I can’t believe it. You are almost here. Only a few weeks stand between now and the day I finally get to hold you. Touch you. Love on you. Kiss you. Feed you. Swaddle you. Stare at you. I’ve been looking forward to it for so, so long – and now its almost here.
You’ve saved me, buddy. I know the power a rainbow baby holds and the healing they can do for a mama’s heart. Already you’ve eased so much in me and I can only imagine the peace you’ll bring when you are physically in my arms. Oh, I can’t wait.
I can’t wait for you to meet your big brothers and big sister. They have been so eager to meet you. They’ve daydreamed about you for so long. They’re so ready. They can’t wait to be the very best helpers with you. They can’t wait to hold you and smother you (hopefully semi-gently, at least) with all of their big, big love.
Keep on growing sweet little boy. Keep on wiggling. Hey, if you feel like it go ahead and go head down unless being breach is what truly brings you joy 😉 I hope you’re just as excited to meet us as we are to meet you!!
How about a little Friday Favorites? But first, I want to know what an item is in your kitchen that you’re obsessed with! Tell me about it!
Have you heard of Geometry House? They’re all they’re hyped up to be. Promise. My kitchen towel drawer is filled with their goodness (and subsequently one of my favorite little spots in my kitchen) and its my dream come true.
Their tea towels are our very favorite go-to hand towels. They’re so absorbent, dry things way faster than any other towel we’ve used and the designs on them are the CUTEST. Like seriously.
Their rags are equally as amazing. They get the job done. They’re all I use around the kitchen anymore and the designs are just as adorable.
Lastly, their reusable paper towels work, save me money on buying actual paper towel, are good for the environment and, you guessed it, are STINKIN’ cute!!
I feel like once you hit week thirty of pregnancy, you’re on the final countdown. Right? So that means that for a couple of weeks now I’ve just slowly been checking off days getting me closer and closer to little brothers due date. Its exciting! Time is moving fast and slow, but all kind of at the perfect speed. School will have started by the time he arrives (likely) and I’m not mentally ready for that, so I’m ok with these summer days dragging on, honestly. However the stretching belly pain, hip throbbing, achey back, nausea, sciatic fun and heartburn are also causing me to wish that time flew. Its a mix – but I’m ok with it all for the most part.
I’m doing pretty well. Still sick, but the longer it lasts, the more you’re used to it. Gestational Diabetes has been a ton more manageable this time around and I’ve learned so much more about how to handle it, listen to my body and understand the foods I’m eating. My stomach is really sore and I feel like way more often than I’d like to, I need to lay down just to take the load off. That, or go hop in the pool to feel weightless for a while, and thankfully my kids are always happy to get in with me (hallelujah).
The excitement is definitely growing. I’m imagining him in more detail now. I feel like I’m getting to learn more about his personality lately through his movements. He responds to sound, pokes, music and commotion. I’ve started going through the boys old baby clothes and am picturing him in them. Its been real for a while now, but its all getting really real lately.
I’ve also began the zillions of lists I make before having a baby. The hospital bag list, the things to do around the house before he’s born list, the list of random things I still need to buy, the list of postpartum care things I’ll need, the baby name list – because no, we are still not even close at naming this little man… You know, those types of things. But I actually love lists, so don’t confuse this paragraph for a complaint, because it isn’t at all.
As far as cravings go, I really don’t have any. Well any food cravings. I do, however, crave the smell of most cleaning products – especially laundry detergent and dryer sheets. I also love the smell of (don’t laugh at me) dirt. Oo, especially wet dirt. Yum. Am I psycho? I don’t know, maybe. But I love it all too much to really care.
I’m just really happy. I’m feeling hopeful and excited and can’t wait to finally meet this sweet little baby boy!! Life is good.
It still doesn’t feel real. This 100% feels like a very, very good dream. But it’s actually reality! Today (January 3, 2022) I took a pregnancy test in the middle of the day and the clear, bold + sign told me loud and clear that I am pregnant!!!
We have been trying to get pregnant since October (my second miscarriage was in September) and I’ve been trying so hard not to get too hung up on the whole process, no matter how hard that can be for me. But a couple days ago I realized my period was due in the next couple of days and I hadn’t felt a single normal period cramp – and I’m one of those lucky people who start getting them a whole week before I start. I also finally let myself ponder on what the reasons could be that I get so tired in the evenings and have felt mildly nauseous for the past few nights.
Could I be for real pregnant?
I wanted to take a test but of course I didn’t have any in my house. So I added a pack to my online grocery pickup order and vowed to wait the 2 more days.
The day all these thoughts were starting was the day I was supposed to start my period. But nothing. The next day? Nothing. But that same day, I had my grocery pickup order in the late afternoon. I know it’s typically best to take a pregnancy test in the morning when you first wake up and use the restroom, but I simply couldn’t wait. I needed to know either way.
So in the middle of the day while Harrison was at school, Craig was at work and Emmett and Flora were content watching a show and playing with toys, I hid myself in the bathroom and took a test. I finished up then I watched it. I didn’t set it down for two minutes and walk away. I kept my eye on it the whole time. And as I washed my hands and watched it closely, I was greeted with a vibrant, clear plus sign.
The connection Emmett has with his baby brother is pretty neat.
Before I even knew I was pregnant, he told me multiple times that there was a baby in my belly. I’d laugh it off, but he insisted.
Not long after I took a test and found out he was right and it felt like years waiting to tell him (and his siblings!).
Both before we knew I was pregnant and when we knew but the kids didn’t, Emmett would always include “please bless the baby in moms tummy” in his prayers.
When it came time to learn the gender we were all sure the baby was a girl. But not Emmett. He was adamant that this baby was a boy. I should have listened to him, because of course he was right and the baby was a boy!
There have been several other instances where he’s said something and it just reiterates to me that these two already have a special little bond with each other and I am so obsessed with it!
These two beautiful people had birthdays last week!! Our Flora girl is two (how?) and Craig is thirty-something 🙂 I’m so grateful for both of them. I can’t think of two better people who are more deserving of wonderful lives!!
Twenty-four-ish weeks down! This pregnancy is somehow flying and dragging by all at once. I remember at the beginning of this pregnancy thinking that when my sons were done with school I’d feel so close to my due date.. Well here I am, the last day of school with four months left and I’m wondering why on earth I thought being five months pregnant would feel so close to being nine months pregnant?
I’m very happy to report that I have some energy back! It comes in waves and when its here, I try to take full advantage of it by doing something fun with the kids, catching up on housework or working in the garden. But I still have plenty of days where all of my body wants is rest and I’m trying to respect that and not beat myself up too much about all the lazy days I’m taking. I can’t wait until we open our pool up so I can relax in the pool but at the same time be the fun mom because I’m letting the kids swim. That’ll be pretty dreamy, not gonna lie.
I’m still sick. But it gets more bearable as time moves on and I’m figuring out more and more how to cope with it all. Some days are pretty miserable and some days are super tolerable. You never know what kind of day you’ll get, but the bad days definitely make me much more grateful for the good days!
This little boy is a wiggler. He is sitting pretty low in my belly right now and I’m starting to get those bladder jabs that send you into a slight panic because you’re not sure if you’re going to wet your pants or not (TMI?). He especially loves to dance around in the evening and when I’m starting to fall asleep at night. The kicks and wiggles are such fun reminders of what’s happening inside of me. Goodness I am grateful for this journey.
Last time I’ve posted the list of things your little ones can do in Disneyland Resort was back in 2016! And guess what? Quite a bit has changed in the park since 2016, and seeing as people ask me actually quite a bit what I suggest doing with toddlers and babies in Disney, I think its about time I update this post so when I send it off to inquiring minds, its up to date!
Let me start with this, 100% I believe that Disneyland is for ALL ages. Even teeny tiny. I live in Utah so I, unfortunately, can’t get to DLR quite as frequently as I’d like to, but we still go often. The earliest I’ve taken a baby to Disney was when my second child was two months old. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be going when Baby Brother is even younger. Its still magical. Even with teeny tiny people. So if you’re asking me for my opinion on if its worth taking your littles to Disney, my answer will ALWAYS be YES.
So lets get into this, shall we?
WHAT YOUR LITTLE ONE CAN DO IN DISNEYLAND RESORT:
MAIN STREET USA
Disneyland Railroad: This train takes you around the whole park with plenty to look at. Its a great attraction to sit and relax for a while and eat a snack. If you’re a nursing mama, this is a great spot to nurse!
Main Street Vehicles: These are the cars or horse-drawn street cars and carriages you see going up and down Main Street. Its another fun way to get off your feet and see Main Street in a different way. Little ones love this, and being pulled by a horse is always particularly exciting! You can also learn your horses name, which hangs in the carriage it pulls.
Astro Orbiter: This is basically the Dumbo ride, but in a rocket. To little ones, its exhilarating and exciting.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters: A fun ride with bright, glowing colors and fun sounds. Weather your little one can shoot the blaster or not, its a fun one for them. They also tend to enjoy controlling the direction your vehicle turns.
Monorail: There are stops for the monorail in a few spots in DLR, but we’ll cover it here. Its cool, out of the sun, another great nursing spot and little ones looking out the window at a unique aerial view of Disney.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage: This is a long, unique ride. You board a submarine, take your seat and peer out your own personal window at Nemo’s world under the sea. Its a lot of fun and there is so much to look at.
Alice in Wonderland: A bright, exciting ride that takes you through Alice’s story. Its both indoors and outdoors and you get to ride in a cute, colorful caterpillar.
Casey Jr. Circus Train: An outdoor ride with sights and sounds galore. All the cars are different and provide a slightly different riding experience. Our personal favorites are the cage-like cars.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant: Everyone knows this one, right? Its iconic and something so many people associate with Disney, so little ones get so excited about it. You ride in Dumbo and fly around in circles. Your little one will adore it.
Small World: If I could only recommend one ride for you and your little one to enjoy while at Disney, this would be it. Its a fairly long ride, its bright and colorful, its happy and the song is fun (right?!).
King Arthurs Carousel: Its your typical carousel on brightly colored horses with great music and sights. My kids always gravitate toward this ride.
Mad Tea Party: The teacups always spin, but if you don’t manually spin them, they don’t go nearly as fast which can make for a fun and more tame ride for your little partner.
Mr. Toads Wild Ride: A short little indoor ride in a cute little car with a wheel to steer and plenty to look at.
Peter Pans Flight: Another classic much like Dumbo. You ride in a pirate ship suspended in the air and fly over London and Neverland. If you ask me, its a must do.
Pinnochio’s Daring Journey: A ride very comparable to Mr. Toads – a fun one.
Snow White’s Enchanted Wish: This ride has been updated from Snow White’s Scary Adventure and is much more child-friendly now. Again, similar to Mr. Toad and Pinnochio. Even better things to look at.
Storybook Land Canal Boats: You ride an adorable boat while a Cast Member gives you a magical guided tour around Storybook Land where you’ll see Princess castles, Monstro the whale and lots more.
Gadgets Go-Coaster: A children’s rollercoaster thats a lot of fun – there is still a heigh requirement here, 35 inches, its just a lot shorter than the usual rollercoasters.
Rodger Rabbits Car Toon Spin: A ride through Rodger Rabbits story – and your car spins!
You can meet Mickey and many of his friends in Toontown, too, as well as tour the Fab 5’s houses.
Mark Twain Riverboat: Its the huge white boat out in Rivers of America. Its a fun ride to sit and snack, nurse or sight-see and people watch.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Board a beehive and ride through the Hundred Acre Woods to go on an adventure with Pooh Bear and all his friends.
NEW ORLEANS SQUARE
Haunted Mansion: This gets a wrap for being a scary ride. Smaller babies don’t seem to care that its ‘scary’ and its possible your LO will be a little frightened, but I know from experience that you can talk your child through it and help them realize its only pretend scary. Try and give it a shot if your little buddy will let you.
Pirates of the Caribbean: There are two smallish drops on this ride, but considering a teeny tiny baby could still ride this, that tells you its not too dramatic. This is another that may seem a little scary, but is likely more exciting and has lots to look at.
Enchanted Tiki Room: This is a show where you get to sit and listen to the birdies sing, chant and thoroughly entertain you. Its bright, loud and lots of fun. Another good spot to nurse.
Jungle Cruise: A cruise through the jungle with a hilarious Skipper and lots of animals (and the backside of water!) to look at. Super exciting for a little one!
Little Mermaid’s Undersea Adventure: One of my personal favorites. You ride in a big sea shell and basically go through the movie, Little Mermaid. It is bright with so much to look at and there are songs throughout the whole ride.
Red Car Trolley: This is the Trolley that rides on tracks around Buena Vista Street. Its a fun way to sit and let your little one look around.
Disney Junior – Live on Stage: Ok, its not a ride but I had to mention this one. Its a bunch of the Disney Junior shows on stage! If you have little ones (especially ones who love Disney Junior) then this is an absolute must.
Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue: A fun ride through Monstroplois. Its short, air-conditioned and bright. The outside of this ride is an awesome photo op too, by the way.
Golden Zephyr: Soar around in a spaceship! Its fun, spins and is something a little different for the kids.
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind: Do you remember Flik’s Flyers in Bugs Land? This is it! No really. Its the same ride, just repurposed. Ride in a cute Inside Out themed bucket around and around.
Jessie’s Critter Carousel: Quite possibly the cutest carousel ever. Woody’s Roundup animals are all together for you to ride on in the most adorably themed carousel.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic: A fun 3D show featuring Donald Duck popping in and out of different Disney movies.
Toy Story Midway Mania: Ok, admittedly this rides a little rough for some little ones. There is some fast and jolty spinning, but I’ve taken small babies on this and its been just fine. Lots to look at – and its indoors.
Pixar Pal Around: A big, fun ferris wheel! You have the option of a swinging gondola or a non-swinging one. It gives a great view of California Adventure and for me, its an excellent time to breast feed (and sometimes not have to fully cover up!)
WEB Slingers: I. Love. This. Ride. So. Much. I love that all ages can enjoy it. Go on an adventure with Spider-Man, himself, and help him destroy the rampant Spider-Bots by slinging your very own webs! Seriously, the greatest.
So there you have it, friends! An updated list just proving there is so much for little ones to do in Disneyland Resort! And these are only the attractions – there is still so much more! Parades! Fireworks! Shops! Shows! The list could go on..
I hope this is helpful! You’re all amazing and lovely and magical!