This vlog is a bit late, about … 6 months late. I wasn’t going to post it originally because as you will see, my race weekend didn’t go as planned. I had a change of heart when I was browsing through some old footage recently and realized that even though I didn’t get the weekend I had planned, I still had a great weekend celebrating with my family.
Here it is, plain and simple…
Can you do Disney with an infant? Definitely.
Should you do Disney with an infant? Probably not.
This past weekend, we took our two month old on a quick trip to Disney World. We were staying at a beach apartment for a week and because we were only an hour and a half away, we thought it would be fun. Please keep in mind that this trip was only a one day, one park trip and we didn’t pack anything the we would need for an overnight stay at a hotel.
We planned an easy day at Epcot. No major rides, no real schedule to follow, just a “go with the flow” kind of day. Luckily the weather was amazing; cloudy and breezy the entire time we were there. We also planned for a late lunch/early dinner as soon as we fed the baby so that she would sleep while we ate.
What we packed:
- Change of clothes
- Formula & bottles
- Hand sanitizer
- Baby carrier
Having no schedule made everything 100 times easier. We only went on two rides with the baby: Gran Fiesta Tour and The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Both of these rides were baby friendly but after two attempts of going on with a calm baby and exiting with a fussy baby, we decided to end it there.
(Living with the Land & Spaceship Earth would have been good rides to consider too)
During dinner, our hopes of a full and sleepy baby were completed crushed. We both took turns stepping out to calm the baby so that we wouldn’t disturb others. Once the food was ready, I went outside with the baby while Eman ate and then we swapped.
Simply put; yes it can be done, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s a lot of work and you won’t be able to enjoy much. Disney is expensive, even if you have annual passes. There’s the price of gas/flights, hotel, food, etc.
If you plan on going anyway, here’s a few tips:
- Pay attention to the weather and plan accordingly
- A baby carrier will be your best friend
- Bring a change of clothes for you & baby
- BE FLEXIBLE
See ya’ real soon!
*Check out StorybookErin ! She gave me a lot of tips before my trip & was extremely helpful*
So here it is, one month postpartum and my life is almost unrecognizable… in the best way possible. My daughter was born on Jan 31, 2018 at 2:08 pm after a long 14 hours in labor. Everything went smoothly and we stayed the following two days at the hospital.
The first two weeks were exhausting to say the least. Emma would spend all night screaming and all day sleeping. Luckily, somewhere around week 3, her routine started to shift. We now have something that somewhat resembles a schedule and she’s sleeping somewhere around 5 hours a night.
Sleep deprivation was basically all I thought about the first two weeks. I know everyone tells you to sleep whenever the baby is sleeping, but I just couldn’t. My mom came by to help one day and it was the first time I got more than an hour of sleep.
PS: So far I haven’t really dealt with postpartum depression. I did have days where I would cry for absolutely no reason but I believe that was more of a hormonal thing.
Breastfeeding is something I knew I wanted to do even before I got pregnant. From the moment I got to the hospital, I made it known that I planned to exclusively breastfeed. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a lot harder than expected.
After my daughter was born, she latched on right away and I was able to breastfeed for a while. About two hours later, the nurse came in and reminded me to try again. My daughter would latch, but wouldn’t stay on longer than 5 minutes. Sometime later, my nurse started to get concerned about my daughters blood sugar levels because we were going on 4 hours without feeding. Because I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy (diet controlled), the doctor was concerned it would affect the baby. Long story short, I ended up supplementing with formula.
Its been a month now and she is mostly on formula, with a couple OZ of breastmilk here and there. I have had a hard time producing milk but I rather get whatever she can. Breastfeeding has been a challenge but I don’t plan on giving up just yet.
Even though I’ve had plenty of experience with children, nothing can truly prepare you for being a mom. Its been hard and testing but it has also been the best month of my life. I cant wait to see what’s to come…
See Ya Soon’
So here we are, first day of 2018. Last year was a whole lot of everything; good, bad and just overall confusing but this year feels like its going to be different. Obviously there are big changes coming along seeing as I am pregnant and due in early February but I have a feeling thats only the beginning.
This blog is a project I’ve been wanting to start for a while but never got around to doing. With a baby coming along I figured now is as good a time as any to start it. I don’t have anything monumental planned for this blog and I’m not really sure where its headed but if nothing else comes of it, at least it’ll serve me as some kind of memory keeper.
To anyone reading this, I wish you all the best possible year to come! If there is anything in particular you would like to for me to share about just comment below and I’ll do my best to post on those topics.
Goals for 2018
- Have a healthy baby girl
- Finally Graduate
- Register and train for runDisney’s Dopey 2019
- Work on my overall health
- Post on my blog regularly