Friday, June 13, 2008

Mommy and Me Trip

Well Kyle and I survived our trip to Orlando together! In fact it was FABULOUS! It was just the two of us since Joe was attending a friends bachelor party in Las Vegas, and Madison flew out with him to chaperone stay with her Grandparents and Aunt Katie who live in Vegas.

Kyle did wonderful on the plane and it ended up being a breeze getting through the airport with him by myself.

Look mom, our plane is here!




On Saturday, Rylee and her mommy came to our hotel to swim. I was a little apprehensive about how Kyle would do in the pool. Memorial Day weekend we went swimming and Kyle hated being in the water.

I think having Rylee around must have helped get him acclimated to the water because he ended up loving the pool. In fact, we were able to get some swimming in everyday of our vacation and Mr. Kyle was a little fish in the water.





After swimming, the kiddos played. It was very cool to see them interact with each other. They have come so far since this time last year when they were both still in the NICU together.



Sunday was the NICU Birthday Party sponsored by Florida Hospital. It was awesome to be reunited with the amazing staff that took such good care of Kyle during his hospital stay.

Kristin (in the middle) was one of our favorite nurses...



Kyle with his Level 3 NICU neighbor...



And his Level 2 neighbor...

During the party, Kyle played in a bounce house with Rylee...


Bowled an (almost) perfect game....



Met his first clown...

And even did a little dancing...


It was a GREAT party, well worth traveling 1,000 miles to attend!

I debated whether or not to take Kyle to Disney, but ultimately decided that I just couldn't miss not taking him when we would be so close. And I am so glad I did! Seeing Kyle smile and wave at Mickey Mouse made it all worth it.

We arrived at Magic Kingdom just as the doors opened. Although I am NOT a morning person, I love being at the park early as you can walk on just about any ride with no waiting.



I have to admit, I was a little anxious about traveling by myself with Kyle. This does not sound very nice, but sometimes you just need a little break from a baby. Kyle and I would literally not be out of the same room as each other for five days. Would I go crazy?

As it turns out, this was such a special time for Kyle and I to bond. As Madison was an only child for seven years, I had lots of "alone" time with her. After the success of this trip, I am going to try and make it a priority to spend special one on one time with both Madison and Kyle. Maybe Madison and I will take a trip to American Girl Place later in the summer...

We caught up with special friends, played in the sun, went to Disney, laughed together a ton, and came back relaxed and refreshed. All in all, our trip really could not have gone any better!


19 comments:

Stephanie said...

What a special trip! You guys took some great pictures together and made some great memories. I'm glad you got to go to that. Happy Friday!

twin power mommy said...

How great is that. To be able to spend some one on one time...nothing compares.
Love the pictures you took.
I would like to some day go to a NICU reunion, but it seems like they never have them where the girls were born!

Mandy said...

It looks like you had a fantastic trip and the photos show you had a wonderful time!

Kristen said...

What a great trip! And can I say how great you look! All tan and relaxed! :)

I agree about the one on one time. I think it is really important to remember that each child needs their own time.

How fun!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

How fun! So awesome that you got to spend some mommy time with your adorable little guy. Great pics!

McMommy said...

It sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time!! And was that the Crystal Palace??? Don't you just love that character breakfast?!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Sounds like a LOT of fun. Special memories.

Wendi said...

What a fabulous trip!
I think the Daddy/daughter,
Mommy/son trips made them even more special.
All that quality time.
I am glad you were able to go.

E and T said...

Such a special trip filled with memorable times. The photos of Kyle and Rylee in the pool and playing together are so precious. It's hard to imagine that a year ago they were both in the NICU. Fast forward a year and here are two healthy, happy adorable children.

The party looks like it was one fabulous celebration. I am so happy that you and Kyle were there to be part of the festivities.

A trip to Disneyland to boot. How wonderful. Ahhh the memories, the laughter, the fun times - priceless. It is wonderful to hear that your trip was such a success.

Love
Elise

amanda said...

how great is that?? looks like the two of you made some very special memories :)

and can i just say way to go on the traveling solo?? i have no clue how you did it!! impressive :)

Heather said...

What a fun trip for the two of you. Isn't nice to just spend some time bonding.

It's looks like you guys had a blast.

Happy POW!

OHmommy said...

One on one time..... is awesome.m Truly so special.

You are so cute, seriously cute!!!

Laski said...

Wow. You are going to remember this moment forever. How awesome!

He looked so adorable and happy. And you were glowing and quite adorable yourself! Yay, mamma! What awesome moments you created for him . . . for you!

Breanne and Rylee said...

We miss you guys too. We had so much fun with you both while you were here. I know that Rylee loved seeing Kyle and you of course. I am so lucky to have meet you last year and cannot even imagine what my life would have been like if I did not have you with me in NICU. Thanks for everything. The Doucal should be here any day and I will get it up to you asap. Please tell Joe that we said Happy Father's Day!!

Lisa said...

What a great idea! I'm happy you and your special guy had so much fun!

Fire Hunt said...

It looks like you had a fantastic trip:)

Kendra said...

That sounds like a great trip. You look fabulous in those photos. (I love your hair!) Glad you had some good bonding time with your precious child. :)

Stephanie said...

What great pictures! How wonderful that you were able to reunite with all of them! Disney pics were great! Glad you decided to go with him!!

Angie said...

Is it wrong of me to look at these pictures and only notice how STRIKINGLY BEAUTIFUL you are. Oh yeah, Kyle, is pretty cute, too.

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