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Old 04-18-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Question Update in 1st post-Cancellation question/ long vent/ seeking suggestions

I wasn't sure where to post this, but since it involves most likely cancelling or post poning our trip (MMW package), I thought this was the best place. I'm a poster in disguise because some people here know me IRL.
I received some great news, my sister is pregnant! Her and her DH have been trying for about 3 years and their 2nd and last IVF worked! Her due date - 2 days after we arrive in DW. We are very close and she specifically told me that she wants me there when the baby is born (not in the room, just shortly afterwards). She never asks for much.
We are travelling down in my IL's RV and it would take a leisurely 24 hours if we don't make any significant stops. When I first heard the news, I had the idea that I would just fly home with my baby once I found out she's in labor. But that is definitely not in our budget, plus I don't really want to leave my family in the middle of a vacation.
Riding down with my in-laws in the RV was going to help tons with our budget. So we don't really have the option of changing it to another week. My husband won't get on a plane. If necessary, we could always drive but we really want to go with my IL's. So if we have to postpone it will most likely have to be a year later.
We saved up for 3 years for this trip. DS (6) isn't really a Disney fanatic, but I know he was looking forward to going on vacation with my young BIL. I know he will be upset but not devestated. He might get really upset when the IL's leave 'without us'.
Sorry for my choppy vent/therapy session. lol Whenever DH and I discuss it, he gets sad and it leads to bickering. I posted here in case anyone had a miracle solution, but I doubt that's possible.

So, that leads me to my questions. Can I change our date to a year later without any penalties? When would I need to change the date by?

Thanks for the free therapy!

UPDATE: I've been meaning to update this but I couldn't remember the login info I and couldn't find this post.
A few months ago I told my sister that I we really wanted to go and asked her what she thought about it. She said we deserved to go and gave us her blessing! I have my fingers crossed that the baby will wait for us! lol I will update again when she has the baby.

FINAL UPDATE: We went on our trip and my sister had her bouncing baby boy 5 days after we got home. . Thx everyone!

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Old 04-18-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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That's a tough one, because you can't predict when a baby is going to come.
She could have the baby well before your trip, or even after you come back.

Cancellation of a package must be done by 45 days before for no penalty. After that you risk losing your deposit. Sometimes they'll waive the fee if you reschedule for later.

You won't really be able to reschedule for next year with a package in most cases. It depends on whether or not the room rates for the following year have been released at the time.

Ultimately, if you've had this trip planned for a long time, then she may be understanding. Personally, I didn't want people around after I had my first baby, but I know other people are different.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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No suggestions, but I had to comment that you are a great sister.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:48 PM   #4
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I'm so happy for your sister! I've been there and it's great that she is PG.
Is there a chance that she's carrying more than one baby? If so, babies will likely come a little early.
If not, I'd move the trip or be prepared to leave Disney at a moment's notice.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:35 PM   #5
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I'm so happy for your sister! I've been there and it's great that she is PG.
Is there a chance that she's carrying more than one baby? If so, babies will likely come a little early.
If not, I'd move the trip or be prepared to leave Disney at a moment's notice.
Thank you!! She is only having one.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:57 PM   #6
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Congratulations, you are going to be an aunt!

Either plan on not going, and you could book a last minute reservation if your sister has the baby early. You never know, your niece/nephew might be a month old before the start date of your trip. Make the trip a total surprise for DS.

Or change your reservation to a room only reservation, you can always add tickets when you arrive...and can cancel a couple of days out without penalty.

I wouldn't tell your son nor your sister about the possibility of still going. Perhaps still plan on that time off from work, and do a stay-cation if you can't join your inlaws.

I promise a new baby trumps a trip to WDW any day of the week!
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:00 PM   #7
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If you absolutely must not go to WDW because your sister and her husband may have their baby on it's due date and she wants you to visit her in the hospital right after it's birth, then opt out but let your DH and son go w/out you but w/ DH's family.
Did your sister do this for you when you had your children? If so, then I understand your delima, but it's unfair to deprive the rest of your family and your ILs of their hoped for trip w/ their son and grandson, IMO.
Personally I'd have a talk w/ her, explain the situation and plan on going w/ the family to WDW as planned and if she has the baby while you are there then spend time w/ her when you get back (after all it is once you are home w/ a new infant that you need the most help.) Or talk w/ your ILs maybe they can move the trip up or back a month - hopefully something will work out and you can go to WDW and support your sister.
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If you absolutely must not go to WDW because your sister and her husband may have their baby on it's due date and she wants you to visit her in the hospital right after it's birth, then opt out but let your DH and son go w/out you but w/ DH's family.
Did your sister do this for you when you had your children? If so, then I understand your delima, but it's unfair to deprive the rest of your family and your ILs of their hoped for trip w/ their son and grandson, IMO.
Personally I'd have a talk w/ her, explain the situation and plan on going w/ the family to WDW as planned and if she has the baby while you are there then spend time w/ her when you get back (after all it is once you are home w/ a new infant that you need the most help.) Or talk w/ your ILs maybe they can move the trip up or back a month - hopefully something will work out and you can go to WDW and support your sister.

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If you absolutely must not go to WDW because your sister and her husband may have their baby on it's due date and she wants you to visit her in the hospital right after it's birth, then opt out but let your DH and son go w/out you but w/ DH's family.
My DH will not go without me.

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Did your sister do this for you when you had your children?
She was there immediately after both of my children were born. I know I would be mad if she wasn't there.

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Or talk w/ your ILs maybe they can move the trip up or back a month - hopefully something will work out and you can go to WDW and support your sister.
All of us an only go this one week because of school days.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:55 PM   #10
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She was there immediately after both of my children were born. I know I would be mad if she wasn't there.

Would you be mad if she was away on a vacation it took 3 years to save for? I get being upset if she is right down the road and didn't bother to come see the baby but if she were in Disney with her own family how would you feel?
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You're a great sister.
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Personally, I'd have a hard time giving up on a big family trip we planned and saved for 3 years to take on the off chance my sister may deliver on her due date. It rarely happens that they come on their due date and I know I'd be super upset if I canceled everything and she had the baby early or late.

That's a tough one, but for me I'd have to have a heart to heart about it with her. It may be less upsetting to her than you think.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:45 AM   #13
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A few questions:

Does your sister know about your trip?

Are you going for a week? If you're going for a week or so, you might very well be back before she has the baby.

Could you give this a "fun" twist? "Let's Skype when the baby is born, and if we are gone when the baby is born, I promise you five days of free babysitting?" Maybe also bring back a Disney baby outfit for the baby?

Good luck.
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TBH, my husband & kids come before anyone & everyone else. I wouldn't do it.

It sounds like your potential change in plans is/will make them upset & add to it the fact that you have absolutely no way of knowing when your new niece/nephew is going to decide to be born. You could make all these changes for nothing.

If the baby does come while you are away, you will be there for your sister as soon as you get home. Also, if it's that important to her to have you there, maybe she should be paying for you to fly home if necessary.

JM2C. Good Luck.
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A few questions:

Does your sister know about your trip?
Yes she knew. Honestly, when she told me the due date I texted her back and said, "Don't worry, I'll find someone else to watch my dog". It didn't compute that we would be away on her due date. She said, "no, I want you here when I have the baby".

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Are you going for a week? If you're going for a week or so, you might very well be back before she has the baby.
With driving, 9 days.
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