Thursday, October 1, 2015

Toddler Fun at Disney World

I'm finally getting around to posting about our fun day at the Magic Kingdom.  I was a tad bit worried about how the day would go with a feisty 2 year old but, it went really well.  I hope other mommies out there will appreciate some of these tips!

We arrived at about 8:45 am and Wyatt was already excited when he got on the tram.  It was a quick ride to the transportation center, where we had to hop on the monorail (or you can take the ferry) to the park entrance.

TIP: The Monorail is faster and cooler than the ferry, which doesn't have a/c.  But walking uphill to catch it isn't fun, especially if you are pregnant.

It was so nice to walk down Main Street and see Cinderella's Castle, it had probably been about 15 years since I'd been last.  When I went in my late teens, I remember how I thought the mob of strollers was SO annoying! Hahaha... how life changes.

TIP: Bring a stroller (or rent one there if you have to) for your 2 year old!  Even if they end up walking a lot, it's a great place to hold your diaper bag, distraction toys (for longer lines) and all the snacks you should bring for your toddler.  Plus, they definitely need breaks from the sun and a nap.

We headed right to Tomorrowland and started going on rides.  Some of the ones Wyatt loved were Dumbo, the Ariel ride and Small World.  For the longer wait rides, we booked our fast passes online before our trip, but we didn't have any until 11:30 (for Winnie the Pooh).  Before 11 or so, you don't really need them (unless you are going on the coaster rides), because most of the lines are under 20 minutes.

TIP:  Buy your tickets in advance on the Disney website so you can book your Fast Passes!  Fast passes book up on busy days so this is pretty crucial.  Each person gets 3 initially (Peter Pan is a Fast Pass must for small kids).  After you use all 3, you can go to one of 4 kiosks at the Magic Kingdom to get one more.

After the rides it was time for lunch.  I was lucky enough to snag reservations at Be Our Guest. This is a new to me restaurant that is the only quick service lunch that you need reservations to eat at.  It was delicious!  I'll be posting the full review soon.

TIP:  Be Our Guest reservations are hard to get!  But, even if you book your tickets to the Magic Kingdom last minute (like we did), keep checking to see if reservations become available for Be Our Guest.  People cancel at the last minute and that is the best time to get a reservation if you aren't planing 6 months in advance.

After lunch, we used another Fast Pass on the Jungle Cruise.  That worked out perfectly since there was a 50 minute wait.  A toddler wouldn't be able to handle that kind of wait, I know I couldn't.  Wyatt loved that ride! We could tell he was getting tired after that so we popped him in the stroller with his pacifier (he still uses it for naps and sleeping) and doggy and he fell asleep quickly!  Then we took the monorail to the Contemporary to relax while Wyatt napped for an hour.

TIP:  If your child needs a nap, take the monorail to one of the hotels on the route.... the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, or Polynesian.  They have lots of relatively quiet seating and cold a/c. Plus, the grown ups can enjoy an alcoholic beverage (which they don't serve in the park)!

When Wyatt woke up, we went back into the chaos.  It was getting really busy since it was about an hour before parade time.  We headed to the carousel, which is always a short wait.  Wyatt cried at first... surprisingly the only ride he cried on, not sure why?  But he ended up loving it once it got started.

TIP:  Parade time is a great time to go on rides or see characters.  But if you really want to see it, Fontierland seemed to be the least crowded.

We saw a few minutes of the parade but it was getting SO hot!  We ducked inside the Country Bear Jamboree to get some a/c.  The show was about 15 minutes and Wyatt loved it!  Us grown ups thought it was... interesting... haha.  Some of those lyrics are not made for kids, yikes.

TIP:  For an inside break, Country Bear Jamboree and the Enchanted Tiki Room will do the trick, plus it entertains the kiddos for more than 5 minutes.

After using our last Fast Pass at Peter Pan, we walked through the Swiss Family Treehouse and then we took the train back to the entrance to the park and headed back to my mom's house.  At this point it was about 5:30 and we all were pooped.

TIP:  The train is a great way to get around without walking if you need a break!  It goes all around the outskirts of the park and makes several stops.

It truly was a magical day!  We can't wait to bring Wyatt back with his baby brother when he is a little older.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 30 - 31 Weeks

I made it to the 30's, yay!  I'm really feeling like we are in the home stretch now.  Now I'm kind of getting in freak out mode since nothing is ready.  We are planning on making Jay's office the baby's room, but we have done absolutely nothing with it.  But at least I have all the baby clothes I need, plus I got my first pack of diapers.  That's really all the baby needs, right? hehe

How far along? 31 Weeks

Food size: Coconut (about 16 1/2" and 3.5 lbs)

Total weight gain: 23 lbs

Exercise: 6 Workouts done in the past 2 weeks...  3 BodyPump classes and 3 long walks.  I gotta get more walking in, but I'm feeling so lazy lately.  BodyPump is also starting to get a little trickier.  My belly is getting in the way of upright rows. During the core track, I will do hip bridges instead of crunches.

Sleep/Dreams:  Waking up to switch positions a lot, but still no bathroom breaks yet! Yay!  I had my first couple of dreams about the baby.  In both of them he was very tan!  In one dream he looked just like Wyatt but with very green eyes and light brown hair. In the other he had dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Movement: There is lots of rolling around in there.... and he seems to have an affinity for my right side.

Symptoms: Mild heartburn, fatigue, the usual.

Preggo Brain Moments: I forgot to take the trash to the curb, which has never happened before.  Now I gotta deal with stinky trash in my garage for another week.  Constantly forgetting where I put my keys, it's getting really annoying.  I was also looking for my phone while I was holding it in my hand.

Food cravings: Chocolate and nacho cheese sauce

Food aversions:  None

Maternity Clothes: The top I'm wearing is H&M non-maternity.  I can't believe it still fits!  Shorts are Gap maternity.

Belly Button/ Stretch Marks: Still in, and none yet.

Gender: BOY!

What I miss: Happy hour and being able to go up a flight of stairs without losing my breath.

Best moment this past week:   We took Wyatt to Disney World for the first time on Saturday!  We brought my mom back home to Orlando and thought we would sneak in a visit to the Magic Kingdom. It was awesome!  I'll be posting all the details tomorrow.

What I am looking forward to this week: Fall starting!  I even seen a forecast with lows in the 60's, yay.  But not excited for pumpkin madness... am I the only one who doesn't like pumpkin spice??

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 29 Weeks

How far along? 29 Weeks + 2 Days

Food size: Butternut Squash (about 15" and 2.5 lbs)

Total weight gain: 22 lbs

Exercise: 4 Workouts done...  3 BodyPump and 1 long walk

Sleep/Dreams:  Waking up to switch positions a lot, but no bathroom breaks yet!

Movement: Wyatt's little brother is getting bigger in there for sure.  Sometimes the movements can be a little painful.  There is more rolling around and less kicks and jabs.

Symptoms: I'm tired of being tired!  I've also started to notice heartburn when I eat too quickly.

Preggo Brain Moments: Caught myself trying to put the coffee beans in the fridge

Food cravings: Sandwiches and burgers

Food aversions:  Not that I can think of

Maternity Clothes: Almost all maternity wear now.  The top in the photo is from Old Navy, jeans are from the Gap.

Belly Button/ Stretch Marks: Still in, and none yet.

Gender: BOY!

What I miss: Having energy

Best moment this past week:  Scheduling the c-section! Our little man will make his arrival on November 18th! I'll be 39 weeks + 1 day.  This might change if he decides to come earlier, but I seriously doubt that will happen.  I was induced when Wyatt was 9 days late with no signs of labor.  After an hour of pushing, Wyatt's off the charts head wasn't making any progress and his heart rate was fluctuating too much so a c-section was necessary.  Our doctor did not recommend a v-bac, and I am totally okay with that.

What I am looking forward to this week: Playing fantasy football again!  It's been years since I've played.  I better kick some booty.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Life Lately

I've been slacking I know...I haven't even taken any food pictures in the past few days.  Oh the horror!  First off, thanks for the well wishes for my mama!  She is staying with us for a couple weeks so I can help her out.  She can't lift either of her arms.  Hopefully she will be getting surgery by the end of the month and she can start recuperating.  We took a road trip to go pick her up in Gainesville.  Her neighbor was nice enough to drive her halfway!

I've been drooling over food photos lately even though I have't taken any.  I MUST make these Nutella brownies from Handle The Heat.  They look amazing and so fudgy!  Are you a fudgy or cakey brownie person?

We spent some time at Toys r' Us and I totally took advantage of the pregnant lady parking.

Wyatt loves his smoothies!  I wish there was a Jamba Juice here.... I love the Strawberry Surfrider and got one about twice a week in Cali when I was pregnant with Wyatt.  But we will settle for Tropical Smoothie Cafe.  The Detox Island Green Smoothie is super healthy and the kiddo loves it!

Here is my one food photo, isn't it beautiful? haha.  I finally made Overnight Oats in a Jar!  What took me so long?  So good and so easy.

We took Madre to one of our fave spots to enjoy Tallahassee, the Tallahassee Museum.  Wyatt never gets sick of the animals, playground and train.

What have you guys been up to lately?!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 28 Weeks

How far along? 28 Weeks + 1 Day

Food size: Eggplant

Total weight gain: 21 lbs

Exercise: Got 5 workouts in, yay!  1 Body Pump, 1 Spin Class, 1 Sculpting Class, 1 Long Walk and 1 Yoga DVD.  But Spin class is going buh-bye now.  My bump can't handle the crouching over anymore.

Sleep/Dreams:  Sleep is still pretty good but the crazy dreams continue.

Movement: Lots and lots of bumps! It's been a huge difference having a posterior placenta this time around.  With Wyatt I had an anterior placenta and movement wasn't so crazy.

Symptoms: Fatigue has definitely settled in now that I'm in the 3rd trimester.  Starting to get breakouts too.

Preggo Brain Moments: I forgot! haha

Food cravings: Whatever is bad for me.

Food aversions:  Anything that's healthy, hehe.

Maternity Clothes: Almost all maternity wear now.  Even my big regular shirts are getting too tight and short.

Belly Button/ Stretch Marks: Still in, and none yet.

Gender: BOY!

What I miss: I really want to have some wine... beer... sake... you name it.

Best moment this past week:  Jay cooking up his famous sauce and meatballs.  I get to eat delicious food and not have to cook for a few days, yay!

What I am looking forward to this week: Football season starting, GO GATORS!