Maddies 1st Trip to Walt Disney World Hi! My name is Emily & I love going to Disney World! LOL Im 31 & this will be my 11th trip with my husband & my first trip with my new baby girl!!! My husband & I have always had such wonderful trips to WDW together and we are just beyond excited to show the World to our baby girl, Madelyn. Weve been married for 9 years & it took some heartbreak & a lot of time to finally be blessed with our daughter. Our last trip to WDW was in late August/early September of 2007. We found out we were pregnant in January 2008 & then our baby girl was born in September 2008. So, itll be 2 full years in between this upcoming trip & our last trip & thats the longest weve gone between trips in our 9 years of marriage!! LOL We are definitely overdue Let me introduce the cast of characters: Me: I love our vacations together & spend months planning everything out to make sure we have a great trip! I think planning is half the fun! This trip has certainly thrown me for a loop we ended up rescheduling it twice! More on that later My favorite characters are: Tigger, Pluto, Stitch, Baloo & Mickey! My latest hobby has become sewing cute outfits for my baby girl to wear at WDW. Hubby: Also loves our vacations to WDW together he went many times growing up with his family & thankfully, he shares my love of WDW! Hubbys favorite character is Goofy! Baby Girl: Madelyn also known as Maddie, or Silly Monkey LOL We have been very lucky because she has always been a very easy baby. She is easygoing & is always on the go with us, which I think will be good practice for WDW! She will be just shy of 11 months old when we take our trip. Oh, and she is in LOVE with Mickey! LOL She has been watching some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in preparation for the trip & she starts laughing & flapping her arms like crazy when she sees the Main Mouse appear on the screen! She also likes to get down to the Hot Dawg Dance! Some background info on our trip this trip has been rescheduled (or rather, moved up!) not once but twice! We were originally booked to spend 10 nights at a BWV in December to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations. My husband is in the National Guard & his contract is up next month. Because he is an Officer, he had to submit a letter of resignation to resign his position (this has to be done 6 months in advance.) When he turned this in, we were told he also needed to serve out his IRR time, which would be through next November. So, he ended up having a Drill weekend that interfered with the Dec trip & would have pushed it too close to Christmas for my taste. So, thankfully, we had a wonderfully understanding woman here on the Dis that we had rented our points from. She was able to re-book us for September, leaving home just 2 days after my babys 1st birthday! It was going to be perfect & we were so excited about it! We love the F&W Festival & I was excited to take Maddie to the Halloween Party at the MK. I booked my airfare & everything! Then, about a month after we got that all situated, another curveball was thrown our way . We found out last month that my husband was being cross-leveled (basically taken out of his normal National Guard unit that hes been with for the last couple years & being attached to a new unit) to a unit that is now deploying overseas for a year. Of course, we also got this news less than a week after losing my chocolate lab, Colby. He was my first baby & we really had such a special bond with him. He was only 8 years old & basically got sick one day unexpectedly & nobody was able to figure out the issue until it was too late. Im really still trying to deal with his loss every day gets better, but there are days I really miss his presence here at home. Thankfully, we still have our yellow lab & she keeps us company & helps it so that the house isnt so empty. She has actually become VERY attached to our baby girl they are best buddies!! Which is a wonderful thing. So over a weekend in early June, I was able to have our rental reservation once again switched up now to SSR & was able to come up with a rough enough itinerary to get some ADRs booked! We are now visiting Mickey in August instead of Sept (or Dec.) The good news is that its so close! The bad news is that its so close! LOL Its just been crazy trying to get everything situated for the trip & I cant believe its so close now. Our biggest issues with moving up the trip yet again, were with Continental Airlines. We have flown with them on every trip weve taken to Disney & otherwise yet, they were very unwilling to adjust our tickets at first due to my husbands deployment. We were finally able to move our tickets to August by paying a $50/ticket change fee plus some other taxes or something. Again, Im also SO thankful that we are renting points from such a great person! She has done so much for us changing our reservations so many times! Coming up next - our schedule, ADR's & pictures of the outfits I've sewn to date for Maddie! Thanks for reading along!