It’s so funny. While I was pregnant with Tru, I worked so hard to come up with all the important things I’d need to teach him. I made Amazon shopping lists of children’s books. I read about activities and games to help develop a baby’s brain. I researched the best enrichment toys. Then Tru was born and I quickly learned I shouldn’t have worked so hard.

Trevor would be teaching me.

One lesson Tru has taught me well: how much magic there is in the unplanned moments.

To explain, let’s see if I can take you to our first evening in Boothbay Harbor, Maine:

Chris and I are sitting on our hotel room’s white-washed cedar porch, gazing at the most serene ocean I could imagine. The day is clear, but the mid-September breeze is chilly. I hold Trevor tighter and pull my sweatshirt hood over my windblown hair.

It’s our first weekend getaway since Trevor was born last February. Our days have been a blur of sleepless nights, piles of laundry, and endless strolls down the aisles of Babies ‘R’ Us. But now we’re sitting in complete calm, gazing out over a wide expanse of gentle waves.

I’m awed as the tranquil blue sky suddenly explodes into a vivid show-off of pinks and oranges. Pre-baby – with actual time on my hands! – I would have checked weather forecasts and made schedules to precisely plan a moment like this. But with Tru’s endless diapers and feedings and insatiable need to be held, I am pretty much winging this trip.

And I’m learning that’s okay. This moment is even better the way it’s unfolding now, as a complete surprise.

There’s going to be an incredible sunset over the ocean, and the show’s happening right beyond our front porch… View Post



We didn’t make it too far into the dreariest, grayest month of the year – November – before our wanderlust came on as strong as ever.

We thought – especially with it being Trevor’s first Christmas – that we should set our sights on a city that gets really decked out and festive for the holiday season.

We did some Google searches and landed on Quebec City.

Then we did some calculations. The city is about a five-hour drive from Chris’ parents house. Five hours, we figured, would be a difficult drive, but (hopefully!) a doable drive with a 9-month-old.

So we booked our hotel, crossed our fingers, and headed north to Canada! View Post



There’s an important lesson that all new parents must learn, and learn quickly: little ones are very early risers.

They are very early risers for seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, for years on end.

That’s why I’ve had only one dream since Trevor’s first weeks of life.

Just to sleep in.

For even one morning.

To wake up whenever I happen to wake up.

To sit up for a minute and yawn and stretch and then fall back into the pillows, totally relaxed.

To hardly even care if I drift off again for twenty minutes more, because I’m in no hurry and have nothing pressing to do.

I had this opportunity to “sleep in” on many, many weekend mornings before Tru, and I never realized that I was enjoying a wonderful, blissful luxury.

Well, I realize it now.

And it looked like my dream might come true when my parents offered to watch Trevor for a weekend. View Post



When we arrived at Pandora – our very first time seeing the new “World of Avatar” at the Animal Kingdom – our first sight was…

…our own soggy sneakers.

Because we happened to arrive in the middle of the pouring rain.

The humid air was sweltering, and the rain was coming in heavy gusts.

Wearing just our jacket hoods over our heads (for protection from the rain) but definitely not the coats themselves (way too muggy for that!), our heads were bowed down.

The last thing we wanted to do was look up.

We decided the best course of action was to hurry into a restaurant to wait out the storm. View Post



I was actually blown away when we stepped inside the Crystal Palace for the Winnie the Pooh character breakfast.

I’d never been inside the Crystal Palace because I’d never really heard of it before I started looking for character breakfast options for Trevor.

But it was actually gorgeous inside, very beautifully themed.

The Crystal Palace is meant to mimic a Victorian greenhouse, with palms and flowering plants everywhere.

Painted white with vaulted ceilings and full of floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s bright and full of sunlight.

It’s one of the most stunning buildings I’ve seen inside any of the Walt Disney World parks. View Post