NOW: We are in the midst of planning our trip. This is probably the most-planned trip we’ve done….although not by much to be honest!
We are DVC members so we are staying in a suite, using our “points”. For more information on how DVC works, leave me a comment or send me an email! It’s the most awesome thing we’ve ever done…..and it’s not just for traveling to Disney places either.
Anyway. Our “home resort” is Animal Kingdom Lodge so we can book a vacation there up to 11 months in advance. So we called back in August and booked. But we didn’t really want to stay there. We love it there, don’t get me wrong, and we have stayed there before and it’s beautiful and wonderful!
But for the purposes of this trip, we really wanted to stay at the “new” Bay Lake Towers. It’s a new DVC resort that’s connected by a walking bridge to the Contemporary Resort. So, it’s EXTREMELY close to Magic Kingdom. We usually spend the majority of our trip in MK anyway and with the twins we figured that would definitely be the case this time more than ever. Plus, the Contemporary is on the Monorail so it’s convenient to get to some other resorts where we wanted to go for dinner (Polynesian and Grand Floridian) as well as easy to get to EPCOT.
We can’t book at different DVC resorts until 7 months in advance. But we didn’t want to end up with NOTHING, so we booked at AK Lodge just to be safe because we had the 11 month advantage there.
In December, I was able to call and transfer our reservation to Bay Lake~YAY! It was kind of a pain because you can only move 7 days at a time, and then our other 3 days I had to call the next day and the next day and the next day. During work. Oh well. It was nerve-wracking but I got the job done.
Then, you can make Dining Reservations 180 days in advance. You used to have to call day after day after day, but now they let you make your first 10 days of reservations all at once starting 180 days from the day you check in. So that was good news. This is an advantage of staying at a Disney Resort. Also, they have a new online reservation process that starts at 6 am.
So I had called and they calculated 180 days for me and I could go online or call January 11th. Tim and I skipped exercising and set the alarm so that we could go online starting right at 6 AM. Well. The first reservation we got just fine. The rest? Nope. Wouldn’t recognize our Resort Reservation number. I had to rush to get ready for work so that I could call the reservation phone number at 7. I wanted to be all ready in case I got stuck on the phone for a while.
Good thing. I was mostly ready by 7, and called. I was on hold for a short amount of time, but then the time it took to make all of our reservations, give her all my information, and get all of the confirmation numbers took almost a half-hour! By then, the twins were up and calling for me, my dad was showing up, my hair still wasn’t done, my coffee wasn’t poured. These kinds of little things stress me out a little. And I was already worked up because I was stressed I wouldn’t be able to get a reservation at the places we wanted. I don’t know why; we’ve NEVER had an issue.
Plus, I still had to call Victoria and Alberts. But there’s is a separate line and it didn’t open until 9 AM. And I still had to stress that I wouldn’t get THAT reservation!
You all may be thinking we are crazy. And we are. But, it’s who we are and it helps us keep our sanity. In some ways. Once, we planned a trip a mere 2 months ahead of time. Boy, that was stressful to the millionth degree!
I get all the reservations, complete with confirmation numbers and I double-check them all online. My dad helps me get the twins ready so that I can do my hair. Plus, I had to go to the bathroom……why is it that nature calls at the MOST inconvenient times?
At 9 I called V&A…..the most faniciest restaurant in WDW. At first I couldn’t get through so I left a message, but kept calling and calling anyway. See, we really wanted to sit at the Chef’s Table. And there’s only one seating for the table a night. And we really wanted it on that certain night because all the other dining reservations were already in place and I didn’t really want to have to change everything around again. But, I got through, and got what we wanted. YAY!!!
Plane tickets are bought, room (2-bedroom suite for us, kids, and my dad) is reserved, dining reservations are made. Now, the packing lists will begin! You think I’m kidding?
Wanna know where we’re eating?
Chef Mickeys – Contemporary resort – buffet dinner with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto!
Tuttoo Italia – Italy pavillion in EPCOT
California Grill – very top floor of Contemporary resort
Mama Melrose – Hollywood Studios – Italian food
The Wave – Contemporary resort
Crystal Palace – in Magic Kingdom – lunch buffet with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet!
Victoria and Alberts – fancy schmancy!
Ohana – in the Polynesian resort – they serve food off of GIANT skewers
Chefs de France – France pavillion in EPCOT – best escargot I’ve ever had!
Chef mickeys breakfast – Again. This time for breakfast
Raglan Road – Irish-style pub in Downtown Disney
Le Cellier – Canada pavillion in EPCOT. Home of yummy Beer-Cheese Soup
Tony’s Town Square – Magic Kingdom – Italian
OK…….so maybe it’s less of the Type A personality…..and more just super-duper excited!!!!! Either way……it’s planned! All we do now is wait. And save money. And pack (No, not yet.)
Speaking of beer-cheese soup – check out my husband’s venture into the Blog World! The first recipe he’s going to blog about is the very one from the Canadian Pavillion in EPCOT – yummy beer-cheese soup! This is now.
THEN: I prepared myself to go home on Thursday morning. The first thing I wanted to do was take a shower. I hadn’t had one since the previous Thursday. I had asked…..but before the delivery none of the nurses were “sure” if I was allowed to take a shower or not. After the delivery it wasn’t an option at first because of the surgery. I had gotten permission to take one Thursday before I left. First I had to walk all around the floor of the hospital trying to find the darn place. I either hadn’t gotten good directions or I wasn’t really listening. I finally got to the room, set my things down and turned the water on. As difficult as it was to manuver myself; it was probably the best shower I’d ever had in my life. I felt a million times better and cleaner and happier and even a little less sore. By the time I was done and back in my room though, I was exhausted! Luckily I had about an hour before my discharge time when my parents would come get me.
They forgot to order me breakfast. I thought it would be in my room when I got back, but no such luck. I called a nurse and she wasn’t sure what happened but arranged to get some food up to me as soon as possible. I was starving! It wasn’t exactly what I would have wanted, but it was fine. The hospital food wasn’t as bad as sitcoms would have had me believe. I watched some TV and I was ready to go. I was nervous though and anxious. First thing I wanted to do when my parents showed up was go down to the NICU. I would have gone earlier but I really really needed that shower and my late breakfast.
I forced myself to be patient and finally it was 11:00. My dad came up to get me and my mom was waiting down in the NICU already. I didn’t have to take a wheelchair out because I wasn’t leaving the hospital yet.
I walked (shuffled) down to the NICU. I went to see my beautiful babies. I suddenly really wanted my parents gone, but of course I didn’t want to upset or offend them by asking them to leave. I went to Will first. He reflexively grabbed my finger with his hand as all babies will do. He sighed in his sleep and listened to me talking to him about what had happened that morning. He still had his CPAP machine on and because of the mask, he couldn’t open his eyes very well. I didn’t even know what color they were. I listened to the steady beep of the machines and listened to the nurse update me on his status.
I walked over to Ariel after tearing myself away from my son.
“Do you want to hold her?” Shock. “yes” I breathed, so quietly because I wasn’t sure I had heard the nurse correctly. But I had. She carefully set me up in a comfy rocking chair right next to Ariel’s heated bed. First, she had to clip Ariel’s feeding tube to my shirt because it was time for her to “eat”. She maneuvered the cords and wires so that they didn’t get pulled out while she was in my arms. Then, she handed me my daughter. I couldn’t breathe. I was afraid to breathe. She was finally feeling like mine. I could actually hold her. She had to be VERY VERY VERY wrapped up in blankets because she was no longer on her heated pad, which was helping her regulate her temperature. But I could see her hand. Her hand couldn’t be covered because of the IV needle in it. So I stroked her hand. And her head, which had to have a hat on it. Again, to help keep her warm.
It was surreal. The nurse had to help put her back right after she was done “eating” because the very act of digestion was making her very tired which meant her body was maintaining it’s own temperature even less. She needed to get back to her heat. And sleep.
The best thing for them was sleep. Their fragile little bodies used up too much energy doing anything else. The nurse told me not to be surprised tomorrow if I came in and was told Ariel had lost a little weight…..just from me holding her. When they slept, they grew. So sleep was the best thing for them. And frequent family visits of course. Talking to them. Letting them know they were loved.
I felt so guilty after holding Ariel. Because I couldn’t hold Will. It’s not like it was my fault or my choice. I guess I just felt bad for him. And a little for myself too. But I was also on cloud 9 after finally getting to hold Ariel. Like she was real. Like she was really mine. Like she was a real baby. It’s a little dramatic, but true. And it made me feel a hell of a lot better about going home later that morning. That was then.