We did the inevitable recently. We took the kids to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They’re at just the right age… old enough to go on all the roller coasters, young enough to think it’s the greatest place on the planet. By the end of the trip, and hitting a park a day (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios), we were wiped out. We also had a mountain of dirty laundry, so it was time to come home.
As we went through the parks, I was amazed to see so many toddlers and babies. When our kids were that age I think I was too tired to have enjoyed the trip. But maybe I should just embraced the exhaustion. In fact, the Disney parks seem designed with new parents in mind. Well located bathrooms, plenty of benches and food at every turn. But it’s not just that. The parks also have designated Baby Care Centers. I have a Flickr album with photos from each of the parks that you might want to look at.
You can of course breastfeed anywhere you’d like in the parks. But if you’re looking for a quiet, designated space, with soft lighting, the Baby Care Centers are a good choice. Some of the rooms even have signs welcoming breastfeeding moms. The only thing I didn’t entirely like, was that the Disney website indicates that the Baby Care Centers are sponsored by Carnation formula. This information isn’t anywhere in the parks. Nevertheless, as with just about everything Disney, you’ll find what you need at the Baby Care Centers, and move on to the next adventure.
As for the kids, they only have one question of course… when can we go back?!
Disclosure: Disney gave me some tickets for park entrance.
Welcome to newborn land. Your days and nights blend together. You can’t remember the last time you washed your hair. And you’re going a little stir crazy. We know. We’ve been there.
So, guess what. It’s time to put on some clean sweatpants and go for a walk. Take that baby and get out of the house. Sure, you may have to feed her while you’re out and about. But breastfeeding in public… in other words, anywhere other than your own sofa… isn’t as hard as you may think. Here are some tips for taking the show on the road.
Everyone tells you that having a baby can change the dynamic in your relationship. How can it not? You have a mess, noisy and demanding new roommate. She’ll start to cry just as you’re about to get intimate for the first time in months. She’ll need to eat at 6 am, dashing your visions of a Sunday morning snuggled in bed.
So here’s the deal– you have to adapt. And if you’re breastfeeding, there are ways, believe it or not, your partner can get in on the act. You may be the one with the equipment, but you don’t have to go it alone. So here are some tips for spouses. They apply whether you’re married or in a committed relationship, and whether your partner is a man or woman.
This blog post was written by a friend. She writes about the home birth of her third child. Click here for the entire post. And here’s an excerpt:
Just past dawn she woke up moaning, lower back on fire and iron bands clenching and releasing in her core. Like an action-adventure movie, the telephone lit up and a control center was established: husband would take both oldest and youngest daughter on the much-anticipated, end-of-the-year field trip where his mother would meet them, freeing up husband to return to his wife. In the meanwhile, supermodel-friend and her nursing toddler would come stay with the laboring woman until the midwife came. The children came to kiss her goodbye. The three-year-old threw herself on her mother and clenched her fiercely, burying her sweet round face in the woman’s aching breasts as if laying claim to them for the last time. The five-year-old hung back shyly, feeling her mother’s discomfort but not understanding her place in it. When she kissed her, the woman saw the worry in the child’s almond eyes and cried for the first time since the pain began. Then they were gone, husband promising a swift return, and the woman was alone with the dog in the bright, hot, morning light. The sunlight was the type that burns into your memory, clear and bright and perfect like truth. The woman lay on the sun-drenched bed and gave in to the pain, feeling sorry for herself on this path she had chosen. Lying across her feet, the dog held her and reproached her with silent eyes.
Here’s the link to a CNN column by Elizabeth Cohen, CNN’s Senior Medical Correspondent. The story talks about some of the challenges moms face learning to breastfeed; it gives stats on the rates of breastfeeding; and mentions an Australian study that found that breastfed babies fared better academically when they got older.
A doctor, who was working in a hospital overcome by the tsunami water, is a new father. And a group of primary school children, some of whom lost parents and family members in the disaster, had their school graduation. Here’s the link: