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CandleontheWater
08-18-2009, 10:55 AM
Hello everyone, and welcome to our pre-trippie! :yay: Right now I have two very important dates circled in red on my calendar, the first, Nov 17, 2009, is the due date for our 1st little mousketeer, Baby Pirate. :lovestruc The second is April 12, 2010, and it will be Baby Pirateís first day at WDW! :banana:

Now I know all new parents look forward to various baby milestones, their first smile, first word, first steps, but I am also looking forward to some more unorthodox firsts, such as first monorail ride, first stroll down Main Street, first attraction, first character breakfastÖ Needless to say, this is going to be one amazing trip and Iím looking forward to sharing it with my friends here on the Dis! :hug:

Well, I guess I should start with introducing myself and my DH and Baby Pirate and explaining why Disney means so much to our family!

I am Marissa, age 31, and a life-long Disney fan! My parents took their first trip to the World on their honeymoon in 1976 and were completely hooked! They took me for the first time when I was 7 months old and Iíve been back around 60 times since then. My parents took us on annual (and sometimes- bi and tri annual!) trips to the world throughout my childhood and up until when I graduated from high school; however, my trips really started adding up when I moved to Florida in 2001, but Iíll talk about that a little more later.

As a neat side note, we stayed at the Treehouse Villas on my first trip in 1978, and for the bulk of Baby Pirateís first trip we will be once again staying at the Treehouse Villas. I think it is so cool that we are starting a multi-generational tradition! :goodvibes

My DH is Mark, age 27, and he too is completely nuts about Disney (though, not as much as me!). He took his first trip when he was 7 and even though he didnít return again until he was 22, he definitely made up for lost time, and now has approximately 25 trips under his belt.

Here are some photos of DH and I at Disney! The first one is from our last trip that we took in May. We were so lucky and got chosen to be the Grand Marshalls of the parade, and the photos are from us getting ready to be in the parade. The second photo is us at the Food and Wine festival last year.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1368.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/Epcot.jpg

The third member of our family is Baby Pirate! Iím 27 weeks pregnant with my little man and we canít wait to meet him and show him everything Disney has to offer! He has already been to Disney three times in utero, which is pretty impressive for a fetus! He has also been really good, Iíve had a really easy pregnancy, and Iím crossing my fingers that it means he will be an easy baby as well. We havenít fully decided on a name yet, but we will keep you updated! We are decorating his nursery with a pirate theme, and Iíve been listening to a lot of park audio in an attempt to turn him into a Disney fan before he is even born- weíll see how that works out. ;)

Iíll have to take some recent pictures of me and the belly so you can ďseeĒ how big Baby Pirate is.

Well this is getting long, so Iíll save why Disney means so much to our family for our next installment and then we can get into the nitty-gritty of planning!! I hope you will stick with me for the ride! :flower3:

CandleontheWater
08-19-2009, 10:17 AM
Hello again everyone! I figured Iíd keep plugging along and talk a little about why Disney is so special to my family. As I had mentioned previously, I took my first trip at 7 months old and we went on annual trips throughout my early childhood; however, these trips became extra special in 1988 when my beloved grandparents moved to Deltona Florida. I was always very close to my grandparents and it was a big change for me to go from having them 15 minutes away and seeing them constantly, to having them all the way down the eastern seaboard. My parents wanted to make sure that we still saw my grandparents regularly, so our trips to Florida became much more frequent, sometimes three and four times a year, and they always involved a few days at Disney.

I have such wonderful memories of those trips and I have always been so thankful that even though my grandparents were far away, I still got plenty of chances to see them and have such wonderful experiences with them. Even though they are no longer with us, I can still picture them every time we go to the parks and remember how much fun we all had together, and I smile every time I ride their favorite rides!

After I graduated from high school our family trips became less frequent due to me being away and my brothers having busy sports schedules. We were still able to get to Disneyland for New Years Eve in 1998, which was awesome, and in 2001 I moved to Florida, which opened up a whole new era of Disney adventures. I went to graduate school in Pensacola, but it was much less expensive for my parents to fly into Orlando, and it was (incidentally) near Disney, so family visits would turn into Disney trips! Of course my brothers wanted to get in on the action as well, and my parents made the decision to buy into the DVC as an excuse to get everyone together once a year for a big family vacation.

We still love vacationing in Disney, even though we are much older now and married and starting our own families. It is so wonderful to think about introducing the a whole new generation to Disney, starting with Baby Pirate.

CandleontheWater
08-21-2009, 11:11 AM
Well Iím going to keep plugging away, and see if I can entice some readers!

My husband took a different route to a love of Disney, and I think I can claim most of the credit. He went as a child, and when he was 22, he decided to take advantage of the military offer that Disney had going on after Sept. 11th and went with 3 friends to Disney for Thanksgiving. He had a really nice time going on the rides and made good use of the plus options on his ticket at PI every night. I still donít think he would have been entirely hooked though, if not for me!

DH and I met in Pensacola when I was a graduate student and he was in flight school learning how to fly helicopters for the Navy. As much as I said I wasnít going to get involved with a Navy man, he stole my heart and we fell in love. :love: We had gotten pretty serious, but I was still nervous when the time came for him to be assigned to his next duty station. I was still finishing my degree and he could have been sent to places as exotic and far away as Japan or Guam. When I got the phone call saying that he was assigned to Jacksonville, Florida, I couldnít have been happier! :yay: He asked me to move with him and I was able to find a job and finish my thesis from Jacksonville.

Now we had talked about getting married, and I figured he would propose sometime, but I wasnít quite sure when. :bride: We (or shall I say I) had planned a quick weekend trip to Disney for 4th of July weekend to celebrate our new house and our big move. I wonít lie, I was super excited about moving a mere 2 Ĺ hours from the mouse, and I wanted to start taking advantage of our proximity as soon as possible! Since I had done all the planning, and I was the Disney expert, I definitely wasnít expecting a proposal on that trip!

There certainly was pixie dust in the air that morning, because shortly after we arrived, while I was happily bouncing my way down Main Street, we were approached by a cast member. I chatted with him as we walked towards Space Mountain, telling him about how much I loved Disney and how excited I was to be back, and the CM started asking me questions about the afternoon parade. Now Iím not much of a daytime parade person, and I told him that we probably wouldnít watch the parade, to which he replied, ďhow would you like to be IN the parade instead?Ē We were offered the exalted position of Grand Marshalls for the afternoon parade, and I about passed out! It was amazing! The photo in my siggy is from that day and I will never forget it! (as a side note, yes we were asked to be Grand Marshalls a second time, 4 years later, during the last trip we took in May. I think it was fate that we were Grand Marshalls on our first trip as Floridians and we were able to also be Grand Marshalls for our last trip as Floridians! It was an amazing way to start and end such a special phase of our lives!)

After our Grand Marshall experience I didnít think the day could get any better, I was just walking on air! However, things got even better when after Illuminations, Mark got down on one knee and asked if I would make all his dreams come true. It was so special, but also really rather funny. I (of course) had a plan that we would watch Illuminations from the front of WS facing the American Adventure, then my plan was to rush to monorail and get back over to the MK for Spectromagic and EMH. My plan was to move as quickly as possible to try and beat the crowds to the monorail, however, DH was just hanging around and walking really slowly and letting the crowds thin out. At one point I was starting to get a little frustrated and started walking a little faster and got in front of him, at that point I turned around to yell at him to catch up and he was on one knee with a ring box in his hand! At that point I panicked and said, ďI wasnít ready, do it over!Ē He thought that was pretty funny, and since he now had my full attention, he got back on one knee and properly proposed!:cloud9:

After that trip we continued to visit WDW frequently, usually about once a month. It was so close and such a wonderful escape, we really took advantage of our proximity. We, of course, became annual passholders, and with our dining and hotel discounts, we were able to get away for a weekend for not much more than we would spend on a normal weekend, going out to dinner, seeing a movie, meeting up with friends at a bar. It was a wonderful, wonderful time and I enjoyed every second of it! In June of this year DH got a new assignment working for the office of Naval Intelligence in Washington DC. We now live in Alexandria VA, which is an awesome place, but I do miss Disney. :sad2: We are still going to be taking trips (3 next year if all goes well), but they will be fewer and involve much more planning. Iím writing this trip report to fill the time between trips and try to stretch out the magic between visits to the mouse!

Next up- the nitty-gritty of planning with a baby on the way!

reyasmommy
08-21-2009, 11:22 AM
Your PTR title caught my eye right away! :thumbsup2

:littleangel:I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant ((with a boy too)) and planning his 1st trip to WDW also. We're going in March so he'll be 3 months old! I'm soooooo excited!

Congratulations!!! And I look foward to hearing more! popcorn::

MickeyisBeast
08-21-2009, 11:28 AM
I am joining in! Can't wait for more! You must be very excited!!!
~Sara

CandleontheWater
08-25-2009, 10:01 AM
Your PTR title caught my eye right away! :thumbsup2

:littleangel:I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant ((with a boy too)) and planning his 1st trip to WDW also. We're going in March so he'll be 3 months old! I'm soooooo excited!

Congratulations!!! And I look foward to hearing more! popcorn::

Hey there! Congrats on your little one! You are just a few weeks behind me, so we can commiserate and the trials and tribulations of being preggo in the heat of summer! :) I'm excited to hear how your March trip turns out, I'll be looking for tips and tricks! ;)

I am joining in! Can't wait for more! You must be very excited!!!
~Sara

Welcome and thanks for joining along!

CandleontheWater
08-25-2009, 10:22 AM
Ok, so I promised some nitty-gritty trip details, and I will deliver as promised!

The plan for this trip is to fly from BWI airport (about an hour from our house) into Orlando on Thursday evening April 8th. We are patiently waiting for Southwest to release the flight schedule, because ideally we would like a flight around 7 pm, that way DH can work a whole day on Thursday and not have to take an extra day of leave. We need to save those leave days so we can use them for our Disney trips in June and Oct! We would ideally like to fly SW, and we are hoping we can score a good deal. I am certainly not a light packer ;) and I know with the baby we will be bringing even more stuff than usual. I just hope that SW keeps with its "bags fly free" policy.

Our other option (and one that might be easier, but much more expensive) is to fly out of Regan National Airport. That airport is two metro stops up from our house and would be really, really easy to get to. Unfortunately prices out of National are crazy, but I still probably will check, and maybe some pixie dust will float down our way!

We will be taking Magical Express to WDW, and this will be our 1st Magical Express adventure! I don't think I appreciated how spoiled we were living a 2 1/2 hour drive from the mouse. There was no worries with packing or transportation, we just got up and went. I swear we drove down so much that the car just knew the way, and all we would have to do is get behind the wheel and it would drive us straight to WDW!

Our accommodations are a little more complicated! We are going down as part of a grand gathering, with 10 other people! Mark and I decided that we wanted to go down a few days early, to see some friends and so I can plan and execute baby's first days at Disney the exact way that I envisioned. I know that this is a little selfish, but I have been dreaming of taking my children to Walt Disney World since I was a child myself, and I really want his first days to be perfect. Not that the trip isn't going to be wonderful when everyone arrives, but it is going to be much more hectic, and I won't be able to concentrate just on Baby Pirate. I really want our first day to be just about him, and not have to take into account the wants and needs of 10 other individuals.

So getting back to where we are going to stay! When Mark and I arrive I'm still debating about going to Pop or three nights, or staying at POR. POR is my favorite resort, and it is right across from Saratoga, which is where we are staying for the next 6 nights. We don't have a car, so we will have to count on Disney transportation, and count on Disney bell services to move our luggage. We've done split trips before and had no problems, but this was all pre-baby. I guess it doesn't really make a difference, but it may be faster and easier to transfer our luggage from POR, since it is so close.

I'm going to make our first 3 day reservation at the end of this month, and I think I'm going to make it for Pop, but I can always change it to POR if I convince hubby that the extra money is worth it!

Next up- I'll do a mini-TR about my weekend at the REAL Saratoga Springs! Photos of the actual grandstands, Carousel restaurant and Congress Park coming up!

figment41
09-10-2009, 12:04 PM
Just joining your trip report.

I am so excited for you. Congrats on the new baby and best of wishes on all of those firsts.

The other day we were flipping through some pictures with my inlaws and my husband said well there is Laura's pride and joy. I must have given him a puzzled look because they were all pictures of my DD and puppies.

He said it is her first picture with the Mouse and Pluto. Those were some great memories. Our DD was already 1 but they were still cute. I would love a pic of my DD beng held by Mickey at the age of your son.

Just remember you may not get much done so take in every moment. This age is also great because they just do and go along with anything you say at this point.

No I do not think you are slefish at all for taking him ahead of time to make sure you get all of his firsts in the way you want them!!!:wizard:

Gabes_mommy
09-10-2009, 12:54 PM
Yay! I'm so excited you started your PTR! :dance3:

And to answer your thread title - Yes! Planning baby's first trip to the world is such a special experience. :goodvibes

Your engagement story is so sweet. That is so great that you found a fellow Disney lover. :lovestruc

My last name actually rhymes with pirate so we have always called my DS "baby pirate" as well, so I love that! I can't wait to see pictures of your pirate themed nursery when it's all done.

That is so great that you are staying at one of the Treehouse villas - they look amazing.

Ok, that's enough from me for now. :rotfl:

jgazda
09-16-2009, 02:54 PM
What an exciting trip for you to be planning. Congrats!

lbuzz52
09-16-2009, 06:08 PM
hi!
we are taking a trip with a baby next month- but he will be almost 9 months. still, it will be interesting. we are staying at ssr but decided against the treehouse with no car.
you aren't the only one who counts trips in utero, either!

CandleontheWater
09-18-2009, 12:03 PM
Just joining your trip report.

I am so excited for you. Congrats on the new baby and best of wishes on all of those firsts.

The other day we were flipping through some pictures with my inlaws and my husband said well there is Laura's pride and joy. I must have given him a puzzled look because they were all pictures of my DD and puppies.

He said it is her first picture with the Mouse and Pluto. Those were some great memories. Our DD was already 1 but they were still cute. I would love a pic of my DD beng held by Mickey at the age of your son.

Just remember you may not get much done so take in every moment. This age is also great because they just do and go along with anything you say at this point.

No I do not think you are slefish at all for taking him ahead of time to make sure you get all of his firsts in the way you want them!!!:wizard:

Thank you so much for your well wishes!! :goodvibes I am definately planning on taking in every moment, especially the small ones. I am a (former) park commando, so I think taking the time to smell the roses with our little pirate will be extra sweet! :cloud9:

Yay! I'm so excited you started your PTR! :dance3:

And to answer your thread title - Yes! Planning baby's first trip to the world is such a special experience. :goodvibes

Your engagement story is so sweet. That is so great that you found a fellow Disney lover. :lovestruc

My last name actually rhymes with pirate so we have always called my DS "baby pirate" as well, so I love that! I can't wait to see pictures of your pirate themed nursery when it's all done.

That is so great that you are staying at one of the Treehouse villas - they look amazing.

Ok, that's enough from me for now. :rotfl:

I hope you are having fun on your trip and I'm looking forward to your TR so I can pick up some tips! Thats awesome that your last name rhymes with pirate, how cool!

I will definitely post pictures of the nursery when we are finished. We are waiting on the crib right now, it should be here soon. :rolleyes1 Who knew it would take so long to get in baby furniture!

What an exciting trip for you to be planning. Congrats!

Thank you and welcome to my PTR!

hi!
we are taking a trip with a baby next month- but he will be almost 9 months. still, it will be interesting. we are staying at ssr but decided against the treehouse with no car.
you aren't the only one who counts trips in utero, either!

I'll be excited to hear about your trip too! I'm not sure how the treehouses are going to work with no car, but I guess we'll see. We are die-hard Disney transportation people, so hopefully it won't be too different than staying at SSR proper.

CandleontheWater
09-18-2009, 01:04 PM
So, since the last time we spoke, I have made some real headway on our April trip! I contacted our trusty travel planner and booked Pop for the nights of April 8, 9, and 10th! On the morning of the 11th we are going to check out of Pop and into the Treehouse villas (which I am SOOOO excited about!). The only bad thing about booking the trip were facing the room rates!! We are traveling the tail end of Easter week, so it peak season and all AAA discounts are blacked out. Iím still holding out hope that maybe an AP discount will come or way, or maybe they will extend the military 40% discount that has been awesome this past year. Anyway we are paying $149 a night for Pop, I canít justify spending more on POR. Iím not too disappointed however, because I really do love Pop! I know there will still be enough room for all of us and we are only there for three nights.

I have requested DH and my favorite section, the 80ís!! We were both children of the 80ís so that decade holds a fond place in our hearts, and I think it is well located in the resort. Its pretty close to Everything Pop and I do like the computer pool. I also really like the 80ís section for an admittedly silly reason. The poster in the 80ís room has Oliver from Oliver and Company on it, and we have an orange tabby cat namedÖ.you guessed itÖOliver! I do miss him and our other cat Oscar when we are away, and waking up and seeing his likeness every morning makes me almost feel like he is on vacation with us.

So, we now have our accommodations all taken care of for the trip, yippee!! Our next big hurtle was airfare. We have been admittedly spoiled living in Florida for the past few years. Not only were we able to take trips to the World on a whim, but we didnít have to deal with airfare. I had never spent any time on the transportation boards before, but I got myself over there to familiarize myself with the lingo and hopefully figure out how to score a good deal on airfare. Now I have discussed my BWI/Regan National issues, but I saw on the boards people talking about how the April airfares for Airtran had been released. I knew Airtran flew out of Regan, and I decided to take a look. I didnít get my hopes up too far, because I knew that typically the fares out of Regan are pretty steep! Well low and behold I found two non-stop flights out of Regan on our travel days, with the fare being $54 per person on the way down (super awesome) and $79 per person on the way back (not as awesome, but still really good). This was really great news since it is so easy to get to Regan from our house, and we wouldnít have to deal with the expense of getting a shuttle or driving and parking our car, and we wouldnít have to drag along Baby Pirates car seat. We will have to pay baggage fees on Airtran, but considering the parking along for 10 days at BWI would be well over $100, we will definitely make up the difference. Maybe we could have gotten the airfare a little cheaper on Southwest, maybe we could have found the flight back for closer to $50, but I think that the time and energy saved is going to be well worth it!

Now that Iíve gotten our room and flights figured out, I feel like this trip is so much closer! Now I get to work on the really fun stuff- our itinerary!!

CandleontheWater
09-18-2009, 02:09 PM
The real Saratoga Springs

Well I promised a mini-TR about my adventure to Saratoga Springs New York and here it goes!

My parents are huge fans of thoroughbred horse racing. They have traveled all over the country to see races and they own a race horse named Saratoga Russell. When they began to think seriously again about becoming DVC owners, it was a no-brainer which home resort they wanted to have- Saratoga Springs! Since their purchase a few years ago, I have been to the SSR resort on many occasions, but I have never been able to make it to Saratoga Springs New York. Well, as it turned out my husband was going to have to go to Atlanta for a week for work training, and my parents invited me to come home for the week and spend some time with them. It just so happened that while I was going to up visiting my parents, their horse, Saratoga Russell was going to be in a race in Saratoga New York and I was lucky enough to be able to come along. I was really excited not just to see how the real thing compared with the resort, but because I had not met my parents horse or had been able to see him race, since we had been living in Florida and he mostly races in the Northeast.

Well as soon as we arrived I began to look for where the imaginers took their inspiration for the resort and I was not disappointed!

Here is the entrance to the racetrack, does this remind anyone else of the entrance to the resort?

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1553.jpg


I recognized the color scheme of the Grandstands pool area immediately

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1558.jpg

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Does this remind anyone of the water play area at the Grandstands pool?

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1581.jpg


Here is one of the famous Saratoga Springs, located at the race track. The water from the springs was really gross (alot like Beverly :rotfl: ) It tasted like sulfur and iron, yuck!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1561.jpg

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Here is my dad and I at another spring located across from Congress Park

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1589.jpg

Here is a bronze horse statue located in the Paddock, similar to one at the entrance of Saratoga Springs

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Here is the actual paddock area, where the horses are saddled before they run

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1560.jpg

The Carousel is a restaurant at the track

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1565.jpg

There also is a historic Carousel in Congress Park. It was closed when we went there so I couldn't take a ride or get any close up photos. :sad2:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1583.jpg

I also know why the grounds are so pretty at Saratoga Springs, they are modeled after Congress Park! It was really beautiful there!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1597.jpg

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And there were more springs!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1608.jpg

My parents horse was in one of the last races of the day. He had won at Saratoga racetrack a couple of weeks before and he was the heavy favorite to win. He had 1/1 odds when the race was run.

Here he is in the paddock, I think he is a very handsome horse! ;)

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1574.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1578.jpg

Here he is on the big screen getting ready for the gate.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/DSCN1579.jpg

Unfortunately it was not his day and he did not run a great race. He started out good, but then just tuckered out. He ended up in 8th place out of 10. It was a real disappointment, but we didnít let it ruin our day, you win some, you lose some. He actually didnít look great in the paddock, really antsy and unfocused, so maybe he just wasnít feeling it. That is part of the excitement about horse racing, you never know what is going to happen, and how a horse feels that day has so much to do with the outcome of the race.

All in all it was an awesome experience, we had so much fun at the racetrack and it was neat to see Saratoga Springs. If you ever get the chance to go up there, I would highly suggest it!

figment41
09-18-2009, 11:18 PM
Wow that is great for airfare. Good job.

You guys look so happy at Saratoga!!

Disney here you come!!:wizard:

CandleontheWater
09-23-2009, 07:05 PM
Well I thought I'd take a moment from my Disney planning to give you all a little update on Baby Pirate! I had my 32 week appointment today ( I can't believe I only have 2 months to go!). I had to step on the dreaded scale and confirmed that I have gained more weight than I will ever admit to anyone outside my immediate family. My DH has been very sweet and tells me that I look exactly the same except for my belly, and helpfully suggested it might just be water weight. If that were the case, I'd be sloshing when I walked! :lmao:

I have been really lucky so far this pregnancy and I haven't had too many issues. About my only pregnancy related complaint is that I have been really swollen lately, and even my Dr. remarked on how my feet do look more puffy than usual, maybe DH is on to something! ;)

The Dr. then got into the knitty-gritty of the appointment, listening to the baby and measuring my stomach. The good news is that Baby Pirates heart rate is 140, which the Dr. says is perfect. He is also quite the little mover and shaker, and I have no trouble getting in my kick counts every day. The bad news is that I am now measuring 3 weeks ahead of my due date :scared1: I think Baby Pirate has decided that he'd rather be a baby elephant. They have scheduled another ultrasound to measure how large this baby is getting, and then we can discuss our options.

My mother thinks this is all very funny, she said that I should have expected it since we grow big babies in our family. My middle brother was 9lbs 10 oz, and my youngest brother was 8 1/2 lbs, and a month early. As a first time mom-to-be I don't think this is funny at all, the thought of giving birth to a 10 lbs baby scares me witless! :eek: Well I guess we'll just see what happens!

The upside to Baby Pirate being large is that maybe he will be a little early. This would be wonderful because my middle brother (the really large baby) is getting married on Dec 5th. I would really, really love to be there and with a Nov 17th due date I'd be cutting it really close. If the baby came a week or two early, then I'd have plenty of time to recover, and I'd have more time to get the new mommy routine under my belt before Baby Pirate's first big social event.

I will keep you all updated! :goodvibes

figment41
09-24-2009, 11:35 AM
Just think of the scale as that is all baby pirates weight gain.
Big healthy babies are great!!
2 more months hooray!!!!:wizard:

Gabes_mommy
09-24-2009, 12:04 PM
Great updates!!!

The pictures from Saratoga are gorgeous and you look so cute with your baby bump! Great job on the airfares too - those sound really good to me. :goodvibes

I have to tell you that I went through the exact same thing in my pregnancy with Gabe (aka baby beefcake) - I measured big throughout my pregnancy. At a certain point I started getting concerned about my size and asked one of the doctors in the practice and he blew me off. At my next appt (39 weeks I think) I saw my regular doctor and she was really concerned about my size too and sent me for an U/S. They said that Gabe was approximately 9 pounds at that point so 2 doctors sat me down and had a serious talk with me about scheduling a c-section. I had always planned on giving birth naturally, but I spoke to my family and we agreed that I should have the c-section. It ended up being the right thing for me because I went into labor the day of my scheduled section and DS was actually stuck and I would have had to have the section no matter what. He weighed a whopping 9 pounds 13 ounces. :scared1: No, it was not the delivery I had planned but it all worked out and I had a healthy baby boy. So, all that to say please feel free to ask me any advice about big babies or PM me anytime. :goodvibes

lbuzz52
09-29-2009, 11:09 AM
the wedding will be a great opportunity to show off baby pirate! don't let it get you nervous- the small babies are typically the best behaved kiddos at events. if your family is anything like mine, they will grab the baby as soon as you arrive and you will actually have empty arms for the rest of the day.
can't say much on the big baby side- mine were both average sized babies- but i did have an emergency c-section with dd and a scheduled c-section with ds. don't worry if you end up having to go this route- it's not really bad. and i believe that everything happens for a reason. the doctor's really have your and your babies best interests at heart. so soon! are you nesting yet?

CandleontheWater
09-29-2009, 02:16 PM
Just think of the scale as that is all baby pirates weight gain.
Big healthy babies are great!!
2 more months hooray!!!!:wizard:

I've been trying to think that way, but its hard when my oh-so-clueless husband says things like "Wow, you weigh more than me now!" :scared1:

Great updates!!!

The pictures from Saratoga are gorgeous and you look so cute with your baby bump! Great job on the airfares too - those sound really good to me. :goodvibes

I have to tell you that I went through the exact same thing in my pregnancy with Gabe (aka baby beefcake) - I measured big throughout my pregnancy. At a certain point I started getting concerned about my size and asked one of the doctors in the practice and he blew me off. At my next appt (39 weeks I think) I saw my regular doctor and she was really concerned about my size too and sent me for an U/S. They said that Gabe was approximately 9 pounds at that point so 2 doctors sat me down and had a serious talk with me about scheduling a c-section. I had always planned on giving birth naturally, but I spoke to my family and we agreed that I should have the c-section. It ended up being the right thing for me because I went into labor the day of my scheduled section and DS was actually stuck and I would have had to have the section no matter what. He weighed a whopping 9 pounds 13 ounces. :scared1: No, it was not the delivery I had planned but it all worked out and I had a healthy baby boy. So, all that to say please feel free to ask me any advice about big babies or PM me anytime. :goodvibes

Thank you for sharing your story, it definitely helps to hear from people who have been there. It is a little daunting, but I'm taking it one day at a time and keeping in mind that the most important thing is to do what is best for my baby and my body. I would really like to avoid a C-section because the thought of major abdominal surgery scares me! I've never had any surgery or even broken bones or stitches, so I don't have any experience to go on. The ultrasound is on the 21st of Oct, so I'll keep you all posted.

the wedding will be a great opportunity to show off baby pirate! don't let it get you nervous- the small babies are typically the best behaved kiddos at events. if your family is anything like mine, they will grab the baby as soon as you arrive and you will actually have empty arms for the rest of the day.
can't say much on the big baby side- mine were both average sized babies- but i did have an emergency c-section with dd and a scheduled c-section with ds. don't worry if you end up having to go this route- it's not really bad. and i believe that everything happens for a reason. the doctor's really have your and your babies best interests at heart. so soon! are you nesting yet?

I think you are probably right about having many willing and helping arms at the wedding. This is the first grandchild so he is kinda a big deal ;) My youngest brothers girlfriend is absolutely baby crazy, so I think I'm going to have to pry him out of her arms to take him home at the end of the weekend. Then again, maybe I should let her keep him until he is sleeping through the night :laughing:

I'm also glad to hear that your c-sections went well, I'm hoping to avoid that route, but hearing positive stories will help me be less apprehensive if I do have to have one.

CandleontheWater
09-29-2009, 02:41 PM
I thought I would post another picture, just to show off my round belly! The photo is of me and DH (Mark) and was taken at my baby shower 2 weekend ago, so that was 31 weeks.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Caryatid/GetAttachmentaspx.jpg

I also got some great news yesterday, my crib is being delivered on Thursday! :cool1: I ordered it back in July, I can't believe that baby furniture takes so long to come in. My friend ordered her furniture the same day that I did from the same store and she got hers a month ago! I even ordered a crib that was made in Canada, you would think it would get here faster than furniture made in China, but I guess not. I can't wait for the crib to be set up, then the babies room will feel like an actual nursery! We are still working on the decorations, I'm planning on ordering the rug, the clock, The pirates of the Caribbean ride poster and two photos from the ride next week.

We also have to go to Ikea to pick up some shelving for the room, but that will have to wait. DH HATES going to Ikea, you would think I was asking him to stand in front of a firing squad. The first problem is that there is always traffic, no matter when we go. I try to explain to DH that we moved to Northern Virginia, one of the biggest traffic hotspots in the country. When I point this out to him while we are sitting in the traffic it only raises his grumpy level, so I try to keep my mouth shut.:rolleyes1 He also hates that the store is laid out like a maze, which he thinks only entices me to wander around and look at stuff. Well, of course it does! It is a brilliant marketing ploy that I fall into each and every time we go! :upsidedow He also hates that you can't pick up the item you want to buy where you see it displayed, that you have to write down the number, go downstairs and get it out of the warehouse. He claims that there is no possible way that anyone could get in and out in under an hour, which is probably true. I try to bill the trip as an experience, but DH likes to approach shopping trips like military missions, you get in, meet your objective and get out. The faster you can do it, the better off you are. You should see the smoke that comes out of his ears when I suggest we stop at the food court for some delightful Swedish meatballs! :rotfl:

figment41
09-30-2009, 10:12 AM
I was starting to get alittle nervous about our furniture also. Wouldn't it be great to spend that much money on furniture and then have them sleeping in a drawer for the first weeks they re home (That was actually in a book my MIL gave to me from when she had my DH). No worrries though it made it in time.

You both look so happy in that pic.

The best thing you can do is relax and take it as it comes. They will take great care of both of you.:wizard:

disneymoon_0307
09-30-2009, 01:01 PM
I just found your pre-trip. The title caught my eye. I have a 4 month old and we're not taking her to Disney until Sep of 2011. Although it's very difficult to try not to take her next year. I can't wait to hear more and see babypirate. Keep us updated.

CandleontheWater
10-23-2009, 06:55 AM
Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven't been posting lately, things have definitely kicked up at notch around my house as we zoom closer to Baby Pirates arrival date. On top of all that my old job has sent me some contract work, so that has been keeping me way busy during work hours. I'm not *really* complaining, I'm happy to have the work, and happier to have the extra money ;) but this project was supposed to be started back in April! Well they couldn't get the contract ironed out, so it got pushed back to mid-August, and then coasted through all of September, and I finally got the information the second week in Oct. When I agreed to take on the work my boss assured me that everything would be complete by Sept 30th, now it looks like I'm going to be pushing to get done before my due date:headache:

Well we went for our ultrasound on Wed and I got some good news, Baby Pirate is on the large side, but not so big that we would have to discuss an early induction or scheduled C-section. They estimated him at 6lbs 13oz and based on his weight and measurements his due date should be Nov 13th, which is only 4 days earlier than the due date I was given at the beginning of my pregnancy. I would be perfectly fine with him coming a little early, and so would my swollen ankles and sore lower back! ;)

On the flip side my belly is now measuring at 40 weeks :eek: so I am officially the size of a small planet. I keep having to warn people to keep a good distance or they might get sucked into my gravitational pull. :)

In Disney news, its about time for me to start discussing ADRs! Like most of humanity I will be part of the ADR armageddon on Oct 27th. It is going to be a very crazy day! I am planning on waking up at 3 am to make my ADRs, I figure I have a better chance of beating the inevitable computer system crash and it will be good practice for when Baby Pirate arrives.

We all know the downside to making ADRs this early- we don't have park hours! For the first couple of days it is not going to be a big deal, because I pretty much know that I want to go to MK first and then spend a whole day at AK, etc. The issue comes up when the rest of the family arrives on Sunday afternoon. Since there will be 11 of us, I want to make the most efficient and simplest touring plan, that makes the most of park hours and allows us to catch spectro and fantasmic. DH's aunt, uncle, cousins and grandmother will not have park hoppers, so that makes it even more challenging. DH's parents are coming into town to visit this weekend, so hopefully we'll be able to discuss the plans a little more, but I have a lot of work to do over the next few days!

With all that being said I have some ideas and the family has weighted in also about where they would like to eat. The first night we arrive in Orlando in the afternoon, and I don't think I'm going to make an ADR for that evening. What I would ideally like to do is to go over to DTD and just spend some time walking around and soaking in the atmosphere (and of course, pin trading!). I figure we could eat a quick dinner at Earle of Sandwich, because DH and I both like it, and I would really like to peak into Paradiso 37 and maybe try one of their margaritas. Of course, The night would not be complete without a stop at Ghirardelli's for a hot fudge sundae!

The second day (Friday) I am contemplating one ADR, for lunch at the San Angel Inn. I figure we'd start at MK, ride a few rides, and then hop over to Epcot. I was hoping that since it is dark and cool inside the San Angel Inn, that it might induce napping (but that might be wishful thinking). At that point it might be nice to take a little break and get off our feet and that restaurant has always been special to us since it is where we ate right before DH proposed.

On Saturday I would really like to get a breakfast ADR at Chef Mickey's. My first character dining experience was at the contemporary and I would like the same for DS. I also think this would be a great way for DS to meet the characters without having to stand in line, plus the food is pretty decent. I can't wait for those priceless pictures! :cloud9:

On Sunday I am planning on another breakfast ADR, this time at my absolute favorite place, Kona Cafe. I cannot go to Disney without eating Tonga Toast or I might explode. Tonga toast is my favorite food on earth, I swear it is mana from the gods! In my mind heaven looks a lot like an early breakfast at the Kona Cafe, with delicious Tonga Toast sitting in front of me and the promise of a whole Disney day spread out before me. :lovestruc

Well this is getting pretty long, so I'll save the family dining for the next post! What restaurants do 11 people all agree on, you'll just have to wait and see! :goodvibes

Gabes_mommy
10-23-2009, 09:49 AM
I think all your ADRs sound great! :thumbsup2

I'm sure everything will go fine with Baby Pirate. :flower3: Enjoy these last weeks as your life is about to change forever. Try to get as much sleep as you can (between working on that big project :laughing:) and enjoy your alone time with your DH. :goodvibes

I hope Baby Pirate comes early for you! That would be great! Those last few weeks can be rough. :flower3:

lala3291
11-03-2009, 12:36 PM
Hi Marissa! Thought I'd join in! Congratulations on your upcoming Baby Pirate! Disney is so exciting going with a baby...your trip will be magical! Looking forward to reading more!
~Lauren

Lovemy3babes
11-03-2009, 03:13 PM
I'm jumping in here too. What a fun PTR. :) I can't wait to read more about your trip and your baby Pirate.

belle8306
11-03-2009, 04:23 PM
Congratulations!:goodvibes I just found your PTR and I am really enjoying it. My DH and I love POR too! We stayed there on our honeymoon and we have been hooked ever since. I think your ADR's sound great. Kona is one of my favorites. We are also doing a Grand Gathering event in June. I am looking forward to reading more.:thumbsup2

LKD
11-03-2009, 05:37 PM
Aaaw! I can't wait to hear more about your baby Pirate!

the4princesses
11-03-2009, 10:27 PM
Congrat's I bet you had your baby?? Can't wait for updates!! Pray everything went well.:cutie:

CandleontheWater
11-05-2009, 09:43 AM
Hello everyone! Thank you to those that are keeping up and welcome to all the new comers! I have not had my baby yet, little Pirate is still snuggled up inside, but I haven't had time to update because I've been frantically trying to finish up one last work project. I now have everything done and it is such a weight off my shoulders! It is a little like that feeling I used to get at the end of every college semester when all the finals finished and I could just relax until school started up again. Well this time around "school" starts in approximately two weeks, and I think its going to be my most challenging course load ever! ;)

I did want to pop in and give everyone an update on ADR Armageddon! So like many of us, my ADR window opened on Oct 27th, and I was determined to get my reservations so that Baby's Pirate's first trip would be perfect!

I also was in charge of making the ADRs for the 2nd portion of the trip, when the rest of DH's family joins us in WDW. This was a little more challenging. My in-laws are great people, they are DVC members and have some knowledge of Disney under their belt, however I was having a hard time convincing them of the urgency of needing to make reservations ASAP, especially when traveling with a group of 13 people. They had come down to visit the weekend before Oct 27th, and I thought this would be a great time to talk about dining. Unfortunately when I brought the subject up they were a little evasive and not so interested in making concrete plans. This is where it gets a little tricky, because they can be sensitive and I don't want to push too hard and make they upset and have them think I am trying to take over the vacation, but at the same time I want to make sure it is a success, not just for them, but for DH and I as well.

Its like walking a very fine line when planning a vacation with DH's family. Since they are DVC members, they will pick up the cost of our accommodations, which is very nice of them and for which I am very thankful. Because they are paying for the hotel, my DH thinks that we should pretty much let them take the reigns in planning and go with the flow. This worked fine when we lived in Florida, and if we missed attractions or didn't get dining reservations, it was no big deal because we pretty much went to Disney every month, so we could always do the things that we missed. Now that we are living in Virginia and we have a baby on the way, we are only going to be able to get to Disney maybe once or twice a year, so I feel like I have a much more vested interest in making sure we are able to hit our favorites. At the same time I don't want to step on anyone's toes or make anyone upset! :headache:

Anyway, the fateful day of Oct 27th rolled around and I still hadn't heard for DH's parents about where they wanted to eat! :upsidedow Since I knew what ADRs I wanted for the first part of the trip, I jumped right in, and I figured I could always call back later for the rest of the ADRs. I decided against trying to wake up at 3am (I figure I have plenty of that ahead of me to look forward too :goodvibes ), and instead try the on-line system at 6am when it is "officially" supposed to roll over. Well I got out of bed to find out that the entire on-line system was down! :scared1: Thankfully I had the Disboards, and the entire thread devoted to people trying to make Oct 27th ADRs. It definitely helped that I was not alone in my frustration!

At promptly 7 am I began calling the Disney dining line with thousands of other hungry individuals. I seriously think avid Disney dining fans may have crashed the cell phone grid in Orlando, because I kept getting the message that all circuits were busy! I dialed and dialed and dialed, and considered it progress when I got a busy signal! :) I called from 7am to 8:30 straight with no luck and at that point I had to give up for a while and do some real work. I don't know why I even bothered, I was really unproductive between picking up the cell to try "just once more" and obsessively checking the checking the chatter on the Disboards.

Based on the suggestion of some of our fellow Disers, I decided to try my luck with DVC member services to see if they could make my ADRs. I got on the phone shortly after 9, sat on hold for about a half an hour, only to be told that the entire dining reservation system was down and that no one could make ADRs. Now I knew from the disboards that some people were having success, so I kept trying back, but every CM was telling me the same thing!

I decided to really give up for a while and get some work done on my project, but by 11am I was antsy and ready to give it another shot. I must have run into some pixie dust, because when I got through to member services the very nice CM told me that the dining system just came back up and that she would be able to make my ADRs! I was so happy I could have reached through the phone and hugged her! :hug: It look a while because the system, although working, was sluggish, but I was able to make the following ADRs

April 9th- San Angel Inn @1:00 pm
April 10th- Chef Mickeys @9:00 am
April 11th- Kona Cafe @9:15 am

:banana::dance3::yay::woohoo::cheer2:

Our vacation was off to a wonderful and delicious start! In my next installment I'll get into the meat of potatoes of where my in-laws decided they wanted to eat and the nitty-gritty of making ADRs for 13!

belle8306
11-05-2009, 03:50 PM
Your ADR's look great:thumbsup2 Good luck getting everything done before the baby arrives.

Lovemy3babes
11-08-2009, 04:27 PM
What ADR drama!! I would have been out of my mind. LOL! I'm so glad you were able to make a few. I feel your pain about the ILs. That would be a fine line to walk for sure. But I'm a planner like you and love to have things all ready to go. I hope it works out okay.

lbuzz52
11-09-2009, 02:00 AM
I had the same ADR issue withmy group. I decided to just make them at a variety of places- steakhouse, Chinese, buffet, etc. Once I finally got feedback I had a couple to change but much less weight on my shoulders you know what I mean.
I have just started my tr but I know it will soon get crazy for you so here's a few baby thoughts.
The baby was the easiest in our group. Plenty of places to nurse. If we were using formula we got a cup of hot water and a cup of cold water from countrer service and made a bottle.
Take binder clips and blankets and cover the front of a stroller for less distractions at nap time. We took his lovie, sippy cups, and small toys and attached them to the stroller with those cup tethers. Didn't need any big toys at the hotel- he was happy for floor time after a day at the park.
His favorites were spectromagic and iasw, although anything with music and lights amused him.
We used babyswap on the few rides he couldn't go on. Bonus- 3 extra fastpasses!
We watched the parades across from cbj in frontierland. Not sure if it was the baby or the spot but we got tons of attention from those in the parade. The characters at meals were 50/50 as to if they paid any attention to the baby but we also had small children dining with us. He was barely big enough for the standard high chairs. I read somewhere they gave infant high chairs but we never saw them. Maybe a special request? We also used a baby wrap at times.
I'd take a baby again in a heartbeat!