The Happiest Place on Earth!

The Happiest Place on Earth_Magic KingdomSophia has always loved all things Disney.  Her first birthday party had a Minnie Mouse theme, she has more Disney stuffed animals than she can count, and she loves watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse when it’s on TV.  So, not surprisingly, Cesar and I had been discussing the idea of taking her to Disney World (as in, the parks) since she was about 18 months old.  Kids are free until their third birthday, so it would just be buying tickets for Cesar and I…perfect.  We talked about all the possibilities- one day pass?  Three day?  Seasonal?  Annual?  Geez, the number of options when it comes to purchasing Disney tickets can really stress out a research freak like me.  Finally, about a month before Sophia’s second birthday, we decided to go for it.  But not without a little research first.

One day pass.  Cheapest option for sure, but definitely not the biggest bang for our buck.  We could only choose one park and I’d feel like we needed to spend the whooooole day there to get the most out of our money.  Umm, that was a big no with a two year old and a 7.5 month pregnant mama who was already starting to waddle.  One day passes were out.

Three day pass.  We didn’t really want to go for three days in a row with Sophia- we thought it might be too much.  With the flex-pass or whatever they call it, we could go three separate days and we could probably fit some time in at all four parks if we chose the right tickets.  But what if she loved it and wanted to keep going back (which we were thinking was a very strong possibility)?  We would have wasted like $150 each then would have to buy more tickets anyway.  Hmm.  Three day passes- nope!

Seasonal pass.  I knew from the beginning that I didn’t like the idea of seasonal passes for us.  We had them when I was younger and it worked out nicely for us, but for Cesar and I, there are too many blackout dates.  With Cesar working an hour away in the complete opposite direction from Orlando, there are only certain days we could go and wanted to know that our Disney tickets would be good for the days we wanted to use them.  Plus, if I was going to spend several hundred dollars on passes for the year, I’d rather just spend the extra $200-something and get annual passes.  Soooo…annual passes it was!

I researched and researched and researched online to figure out how I could get the best deal.  I ended up buying annual passes through AAA.  It was a little cheaper than buying them directly through Disney and it came with a free Diamond parking pass.

At the end of April, we took Sophia to the Magic Kingdom for the first time.  She had an absolute ball!  When we first got there, a parade was just starting.  She did not turn her eyes away from that parade for a second.

The Happiest Place on Earth_ParadeAfter the parade, she wanted to meet the princesses.  She couldn’t believe the princesses in her books were real!  Her favorite was Cinderella.

The Happiest Place on Earth_PrincessesThen we rode the train to Fantasyland to ride Dumbo.  She was so excited to ride them both and just laughed and smiled the entire time!  She and Cesar rode Dumbo while I watched.  She was having so much fun controlling the lever on the Dumbo ride.  I think Cesar regretted that decision.

The Happiest Place on Earth_TrainThe Happiest Place on Earth_DumboNext stop was meeting Minnie Mouse and Daisy.  She squealed when she saw Minnie Mouse and she even tried sneaking under the ropes to meet her before our turn.

The Happiest Place on Earth_Daisy and MinnieWe also shopped a little, rode on the Carousel of Progress, ate lunch in Tomorrowland, and visited a few other attractions.  Believe it or not, that was a full day’s worth of fun (which equaled about 8 hours for the aforementioned 7.5 month waddling pregnant woman).

We have been to Epcot since then, which was even more fun for me (at about 38 weeks pregnant).  We are really happy with our decision to buy annual passes and are definitely planning on going lots now that I’m no longer pregnant.  Next up…Animal Kingdom!

 

Recipe: Magic Shell

Have you ever tried that magic shell stuff?  You know, the stuff that comes in a bottle and is all liquidy until it hits your ice cream, then magically turns hard?  I’ve had it a few times, but it’s not something I have ever had on a regular basis.  I never really understood it.  Never understood how it magically turns hard like that. Wellllll…I stumbled upon a recipe for it and assumed it’d have quite a few ingredients and there’d be some sort of weird steps to turn it into this magic stuff.  I was wrong.  Dead wrong.  This is pretty much the easiest recipe ever…2 ingredients and literally 5 minutes from start to finishPlus, it’s so much cheaper and better than the bottled stuff!

Magic Shell
(recipe from Gimme Some Oven)

Ingredients:
1 c. chocolate chips
2 tbsp. coconut oil

Mix chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwaveable bowl.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir.  Continue microwaving in 10 second increments until chocolate is completely melted.  Remove from microwave and let sit until it comes to room temperature.  Serve over ice cream.

I’m baaaaack!

Whew, that was a nice break!  Here’s a nice long post to let you know why I’ve been gone, then I’ll get to work soon to start catching you up with what’s been happening since then!

The last time I posted, everything was going wonderfully (it still is!).  Soon after that last post back in September, I started feeling super tired and super sick.  I thought I had caught something going around and just knew it’d be gone in a couple days, since I am rarely sick.  A week later, I was getting worse, not better.  Hmmm.

I was so caught up in being sick plus trying to keep up with my very energetic 15 month old, I didn’t even realize my “monthly visitor” was a little late.  I decided to wait it out a couple more days, because it could have just been thrown off due to me being so sick.  A week later…nothing.

After talking to Cesar about it and waiting a couple more days, I started to consider the fact that I was more than a little late.  By the time I was almost two weeks late, we bit the bullet and bought a pregnancy test.  I was pretty anxious about it by this point, so I rushed to the bathroom as soon as we got home.  A mere 3 minutes later, we wandered in on a big ol’ fat “+“!

From the very beginning of this pregnancy, I was super sick.  I was throwing up multiple times a day.  Like, 15 times a day.  I was not able to keep any food or liquids down at all.  I even ended up in the emergency room several times due to dehydration.

The first time, they pumped me full of fluids and gave me some Zofran through my IV (which made me feel a lot better!) then sent me on my way with my prescription for Zofran in hand.  I was so excited to finally start feeling better!  Little did I know that taking Zofran orally would do me absolutely no good at all.  A few more trips to the ER later, I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (which later became a much more well-known phenomenon after Kate Middleton was diagnosed with the same thing).  After realizing Zofran wouldn’t do the trick, I was given a prescription for Reglan, then later for Phenergan- neither of which helped at all either.  I was told by my doctor that hyperemesis gradidarum often lasts throughout the whole pregnancy, so I pretty much gave up all hope of ever feeling better.

The only thing that provided a little- and I do mean the tiniest bit- of relief was sniffing the cinnamon broom my mom bought me at the grocery store.  Fortunately for me, the only guests we had over during this time were our immediate families, so they got used to the fact that I had a cinnamon broom hanging on a hook in the middle of my white living room wall, and I could oftentimes be found with my face buried inside of it trying not to puke my guts up yet again.

Luckily, by time I was about 13 weeks pregnant, the vomiting and nausea started to subside, and by 16 weeks, it was gone completely.  From that point on, my pregnancy was pretty much perfect!  No high blood pressure or low amniotic fluid levels like I had with Sophia, no more nausea, no swelling…just a whole bunch of heartburn and what the ultrasound tech said was going to be a 9.5lb. baby!

Fast forward a couple months to June…

Because I was going to have such a large baby, the doctor did not want me to go past 40 weeks, so he told me if I didn’t go into labor on my own by 40 weeks, he’d like me to consider an induction.  Well, 39 weeks came and went, and on 39w5d, I had an appointment where we decided I’d go in to the hospital the next night.

I went to the hospital the following evening to get ready for my induction at 40 weeks on the dot.  The next morning, the induction was in full swing.  Seven hours and a fairly easy labor later, we welcomed our second little girl, Emma.  Luckily for me, she was nowhere near 9.5 pounds.  She was a perfect 7lb. 10oz. with a full head of hair, and beautiful like her big sister!

We are so excited to have her here with us finally and Sophia has been the absolute best big sister we could have ever imagined!  Our lives have changed so much now that we have two kids (we are never on time for anything!), but it has certainly been for the better.  Cesar and I both love being parents, especially to our two perfect little girls!

So…I hope you can forgive me for my absence over the last several months, but I personally think I have a pretty dang good excuse! 🙂