options 23 and 45 minutes. Plus a variable volume control to adjust the volume. What I love about this travel version is the small size is convenient. It is easy for us to travel with and it has a velcro strap that easily attaches to cribs, car seats and strollers. It also only takes 2 AA batteries which last us a couple months.



   We have used this sleep sheep multiple times a day since we brought Xavier home. Every time we put Xavier down to sleep either for bed or a nap we hit the sleep sheep button. When he was in his cradle in our room he had the sheep and now that he is in his crib in his own room he has the sheep. What is also nice is that he did seem to prefer different sounds. When he was a newborn he loved the whale sounds. Then once he was in his own room for a while he switched to liking the ocean sounds. Now that he is older he loves the gentle stream. To be quite honest Nick and I like to go to sleep listening to it as well as we hear it through our monitor.
    One of the biggest issues when having a baby is getting them to go to bed at a reasonable hour and stay asleep. This sleep sheep does the job. There have been many mommies I know who never go anywhere without this sleep sheep and I frequently now give it to friends who are getting ready to have a baby.



   If you are having a baby soon or know a new mommy, go out and get the Cloud B On The Go Travel Size Plush Sound Machine Sleep Sheep.
You can buy the sleep sheep (which also comes in a larger size) at
Babies R Us
www.babiesrus.com
 the travel size reviewed here is $25.99

Disclosure
   No products,compensation or services were given to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC guidelines.



If you would like me to do a review of your product or service feel free to send me an email at
ReneeArbia@yahoo.com
  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Crockpot Pork Pot Roast



    There is nothing that I love better then a good crock pot meal. Crock pots come in handy so  much when you have a child. I know mine has really been used much more since Xavier has been born. It is easy to throw something in it in the morning and have a nice dinner. This is a very simple pork pot roast recipe. You can use really any type of pork loin for it because it cooks so long even the not so great cut of meat ends up fabulous and falls off the bone. Definitely a nice winter treat.

Crock Pot Pork Pot Roast

Ingredients:

- 4 lbs. loin end pork roast
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 clove of garlic slivered
- 2 medium onions, sliced
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 tsp. sage
- 1 cup of hot water

Directions:

- Make tiny slits in the meat and insert the slivers of garlic. Place meat in a broiler pan and broil on low for about 20 minutes or until browned, discard excess fat.



 Put one sliced onion in bottom of the crock pot. Top with browned pork roast and sprinkle with salt, pepper and sage. Arrange remaining onion on roast with bay leaves and add water.



 Cook on low in crock pot for 8-10 hours, or until tender. Carefully remove meat and slice, keep warm

You can discard the Bay leaves. The juices can be made into a nice gravy by thickening them on the stove top with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons of cold water, cook on high for about 20 minutes and whisk.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Ball Training




      Many parents of boys have ideas or day dreams of what types of sports their sons will play when they get bigger. Some parents even make sure to get their sons on the pee wee soccer, football or baseball teams. If you have met Nick or I you will know we are not those parents. Not that there is anything wrong with those parents. It is just that neither Nick or I got what we affectionately call "the sports gene". We were never good at sports. I like sports and enjoy playing them but usually once the game got really competitive I ended up being benched.
    If Xavier ends up with any type of sports ability it will not have been obtained genetically. However, we do encourage activity in as much of a sports like fun that Nick and I can figure out. So when I say we are "ball training our son". I am sure you must think, " Oh maybe he is playing football or baseball". No, not for that. We are ball training Xavier because we have a giant black lab who has been patiently waiting since the day Xavier was born to pick up a ball and throw it for him.
      Our loving black lab, named Vito, is a wonderful dog whom we adore. He is so very loving and gentle and well behaved. He has been extremely patient with Xavier since he was born. He has let us forget to walk or play ball with him or even let him out. He has let Xavier pull on his ears and jaw nonstop. Yet, he still loves us and Xavier. His only real motivation is for someone to throw a ball for him to go and get and bring back.
    Nick and I have had years of playing ball everyday with Vito. So when we found out we were going to have a child naturally our thought was. "Wow, maybe the baby will like to throw the ball for Vito". Yes, that was one of our many thoughts. Nick and I both grew up with dogs and we know how important, and fun having a pet is when you are a child and we expect Xavier and Vito to just continually get closer and closer as time goes on.
    It is easy to introduce a ball to a baby. They naturally will want to play with it. However, it is just lately that Xavier has figured out how to throw and even roll a ball. Xavier loves to play ball with us. He will throw you a ball or roll you a ball and  you can play it back and forth. He actually has a pretty good arm for a little guy. This week, Xavier has realized that when he is playing with a ball Vito is very close by (in hopes Xavier will throw it). Xavier does not understand that he needs to throw it far away, but what I thought was adorable was that Xavier will roll or throw the ball to Vito. He expects Vito to roll it back. Vito actually did nudge the ball back to Xavier a couple of times. Only to realize that Xavier does not understand to throw it far away.
    I caught these pictures this week of Xavier rolling the ball to Vito. Vito just keeping the ball. Xavier gets frustrated and takes the ball and crawls away with it. Oh well, I guess we have more ball training to go before they figure out how to play ball with each other.





   I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The First Tooth




      I have known for a long time that this post was coming. However, teething can take a very long time. They say that a child is teething anywhere from 3 months to two years old. During that time, they are constantly drooling and are having aches and pains on and off. Then, you have heavy teething moments. Usually they are the two weeks of getting an actual tooth. At nine months old, Xavier finally got his two front bottom teeth in, it was around Christmas time. It took me this long to be able to get a decent picture of them, as they come in as nubs. 



    I had been hoping he was teething as the entire month of December, Xavier was miserable. Constantly whining, crying and waking up a lot at night. My happy little man was miserable. I knew it was his teeth because it would come in waves. He would be fine then just start crying. I got some frozen teething rings and would give them to Xavier during the day and he would play and stop and chew on them for a little while which really made me know that it was definitely his teeth. 
   Night time is a whole other issue. He did not have as much distracting him during the night. Even though we tried the Tylenol at night it did not seem to work well. He would wake up a lot and I would just rub his back and settle him down again until he drifted back off to sleep.  His teeth were hurting so much that he even wanted all his food and bottles cold. I still pump breast milk for Xavier, as he has weaned from nursing due to the teething and now he loves his bottles right out of the fridge, cold to help his gums. 
   After a month of teething and about two weeks of a nasty cold. I am so happy to say I have my little man back again. He is having some teething again as there are some top front ones coming in now, but he is much easier to deal with. I think the first ones were the worst. He is so happy and smiling a lot again that I almost forgot what a happy and loving baby he is. It is hard to watch your little one going through pain.  Especially when there is not much you can do to help them, except to just be there for them. Teething is definitely one of those big first struggles you will go through as a new parent. At least at the end of teething you will have a little one with a new toothy grin!
     


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: Diaper Champ


      Many new moms are always asking me what baby items are necessary when they have their first baby. I admit before I had Xavier I asked the moms I knew the exact same question. You want to be as prepared as possible without spending a fortune and some things are better to get after the baby is born. The Diaper Champ by far is one of my top five must have items for a new baby! We love our Diaper Champ. It is an amazing invention. What surprises me the most is that many new moms register for the Diaper Genie instead of the Diaper Champ. I was at a friends' house recently letting our kids play together and I had to change Xavier's diaper. She had the Diaper Genie. Wow, I never realized how glad I am that I have the Diaper Champ and now I am writing this review not only because this is a great product that I believe in but because I think too many of you have not heard of this fabulous invention!
      You are probably thinking that all diaper pails are the same. However, you are completely wrong. This Diaper Champ is so much better then the others for a few reasons. First, is the opening where you put the diaper is so much bigger then the Diaper Genie.



You may not think it is that bad to squish your newborns' poop diapers into the Diaper Genie. However, when your child is wearing size three diapers and has a big diaper (we can leave the graphics out). You do not want to have to squish up the diaper anymore then necessary to get rid of it. I simply fold it and put in Diaper Champ. You do need to make sure the sticky flaps are not out as they can get stuck but that is the same with all diaper pails and even garbage cans. Once the diaper is in the hole you move the handle to the other side and Voila! Your stinky diaper is in the pail and you did not have to squish it or smell it.





      The best part about the Diaper Champ is that is takes normal 13 gallon garbage bags. Yes, you read that correctly. REGULAR SIZE GARBAGE BAGS! You do not need special cartridges or even bags for the Diaper Champ. Of course Baby Trend does offer you their special Diaper Champ refill bags for maximum odor control. However, I am pretty sure they make a bunch of garbage bags with odor control as well if that is your problem. We bought the Diaper Champ and no more items necessary. I even have a couple of friends who use this Diaper Champ with their cloth diapers. They put them in it and wash when it is full.

                 This is my Diaper Champ the older version. You can see the garbage bag sticking out!
      This is the new Diaper Champ Deluxe which is the same size and comes with Blue or Pink trim.

   The Diaper Champ, is also now called The Diaper Champ Deluxe. I have an older version then the new one that is out now. The new Diaper Champ Deluxe comes in white with blue or pink trim. It holds around 30 used diapers and it is wipe clean with soap and water, waterproof and odor resistant. Xavier is nine months old now and our Diaper Champ has gotten a work out from him and it is still working fabulously and is definitely one of our favorite items.

Pick up a Diaper Champ Deluxe for you or for the expecting mommy you know at
Target or other retailers
www.Target.com

The Diaper Champ Deluxe by Baby Trend sells for $29.99

 Disclosure
   No products,compensation or services were given to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC guidelines.



If you would like me to do a review of your product or service feel free to send me an email at
ReneeArbia@yahoo.com



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Visit To Greenfield Lake Park



     As I said yesterday in the post about us going to the Aquarium at Fort Fisher, ( see Xavier Goes To the Aquarium ) we were determined to make the most out of the beautiful weather that we had this past weekend. Nick and I love Greenfield Lake park. If you have not been there yet you should definitely go. It is a beautiful park around a lake/swamp area. You can go canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boating on the lake. They have a playground and walking/biking trails that you can go on along the lake as well. There is an abundance of natural wildlife, many different birds, ducks, and geese, as well as alligators and turtles.



    We love Greenfield Lake park so much that Nick and I actually got married there in the fall. So it was only natural that we take Xavier to see how beautiful it is as well. We actually walked around the entire five mile stretch around the lake. We stopped to have a picnic halfway and just sit and watch the geese. I was excited because we even saw a bunch of Egrets which were fun to see their bright white against the gray and brown of the swamp. Xavier took in all the scenery like a sponge. He loves riding in his new stroller (see, Review: Graco LiteRider Stroller) and feeling the wind in his face. I loved watching him see the ducks and the birds taking off on the water. He would get very excited and squeal in delight.




   Sometimes I really believe that the simple things in life are the best. I think that is something that many new parents really learn when they have their child. When you start seeing the world through the eyes of your little one you really start understanding just how beautiful everything is and how even the simplest of things can bring such excitement. I hope that we never loose that wonderment.







Visit Greenfield Lake Park in Wilmington, NC today.
Check out the Wilmington Parks website for more information.

Wilmington Parks Website

Monday, January 14, 2013

Xavier Goes To The Aquarium




    After almost two weeks of all three of us sick. We were delighted that this past weekend was 78 degrees Saturday and Sunday and gorgeous outside. So we packed up the car and headed out for as much fun as we could fit in!
    I had been wanting to take Xavier to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Nick and I love the Aquarium and we were waiting until Xavier was old enough to really enjoy it to take him. Apparently, nine months is old enough to enjoy the Aquarium, because Xavier really did seem to love it as much as we did.
  I love the alligator part of the aquarium, but they moved a little too slow for Xavier. He was much for fascinated watching the fast and colorful fish.









   One of the best things was the giant aquarium full of lots of fish. He could stand on the floor and lean up on the tank and really watch the fish. He thought that was great. We just relaxed and spent most of the day in front of that aquarium, just pointing out fish to him and watching his reactions. It was fun watching him see all this for the first time. He would jump a little if a big fish got really close to him. However, when he realized it was coming for him he would then smile.










    If you have a little one at home I highly recommend you take them over to the aquarium for the day. You will love seeing the wonderment that is in their eyes as they see things for the very first time. We also went in the afternoon which did not have as many people as it was about two hours before closing so it was nice to have it quiet and peaceful. It was a beautiful day to look at the beach and such as well.  When you are a parent you really never get tired of introducing new things to your little one as it is always so fun to see their reaction to new things.





For more information about visiting the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, visit their website

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Children under 2 years of age are free!



     

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