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1) Today I had to pick the little guy up from daycare because he had diarrhea and he threw up.  I think it may be related to the Gerber 3rd Foods he ate on Wednesday night. I say that because the last time he had diarrhea he had eaten those at least 2 nights in a row.  That was a week to 2 weeks ago.  He never threw up that time.  The diarrhea lasted about a day.  I still give him that stuff if I get home too late and I don't want him waiting a long time to eat.  Or he won't eat what I've cooked for dinner and I want him to eat something.

I was thinking the other day that he might be too old to be eating those.  He'll be 2 on the 15th.  I'm not sure why he would though. Google has failed me.  Maybe his system doesn't like those foods anymore.  I feed him those smoothies by Ella's Kitchen and couple of other brands I can't recall at the moment.  No problem there.

Has anyone else ran into this?

2) A friend invited the hubby and I on a cruise.  If we go, we'd have to decide if we want to take the little guy.  He'll be 2 1/2 yo. I read the travel:water tags and there's some good info.  I'm asking here to see if anyone has traveled with kids on the Carnival Victory Cruise.  How'd did it go?  In the past I've been told not go to Carnival because they aren't as nice as other cruise lines.  I also plan on being pregnant then.  If all goes well, I'll be about 8 months.  That probably sounds crazy yet I still want to go because it's our friend's and his wife's 30th birthday. Plus, being in the military means friends and family are often far away so we want to take this time to spend with them and other friends.  So any advice on cruising while pregnant would be great.



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Dec. 7th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Can't board the cruise past 24w.

Edited at 2012-12-07 10:32 pm (UTC)
Dec. 7th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
This. Cruises are very strict re: 24W rule.
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Dec. 8th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
The idea of cruising that late didn't make me nervous. It probably should've though if had really thought about it. Flying that late, scares me.
Dec. 8th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
A month before I was due with my second, my husband, his whole family and my daughter went on a cruise to Alaska. My SIL was early into T2, and she had a blast and ate enough to finally start showing.

I, on the other hand, had a great week hanging with my Mommy.
Dec. 8th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the idea. If he decides to go with the LO, maybe I'll take a week of and just enjoy that time with my mom if she can come. Due to distance we hardly got to spend any time together when I was pregnant.
Dec. 8th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
I didn't even think of that. Makes sense. The hubby and I will have to talk. Thanks.
Dec. 7th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)

I think they're pretty strict with this, since the doctors on board are not qualified to deal with complications or deliver babies. If you really want to go, maybe you can delay ttc for a couple months.
Dec. 8th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
I didn't even think of that. Makes sense. The hubby and I will have to talk. He's more than likely not going to be on board with waiting. We'll see. Thanks.
Dec. 7th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
We have cruised Carnival (without kids) and while I have nothing to compare it to, it was nice enough to feel like we'd done something special. Kinda like the LaQuinta of cruising is how I'd compare it to something tangible. :)
Dec. 7th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry all i can think about is the rugrats movie when didi found out about dil on a cruise! This comment isn't helpful but now i have to watch that movie. :)
Dec. 8th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
Aww i love the rugrats!
Dec. 8th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
I love Rugrats! Never saw the movie though.
Dec. 8th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
The first movie is awesome! I cru everytime :(
Dec. 7th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Regarding your first question:
A no-fever vomiting and diarrhea bug went around my daughter's pre-school this week. Kids would be acting relatively normal, then bang, vom everywhere, or an exploded diaper. She was super sick yesterday, and was feeling better enough by this afternoon to go to her school's Chanukah party, where we found out that all but one kid in her class hadn't gotten it this week (the one kid who doesn't eat table foods and so was still up in the high chair instead of at the toddler table with the rest of the crowd)(this is a young toddler room). It apparently went through the entire school, though, from infants up to pre-k, no class was spared. DD also refused to eat very much in terms of solids - she even turned down bread and only ate a single bite of latke. We still breastfeed, so that is what she has been having almost exclusively since this started yesterday morning. I think I got it, too, and the most it caused me was a mild stomach ache and loss of appetite.
So basically I wouldn't necessarily chalk it up to what he ate Wednesday; I'd chalk it up to a virus.

Regarding cruises:
The "nice" cruise lines aren't at all kid-friendly. My in-laws take us on cruises occasionally, which I appreciate, don't get me wrong, but they like Holland America. Which is great. If you're older, like to gamble, have lots of money to shop, etc. Last cruise my niece and nephew were 7 and 9, and they were bored to tears. The "kid's club" was for slightly younger kids, but talking to some parents on board, it didn't really go over well with any age group. The arcade was expensive and small. The ship-board activities were not kid-friendly (though the timing of some of the shows was better for kids because they were geared towards seniors going to be early, the content was rarely kid-appropriate) and there were whole sections of the ship from which they were banned (the nightclub, gambling floor, barrooms, etc). The excursions were generally not great for families - this was in the Caribbean, and most of the shore excursions were non-kid friendly activities like snorkeling in heavy surf or tour bus tours. My BIL and SIL ended up doing a lot of their own excursions as a result, and that can be risky (missing the boat is a big no-no). We've tried to convince them to do a Carnival cruise, or a Princess, or a Disney, but... they like Holland America.
Seems from the other comments that cruising past 6 months is not allowed, though.
Dec. 8th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Having been on several Disney cruises and a Carnival, Disney is a super-nice cruise line. They make it kid-safe and kid-oriented, but carve out space for adults and everything is thought through. Best of all, they don't nickel and dime, the way many cruise lines do.
Dec. 8th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
This. We love DCL!
Dec. 8th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
At our last daycare, if something was going around they would post a sign. Since that daycare and the current one are on the same system (military), I figure they do the same thing. I haven't seen any. I'll ask though. Usually in the room my guy was in, the sign usually went up after my kid got sick and I had called to tell them this is what he has. The last time he got sick when I called, I was told a lot of the kids had the same thing but no parent had called to say what the issue was or they would attempt to drop the kid off the next day.

After I brought him home yesterday, he was his normal self and no more vomiting. Just some diarrhea. So you may be right.

I went on DCL when I was in middle school. The last couple of cruises I was on weren't Disney and there were quite a few kids. Since I didn't have a son at the time or we left him with family, I have no idea what the kid stuff is like.

Dec. 8th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
My daycare is usually pretty good, too, but it first showed up on Wednesday and they didn't really realize they had a mini-epidemic until Friday, at which point they were just telling parents to keep their kids home.

We probably shouldn't have gone to that party, though, as she vomited again this morning, almost 48 hours exactly after she first vomited. Oh well, busy weekend now not so busy!
Dec. 8th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: #2. I went on a cruise with my family last March. I was 23 weeks pregnant (just made the cut-off for Royal Caribbean, which is 24 weeks) and my little guy was just over 2.5 (2 3/4 if you want to be exact). The trip went really well I think. He travelled well and was super happy and excited the whole time. There wasn't a lot he could do though. We cruised with Royal Caribbean, and their kids program is for 3+ plus potty trained, same goes for the pool. The only swimming he could do was if we went to a beach. We picked light excursions that both he and I could do, a scenic train ride, a bus trip to a beach, a little hike up to a waterfall, and all was good. We had a suite and had connecting rooms with my parents room, so he could nap and we could just sit in their suite or on their balcony. As for the pregnancy part, I was very ill on the boat. Not sure if it was because of being pregnant or seasick, but I was way worse than the group we were travelling with. I was dizzy and sick, despite taking presription morning sickness medicine. My feet swelled pretty good too, as I wasn't used to so much activity and warm weather. Double check the guidelines though. I couldn't be 24 weeks pregnant with Royal Caribbean, and I had to bring a doctor's note stating that I wasn't. Again, this was all with Royal Caribbean.
Dec. 9th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
I do Norweigan every other year for at least a week, I've done Holland before and didn't like them and I've never been on Carnival. However I love cruising with kids! They (Norweigan at least) has a great kids program that runs pretty much all hours of the day, but I find I use it very lightly (more so for the activities they have that kiddos want to do, but I know other parents who drop their kids off like a regular daycare and enjoy their cruise, that just isn't my style). It's great bonding time, relaxing and where else can you get ice cream at 11pm at not feel guilty? And swimming all the time!
However, I will say, being 8 months pregnant they may not allow you on. My sister went on a cruise preggos back in 2010, she was 6 months pregnant at the time and had to hide it and lie about how far along she was. I can't remember what the cut off was.
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