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Preparing for Baby’s First Hurricane

Hurricane Sandy is headed towards the Big Apple and that means that most of the city shut down tonight at 7:00pm.  As a Florida girl, I am used to the threat of an impending hurricane. In Florida, we did what we had to do to prepare and just sat in our house waiting out the storm. Here in the city, people aren’t used to these kind of storms. Everyone gets a little bit frantic trying to be as prepared as possible. Add kids to the mix and it brings that preparedness up a notch.

I rushed around all weekend trying to get the necessities just in case we were to go without power or water for a couple of days. Last year we were faced with Hurricane Irene and got all of the batteries, flashlights, and non-perishable items I needed. I was pregnant with Avery at the time and only had to worry about the safety and well being of Harlan.

This year we have Avery. She requires a little bit more than just the average person. I am so grateful that I am still nursing her and don’t have to worry about running out of milk during the storm. I’ve stocked up on diapers, wipes, and  tried to make as much baby food as I could freeze so that she has plenty to eat and could easily thaw if we run out of power.

Thankfully we don’t live in an evacuation zone, so we are able to stay in our apartment. My husband’s office is closed for the next two days and Harlan’s preschool is closed as well. That means it’s all four of us stuck in this tiny apartment for at least tomorrow, maybe even longer. I know that I am prepared with all of the supplies that I need, but I don’t think I am prepared for a full day of activities to keep both girls busy, entertained, and free of cabin fever. Our apartment can really start to feel small when you are stuck in it for a long time.

I would love to hear your suggestions on how to keep a baby entertained inside all day long! Leave me a comment with your ideas and I will be sure to update you tomorrow on how we spend our day inside waiting out Hurricane Sandy.

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Read more from Lauren at her personal blog, A Mommy in the City, where she chronicles her life living in New York City with a suburban mentality. For more updates, follow Lauren on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram! Check out more of Lauren’s Babble posts at Being Pregnant and Baby’s First Year.

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