August 6, 2009

Our Disneyland Trip

The packing was crazy knowing we would be bringing a stroller and a car seat. We also planned to bring a suitcase for Chloe with her clothes and enough diapers, wipes, formula, & stuff to get her through the week. These were all things we were not use to traveling with. I think I was most worried about the airport and the flight then anything else.

Airport & plane ride with a 4 month old
How it worked at the airport going through security was you needed to put the bottles with formula in one of the baskets along with any liquids you might have in a quart size baggie. Going to CA they just left the bottle in the basket, but coming back they had me step a side with the bottles and open them each individually as they put a litmus paper over them checking for vapors or whatever. This would not have been so bad except for the fact I had Chloe in my arms and no shoes on. Chloe had a death grip on my hair and was laughing at me, and soon the security guard was laughing also. Now with the stroller and car seat, you fold up the stroller and put that and the car seat on the conveyer belt for them to scan. The baby you carry through. On the way from CA they had a separate line for families. This helped out tremendously and also kept regular travelers from having to get in line behind us with all our stuff.

We purchased a seat for Chloe on the plane. The tickets for babies are discounted and some times half the price of a regular seat. So she was in her car seat in her own seat against the window. On both flights there were at least 3 babies, and not once were they all crying at the same time. Chloe did not like sitting waiting for everyone to get on and the take off. So Chris and I tried our best to entertain her and to keep her busy. Eventually she fell asleep and all was well.

Disneyland Hotel
We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel. They had a pack and play thing for Chloe to sleep in. They said if we needed a regular crib we could call housekeeping to get one. The pack and play worked just fine. The mattress was a little wimpy and you could feel the bar in the center. I had brought a heavy blanket that I put down on the bottom and it worked nicely. Chloe had no problem falling a sleep in it and staying a sleep all night. The room was just a regular hotel room so I had to be creative and set up little stations. The night stand near my side of the bed had an opening on the bottom that I put all Chloe’s diaper changing stuff. I would just lay a changing pad on the bed and change her when needed. Inside the TV cabinet to the right was a small fridge and a shelf up above. Here is where I set up my bottle making area. In the bathroom I just put a small towel to the side where I would dry bottles that had been cleaned. Once I had a system down it worked out great.

The great thing about the hotel was that it connected to Disneyland and their other park California Adventure. So we just had to load up the stroller and walk from the hotel to the parks. This was great for when we would come back to the hotel for naps each day.

The Rides
We took Chloe on all the kiddy rides. We used a front harness and either one of us had her strapped to us. She liked the dark scary rides the best; she even liked Pirates of the Caribbean. Chris went on a few of the rides himself while I fed Chloe, like the Indian Jones ride & the Grizzly River Run. They have a line for single riders that you can get right on.

The Food
I had been craving a Mickey ice-cream bar for weeks before our trip. So of course I had one of those. We also made reservations for lunch one of the days at the Blue Bayou restaurant. This is the one were the restaurant over looks the Pirates of Caribbean ride. So it is in the dark with lanterns up above. We both ordered the Monte Cristo sandwich. Chloe is not old enough to sit in a high chair so we just wheeled the stroller in wherever we ate.

We also ate at the Carnation Café on Main Street for breakfast one of the days. I ordered the Cinnamon Roll French Toast and a Café Mocha. The seating is outside and it was a wonderful breakfast. We will definitely eat there again if we go back.

They had a Vineyard Wine Bar at the California Adventure park to the left of the wine bar was a restaurant called Wine Country Trattoria. Both had out door seating. 2 of the evenings Chris and I went to the wine bar and I enjoyed a raspberry sparkling wine. It has a nice seating area with little tables under the trees. It makes it nice to relax and watch the people walking by. One evening we ate at the restaurant and for desert we had this wonderful Orange Sorbet, very tasty.

Good Times
Mostly Chris and I took it easy and enjoyed the moments sitting around. We took the parks at leisure and went back to the hotel in the afternoon for a nap or time at the pool, then went back into the parks in the evening.

We took the time to just enjoy being a family and the newness of us.

Chris and I took this trip for us. We really needed to get away and have some fun. I especially needed to get away after a less then pleasurable pregnancy and giving birth & 3 months of a newborn, it was definitely time to go out and celebrate. We know Chloe will not remember a thing on this trip. We will and we enjoyed sharing this trip with her. The bonus is that she had a great time. If you have any specific questions about traveling with a 4 month old send me an email, I can let you know what I did or what I learned from this whole experience.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome (belatedly :) home. She is such a cutie. I love that blue dress.

August 6, 2009 at 5:26 PM  

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