My friends constantly ask me why I haven't taken my 14-month-old to Disneyland yet. The answer is simple. I'm not INSANE.
Firstly, he won't remember any of it. I'd rather take him when he can remember how much
we paid fun we had. It's truly a luxury to go. It should be something special. Many families must save up for months, if not a few years, to be able to take their entire family to Disneyland. Even as a child, I knew what a special treat it was to go to Disneyland with my family, and that everyone worked hard to make it happen. The anticipation of going, the X on the calendar marking the special day, was half the fun. A 1-year-old cannot grasp this concept. For him, Disneyland would be no different than going to the zoo, or the grocery store, for that matter. He's easily impressed.
For those of you who are thinking I'm the meanest mom around, I assure you I really would be the meanest mom if I actually took him. A tear-streaked, red-nosed face from crying by 10:00. The blistering heat of the Southern California sun beating down by noon. Falling asleep in a basket of $8 fries by 3:00. And that's me, not him. Good god, man. That's the stuff nightmares are made of.
And one other thing. I'm not going to be changing diapers at Disneyland. Before I even had kids, I remember the smell of those bathrooms, long lines of parents waiting for their turn at the kiddie changing stall. It's enough to turn the happiest place on earth into hell on earth.
My son could barely handle the Halloween aisle at Target last month, so I'm not sure how he would fare with overgrown characters walking around the park all day. Plus, the overstimulation would be a surefire way to get a tantrum started. If I wanted to see one happen, I could stay at home. Wouldn't need to pay $65 for it. Unfortunately, the only ride he's getting is the one from his dad, in the stroller on the way to the park. And to him right now, that's the happiest place on earth. Trust me, mama knows best.
|Christina Montoya Fiedler resides in Los Angeles, CA, with husband Andy and her son Joseph. She juggles baby and work from home as a freelance publicist and attributes her strong love for life and sense of humor to her loving familia.|