Giddiot Adventures

Better late than never

Christmas has once again come and gone. I had completed all my Christmas shopping (wrapped up and all) back in October and felt so accomplished. Here I am almost 2 months later, sitting next to a dried up Christmas tree and watching as the babe tosses around all her brand new toys she received as gifts as if she's had them forever. Over the past two weeks our mailbox had been flooded with Christmas cards from beloved friends and family, as a constant reminder for us to do the same. As we geared up to travel down to SoCal to spend the holiday with family, my to-do list consisted of one thing: send Christmas cards. We had planned on using some professional photos we had taken in September during one of our Hawaiian vacations. We figured it was a bit dated, but we knew there wasn't much time. When we touched down to my hometown, we busted out our laptops to draft up our card. Realizing that a dear friend down south happens to be a very talented photographer, with fingers crossed we sent her a text hoping she'd be available. To our surprise, she was! Without hesitation I Venmo'd her straight away and we were booked for December 23rd for a quick photo shoot at the Anaheim Packing District

She was extremely professional, fast, and so much fun to work with! It was such a joy to see her in her element. After knowing her for so many years, and hearing of her growth in both her profession (speech pathology) and side hustle (photography), I felt so proud to see her in her creative environment. Not only was she able to capture memories of my family in a pinch, but they were even better than we had imagined. Not to mention a same-day edit! So, shoutout to Nikki! Can't wait to see you continue to advance in all that you do. You da best!

Here's a few from the shoot:

And thanks to Postable, we were able to send out our Christmas cards later that night. Thank God for technology! Here's what they looked like. 

I hope that you all had a wonderful (and successful) Christmas holiday! 

Taking a baby to Disneyland

I know that taking a baby to Disneyland sounds like a daunting task. I'm not gonna lie. It's definitely not the easiest, but it's also not impossible. We decided to take Zac, who was just over 3 months old.

Many have asked why we took her so early. People wondered if she would even enjoy it. TBH, my husband and I are the ones who had been itching to go to Disneyland for awhile. Since we knew we would be in SoCal for an extended period of time, we made sure to visit. They don't call Disneyland "The Happiest Place on Earth" for nothing. It truly is one of our happy places! Knowing that we probably wouldn't be able to ride a ton of rides, we knew that just being there as a family would be magical. And it was. 

Going to the park is very different as a parent. I searched the internet for some tips. I found a few, but not much. I wanted to share tips and tricks to help us survive. It's cheaper to buy one park-per-day tickets, and we went for 2 days on the week of Thanksgiving to both parks — Disney California Adventure (DCA) and Disneyland. Park hopping just seemed silly since we weren't in a rush to get on rides or see any particular show.

The one show we really wanted to see was World of Color, and we had to plan accordingly. Thanks to my awesome in-laws, we were able to spend one night at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel through their Disney Vacation Club Membership. Even if we didn't get gifted this room, I would recommend staying here anyway. It has direct access to DCA! This was great since World of Color is after dark and it gives you a place to take breaks/rest. You also don't have to lug all of your belongings around with you. Before we watched World of Color, we were able to squeeze in some R&R in the room, and we left the stroller and used the Ergobaby for the remainder of the night. It's perfect to baby carry because you can avoid playing bumper strollers after the show. The crowd is massive! The Ergo lets you zoom right through the crowd. 

Unfortunately the Grand Californian didn't have 2 nights available. On the second day, we had dinner plans with friends so we knew we would be leaving the park early. So the second night, we stayed at a nearby Airbnb. It was about a mile from the park. Since we knew we wouldn't be staying after 5pm, we were able to pack lightly for the day at Disneyland. 

One thing I did learn (shoutout to Google) was that there are Baby Care Centers (BCC) available. In Disneyland, the BCC is located near the First Aid station off Main Street. In DCA, it is located to the left of the Ghirardelli store. I can see how the BCC can be helpful for some parents. They offer nursing rooms, changing tables, a small kitchen for prepping food/bottles, and they sell baby care items, like wipes, diapers, and formula.

I'm currently exclusively breastfeeding, and happen to be the kind of mom that will breastfeed anywhere. Zac eats when she's hungry, and I have no issue with nursing in public. I figure, if someone feels uncomfortable with it, they can just move somewhere else. There are changing tables in every restroom around the park also. The only thing I ended up using the BCC for was to purchase more wipes ($2.00 for Huggies brand, travel pack). 

I used our Honesty Company diaper backpack (a favorite from our baby registry) to pack Zachary's things. For me, it was easier to carry a backpack around than a traditional diaper bag. I've been using these clean and dirty organizing bags that I bought from Amazon. They have become essential items in my diaper bag. My girl is the blowout queen! I packed the clean bag with 1 pair of leggings, 1 thermal onesie, 1 tank top, 1 pair of socks, and one drooling bib. The LeapDay nursing cover/carseat canopy is my fave and I bring it everywhere.

The other items I packed were a blanket, 2 burp cloths. The Honest Company backpack comes with a changing pad. I packed the pad with 2 diapers, Aquaphor baby, and travel wipes in the zippered compartment. It's great because I can just pull out everything I need for a diaper change all at once. Of course I kept extra diapers in the backpack itself. I never go anywhere without at least one beloved toy. She's in the put-everything-in-her-mouth stage. It keeps her preoccupied when she's awake and we are doing something important. Like eating. Because soap and water isn't easily accessible, I made sure to bring toy/pacifier wipes and alcohol-free sanitizing wipes.

We also brought Zachary's noise canceling headphones (not pictured above) for World of Color. Don't worry, they don't actually cancel out the sound, they just help muffle it so it's not so harsh on the ears. Trust me, I tried them on! World of Color is VERY LOUD. When the show started, I had forgotten that I brought the headphones. Zachary screamed at the first sound blasting from the speakers. The scream was followed by a loud cry as I hurried to get the headphones out and on her ears. She appeared to enjoy the show but was hard to tell because she also seemed fascinated by the crowd watching it. I would look over at her and catch her staring at the people behind us. 

We had reservations at Carthay Circle earlier in the day, so we were able to snag tickets to the Carthay Circle section for World of Color. The castmember selling the tickets told us this section is the prime spot — it's where the Imagineers sat when they brought the show to life.

I know it seems silly, but I also brought a fanny pack. This was helpful whenever we went out without the stroller. I love being hands-free. It allowed me to wear her and have all the things I need without having to bring an over-the-shoulder purse. All I kept in it were diapering essentials, hand sanitizing wipes, my wallet, and chapstick. It was everything I needed on the go.

There were a couple of places I found it convenient to nurse. In DCA, Pacific Wharf was a great spot. If you go towards the railings, you can watch the sun setting around the water, and watch the roller coaster you're not on. Or you can do what I did and stare at your baby. 

I'd also recommend the benches under the bridge to Toon Town. It's right next to hundreds of parked strollers next to Small World. It's a huge walkway with lots of space. You'll always find a seat. More than likely you'll find yourself sitting next to another mom feeding their baby. It's also a great place to people watch.

We aren't really princess people. I mean, if Zachary one day tells us she wants to dress like a princess, then fine. Since she is still super young (and we still have a say), we went with some traditional urban Disney clothes. 

  • Minnie Mouse Sweatshirt | Zara Kids
  • Minnie Mouse Dress | H&M Kids
  • Mickey Hands, rock/paper/scissors onesie | Adapt Kids

We were only able to get on 2 rides (Winnie the Pooh in Disneyland and Heimlich's Chew Chew Train in DCA) but we had SO MUCH FUN! That's two more rides than we expected. If you count the monorail, we technically rode three! Although Zac will not remember this Disney trip,  it will continue to be immortalized in these photos. We hope that one day she will come to understand the magic that is Disney.