#AmericanAirlinesFAIL at Family Friendly Traveling

I’ve used this blog as a platform for sharing my family ups and downs, giveaways, updates on pregnancies, freebies, and now I’m sharing about my recent travel experience. George (@mrpreggers) and I recently hauled the family across the country all the way to CALIFORNIA for some family fun and my Take Shape For Life convention. Our weeklong vacation was awesome! Hands down it was amazing to take our babes to some seriously awesome places and create memories that hopefully Ab will remember and poor Jack will live through via pictures. But I’m going to have to share these experiences with you in a different post, this post is reserved for the epic fail that is American Airlines.

We started our travels at Dayton International Airport via American Airlines and it was GREAT! We brought our checked bags, one each per paid ticket which was Ab, George and myself, and we had our carry-ons, our stroller that holds both babes and both carseats. YES that is a lot but from my research it was all okay to bring with us. I was concerned with our stroller only because I have only traveled Southwest Airlines with Abbey and never been on this airline before so my first question at the ticket counter was, do I need to check the stroller or can it be checked at the gate. The lady at the ticket counter was so nice and assured us that it was okay for the stroller to be checked at the gate, FABULOUS! So our trek across the country via plane started in Dayton with a slight layover in Dallas then our final arrival at LAX.

Fast forward a week and a day and we are checking in at LAX this morning at 8:00am – what a disaster! We still had all the same stuff and started checking it all in at the ticket counter with no help and the ticket agent noticed our stress and requested a younger man to help with our bags, she was our saving grace in the morning but then it all went downhill from there.

Once we left the ticket agent and headed up the elevator (that the ticket agent pointed out for us because of our stroller) and started for TSA, we were stopped by an American Airline employee. Stopped because our stroller was too big to be gate checked. WHAT?!?! No problem, I stayed calm because this was clearly a mistake as we traveled from Dayton to LAX with said stroller with no problems. A supervisor was called over to help us and at this point I’m sweating bullets that we are going to be late for our flight, we hadn’t even gone through TSA yet on a busy Sunday morning at the LAX airport. The supervisor comes over and I’m basically doing a demonstration on how amazing our stroller is and she was not impressed. She had me take off some of the “parts” which were Jack’s Chicco car seat and the adapter for our City Select Stroller then head back downstairs to weigh my stroller. We went downstairs, weighed the stroller and it was over the “24lb” weight limit that was news to me as a weight limit for gate checked strollers.

The supervisor was super helpful despite my fear/panicked/sobbing attitude. All I kept thinking about was, “how are we going to get through some of the busiest airports, LAX and Chicago, without our stroller?” We had our carry-ons and diaper bag and really how do you carry a 3 month old infant and keep track of a very busy toddler while man-handling all the bags with diapers, extra clothes, snacks, games, etc?

The supervisor called over a new ticket agent to check our stroller – ARGH – and I said that if that was the case then the car seat and adapter for the stroller needed to be checked too (how are we going to carry those along with all the other stuff I listed and the two kiddos?) and that’s when the attitude started….the ticket agent was laying in on me about how I shouldn’t have brought such a heavy stroller, WHAT?!?!

As a reminder, we made it through Dayton to Dallas to LAX with this same stroller and stuff with ease, how could we not make it back?

Hands tied, we had to check our stroller…

I took the opportunity to share this experience via Twitter, what else would I do? @AmericanAir was extremely responsive but not too helpful.

Three airplanes later we arrived in Dayton tonight around 7:45pm and headed to baggage claim to pick up all of our stuff. Great news, it was all there! BAD NEWS, our stroller was BROKE! Yes, BROKE!

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Hmmmm….bad attitude ticket agent (second one) at LAX about our stroller and now it is broke….coincidence?

So in Dayton I had to track down an American Airline employee to get help on the broke stroller and to see what could be done. We met Amy and she was so sweet and so helpful but poor Amy couldn’t help us much. She was empathetic and really was upset that LAX made us check our stroller and didn’t understand, Amy was also upset that our stroller was broke and suggested that we surrender to the damage claims which meant losing our stroller for a week while it was either being fixed or replaced via insurance. We were okay with this option and waited for Amy to write up the paperwork.

BUT then Amy came back to us with more bad news, she had to call her supervisor, Alan, to help her with the paperwork and he said that per policy strollers were NOT covered under the damage claims and that he would be out to talk to us. So we waited and waited and waited. In the meantime I had George getting the car so we could load up and go to get the kids home at a somewhat decent time. When Alan came out to talk to me he had the policy paperwork all printed out and highlighted the section that spelled out how strollers were not covered. I explained how LAX forced me, they FORCED ME to check the stroller and then broke it and how was that not covered but Alan was just referring back to the policy. I asked him if he as a person, not an employee, thought it was fair for a family to travel from Dayton to LAX without checking the stroller then being forced to check it from LAX back to Dayton and then it was broke. He thought it was, and that’s when I knew that he wouldn’t be that helpful. I asked for someone else to help me and he suggested his manager Rodney and that’s where this story pauses for now. I have already left Rodney a message and expect to get a phone call from him by tomorrow and I can’t wait to hear his answer when I ask the question:

How will you help me brag about you and your company?

Because right now, it’s not great what I’m posting to Twitter/Facebook/Blog and I ask all of you to help me! Please retweet my posts on www.Twitter.com/JesyHerron and please share my story. I don’t think it’s fair that I was forced to check our stroller and then it was broke by American Airlines and they won’t do a thing for me. They want me to work with baggage services but I was told that their policy is policy. Does that seem fair? This is a $500 stroller and it needs to be replaced!!! We would love your help!! Love you all!!

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Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure {Giveaway}

Do you have a Princess Sofia or Jake and The Neverland Pirates fan in your household? If so, you will WANT to keep reading to see how you can win a family four pack of tickets for your family to see Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday, July 26th either at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm.

A little about Disney Junior:
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the day part in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. The magic continues in 2013, with the block currently home to the Top 3 cable TV series in Kids 2-5 and Top 4 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. Disney Junior channels in Japan, India and Disney Junior Portugal launched in fall 2012, bringing the total number of channels to 33 worldwide.

Here are a few coloring sheets to get your kiddos excited and ready for the SHOW!!!

Jake Coloring Sheet

Sofia Coloring Sheet

What You’ll Expect From the Show: Audiences will then embark on a journey to the magical world of Enchancia, where Sofia, her step-siblings Amber and James, and the entire kingdom are preparing for the annual friendship festival. Sofia has the honor of delivering the perfect gift to her royal subjects at the celebration, and the one-and-only Cinderella visits the castle to help Sofia in her mission to find the right present. The excitement continues when families cast away to Never Land where Jake and his Yo Ho pirate friends, Izzy and Cubby, are in a race against time to locate a mysterious treasure-filled volcano. Danger, thrills and adventure lurk around every turn when our swashbuckling friends battle Captain Hook for the ultimate prize. Peter Pan makes a special appearance, aiding the team in their heroic quest, and with the help of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Jake and his crew fly above the stage in their journey.

Show Details: 

To find out more about Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate &Princess Adventure and to purchase tickets, visit disneyjuniorlive.com, or visit us on Facebook at Disney Live! and follow us on Twitter @DisneyLive! For more information about Disney Live!, members of the media should visit http://www.feldentertainment.com.

CINCINNATI – U.S. Bank Arena: 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Date and Time of Performance: Sat 7/26/2014 (1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm)

Tickets start at: $20.00

To order tickets by phone: (513) 421-4111

Online: http://www.ticketmaster.com

Giveaway Details

The Herron Nest will be at the 4pm show and we’d love for you to join us, Here’s how:

Win­ner will receive a pack of four (4) tickets for a performance on July 26th, for either the 1 PM, 4 PM or 7PM show at US Bank Arena in Cincin­nati.  Manda­tory entry is to answer this ques­tion: What character is Captain Hook most afraid of? Share your answer in the comments section!

For a few extra entries you can do any of the fol­low­ing (please leave a sep­a­rate com­ment for each):
  1. Sign up for my newsletter (or let me know that you are already subscribed)
  2. Check out and “like” Disney Live! on Face­book.
  3. Tweet about this give­away, includ­ing: @JesyHerron and @DisneyLive!

That gives you four ways to enter.  You must be 18 and a res­i­dent of the Greater Cincin­nati area in order to qual­ify to win.  Win­ner will be drawn on WEDNESDAY July 16th (yes, it is QUICK) at 7 PM using Random.org and will be noti­fied via email. The win­ner will have 24 hours to respond or a new win­ner will be drawn. Tick­ets will be made avail­able at Will Call at the US Bank box office by Noon the day of your event.  Photo ID required in order to claim your tickets.

Dis­clo­sure: I am a Feld Fam­ily Ambas­sador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attend­ing shows and report­ing my opin­ion within this blog, as well as keep­ing you advised of the lat­est dis­count offers, Feld Enter­tain­ment has pro­vided me with com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to Feld shows and oppor­tu­ni­ties to attend pri­vate Feld pre-Show events.

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Super Stars in the Making

The ladies of this Herron household are never shy around the camera and this time there is an informative video to prove it. Abbey and I were stars in the latest video produced by US Digital Partners for Pampers Kandoo to help introduce the Kandoo Potty Training Guide and Tools.

Timing is PERFECT! George and I are ready to introduce potty training to Abbey and we think the Potty Training Toolkit that Kandoo offers is the right tool and system for us and our family. We’d love for Abbey to be walking into preschool this fall wearing her big-girl-underwear versus packing the diapers and wipes. Not too mention that we are already using diapers for Jack so one less would save us a lot of money.

Check out the video to hear my advice on potty training and check out the cuteness of Abbey, as she is really the star!

Don’t forget to checkout the free tools with your very own free potty training guide, bathroom chart, door hanger and certificate provided here: http://www.kandookids.com/kandoo-potty-training-toolkit/

Full-Time Working Momma or Bust

One series of questions I get on a more than regular basis since having Jack are the following:

One of our many adventures from this past weekend.

One of our many adventures from this past weekend.

- Have you gone back to work?

YES

- Wow, already, how’s that been? 

The answer to the second question is the one I say with a smirky smile and sort of feel guilty when I say it. My answer goes a little like this: I AM back to work and I’m loving it! 

Which is typically followed up with…..

- Do you miss them?

um, DUH! 

So why do I feel guilty for going back to work? I shouldn’t feel guilty for loving what I do, I should feel blessed, grateful, successful, ect. but instead I feel deep-down that my answer should be something like this: Ugh, yeah I’m back to work but I wish I had 4 more weeks with my babies. The truth is really that I DO love my babies and I DO miss them while at work but I feel like my calling is to be a full-time working momma, not a stay at home one. I give mad props to the ladies and gents who stay home with their kiddos and I give mad props to the grandma and grandpa’s and the babysitters who love my kids while I’m out fulfilling my purpose as a human being – working in corporate ‘murica.

But look at how much fun she is having!! #worthit

But look at how much fun she is having!! #worthit

There are some serious downsides to working full-time, I seriously run my family bonkers on the weekends. It’s like I’m trying to make up for the time lost during the week but jam-packing every fun thing I can think of into two days. Especially during the summer, that is when I’m a family event planner extraordinaire, or at least I think I am. We are at the zoo in the morning, pool in the afternoon, swing set outside while grilling out in the evening followed up with a movie kind of family. And that is a LOW-KEY day!

Please tell me I’m not abnormal – please tell me that there are other full-time working momma’s out there that are feeling the same way, pretty please :-)

Had to add one of Jack too, he's just so damn cute and such a good sport about his momma's crazy antics!

Had to add one of Jack too, he’s just so damn cute and such a good sport about his momma’s crazy antics!

My Squishy, Snuggly Babies Look Alike

When you have a baby one of the most hilarious games that friends and family instantly play is “who does baby look like” game. The comparisons with Abbey were to my baby picture, George’s baby picture, my adult self, his adult self, and other family members as well. But when Jack was born there was no doubt in my mind that he looked like a “skinnier” version of his big sister, Abbey. I will agree that Jack resembles others as well like his Grandpa Herron and his baby picture, his Uncle CJ and his baby picture but there is no doubt when you look at the comparison below that my squishy, snuggly babies look damn near identical.

Guess Which Baby Herron

Abbey is on the left at almost 3 months old and Jack is on the right at 2.5 months old! The similarities in them are endless and lucky us they are both so damn cute!

 

Time Flies With Two {Abbey is 2.5 years old & Jack is 2 months old}

I was just looking at my last blog post, woah! There has been so much change in my life since mid-March that I almost feel like a completely different person. Too much to tell you about so I’ll have to give the highlights:

Jack Edward HerronMarch 25th – gave birth to one adorable baby boy, Jack Edward Herron at 8:04am thanks to the amazing Dr. Caligaris. Jack weighed 7lbs 7 oz and was 19-3/4″ long. Big sister Abbey was a bit nervous about seeing mommy in a hospital bed but was a big help right from the start. Jack and I stayed in the hospital from Tuesday morning (5:30am yuck) till about 10am the following Friday. Jack left the hospital a bit smaller than when he was born but all the nurses and doctor felt that he was doing fine because he was nursing so often and having many dirty diapers… MANY!

We were thankful for the visitors and sooooo many people loving on both my babes while we were in the hospital. So thankful for all the help that we received, it would not have been such a smooth and enjoyable experience if it wasn’t for all of our friends and family.

April 7th – we closed on Willfleet and sold our house officially then a few hours later we closed on Keehner Ridge and bought the house of our dreams. THEN one hour after that we started on the many projects that needed to be done before we could move in.

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Top left – Leaving Willfleet, Top Right – Keehner Ridge, Bottom – Construction!

Believe it or not, we were moving in and actually were able to sleep there only three weeks after the construction started. The team of help was amazing and 100% overworked. George, Mom, Dad, Scrooge, Kathy, Big Guy, Sandy, Bill, Mrs. B, Paul, Rick, Grandpa O., Uncle Tom and Aunt Teresa are all amazing angels! Can’t wait to have them all over for steak dinners one night (when we are more settled in).

Then there was Abbey, Jack and me living at Scrooge’s house – George basically just slept there – while recovering from the c-section. Sprinkle in Easter, more construction at the house, and then move-in weekend.

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Jack one monthApril 25th – Jack is one month old and weighing in at a whomping 11lbs 4oz (77%) and measuring 21.25″ (25%). So basically our baby boy is short and very stout, haha. I was ecstatic for the weight gain especially since he was only 7lbs 4oz at his first check up which was only 6 days from birth.  I remember Abbey being on the opposite spectrum at this check up. She was longer at this point and was more in the 75th percentile for her height and about the same for her weight. Abbey’s chunk was more distributed and Jack is just very round in the face and belly, poor baby has some serious chicken legs like his daddy. He just felt like a different baby than Abbey but I still very much see many similarities in their face. Many of the same expressions and of course they both love mommy’s boobs, haha!

Between Jack’s one-month appointment and two-month appointment there were many awesome things going on all at once. More painting and construction at Keehner Ridge including Abbey’s new swing set for the backyard, hosting our first family party – Mother’s Day, finishing Abbey and Jack’s play room, and just getting more and more settled in to the new house. We were able to have some fun with a stop to the zoo one day and a stop to the Butterfly exhibit at the Krohn’s Conservatory with Aunt Sue and Beth. We seriously picked a perfect day for the Butterfly show so we decided to hit up Washington Park and toured OTR for Aunt Sue.

Work has been really busy, which is a great thing, so I headed back a bit early to get on top of some projects that were calling my name. It was much easier leaving Jack than it was with Abbey but I sure do miss them both when I’m gone. Abbey has really enjoyed her time with me and I have been so blessed to see her grow in this fun age.Ab 2.5 years old

Just this past weekend we were at Fox Run and it was so fun to watch Abbey run around and dance and play with all the big kids. She is certainly a big personality and demands quite the attention when she is in a big group, not exactly sure where she gets this, haha! We spent my birthday and Memorial Day weekend in Brookville and we seriously could not have had a better weekend. The sun and fresh air was a perfect get away.

Whew, I think that just about catches up to speed!

May 22 – Abbey is 2.5 years old, we don’t celebrate 1/2 birthdays but we did just recently watch Alice In Wonderland so we did some “un-birthday” celebrating instead! We were able to weigh Ab while we took Jack in for his two-month check up and she is 29.75 lbs. No measurement on her height but she seems more big-kid looking to me these days versus toddler so I’m sure she has grown!

May 25 – Jack is two-months old and growing like weed! I should count his rolls next time he is in the bath tub as I clean in and around each one….the boy is huge! Jack now weighs 14lbs 9oz (91%) and measures 24 inches (88%) and I’m crossing my fingers that he also finds his daddy’s height versus being challenged like his momma. Jack is really starting to develop a personality with lots of cooing, smiling and even a small chuckle. He is entertained and not phased with Abbey all at once and really recognizes when I speak to him. Of course he does, he is damn near 15 lbs so he really knows who I am!

Jack 2 months

As a comparison to Abbey at 2 months old – she was only 13lbs 2oz and 23 inches long, can you believe she was smaller? I just remember thinking how huge she was when she was a baby so this little boy is really looking like a bruiser compared to Ab. Here is Abbey’s 2 month post for just a little trip down memory lane.

Thanks for bearing through 2 months of posts with me, I hope to stay on top of these in the future with updates for both Ab and Jack but as most of you know it is straight up redonk around here so no pinky promises!

Circus Review via Guest blogger: Jami White

When you commit to events at 37 weeks pregnant there is sure to be a few that just don’t work out, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ circus happened to be one. Lucky for me, I have a fantastic family who is always willing to jump in and help a sista out when she needs it the most (oh and the free tix were the bonus). Guest blogger, Jami White, was able to attend for me with my nephew, Bubby or Mason and my brother, Matt. Despite the fact that poor Bubby was puking in the middle of the night, they were one family that was not going to miss the chance to see elephants, tigers and clowns – OH MY!

Check out the wonderful pictures captured by Jami:

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{Prego with Jack} 37 Weeks, Full Term & Almost There!

Where has the time gone? Many people have said to me that my pregnancy has gone fast for them but honestly it has gone fast for me too. As many of you know, I love being pregnant, I honestly, truly, cross my heart, DO! Some women think I’m crazy (a-duh) but I find the whole thing to be so miraculous and fun all at the same time. Buuuuuuuuuut, this time I’m starting my 37th week with a sinus infection and now I’m beginning to feel all miserable. I’m still trying to keep the whole “silver-lining” mentality as I am truly blessed with a healthy pregnancy and easy 9 months, not many can say the same thing. Here is my 37th week update and some cute pictures with Abbey of course! {UPDATE – sinus infection was gone after 2 days and I’m back to my happy prego self}

37 Weeks Pregnant

{How far along?} 37 Weeks and 4 days, just 1.5 weeks and some hours until delivery!

{Total weight gain} No comment, haha!

{How big is baby?} When Abbey was 37 weeks she was already “measuring” around 7 lbs, my ultrasound with Jack was Monday and HE is also measuring at 7 pounds right now and has CHUBBY cheeks!! Dr. Caligaris asked me to clarify which cheeks were chubby when I was giving him the update about the ultrasound, love that man and his sense of humor.

{Maternity clothes?} YES, and I’m wearing the same thing over and over and over again. I’m considering coming to work with my super comfy yoga pants at this point. Sorry USDP!

Doctor Abbey

{Sleep?} I’m starting to toss and turn but for the most part I’m still getting really good sleep. Had a massage and pedicure last weekend and I think I was snoring during the massage, I just LOVE how they stack all the pillows and now I need like 6 pillows in my own bed.

{Best moment this week?} OH wow, so many fun things have happened this past week. Abbey came to my last doctor appointment and was super cute pretending to be the doctor listening to my heartbeat with nurse Amy (who we love). Ab was also alllllll over the pictures of all the cute babies at the doctor office and it was “Aww cooooot” “BABIES!!!” the whole time.

Another fun moment was seeing Jack again at the last ultrasound – seeing his chubby cheeks was so cute. It scared me a bit that the tech said she couldn’t find his “wee-wee” at first but whew, it was found, haha.

{Movement?} Jack moves around so much! I was in a company meeting and all of a sudden my belly just went bananas. Some of the guys suggested that there was an alien in there but I absolutely love how active he is and how much he kicks and moves. During the ultrasound I was informed that Jack was head down and curled up like a ball but he stretched out and his foot was in my left side, ahhhhh so excited to meet my sweet boy!

{Food cravings?} I recently made George go get a DQ oreo blizzard – PERIOD!

{Labor signs?} None!

Best Sis Ever

{Heart Burn} None!

{Belly button in or out?} Still in, I really am surprised by this. I would have thought by now that bad boy would have popped out.

{What I miss} Watching all the runners get ready for the Flying Pig has given me a big itch to want to run. Yea, that’s not happening but I would still want to. Maybe next year :-)

{What I’m looking forward to} DELIVERY day and meeting my baby boy!

{Milestone} I am keeping up at work, I’m in the midst of packing up our house and we bought the house of dreams where we will raise our family. The next chapter of The Herron Nest is about to begin. So many transitions for the family but I’m excited for it all!

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{Giveaway} Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ – WINNER is Travis!

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Abbey and Papa at the 2013 Circus at U.S. Bank Arena

The weather is heating up in Cincinnati and so are the fun-filled-family-friendly events. What I’m trying to say is that the CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN! Last year we took Ab to her first show and she was literally bright-eyed and full of squeals with all the excitement. I will be 9 months pregnant this time but too excited to see her reaction again to miss the Greatest Show On Earth!

Excited to take your kids to the greatest show on Earth?!?

“Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley ® Presents Built To Amaze!, the 143rd edi­tion of the Great­est Show On Earth. Sur­prise and won­der delights audi­ences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momen­tum builds so does the antic­i­pa­tion, any­thing can hap­pen when Rin­gling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!

Cir­cus per­form­ers from across the globe cre­ate the per­fect blend of ath­leti­cism and brav­ery, where power meets fear­less­ness and amaze­ment has no bounds.  Magnificent ele­phants, fero­cious tigers, aston­ish­ing acro­bats and awe-inspiring aeri­al­ists are engi­neered into one spec­tac­u­lar performance.

Cel­e­brate the tra­di­tion TODAY and expe­ri­ence it’s mod­ern flare of twists and turns where excite­ment and sus­pense are so intense you’ll be tempted to cover your eyes.

From the blue­prints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the ham­mer to the high wire, wit­ness the spec­ta­cle as we mea­sure out the per­fect mix of mar­vel and majesty in an imag­i­na­tion equa­tion where the impos­si­ble comes to life. Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley®Presents Built To Amaze!

Details on the show: 

Where? US Bank Arena

When? March 12 7:00pm; March 13 7:00 pm; March 14 7:00 pm; March 15 11:00 am, 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm; March 16 11 am, 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm.

Open­ing Night tick­ets are just $12 - No code needed! Fam­ily 4-pack offer $99 includes 4 tick­ets, pop­corn, marsh­mal­low pops and lemon­ades. Get your tick­ets here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/180631/1788389.

Feld Family Entertainment

Win your Family 4-Pack of passes here:

Win­ner will receive a Fam­ily 4-Pack of passes to the Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley Cir­cus open­ing night on March 12, 7 PM at US Bank Arena in Cincin­nati.  Manda­tory entry is to answer this ques­tion? What’s you’re favorite act in the circus? Would it be the lions and tigers? How about the clowns? Tight rope walkers are pretty fun too! Share your favorite in the comments section!

For a few extra entries you can do any of the fol­low­ing (please leave a sep­a­rate com­ment for each):
  1. Sign up for my newsletter.
  2. Check out and “like” Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley Circus on Face­book.
  3. Tweet about this give­away, includ­ing: @JesyHerron and @RinglingBors Built to Amaze!

That gives you four ways to enter.  You must be 18 and a res­i­dent of the Greater Cincin­nati area in order to qual­ify to win.  Win­ner will be drawn on  Feb­ru­ary 27 at 7 PM using Random.org and will be noti­fied via email. The win­ner will have 24 hours to respond or a new win­ner will be drawn. Tick­ets will be made avail­able at Will Call at the US Bank box office by Noon the day of your event.  Photo ID required in order to claim your tickets.

Here’s other blogs also host­ing giveaways:

http://www.littleworldafterall.com/2014/02/11/ringling-bros-and-barnum-baileys-built-to-amaze-at-us-bank-arena-giveaway/

http://www.inagalaxy.com/2014/02/10/ringling-bros-and-barnum-bailey-presents-built-to-amaze-at-us-bank-arena-giveaway/

http://imlivingthegoodlifeblog.com/2014/02/11/circus-giveaway/

http://www.familyfriendlycincinnati.com/2014/02/10/ringling-bros-barnum-bailey-circus-presents-built-amaze-giveaway/

http://www.thelittlethingsjournal.com/2014/02/11/ringling-brothers-and-barnum-baileys-built-to-amaze/

Dis­clo­sure: I am a Feld Fam­ily Ambas­sador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attend­ing shows and report­ing my opin­ion within this blog, as well as keep­ing you advised of the lat­est dis­count offers, Feld Enter­tain­ment has pro­vided me with com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to Feld shows and oppor­tu­ni­ties to attend pri­vate Feld pre-Show events.

Party of Three

{Prego with Jack} 32 Weeks, There’s the Panic Button Again!

I just got done reading my 32 Week post when I was pregnant with Abbey and I was clearly in a panic mode. I want to say that it is different this time around but no, it is the same! Here I am at 32 weeks pregnant with Jack and we have decided to re-list our house, who does that? Um, yea, that would be me! I haven’t felt the same “nesting” symptoms like I did with Abbey, ahem gutting our only bathroom, instead I have been into organizing and re-organizing clothes for Jack that I have received from family/friends (thank you) into various tubs. Pulling out the Newborn and 0-3 month sizes only so that our house isn’t in a state of madness for the days we have showings. I’m trying to only think positive vibes for our house to sell quickly so that maybe, JUST MAYBE, we can be in a new house right around the arrival of Jack Edward Herron.

{How far along?} 32 Weeks

Ab joined me for my 32 Week picture{Total weight gain} I am feeling defeated in this category right now. I did soooo great about watching what I ate, making sure I wasn’t gaining too much and I feel like the wheels have literally flung off the train recently. George has been so sweet in this department. He tells me I’m “cute pregnant” and reminds me when I say I’m fat that I’m not and that I’m pregnant. I’m trying to not stress about my weight gain and to just enjoy these last few months of pregnancy knowing that I have the tools to get this weight back off!

{How big is baby?} According to the interwebs, Jack should be almost 4 pounds and Dr. Caligaris said that my belly was measuring perfect this time around. With Ab I was measuring two weeks later and just all-around much bigger. I’m wondering how big Jack will be at birth!

{Maternity clothes?} YES! I just requested ordered a few things off OldNavy.com with my rewards to help get me through these last 2 months. It is sooooo cold and I’m just wearing the same things over and over and over.

{Sleep?} Do I really have to sleep on my left side ALL. THE. TIME? I swear, I’m getting ear cramps on my left ear. I tell this to George and he thinks I’m friggin bonkers but it is true! I’ll wake up and my ear has the worst cramp.

{Best moment this week?} There are so many great moments while being pregnant with Jack. Abbey is a huge contributor to these moments because she is so interested and interactive with him/my belly. Another fun moment was my awesome company and co-workers throwing George, Abbey, Jack and I a baby shower. Could they seriously get any better?

{Movement?} OH yes!

{Food cravings?} Nothing really to report here except for the best adult grilled cheese and tomato soup combo ever! Thank you Panera! The worst about this craving (besides the fact that it is terrible for you) is that George absolutely HATES Panera, talk about a conundrum.

{Labor signs?} Occasional braxton hicks, I think?

{Heart Burn} You know, this was actually a big problem a few weeks ago but right now I’m sitting pretty in this department. Who am I kidding anyways, my Abbey girl was damn near bald until she was 18 months old. Know chance that Jack has that much hair when he is born.

{Belly button in or out?} In….barely! Each week I’m losing my “innie” belly button. (That was my update with Abbey and it is true with Jack) Ab loving Jack

{What I miss} Warm weather but that has nothing to do with my pregnancy. I just hope in April that I’ll be taking walks with my two babies in some nice spring weather.

{What I’m looking forward to} Just like with my pregnancy with Abbey, I’m excited to see Jack for our 36 week ultrasound. Just a few more weeks!

{Milestone} Not sure if these are milestones or just flat out dumb things to do while I’m hugely prego but we will be taking Abbey to DisneyLive in February, George is taking me to Wicked in early March and we are taking Abbey to the circus in mid-March. OH my lawd! I should get a shirt that says, “WIDE LOAD” or “PEES A LOT” because I’m sure I’ll be up a lot during these performances. But that is one thing I have learned with being pregnant with a toddler at home, life does NOT stop!

Here is my “comparison” picture of being pregnant with Abbey at 32 weeks and being pregnant with Jack at 32 weeks. These pictures never cease to amaze me and it just reinforces my thankfulness of getting healthy (the healthiest I’ve been in a loooooong time) before the start of my pregnancy. No wonder Dr. Caligaris kept saying I measured farther along with Abbey and I’m measuring on-time, on-schedule with Jack. My belly with Ab was HUGE (and so were my boobs, WOWZA!

32 Weeks Prego Comparison