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Old 09-12-2012, 10:06 PM   #16
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It spuds like a nightmare to me! I guess it depends on how code you are and if the kids get along.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:34 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the thoughts, y'all! We're still kicking the idea around... early December is my favorite time to visit Disney, and so we're having a hard time seeing "reality" and not just the fantasy of a perfect trip with our adorable perfectly-behaved kids!

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I think with the right expectations it would be fun. Yes the kids are young, but personally, I had so much fun when my kids were little. My kids now are 4.5, 10, 12. They each had their first trip no later than 6 months. So my older two went when they were 4m & 24m. We had a blast. Later that year we went with an 8m, 2.5 yo and 4 yo (niece). So fun!
Yeah, I didn't mention that DS had already been to WDW once and DL twice before he was 18 months. I know that I enjoyed traveling with just him at WDW when he was little, but it's the question of adding the second kid in there. At least so far, DD has been the easiest baby EVER, but a lot could change in the next few months.

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To me the nightmare part was sharing one room with everyone. Just thinking if one of the kids decides they can't sleep how that would impact the others. But the rest of it sounds great.
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Im going with nightmare The thought of being in one value room with 3 small ones and 2 adults
We have had huge sleep issues with our 4th child. She didnt sleep through the night until she was 2 1/2 (bad reflux baby). DH and I had to take turns getting a good nights sleep. It was really bad, so sleep is a huge thing for me. I just dont see how 2 infants and 1 toddler wouldnt be waking each other up a lot...and in turn waking everyone else up in the room. Now, if you are talking about a family suite at the All Stars or AOA...then maybe it wouldnt be a nightmare. Two separate rooms/areas to help insure a better nights sleep
Can you tell sleep is my main concern When you lose so much of it (like we did for those years) it is something you really covet--especially since wer were 41 when dd was born!! Old folks need their sleep
And good points. We were thinking it would be "fun" to share a room, but sleep could be a nightmare. My DS is currently going through a terrible sleep phase, and if he was like that during the trip, no one would be sleeping. I keep thinking that he'd just be exhausted during the trip so he'd sleep anywhere.... but I know from experience that that is not the case. Two rooms or an AoA suite (I've been drooling over the Nemo rooms for months!) could be a good option.

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I have to say that while I wouldn't classify it as a "nightmare" I also don't think it would be an easy trip. First, you have to negotiate flying with 2 small children. If it were me, I'd be bringing my own carseat for my toddler, so there's that plus 2 children (double stroller?) and carryons to manage in the airport. Where would you put your daughter while you're buckling in your son's carseat? Would she be a lap-baby? Logistically, flying would be my personal nightmare.
With ya. We flew (moving cross country) in March with 19 month old DS, two German Shepherds, a canary, and me being 7 months pregnant. I feel like that has to be worse than a toddler and an infant, but I don't really know that right now.

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Sounds like fun to me! The only thing that might be tough is the sleeping arrangements in a value room. Would a family suite at ASM be an option? That way you have separate sleeping areas.

Other than that that it sounds great. Wraps and baby carriers would make it even easier if you are a baby wearer
I killed myself laughing at this comment. And then I read it outloud to my husband and he laughed, too. I'm one of *those* babywearers. The kind that owns 6-8 woven wraps (that rotate (through buying/selling/trading) depending on the month and my mood), a wrap-conversion mei tai, a couple structured carriers, and a few ring slings. Oh yes, a few carriers and wraps would be coming along to WDW.

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I think it could be a great trip! As long as you have similar parenting styles and both are willing to go with the flow. My one concern too would be the room. I would do connecting rooms. That way you could isolate a crying child and have a place to escape once the kids are in bed to have some BFF time. I would look into the cares harness for your toddler for the plane and probably have the baby be a lap baby on the plane. Not the safest choice but I think caring car seats would be a nightmare!
Great ideas! I'm really digging the idea of AoA - I'll have to try pitching it. I will raise our costs a lot, but I think it would make the trip a lot more manageable.... and give us adults a place to de-stress after the kids crash for the night. Also great idea on the Cares harness - I'm sure DD will have outgrown her infant seat by December (and definitely by May - she's already 18 lbs and not even 4 months!) and so there is no way I could haul two big car seats on to the plane!
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:01 AM   #18
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This sounds wonderful if you could do it in May! Perfect ages! We took our DD at 12.5 months, 18 months and will be back in Oct when she will be 2. They are great trips!

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Old 09-13-2012, 07:20 AM   #19
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Sounds fun to me! But if it were me, I'd look into renting DVC points for a one bedroom villa. You will want a kitchen with all those babies!
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:21 AM   #20
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I think your issue is going to be sharing a room. Value rooms are tiny and the kids are going to end up waking each other up all night long.

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Old 09-13-2012, 07:37 AM   #21
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I was a baby wearer to that's why I suggested it! They are so awesome. I wish I knew about them with my boys.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:56 AM   #22
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I vote for fun as long as she's willing to help you out at times. I've been with a baby and a barely 3 year old before and the baby was super easy! It's when they're 2/3 that's a lot more work! You may need some help while you're tending to one child with the other. (Though personalities play a huge part too! My third at 2.5 years old was much easier at Disney than my other two at 3).

I haven't had 3 babies, but 3 kids in a room with two adults has always been quite do-able for us. However, one adult had to wander the halls or go to the lobby with whomever wasn't ready to sleep. Co-sleeping has always helped my babies sleep better. They would still wake but would fall back asleep quickly before they could make much noise thanks to the magic breast. My two youngest co-slept with me for a couple years and one waking was not an issue with the other. (But I did need to put one down to sleep at a time - hence the other adult taking the other child or two to the lobby).

*I've had three trips with a baby (under 1) and a 3 year old. We used a single stroller that reclined all the way and a sling. It worked great! In two of those trips, the baby didn't use the stroller at all. In the third, the baby needed to nap in the stroller but otherwise was in the sling the entire time.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:00 AM   #23
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About dates, 6 and 9 months sounds much easier than 11 and 14 months. I found it easiest to go before they got super mobile. Though one of my kids did go at 11 months, he was my slowed with mobility, so it worked out. 11 months would have made it much harder with my other two kids since they were walking quite well by then, with one even running. My laidback baby did great in the sling at 11 months, but I'm certain the other two would have wanted to run around at that age.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:47 AM   #24
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It sounds like you're thinking about all the right things.

The one wild card here isn't the kids, or Disney, it's parenting styles. Have you spent any time with this friend since you've both had kids? If not, I would be hesitant to have the first time be at The World. I'm guessing for married couples a trip to The World with 3 little ones can be stressful. For good friends who haven't co-parented yet, it sounds like a simmering pot of hard feelings.

I do travel with kids with certain friends, but others I just don't because we just don't mesh with our parenting styles. I think we stay better friends because of that.
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I did a week alone with my kids at 1, 3, 5 and again at 3, 5, 7. They were just parts of longer trips (family coming for the second week, or my husband not getting all the vacation time from work and coming later). My middle kid has sensory issues/behavioral struggles, so it was like having two toddlers both times.

Honestly, those are some of my best vacation memories. I think it's incredibly doable, especially with another experience mom!
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I would also say that it's the parenting style issue that I would be most worried about. I have very good friends that I could travel with no problem, but if we throw our kids into the mix - I'd go batcrap insane! The fact that you and your friend live across the country from each other leads me to believe you haven't been around each other a lot as mothers. I think separate rooms is definitely the way to go! I think you'll both likely need opportunities to just step away.
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #27
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I took my boys when ds1 was 2.5 yrs old and ds2 was 5 months. I took my mom, but with being a breastfeeding mom, there was really only so much help she could do. I was also a baby carrying mom.
Then again when they were 35 months and 11 months, dh was there, too.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:12 PM   #28
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To me the nightmare part was sharing one room with everyone. Just thinking if one of the kids decides they can't sleep how that would impact the others. But the rest of it sounds great.

ITA. Totally doable but I would get getting my own room. Those value rooms are small and once you put a pack n play in there. I wouldn't want my little one keeping everyone else up.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #30
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I have flown lots with my then 2u2 and now 3 kids (at all ages). Flying wasn't hard esp with a baby in lap. DD would sit in her own seat and I would old the infant. I didn't bring carseats as my mother has them at her house (where we usually fly). I agree with using CARES~ I use it with my 3rd. If you decide to go, I'd order all you can from either a grocer or online. The hardest thing about traveling with LOs is carrying all their stuff!! Use the PNP in the hotels maybe order a stroller. Another hard thing for me was nursing with a an excited toddler wanting to do everything but not stay with me~ that was my middle child mostly...

I do think it would be easier to have separate rooms or a suite. I would hate not sleeping well then having exhausting days.

Even if you are a baby wearer, I think I would still bring a double stroller esp if the baby's are young toddlers.

I agree with December being easier (younger babies) than 2 additional wanting to walk/heavier toddlers.

It sounds like fun and I would totally try it but who knows if I would have regretted it or not....
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