First family trip to Disneyland

November 11, 2011
IMG_2512Tonight, we decided to make our first family trip to Disneyland. George really wanted to take Aaliyah to see the parade and take her on Small World. So, we bundled little Miss Aaliyah up in her Minnie Mouse pajamas and grabbed her Minnie Mouse hat, and headed over to the happiest place on earth! We got there just before the parade began at six, and got a great spot where the parade first begins. Aaliyah was in heaven! Her eyes lit up as soon as it began. She stared at all the lights and the characters dancing around. She didn’t mind all the noise at all. We watched the entire parade and then took a family photo in front of the Christmas tree on Main Street. Then we headed up Main Street to go see the new decorations on It’s a Small World. George was so excited to take Aaliyah on the ride. She was a little distracted at first, but the final two rooms had so many lights and moving parts. Her eyes just lit up watching them. It was so great to see.

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IMG_2516Afterwards, we really wanted to take her over to the Haunted Mansion. We stopped off at Sleeping Beauty’s Carousel. George held her while riding the horse. It was quite comical, but she loved it! We headed towards Frontier Land when we finished, but she fell asleep by the time we passed the Castle. So we decided to call it quits for the night. We wandered back down Main Street and through Downtown Disney. Aaliyah woke in time to have dinner at ESPN Zone. I’m not sure what she enjoyed more, Disneyland or watching football at the restaurant. Her dad and her Uncle Cory have her hooked already! It’s pure comedy!

IMG_2526I would venture to say it was a rather successful first family trip to Disneyland. And we can’t wait to have many many more. As a matter of fact, we are looking forward to returning soon, so we can see the Christmas parade and watch it snow on Main Street! Hope to see you there!!!

That Awkward Mommy Stage

In the first few weeks after Aaliyah was born I went through this terrible awkward mommy stage. I was flying blind. Sure at first things were great, because I finally got to hold her in my arms. But then we were discharged from the hospital and we took her home. I remember on the drive home thinking to myself, “I’m really a mom now.” And I had no idea what I was doing. It was a little scary.

I began taking things one day at a time. George had taken a few weeks off work, which was nice having him around. But since I was breastfeeding, there wasn’t a whole lot he could do. Luckily for the first four weeks all she really needed was to eat, sleep, and be changed. Tasks that I was more than capable of accomplishing. But soon there were other things she needed and random situations that I was constantly running into. And after a few weeks, George had to go back to work. Which left me alone to fend for myself.

I’m being a little dramatic, but I remember feeling naive and uneducated. Books can only help so much, and then it’s just you. I remember my first real problem arose at her one month checkup. She had to get three shots. 😦 Not something you want to put them through, but a must. She had handled her shots so well before, that I didn’t foresee any problems arising. Boy was I wrong. About two hours after her shots she began crying hysterically. High pitched, almost choking, can hardly breathe hysterical crying. I was panicked. I didn’t know how to make it better. I called my mom (my typical response in a crisis) in tears, begging her to help me fix it. She suggested giving her Tylenol. I was all set to do it until I realized I didn’t know how much to give her. I worried I would give her too much. So I spent another hour and a half trying to figure out the correct dosage. Ridiculous, I know. But I was clueless.

I spent about two months muddling through my awkward mommy stage. And it wasn’t pretty. I made mistakes. I cried. I was a bit intimidated by different situations. But the bottom line is that I made it through it. And all of a sudden one day I realized that I didn’t feel so awkward anymore. Aaliyah and I had made it through each situation unharmed and a little wiser, which made me realize that I could be a fantastic mom. I know now that we all have experienced this awkward stage. The key is to remember that it is just a stage and eventually it will all be over.

This mom’s choice to breast feed

Before I begin, let me just say that I do not have an opinion regarding which method of feeding is the best. There are pros and cons with either. So it really comes down to which one fits best with your Mommy Identity and your lifestyle.

Breastfeeding wasn’t something I was all that familiar with before I got pregnant with my daughter. I could’ve counted on one hand the number of things I actually knew about the subject. And I knew even less about formula feeding. But I was determined to follow in my mother’s footsteps, because she had breastfed me and my little brother. So like the naive twenty-something I was, I made the decision to breastfeed my daughter despite the little information I knew about it. Bottom line, I knew I could change my mind at any time.

In an effort to determine just exactly what I was getting myself into, I enrolled in a Breastfeeding 101 Class through my hospital. I wanted to be as equipped as possible going into the process as possible, because I knew that a lot of women give up early. And I was glad I took the class, because I learned so many great things that could through the process if I chose to take that route.

In the end, I decided to stick with my original decision to breastfeed my daughter. And the reasons for my ultimate decision you might be asking yourself. Well first and foremost, if it was good enough for my mother, then it’s good enough for me. Second, I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to bond with my daughter. I really wanted to be able to experience the closeness that breastfeeding gives a mother and her daughter. Third, I really liked that I was able to personally deliver nutrients that she needs. As well as help develop her immune system. And last, I loved the convenience of it. No bottles, formula, water, mixing, etc. with all the things I have to pack in my diaper bag – I was all too happy to eliminate the possibility of several more things to remember or forget to remember.

So, breastfeeding has become a huge part of my Mommy Identity. I can also honestly say that it has been a very rewarding part of it too! I feel like it is a huge accomplishment to have made it 7 months, especially with how tough the first few days were.

So make your choice Breastfeed or Formula feed your baby. Just make sure you make the best decision for both you and your child. Don’t make it for anyone else. Only you know what’s right for you