Sunday, February 12, 2012
I have long had a love and passion for Disney. I have been to Disneyland several times, but never Walt Disney World. It has long been a dream of mine to be able to go and be able to share that with my children, it opened the year I was born, so we just shared our 40th birthdays. Well, last year Mark and I decided to make that dream a reality. We have planned virtually every detail of this trip, made advanced dinner reservations, and began our countdown. For several months we told the kids that just Daddy and I were going. We had a lot of fun with that and they were very miffed at being left at home. Fast forward to Christmas day and we could finally share the news that we would be taking our first family vacation....yes, they would be coming with us. The kids were very excited and we let them help finalize some of the plans. Tickets to Legoland were bought for a guys day, the girls are going to eat dinner with the princesses and go to pick a pearl at Epcot. AND THEN...D joined us. I am sure the nurses and doctors thought we were crazy, because we were all wondering how to do D on our vacation? Would we have to cancel? The information was so overwhelming, how would we do all of that at home let alone on a cross country vacation?
The day after we were discharged from the hospital, we met with Seth's primary caregiver and she quickly dispelled any qualms we might have had. We told her our concerns and she quietly listened and when we were done she very kindly said:
"How exciting! I think Alaskans don't get out very often and a trip like this is important. We need a break from the dark and the cold and we don't have a lot of food options here. So go on your vacation and do what you want and eat where you want. Do the best that you can at figuring his carbs, take extra insulin, take your cell phone and take my phone number. Your phone will work from Florida and we will manage this."
I fell in love with her right then and there. I am so grateful that she GETS how important this is and that Seth wants and needs to feel as normal as possible while we are there. We are not going to be total gluttons, but we will allow him a little bit more leeway to enjoy himself while on vacation....after all, this is not something we do every day. :)
They just updated park hours today and one of the days that we are there, Magic Kingdom will be open until 3 a.m. We all wanted that to happen so bad, because only resort guests get to take advantage of that, lots of families do not do it because their little ones fall asleep, a lot of times you can just walk off and right back onto a ride and then when you are walking out of the park, you can get pictures of the castle, etc. with just your family because the park is pretty much deserted...I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!
Be still my beating heart, I am so excited to fulfill this dream. We will begin packing next weekend. Need to read the TSA website to see how we will need to carry Seth's supplies on board with us, I do not trust expensive medicines like that to be checked.
So we are taking D on the road only 2 months in, this will be an adventure for sure.