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summer 2018 bucket list roundup

Before I begin, let me start by saying MY BABY STARTED KINDERGARTEN TODAY! He was a very brave boy and went in serious but also curious. He’s been all over the place in terms of starting school, so we really weren’t sure what to expect this morning. But he summoned his courage (and his excitement for learning how to read and write) and went for it. Wasn’t he just born yesterday? SOB

On to the summer bucket list!

  • Go on 5 night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas!!!!!! DONE
    We all had a fab time and this really needs its own post… To come? Highlights included 2 days on Castaway Cay (Disney’s private Carribean island), the food, the characters, and nights with cocktails on our verandah.
  • Visit Kennedy Space Center. DONE
    This was incredible. They have the space shuttle Atlantis and the set up for it is really incredible – like chills, goosebumps incredible. We want to go back.
  • Go to You Are Here exhibit at NCMA. DONE
    Super cool exhibits and photo ops 🙂
  • Visit local splash pad. DONE
    There is a newish splash pad that we hadn’t visited yet. Mommy took the boys on a playdate and all of the boys loved it.
  • Visit Granny & Papa. DONE
    The plan was to visit them at their house but we ended up meeting them at the beach and spending a few days.
  • Go to big pool. DONE
    Did this several times over the summer and enjoyed ourselves.
  • Go to Super Hero, Bug, and Karate camps. DONE
    Both boys attended all of these and had a great time.
  • See movies (Incredibles 2!). DONE
    We saw Coco in 3D on the cruise, Incredibles 2, A Wrinkle in Time, and others that are escaping me at the moment. We have a $2 theater near home so Mommy and boys saw lots of stuff I didn’t.
  • Host a backyard water play playdate. NOT DONE
    Considering a Halloween party instead…
  • Get bikes and check out local greenways. NOT DONE
    I don’t know why it seems so difficult to get damned bikes. We are going to do this soon, I swear.


  • Visited the sunflower fields.
    A local park planted a huge field full of sunflowers. It was beautiful, even though both boys were afraid of the bees.
  • Attended Raleigh SuperCon and Wizard World Winston-Salem.
    Mommy and Mama are HUGE comic book and sci fi nerds who used to attend the mother con (San Diego ComicCon) so we thought we’d introduce the boys to this world with Raleigh SuperCon. They LOVED it (as did we), so we vowed to attend any that are in striking distance from now on.

    Can you believe the very next weekend was Wizard World in Winston-Salem? So, we did it again! This time the boys wanted to dress up, so the Marshmallow was the world’s cutest Mario (Nintendo) and Monkey was Ninja Deadpool (lolol). Next up, North Carolina Comicon in Durham in November! WOOT!

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9w3d: appointments and more appointments

Tomorrow is our last EVER appointment with our RE! I’m so not sad to be done. We are also going to say goodbye to our single remaining frozen embryo. Lest we all feel too sad about it, this embie was not an excellent grade to begin with and has already been frozen 2 times, so likely not a contender even if we did have it in us to try again. No, even if something happened with this pregnancy, we are at the end of our TTC days. Hopefully we’ll see another strong heartbeat and a bit of growth tomorrow. Based on how gross and bloated I feel, I’m pretty confident that the tadpole is still hanging in there. My first OB appointment is next Monday. Things are moving fast and furious now! Oh! And I get to stop the progesterone and patches on Friday! SO HAPPY!

We are going to Disneyland and California Adventure tomorrow and Thursday. Monkey will go to preschool in the morning while we’re at the RE’s, then we’ll pick him up a little early and head down to Anaheim. Hopefully it won’t be as hot as it has been (99 degrees today!!!!!). I’m wondering about the wisdom of two days walking around in the heat as a PG lady, but we felt like if we didn’t go now, it would be a long time before we’d be ready to go once the newbie shows up. I plan to stay hydrated and snack constantly. Looking forward to a Dole Whip and Mickey Mouse ice cream bar! YUM!


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disneyland: day 2

Before I get into day 2, a quick update on my thyroid. I heard back that I have a nodule on my thyroid and have been referred to an ear/nose/throat doctor. I see him tomorrow morning so maybe I’ll know more then. Hopefully it is nothing major – I’m not freaking out right now, but I reserve the right to at any time 🙂

Now for day 2: The day started out rough. Monkey was already wound up and ready to go, but refused to get dressed or cooperate at all with anything. Whoa. We had to force him into his clothes again and there were many tears. He refused the stroller, so I carried him from the hotel to the park.

We got to the park right at opening (8AM), which was the right call as it wasn’t all that busy. On Main Street, we saw Mickey and Donald and there were very few people around them! We stopped and got a shot of Monkey with Mickey (so cute). Then we headed for Pirates of the Carribean. Since the boys were fine in Small World and it was an indoor (kind of) dark ride, we thought we’d try it. Monkey did great! He did get a little clingy a few times and got in my lap for most of the ride, but he really liked a lot of it and he never cried. H, on the other hand, was in tears for most of the ride, poor guy. He is 9 months older than Monkey, so maybe he just understood more and found it scary. The interesting thing was that I thought the problem area might be the drops in the dark in the beginning of the ride. Neither boy had a problem with those. It was the scary voice, thunder and lightening, and loud noises that scared H and had Monkey climbing into my lap.

The plan had been to do the Haunted Mansion if the boys did okay on Pirates, but we nixed that and went for the Winnie the Pooh ride. They loved it! Monkey was so cute pointing out things he knows the words for and yelling them out (“Sun!” “Balloon!” “Pig!”). Adorable.

Next up was the Jungle Cruise. It was another hit. Then we went to the Tiki Room, which was another no-brainer that the kids enjoyed. We hit all of 4 of these attractions between 8:30-9:30AM! We had a 10:00AM character breakfast reservation at the Storyteller Cafe in the (gorgeous) Grand Californian Hotel, so we left M and H at Disneyland to ride the rockets while we went to find the cafe and check in. We found it fairly easily and then waited (and waited and waited) to be called. M and H arrived about 5 minutes before we were called, so it was great timing. We were seated and the characters started arriving. They were woodland animals, so we saw Chip and Dale, Brer Bear, a bear, a raccoon, and some other cute characters. Monkey loved it (“Guys! Guys!”) and had a wonderful time. He also loves b’fast food, so he stayed in his seat and ate eggs, fruit, bagel, etc. and just had a really fun experience. Yay!

After breakfast, we went back to California Adventure to see Mater and McQueen again since Monkey was in better spirits. M and H went to the hotel to swim (they had a super cool water park like area there that we will be visiting next time). There was a short line so we waited and got some cute shots of Monkey with his cars and one family shot that turned out great. I bought Monkey an adorable McQueen t-shirt that was a D’land exclusive. Will have to post pic of him wearing it. Then Monkey was pretty much done. We thought about trying to go to Bug’s Life Land, but decided not to push our luck. It was around noon at this point. We went back to the hotel to get our bags and were on the road by 1:30PM.

So we are thinking we may do this again in the fall (Halloween time!), but do it during the week on a schedule like Day 2. Get a room for two nights, get down there mid-late afternoon (read: after nap time) and maybe hang out at the hotel pool and squeeze in a character dinner. Get to the park when it opens the next day and go until mid-day. Head back to the hotel for nap and maybe pool time, then try heading back in the later afternoon/early evening. Repeat for day 2. I think this would work well and Monkey would enjoy it more that way, too. So overall, we had a good enough time that we’re considering it again. Success!

Next up: Disneyland picture post!


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disneyland: day 1

We left the house at 9AM, thinking Monkey would sleep for most of the ride down (about 1.5 hours) and then maybe take a second nap later in the day in his stroller (our check-in time wasn’t until 4PM). Well, he fell asleep about 15 minutes from our destination – sigh. We let him nap in the car for a bit while I went in to check our bags. Our room was already ready for us (yay!), so I checked in and dropped off our stuff. Monkey woke up so we went to the room to use the facilities and do a quick diaper change, then put Monkey in the stroller and walked to Disneyland! So far, so good.

The park was really crowded for late-February. I guess weekends are always pretty busy. We used to go yearly for DW’s birthday (2/22) and it was always nice and slow, but we went during the week. Note to self: Continue that trend. We got into the park and met up with our friend M and his son H. Then we headed for Fantasyland! The line for the Mad Tea Party was short, so we got in it. The boys did well in line and loved the ride 🙂 Next up was It’s a Small World. It was about a 10 minute wait and Monkey did great in line, just checking everything out. He really LOVED the ride. Every now and then he’d grab my leg and DW’s leg and just squeeze in happiness. So cute! After that, we headed for Toon Town, thinking we’d let the boys roam around a bit. It was crazy crowded and H started to get restless so we decided to stop for lunch. Toon Town was too ridiculous, so we went to Tomorrowland, where we knew there was a ton of seating. We found a spot and I headed off in search of cheese pizza. When I got back, the Jedi Training show was in full swing and we were front row. The boys enjoyed seeing the Star Wars characters, so that was a nice little bonus.

We had park hopper tickets, so we thought we’d take the monorail over to California Adventure and see if it was any less crowded than Disneyland. The boys enjoyed riding the monorail, but everytime the doors would open, Monkey would try to make a run for it. Sigh. Finally made it to CA Adventure – wow, is that park ever a mess right now! They are doing a big overhaul and most of the park was behind scaffolding (J, you made the right call waiting for Cars Land to open – it is a mess!). We slowly made our way into the park and separated from M and H so that they could go on the ferris wheel. We were going to try to find a semi-quiet, shady spot to see if I could nurse Monkey and get him to nap. Mater and Lightning McQueen were on our way to Bug’s Life Land, so we stopped and tried to get a picture (Monkey LOVES Cars), but he was too out of sorts for that, so we continued our search for a nursing/napping place.

Believe it or not, we actually found a great spot right inside Bug’s Life Land. I put Monkey on the boob and tried to get him down. No dice. He was very amped up and wanted to just run wild, which we could not let him do in the very crowded park. We tried getting him in the stroller to see if he’d pass out – nope to both of these. So we decided to take him back to the room to see if he could get a nap in. We had 5:30PM dinner reservations for a character dinner (Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel) and wanted him to be fresh for that – he so loves characters. I tried for so long to get him down, but it just wasn’t happening. I think he was just so excited by Disneyland, seeing H, and being in a hotel room.

M and H returned from the park so we went to their room where the boys had fun watching Nick Jr, playing with cars and coloring, and having snacks. Mamas each had one beer, which was very refreshing 😉 Then it was time to get ready to head over for dinner.  The plan was to have dinner and then go back into Disneyland and see how long the boys would last. Well, Monkey was melting down over everything at this point. We had to force him into his clothes (he bumped his head while doing this, which led to more crying and screaming). He also wouldn’t go into the stroller, so we had to carry him from our hotel through Downtown Disney to the Disneyland Hotel. My body is still sore! Then there was a huge line to get into the restaurant. Fortunately, H and Monkey entertained each other by running around a post, chasing each other. I finally got through the line and paid for our buffet meals. They called us soon after that.

We got a group picture taken with Goofy and Monkey had a great time hugging and touching him (H is not so into the characters – they scared him a bit). When we got inside, we were pleasantly surprised at how nicely set up it was. There was plenty of room around our table (we were worried we’d be squeezed in with a ton of people after the kind of excruciating wait) and the food was good. We were visited by Alice in Wonderland (meh) and then Minney Mouse (Monkey loved it). Then all hell broke loose. Monkey was not having sitting down, would not eat, and only wanted to be out of his seat and chasing after any character he saw. We let him do a bit of this, but it was tough because the characters were visiting different tables and taking pictures with the kids at the tables, so Monkey needed to wait his turn. We didn’t get to eat much and ended up taking him out sooner than we’d have liked because he just wouldn’t let up.

H and Monkey played for a bit in the lobby of the hotel and then we headed back through Downtown Disney toward the park and our hotel. Monkey was obviously losing it (so tired), so we decided to just call it a night. M and H headed into Disneyworld and we walked back to the hotel – carrying Monkey the whole way (did I mention how much my body still aches?). Monkey went to sleep easily (it was around 7:20PM) and we just hung out on our phones for a bit and went to bed early.

So, day 1 was a mixed bag. Only 2 rides plus monorail and dinner was not that successful. Fortunately day 2 was much better…


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We are in the car heading down to see the Mouse! Excited!

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Hey, friends. Today I’m a little down in the dumps for a couple of reasons – one little and one that is hopefully nothing, but could be big (how’s that for a headline?). The little is that on a call this morning, we shared a local landmark that you would take visitors to in your city (there were people on the line from various countries). I said I’d take them to the Getty museum and talked about how beautiful it is and the great view of the city, yadda yadda. After everyone shared, my boss said we should post pics to our internal group of these cool locations. He said, “I’ll post one of my family at Disneyworld!” Almost immediately, I thought I could post one of our family shots from our Getty Christmas photo shoot. Then I thought, “No, I’ll just do one of the baby. I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable.” Then I felt like crap because it’s not cool that I should feel like posting a picture of my beautiful family would be controversial or make anyone feel uncomfortable.

Now for the hopefully-small-but-possibly-big reason for the gloom. I had a physical on Tuesday – my first in a few years. My new-to-me doctor felt my neck and said my thyroid was enlarged (actual shudder-worthy words were, “You have a goiter(!!!!!!). Did you know that?”). Doh! She acted like it was no big, went on with the exam and said I seemed very healthy. Then she sent me down the hall for my bloodwork. Well, the woman there proceeded to tell me that the doctor ordered an ultrasound to look at my thyroid. Doctor did not mention this to me. Had she, I would have asked some questions like:

  • Why? What are you looking for?
  • What are the possible issues?
  • Are you concerned or is this routine?

However, she did not, so I had no one to ask. I didn’t really think much of it, just scheduled my ultrasound and went about my day. I had the ultrasound this morning and it was a little alarming. First, it went on for what seemed like a long time (30 minutes) and they switched techs in the middle, which made me feel like they found something and wanted a more experienced tech to take the pictures. I noticed them taking measurements (I know what that looks like after all of those ultrasounds with the follicle measurements) and asked what they were measuring. I was told that they can’t talk to me about anything since they are not doctors. That they simply take the pictures and send them to radiology, where they write up the results and report them back to the doctor. So, now I wait until Monday to hear the results. It’s probably nothing, no big deal, but I’m feeling anxious about it.

Now for the upbeat: we are going to Disneyland the day after tomorrow! Woohoo!


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night weaning: night 8

This is night 8 in my series on night weaning. See also night 1, night 2, night 3, night 4, night 5, night 6 and night 7.

Yeah, I’m gonna keep going with the series until we reach a couple of nights in a row of good sleep. I just don’t want to end until we reach the good sleep. I’ll also try to update with other Monkey things of interest at the end.

Another icky night:

  • 7:30PM: Bedtime. And btw, thanks to those who responded on the bedtime issue. We are thinking we will set bedtime at 7PM from here on out and see how it goes.
  • 9PM: Baby awake. I walked him around and got him back to sleep in his crib.
  • 9:45PM: Baby awake. We all go to bed. Monkey cried pretty hard for about 10 minutes and seemed very sad 😦 He didn’t ask for go-go, but I think that was what had him upset. We soothed him and rubbed his back and belly (when he’d let us – he would push our hands away sometimes in anger), and finally he went to sleep.
  • 11:30PM: Baby awake. He moaned and groaned, tossed and turned, pulled hair (something he always does in bed, usually when nursing), but was back to sleep rather quickly.
  • 12:45AM: Baby awake. More of the same behavior from the 11:30PM wake up.
  • 1:15AM: Baby awake. More of the same behavior from the 11:30PM/1:15AM wake ups.
  • 5AM: Baby awake. We try to get him back to sleep, but it doesn’t happen. He isn’t upset, just awake and rolling around
  • 6AM: DW gets up with Monkey.

I usually try to get up with him Fri-Sun, but I was just so beat. Even though the breast is out of the equation, Monkey still clings to me when he wakes in the night, making sleep difficult. Some of the night wakings DW isn’t even aware of. So she took the early shift again. Bless her.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned here that we are taking Monkey for his first trip to Disneyland next weekend. We are so excited! We’re going with a friend and his 3-year-old son (it will he his first trip as well). I hope we all have a great time. Our plan is to be extremely relaxed and just take it easy. We are lucky that we can do that since DL is only 1.5 hours away from home. If we were buying airline tickets and doing a whole vacation around it, we might feel a bit more pressured to get everything in. We have booked two character meals (a dinner and a lunch) and I think Monkey is going to LOVE it. He really loves meeting characters, so this should be a no-brainer. We are going to D’land one day and California Adventure the next. They have Mater and Lightning McQueen at CA Adventure – OMG Monkey is going to freak out! So fun!

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