Friday, June 7, 2013
the happiest place on earth!
at first i thought we were crazy, taking a one-year-old to disneyland. she wouldn't remember it. she wouldn't fully appreciate it. who knew if she'd even enjoy it? but i really wanted the memories for jeff and me, as parents. taking our firstborn to disneyland! it would be a hoot.
jeff and i did our research the night before the big day: what to bring, which rides to go on, which stroller to rent, where and how to let a kiddo nap at the craziest (er, happiest) place on earth. and it paid off. the day went off without a hitch.
hungry? have a piece of fruit. (i packed plenty.) looking pink? let me get that SPF 50 out of my backpack. peed through your diaper? let's change into the extra outfit i brought.
jeff and i high-fived more that day than we have in four years combined.
dumbo was a hit, as was peter pan. but i'm still trying to understand why a 17-month-old baby was allowed on this wild rocket ride (below)—and why we thought it was a good idea to take her on it. the thing was going fast. really, really fast. i'm not even sure evie could hold her head up as we cut through the air. i kept a tight grasp on her as we flew up and down, around and around. when we finally slowed to a stopped, a meak weeeee escaped evie's little lips. i laughed. what a sport!
this train was a little tamer, more our style. unfortunately, i can't tell you where it took us or what we saw on the ride because i was so focused on evie, locked on her expressions, ooo-ing and ahh-ing and weee!-ing at seemingly appropriate times to make sure she knew it was supposed to be fun, not scary. (that's pretty much how the day went for me.) i think she truly enjoyed it: the train and the whole day.
and, of course, there was the not-so-glamorous side of disneyland: stopping for snacks, naps and diaper changes. we captured it all! thank goodness for the baby care center's clean, padded changing tables and quiet areas. it was our little haven.