As most of you know, last time I updated we were down in Southern California giving Brody the opportunity to meet some of his extended family. Overall it was a pretty easy trip for having a newborn in tow. We ended up making a ninety minute stop in Camarillo on the way down to El Cajon, and then we hit some traffic through LA and Orange county.. so in the end it took us eight hours to get there! We spent the first week in El Cajon with Sean's family, a bunch of pictures from that part of the trip are below in my last update, titled "Catching Up...". Most of the week was pretty relaxing, we really didn't have an agenda, and we got to spend a lot of quality time with Sean's family. I celebrated my twenty-sixth birthday while we were there, and my Mother-in-Law made one of my favorite dinners and some Creme Brulee for dessert (I'm soooo not a cake person, unless of course its made by Judy... who did our wedding & baby shower cakes)!
On Saturday morning we got in the car and headed up to Orange County. We had planned to be on the road by 7:00am, and had mostly packed the night before. We ended up making it out of there by 7:15am which I thought was pretty good having a 3 week old! That was the beginning of a very busy weekend! We arrived at my parents hotel around 9:00am and waited there until my sister Amy called and told us to head over to Disneyland. Yes, Brody went to Disneyland for the first time at 3 weeks and 1 day old!
We had planned on spending a few hours there so my other little sister Chanel could ride on California Screamin' aka "the upside-down ride". She had finally become tall enough right at the beginning of my pregnancy! She almost chickened out, but in the end LOVED it and begged to go again and again. Lucky for her, we had Brody with us... and since he's not quite old enough to ride they gave us a rider switch pass so Sean could wait with him while we went on the ride, and then Sean could ride with one additional person without having to wait in line. So Chanel got to ride twice and only waited in line once, lucky kid!
Brody did great, and it wasn't really that difficult to have him there at such a young age. He made friends with the little green men from Toy Story... it was a plush stuffed animal that danced and vibrated when you pushed the button on it's hand. I put it in the infant carrier with Brody and he'd instantly relax. I was tempted to buy it for him, but he has lots of stuffed animals already and he can't really do much with them at this point anyways.
We also bought him his first Mickey Mouse Ears, with his name embroidered on the back! I got these super cute pics of him... being a good sport while I made him wear them!
Just as we were getting ready to leave, Chanel ended up getting chosen by Merlin to pull the sword out of the stone! I got to do this when I was in 4th grade, so I thought it was a pretty special end to her day at the park.
At 5:00pm we packed it up and headed over to our hotel to get checked in and ready to go out again. We stayed at the Ayres in Anahiem, I have to say I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Southern California. We were able to get a great rate, just booking directly through their website, using our AAA discount. We got great service, the rooms were very comfortable, there is free high-speed internet access, and a full hot delicious breakfast included! We couldn't have gotten better value for our money anywhere else. After we got all settled-in at the hotel we headed down to my aunts house Balboa to meet up with my parents, and a bunch of family. They were having a potluck and movie night out in the alley with all the neighbors, most of whom where childhood friends of my Dad! It was pretty fun to see everyone, and everyone really enjoyed getting to see Brody! We didn't end up staying for the movie, because we were pretty exhausted at that point. So we headed back to the hotel to get some rest! Sunday seemed just as eventful as we had a little "Welcome Brody" party for my OC friends & family. It turned out to be kind of last minute in terms of date, so a lot of our friends weren't able to come. But we did have a great time visiting with all of my Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins on my Dad's side of the family!
After Brody's party we were on the road.. stopping in Fullerton for dinner with our friends Ray & Jenna who we hadn't seen in a while. Once we left we ended up having to make two more stops on the way back. These were a lot quicker than our original stop on the way down. The first was in Carpenteria, where I thought I could get away with feeding him less than normal... but what I thought would be enough to knock him out for the rest of the trip. WRONG! So 20 minutes later we stopped again in Goleta and fed him a little more and that did the trick. I guess that's what I get for trying to take short cuts, but it was late and we really just wanted to get home... and he tends to be somewhat of a slow eater. We made it home safe and sound in time for Sean to get a decent nights sleep before his first day at his new job... I'll write more on that later. Brody is now four weeks old! I can't believe how fast that went by, I'll be posting a one month update pretty soon as well... stay tuned!