Hi friends! We are back from our whirlwind trip to Orlando and are feeling the post-vacation, real-life blues today. We are also feeling tired. Very, very tired. I want to give you all the details (and pics!) plus some tips for traveling/going to theme parks with babies but we’ve been up since 2 AM Evansville time and my brain is mush. So here are five highlights for now:
It had been far too long since I had seen the ocean so we headed to Cape Canaveral for the day on Sunday. (Ok, it had been less than a year but I was super newly pregnant and felt awful during our whole trip last year, so it doesn’t count). Camden was completely enthralled by the water and all of the sounds – talk about sensory overload for a baby!
2. ANIMAL KINGDOM
We wanted to do a Disney park on this trip, but the thought of taking Camden to Magic Kingdom seemed a little overwhelming so we went to Animal Kingdom instead. Nathan had never been and I’ve only been once (vs. MK approximately 1000x) and I’m so glad we made this decision! It was the perfect amount of stuff that all of us could do together and since the park is smaller, it was easy for us to utilize their wonderful Baby Care Center as much as we needed.
(It totally looks like Nathan is blogger-posing with the stroller for this picture, lol.)
We have been to the Hogsmead side of the park in the past but the Diagon Alley portion wasn’t build yet when we were there. It did not disappoint! The attention to detail is incredible and Nathan actually loved the new Gringotts ride – which was exciting because he is not a huge ride person (as in he usually hates them).
4. POOL DAY
We knew we had to leave for the airport very early on Thursday so we made Wednesday a pool day! The weather was perfect and we had the pool basically to ourselves. Since the pool was less noisy and visually stimulating, Cam was able to really enjoy “swimming.” Once he figured out how to use his hands and feet to splash he would. not. stop. I think we might regret helping him figure that out tonight at bath time!
5. TRAVEL LUCK
I’m not sure if it was luck, or just (one of the few) perks of having a husband who flys a lot for work but we had an awesome travel experiance on this trip! Seat upgrades on a couple of our flights (first class breakfast on a 6AM flight for the win), TSA Pre Check, and a generally pleasant (mostly sleeping) baby made for easy travel both ways! I think taking care of Camden pretty much distracted me from any anxiety I would normally have, too.
I hope to have at least a few days recapped in detail on Monday. Have a great weekend, friends!