No, not the kind of balance you were probably thinking of.
We spent the weekend at Disney World with the kids – a quick trip that would have been fun (and yes, there were lovely moments and cute photos to prove it). EXCEPT I had a nasty cold (Josh also came down with his version) which then evolved into freaking VERTIGO.
Have you ever had vertigo!? I had not. It feels like being very intoxicated. On a boat. Specifically an unsteady boat that is spinning slowly. It is as torturous as it sounds. Apparently this is due to vestibular dysfunction and can last WEEKS, but I am improving. Today, my boat is only gently rocking — not spinning — and I can walk without holding onto things. I am not having first-trimester-like waves of nausea every 30 seconds. I can sit here and type this. Progress!
I am supposed to work tomorrow, presuming I can safely drive to get there (hopefully things will be even better then).
Brief Disney Notes:
1) We usually only go every 2-3 years and I have a policy of only bringing kids over age 3, but we broke that because Josh had a work trip and he really wanted us to come.
2) Because it was a work trip, we were staying at Four Seasons (otherwise it is pretty obscenely pricey). That said, it was also obscenely amazing.
3) We moved to the Polynesian for night #2 since a) Josh’s work trip part was over and b) we wanted Fast Passes. Polynesian was very convenient and pretty nice.
4) We are the laziest Disney visitors ever. Seriously, Josh and I both can tolerate about 6 hours total per day (sometimes less) before we are like . . . “can we be done and chill at the hotel?”. I know we are an anomaly in this regard. But it’s just soooo much stimulation.
5) The weather was gorgeous and sunny but hot. Carrying G in the Ergo probably multiplied that heat. I’d love to one day experience Disney on a non-hot, non-stormy day. I’m not sure it has happened yet.
6) G did great. A 4-month old is much easier at Disney than a 14-month old (I speak from experience). She nursed, slept in the Ergo, looked around intermittently, repeat. The second day she slept A TON. I think she was just overstimulated.
7) She is the first of our children to HAAAATE the carseat. We actually stopped at Target on the way home thinking that might solve our problems (bought a booster to put A in; moved G to convertible Peg Perego that was previously Annabel’s, facing rear of course. She still screamed.)
8) Ride highlights for kids:
– Test Track
– Big Thunder Mountain
– Splash Mountain
9) Ride highlights for mom:
None. I pretty much just hung out with G in shady areas. Which is good because otherwise I’d wonder if that is what caused the vertigo. Pretty sure I didn’t get it from The Little Mermaid or Nemo . . .
10) Food at Disney: Honestly, I wish it were better, but as Josh pointed out they are trying to feed a LOT of people. We did have a decent meal at Coral Reef in EPCOT (highlight: crab cakes). We enjoyed Chefs de France in EPCOT the last time we went, and I do think the best food is at Boma (or Tusker House – same food I’ve heard) at Animal Kingdom. The kids had a lot of juice, ice cream, and chocolate milk and not a lot of actual food. Oh well, it was only 2 days.