I decided to take Braden to Disneyland for the first time. What an exhausting experience. I commend all parents that take their children to Disneyland – yikes. I am hoping that as he gets older, the Disneyland adventures will get easier and easier. Let me just paint you a picture of how the day went.
Every nap and feeding was perfectly placed out in my mind of how the day would go. It was supposed to go according to plan, allowing ourselves to be at Disneyland on time. We so generously were able to get signed in by my dear friend Shae. And honestly, if it wasn’t for him I don’t think we would have gone. Anyway…the day did not go according to plan. Which was my first mistake – to have a plan. I know by now that the day never goes by my plan, and yet I still do it. Whatever… : )
Naps were off, feeding was off. But somehow I managed to get it all put together and out the door on time. Except one problem. Braden hadn’t pooped yet. He usually poops about once a day. When did he decide to poop? As I was holding him, heading out the door. Where did he poop? All over his back and my arm. Was anybody home to help me? Nope. AWESOME.
I never really understood the need to count to 10 until I became a mom. I love counting to 10. 10 seconds to shut my eyes, breath in, breath out, open my eyes (to a smiling Braden no doubt) and attack the situation. Poop everywhere may not seem like that big of a deal, and it’s not in hindsight. But when you’re on a time crunch it’s pretty much the end of the world – for 10 seconds.
So after managing to bathe and clean Braden, oh and myself, we were out the door 20 minutes later. Not too bad if you ask me! I picked up my sister and away we went! I was not brave enough to tackle the tram with the stroller. People with strollers are crazy. It’s the worst kind of road rage you can imagine. Stroller drivers have no morale when it comes to their surroundings – cutting people off, running over toes,and cursing in front of their children. And now I’m one of them. Disneyland did it to me. But I digress…
After getting signed in, we took our pictures right in front!
Immediately after we went to City Hall and got Braden’s 1st visit pin. Luckily, Mickey Mouse made an appearance right in front of the big tree. We stood in line and took a picture with Mickey himself. What a treat! Mickey recognized Braden’s pin right away and made sure to make his experience memorable. Well, memorable to me and my sister. Braden really didn’t have an opinion about Mickey. He just checked him out, looking him up and down. He did let out a little cry as we were leaving. I’m not sure if it had to do with Mickey or the fact that he was hungry.
I used the Baby Care Center for the first time. A little crampy and very busy, but I was grateful for the clean changing tables and little space to feed Braden. After getting Braden freshened up we took him over to Fantasyland to ride Casey Jr.’s Train. It really is a cute little ride. We opted to sit in the caboose. Just the three of us. Honestly, I don’t think Braden could have cared any less about being on that ride. He acted as if he had been on that ride a thousand times and was so bored with this old train. I think my sister was more excited about the ride!
After Braden’s first Disneyland ride it was time to find a spot for the parade. We got so lucky with front row seating in front of the popcorn machine. I was a little nervous how Braden would do with all of the loud noises and bright lights. But he really enjoyed it! He loved to look at everything. I was relieved that he didn’t get overstimulated and have a meltdown.
After the parade we had to fight against the crazy stroller drivers and make it back to the parking lot. My sister decided to carry Braden and he fell asleep in her arms. It was the cutest thing. She carried him all the way from Main Street through Downtown Disney. If you know Disneyland, you know that’s a pretty long distance.
Honestly, I was so exhausted when we got to the car I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it home. Braden was so overtired he whined and cried the whole way home. I don’t think we will be going to Disneyland for awhile. I’m still recovering!
I love you!!!
your mama xoxoxox
Braden’s first ride at Disneyland. Not very exciting, but I had to capture the moment : )