Today my baby is officially 20 months old !
Can you believe how time has flown by?
Above is a picture of us at her first gymnastics class.
She had a blast !
We are enrolling her in a dance/music class this week as well.
We definitely want to expose her to as much in life as possible. What ever she expresses an interest in, we will help cultivate and develop those interests.
I am struggling with the fact that my baby will be TWO years old in four months! Wow !
We just got back from a trip to Las Vegas. My mom and I flew my nephew out for his birthday. The baby had a great time shopping on the strip and eating out. We took a gondola ride which she enjoyed so much. My child loves water!
Here is a pic of my mom and the baby on the gondola. I can not wait to take her to Venice to ride one there….
Until next post…. I hope everyone is well !
My sweet girl is 19 months old today ! Where does time go?
She is as busy as ever and a ball of bubbly energy.
She is starting terrible twos already and her new favorite phrase is “no no no !”
My baby’s latest obsession is READING ! She is constantly shoving books under our noses to read to her ! We have started the Baby Can Read program and the challenge is getting her to sit for extended periods. We will continue until I get her conditioned to sitting. She had no problem sitting at preschool but at home with Mommy, it is different.
We are planning her 2nd birthday bash. The theme will be Tea for 2 ! We are taking her to London for 6 days and we will have high tea at the Ritz for her birthday. My mom, hubby, and a few of our friends are supposed to be going. I am putting the travel plans together now.
We are excited to do this with her. I decided against doing a birthday party for her annually because people always RSVP and do not show up. I would rather plan trips and make photo albums for her with all of memories to view when she is older.
This summer, we plan to take her to Costa Rica, Dubai, and hopefully can get to Tampa to Busch Gardens Africa before it gets hot.
We are looking for a lake house to purchase in Florida before Fall so that we can move there as our Winter residence because it is consistently warmer. It has been extremely cold the past few years during Fall and Winter and we have spent quite a bit of time in FL this year and fell in love with it.
Until next post….
Of course, MY child, can not take pictures with characters without drama-
Add ingredients to bread machine in the order as above. Using the DOUGH cycle, start the bread machine.
After the machine cycle has completed, punch down the dough and roll out on a floured surface into a large rectangle. Spread brown sugar mixture over the dough as close to the edge as possible. Roll dough, from longest end, into a tight log then cut into 1.5 inch slices. Place on a parchment paper lined jelly roll pan. Warm oven for a few minutes and then turn off. Place the pan, covered with a cloth, into the oven and let rise for 45-60 mins.
Remove pan from oven and preheat oven to 350. Bake rolls for 16-21 mins.
2 1/2 sticks softened butter
16oz softened cream cheese
3c powdered sugar
1T vanilla extract
Place ingredients into a stand mixer bowl and whisk together until smooth. Ice the warm rolls.
My little angel is now 17 months old. She is growing waaaay too fast ! Time slow down ! We did our annual Ruth’s Chris dinner for Valentine’s Day and of course this year, my baby decided to try to turn the place out ! She cried and fussed. The wait staff brought a portable dvd player with Finding Nemo playing on it and it distracted her until the food came. She then proceeded to eat 1/3 of our bone in filet. My daughter LOVES steak !
I hope everyone is well and that you had a great Valentine’s Day.
1. Bank of America
Bank of America
Bank of America is a winner when it comes to fertility benefits, providing unlimited services and no dollar limit on employees seeking fertility treatments. In all, around 2,500 employees, spouses or partners received coverage under the plan in 2016 alone. They were also one of the first to do so — all limits were removed from plans in 2011.
Global investment firm KKR provides employees with unlimited benefits for fertility treatments. One note: In order to be eligible for the benefit, employees must have a consultation with an infertility support provider first.
Employees are limited to $15,000 medical, and $5,000 for fertility drugs. The neat thing about Starbucks is not necessarily how large the benefit is, but how widespread it’s distributed. In fact, all employees, including those who work part-time (at least 20 hours per week) are covered under the plan. According to company spokesmen Reggie Borges, Starbucks takes a lot of pride in providing its employees with fertility benefits.
The Swedish music streaming service is known for its great benefits and its fertility coverage is no exception. The company offers unlimited coverage of IVF, as long as patients can prove medical need.
5. Bain & Company
Bain & Company
Bain & Company was called one of the best places to work by Glassdoor, and this may be why. The global management consulting firm provides unlimited IVF for females with male partners with medical necessity, reciprocal IVF for women without a male partner (When one woman undergoes treatment to create the embryos, while the other receives the embryo transfer) and donor sperm for women without a male partner, as well as coverage for egg freezing.
Coverage: 4 cycles of IVF
The social media giant provides coverage for four cycles of IVF which covers both fresh or frozen cycles. They also cover pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGS testing) to genetically test embryos prior to implantation with IVF. The benefit is open to all employees (no pre-authorization required).
7. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Coverage: 4 cycles of IVF
In January 2017, the foundation began offering employees infertility treatment coverage. The company covers four cycles, and by the end of the third quarter more than three dozen employees had already taken advantage of the benefits at an average cost of $55,600.
Coverage: 4 rounds of IVF
Starting this year, Pinterest will offer its employees four rounds of IVF with no cap on amount, meaning each cycle is covered regardless of cost. The company will also cover the cost of egg freezing, and provide $5,000 for coverage of adoption and $20,000 in net benefits for surrogacy coverage.
Coverage: 3 cycles of IVF
Cloud computing company Salesforce provides three cycles of IVF to their employees with no maximum cost limit. They also provide coverage for PGS testing. Salesforce waives pre-authorizations and makes IVF benefits available to any employee, meaning it doesn’t have to be medically necessary for employees to be eligible.
Fashion mega-company Chanel provides its employees with unlimited access to IVF if employees demonstrate a medical need. Fertility IQ also ranks Chanel as the best within its industry in terms of fertility coverage because while a number of tech companies offer unlimited coverage of IVF, Chanel is one of the only companies in the fashion industry to do so.