I can’t really remember the first stuffed animal I purchased for my daughter (I think it was a handmade doll?), but I do remember the first stuffed animal she chose for herself, and it’s one that I will save forever.
It was during her first trip to Disneyland at the age of 15 months. We went with my mom, and while we were there, my mom told her she could choose a dolly to take home with her. The park gift store was vast and she painstakingly perused the shelves of toys, dismissing them as she shuffled along with her signature toddler toddle. And then she saw it. The perfect doll… just for her.
I vaguely remember the days when Macks would just lay down on the changing table for me to change his diaper. He would just lay there without a care in the world as I took my time to change him.
I should have told myself to cherish that time, because nowadays things are entirely different. Macks does not stop moving, and it’s especially hard when I’m trying to change his diaper.
Here are some strategies that I’ve used to help keep him still long enough for me to make it through diaper duty quickly.
We live in a culture where we are constantly connected to others, and as much as I love keeping up with what my friends (and to be honest, even perfect strangers) and their children are up to via social media, it can be hard not to feel pressured to keep up with the Joneses… or however that saying goes. But, I’m not talking about pressure to have a nicer house or car, but rather the pressure to make childhood magical for our little ones.
When I see parents who make their kids amazing, elaborate bento box lunches with princess faces, or who hand stitch super awesome Halloween costumes, it’s hard not to feel like I’m doing it wrong. But, lately I’m starting to look at it differently, because magic is in the eye of the beholder.
There really is something magical about Disney World. From the second you step foot through the gates, your world changes. The streets are always clean, the workers are always happy and helpful, everyone in the park seems to be having the best time of their lives!
And when they decorate for the holidays, it becomes even more beautiful! From the dazzling lights to the Christmas carolers, everything just comes alive in the holiday spirit. After all, it is called the happiest place on earth for a reason.
I know my two boys are going to love our first trip to Disney World. We don’t have an exact date nailed down yet, but I’m planning a trip for next year at Christmas. Christmas at Disney World has always been my favorite time. The parks go all out for each holiday, but there is just something extra special about Christmastime.
Read on to find out all of my tips for an AMAZING Holiday at Disney World.