On November 5th 2012, my wife gave birth to our first child. During the pregnancy I decided that I would write about the experience. Every week since I have documented all of the events that took place throughout this time, along with my thoughts on them. Now that I can confirm that our baby is happy and healthy, I will share those thoughts with you.
Week 29 – The Worst Time to go to Disney World
So my god-daughter is turning one and my cousin decides that the only way to properly celebrate is to go to the happiest place on Earth. No I’m not talking about Comic Con I’m talking about Walk Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This means that for the second time in two months I’m putting my pregnant wife on an airplane. We sure are doing a lot of traveling for a time when she should be pretty much stationary. I think as far as hours are concerned we are doing more flying this year than we have in any other year since I met Jess, and she hates flying!
So we’re off to Orlando, in August. August is probably the worst possible time to go to Florida because it just rains every day and is super hot. This is horrible news for Jessica. She starts reading up information about humidity effects on pregnancy and I hear horror stories about women going to Florida in similar heat at similar stages and going into labor a week later (EEEK!). Then I hear other stories about women not even lasting that long and having the child in Florida (DOUBLE EEK!)!
With all that in mind we have a very specific plan for the five days and four nights we will be at Disney. Keep hydrated, stay by the pool during the day, beat the heat by going to parks at night even if that means avoiding the family until dinner time, and most importantly don’t do too much walking (even if it means getting a wheelchair). All these plans took extra emphasis a couple of days before we left, when we realized that a hurricane was approaching Florida. Hurricane Isaac to be exact. This brings us back to last year around the same time, when my cousin went into labor during Hurricane Irene. It turns out that the drop in barometric pressure can cause early labor. Did you know that? Neither did I. So now we are really on high alert.
The flight there was interesting to say the least. We almost missed the flight and I saw Jessica run as fast as she ever has in her life (off to a great start), only to have the flight be delayed by an hour because of issues with the plane. This did not help Jess’ anxiety about flying, but thanks to Xanex we arrived with no problems. The hotel room was absolutely frigid. It was like an arctic wonderland. So we had the “beat the heat” thing taken care of. We also didn’t have to worry about missing too much during the day because it rained every day we were there, only to clear up later in time for dinner. The rain also cooled things off enough to where the humidity was less of an issue as well. Once in the parks we just kept to Jessica’s pace and we were mostly fine. We let everyone else go ahead if they were in a hurry for a ride and just kept a slow pace. If Jess needed to sit we did, and we never needed a wheelchair. The only big drawback for her was that she couldn’t go on Space Mountain, or any of the other cool rides (with the exception of the Haunted Mansion of course). She also got a perfect score on the Buzz Lightyear ride. So there is that as well.
Aside from cramping and some extra swelling from the change in climate she did very well. We were a little concerned about Alex as he barely moved for most of the time we were there. However the morning we were leaving (also the sunniest day) he woke her up with some big kicks and hasn’t stopped since. It’s like he knew we were leaving and couldn’t wait to get home. After the trip we discussed when we would take Alex to Disney for the first time. Say what you want about it, but it really is impossible to be in a bad mood there. It’s so pleasant and cheery that you just can’t be in a bad mood. We decide that the best time would be when he is two so that he can really process everything he is seeing, and preferably during Halloween which is Jess’ favorite time of year. Above all else though, the one thing Jess wants to make sure of is that whenever we go back, she is not pregnant. She does not want to go through that experience again, and more importantly she wants to go on Space Mountain. So with that in mind, we are already talking about when we are going to have kid number two. Can we have the first kid first!?