Day 11 Tips and Tricks: Sunshine, You are my Sunshine

by laura.johnson

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I hadn't been pregnant for more than a month when my motherly protective drive kicked into high gear.  Of course I wasn't worried about real problems like our roller coaster pregnancy, or having a baby while I was still in my 2nd trimester, I focused all of my attention on the culprit the I've spent my life dodging, Mr. Golden Sun.

After many a painful sunburns as a child, I was consumed to protecting our daughter from the dangers of the sun while still introducing her to the wonder of wind on your face, the smell of summer flowers, and showing her how happy Frisbee makes her father.  All of which require us to be outside.

Our due date (ha!) was mid June, and per recommended guidelines I wouldn't be able to apply traditional sun screen until about October, just about the time we won't need it. Time to find a creative solution!

Our answer, tech gear, like this shirt from Under Armour.  It was part of their heat gear line that was UV protectant up to 50 SPF (score) but was super light weight and breathable to keep you cool on those super hot days. 

Here we are playing disc golf for Father's Day, and by playing I mean Cody played Lydia and I enjoyed a nice walk in the park.  Sure I wish the shirt was a sweet pink and white poka dot, but I do love that the sleeves tuck in to the front carrier straps so well.  We even used the shirt at home after the sun had gone down for the night.  Even with a little AC window unit, there were nights when our apartment was way too hot to swaddle Lydia up in her cotton blankets, Under Armour to the rescue, Cody swaddled her up in her sun shirt to calm her down for the night.

Best of all next year when Lydia can graduate to real sun screen, Cody gets a new shirt to play Frisbee in!  Win for everyone!

If you missed the start of our 31 Days of Tips and Tricks you can find all the posts here.

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