Here are some things I learned and benefitted from while experiencing Disney travel with 2 month old twins:
1. Be prepared. I have learned this is a valuable piece of advice no matter who you are or what you're doing but now that Im a mom, especially to twins, I've realized how much easier my life is if I make this a priority. For example: make sure the diaper bag is ready to go ahead of time, if an outfit change is necessary before you leave, make sure the baby clothes are laid out including the diapering items.
2. Get up early. I'm one who loves my sleep, but if I snooze too many times when I know we have somewhere to be early then my morning is rushed, I become overwlemed and the chances of us being on time are slim to none. My rule of thumb has become whatever amount of time I think I'll need... add 30 min to that. So far it has worked beautifully. I don't feel rushed, I can recheck to make sure we have everything and I can enjoy my babies and husband during the getting ready process instead of being impatient and bossy.
3. Pack lightly... or as light as possible. I have always been an over packer. Now that I'm packing for 2 more people I've realized that simplifying can be so freeing. Now you always need to be prepared with extras, but it is possible. Now I should tell you that we did have to buy more formula and diapers while we were there but we were able to only check1 bag (d and I packed together), the boys' stuff was in a small rolling suitcase we used as a carry on, then I had a backpack which was my purse/diaper bag, and d had a backpack that contained important information and my breast pump. On top of that we had their car seats and stroller frame that the car seats set in. So even packling lightly still entailed a lot of stuff!
4. Baby care centers are fabulous. I had no idea that disney parks had these but they do! These are designated areas for nursing/pumping moms. They also had community rooms for families for feeding little ones or just a place to come cool off and watch a movie. They had changing tables and supplies and most importanly nursing rooms with outlets for pumping. I so enjoyed escaping to these areas to take care of my babies and pump. I can not say enough good things about these!
I'm also thankful for daniel's sister, Julie. She not only organized this whole trip, but wrangled her 4 kids as well. I learned several important things from this well seasoned mom:
1. Always have snacks and water. Low blood sugar can make people of all ages cranky.
2. Always have sleeping items on hand. When kids miss naps, it can make for an interesting time. When her small children got tired they got their lovies and blankets, reclined in their stroller and rested or went to sleep.
3. Pack a variety. We had a couple of cool/overcast days that included some rain. Packing pants and jackets even if its one item that can be worn over and over will help keep those babies warm in case the weather changes.
4. Panchos are life savors. Investing in some panchos, even if you don't need them, is a handy thing. A couple of years ago when we were at Disney it started pouring without much warning. We were stranded on the far end of the park without a pancho and there were no stores close by to purchase them. Having them on hand gives great piece of mind and limits wetness.
I can confidently say that traveling with these babies was not only easy but fun. Getting through security was the only hairy part. That was due to taking off our own stuff, taking apart strollers, sending bags through, testing breast milk and holding babies... then we had to put it all back on or back together. But... it was very do-able. Now we'll see if its as easy once they're a bit older. I may not be so confident then!
And now for tons of pictures...
Boys were perfect on the planes. Here's their "first flight" photo.
Our view: That glowing thing is the castle at magic kingdom
Day 1: Hollywood Studios
Breakfast with Disney Jr. characters
Before Tower of Terror
Stretching at the baby center
This pic is the best. First Maggie did not want to ride this but we convinced her. The take off is super fast and clearly captures the look of sheer terror on her face. Second, Papa John felt his hat fly off. Well as you can tell my nose found it.
Day 2: Magic Kingdom
We had lunch in Belle's castle.
Mid ride smiles
Day 3: Animal Kingdom
The boys were so over the matching outfits... so much so that Luke puked on his.
Day 4: Epcot/Coming home
On the plane home...
So we needed just a couple more diapers to make it home. No problem... right? I'll just buy some at epcot or the hotel. The smallest anyone had were 3's!
But they did the trick and kept us all dry!
Thank you grammy and papa for a magical vacation! The boys may not remember this trip but we have lots of pics and memories to ensure they know all about it!