Thursday, September 22, 2016

Disney Baby:Baby Suit is 1 Month Old

Baby Suit is one month old! Can you believe it? I can...

I know they say time flies, but I'll be perfectly honest-- it feels like it's been a month with Will in our lives, if not more. But not in a bad way. It just seems like he's always been a part of our family, our routine. But as anyone who has children will tell you, caring for a newborn is NO JOKE! Whew. 

In his first 30 days of life, Will has been to the pediatrician, a few Lactation Lunches (his first playgroup of sorts), an oral motor specialist and lactation specialists (more on that in a post all about breastfeeding- oy!), Disney Springs a handful of times, taken his first road trip to Melbourne (twice!), the grocery store, a handful of restaurants, and more! 

One place he hasn't been? The theme parks-- which is killing me. BUT the pediatrician recommended he wait until after his two-month vaccinations before we venture out to the parks. Which I guess I understand. Although it seems to me if we've been to Disney Springs and such, he'd be fine in the parks, especially if we're just cruising around with him in the stroller. I suppose it's due to the fact that there are SO many people in the theme parks, which increases his exposure to possible illnesses and such? Plus, it's been so hot that it would be uncomfortable for him anyway. 

But you'd better believe as soon as he gets his shots and we get the green light to visit the parks, we'll be there! Which do you think we'll go to first?

Observing his first Patriot's Day, 9/11.

Anyway, I'm proud to be Will's Mommy, and beyond blessed to call him my son. We've got a lovely little family, John, Will and I. Here's to the first month of our lifetime adventure, and to many more to come. 

--More Baby Suit Posts--

XO, Ashley

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Our First 'Date Night'- Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

John and I had our first 'date night' since Will's birth, two weeks after he was born. And are you surprised that it was to Disney? I'm not!

P.S.- You can watch a bit of our fun here on Christine's vlog at about the 16 minute mark (she's pictured, below). 

I actually bought tickets to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party back in July, with hopes that Will could accompany us. His due date was August 4th, and our party tickets were for September 2nd. Little did we know that he would hang tight in my tummy for two extra weeks. Since he was so new at the time of the party, he stayed home. That and our pediatrician recommended he stay out of the parks until after he receives his vaccines at his two-month check up. 

SO- Nana (my mom) to the rescue. She stayed home with Will while John and I met up with our Disfam to partake in the first MNSSHP of the season! 

Clockwise from top: Thomas, Angie, John (looking oh-so lovely), me, Christine, Mitch. 

We all met at The Wave in the Contemporary for a light bite and drinks, then walked over to MK. 

Haunted Mansion Kids tee / Jessica Simpson Maternity Jeans (yep, still wearing 'em. They suck my gut in!) / Rose Gold mouse ears by BibbidiBobbidiBrooke

Angie, Thomas and Mitch wanted to post up in the Hub and have a good spot for the Hocus Pocus stage show, Boo To You parade, and Hallowishes; John, Christine and I were more excited for candy and attractions. We split up (after all getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Main Street Starbucks, because BASIC!) and went two separate ways.

John, Christine and I loaded up our bags with candy in Tomorrowland and rode Buzz Lightyear and the Peoplemover. Then John and I went to Casey's for some dinner and to the Haunted Mansion, where Carlotta was mingling with the crowd in the queue. 

John and I then met up with our group in front of the Partners statue in the Hub to watch Hallowishes. 

I think after that we walked around Adventureland and hit up the other trick-or-treat stations before starting to head out. The sleepless nights had caught up with us, and we were ready to call it a night before 11:00. 

We stopped for a few Photopass shots before leaving. 

All in all, it was the perfect first date night, and while we had a wonderful time with our Disfam in the Most Magical Place on Earth, we couldn't wait to get home to our little boy. 

XO, Ashley

Monday, September 5, 2016

Introducing: William John Suit

Guess who's here (finally)?!

Mr. William John Suit!

If you follow me on social media, this is old news. But is it really official unless it's blogged about? I think not.

I'll write a post all about our birth story soon, but just wanted to pop in and share our birth announcement and newborn photos to introduce our new favorite person to the world. 

He's perfect (we're biased). 

Signing off my first official blog post as a Mommy!

XO, Will's Mom

Monday, July 25, 2016

Checking In

I know it's been *crickets* over here on this side of the screen, and I hate it, I really do. 

I enjoy popping in and sharing Disney goodness with you all, but boy oh boy, this little-human-growing and preparation sure has usurped my time. Which I'm not complaining about, I swear. Just stating a fact. 

Baby Will is due on August 4th, so just over a week from now, but most bets are that he makes his appearance a bit early. My belly is quite bodacious and he's weighing in to be a healthy, hefty baby boy. 

I started maternity leave last week and have had my mom here helping me run last-minute errands, prep freezer meals for after the birth, and basically get everything squared away. 

John and I spent this past weekend getting the final touches ready in Will's room. Now we just need to pack the hospital bag and sit back and wait!

We've also been attending birthing classes with our doula (Google it if you don't know what a doula is ;)), and even found the time to attend a belly painting class one day. Didn't John do a bang-up job creating Spaceship Earth on my geodesic dome?! 
I've got a handful of ideas that I'd like to put on this here blog space, but they're more than likely going to happen post-baby (Ha! Wishful thinking). Most of it is pregnancy-related, which I know doesn't appeal to most of you but are resources that I wish I had been able to find during my term. Real deep stuff like how to style your Lilly during pregnancy, how to stay as comfortable as possible park touring in the summer months while 7-9 months pregnant, some of my must-have pregnancy items, and the like. Oh, and I want to share our three (!!!) baby showers too, because the hosts who threw them for us really knocked it out of the park each time. So we'll see how that evolves. 

Oh, and if you follow me on Snapchat (DisneyfiedAsh), you know of my propensity for snapping my cat, Obi. Can we even imagine the amount of Baby Will snaps that are sure to come once he's born? All I can say is he'd better be cute, so yeah, look forward to *that*! 

(P.S.- he'll be cute- and have cheeks for days. Just take a look at this ultrasound pic from three weeks ago)
Ok, I think that's all the rambling I'll do for now. We'd love your thoughts and prayers for a safe, heathy natural birth. John and I just cannot wait to meet our little boy, and I can't wait to introduce him to you once he's arrived. 

Thanks for reading. 

XO, Ashley

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Giveaway Winner + Shopbop Sale (With My Top Picks for Theme Park Wear) + Calypso St. Barth Sale!

You know what stinks about doing a giveaway? I personally know most, and like everyone, who entered. I wish you ALL could win!

Alas, there can only be one winner. Out of the eight people who entered (for a total of 21 entries using the various options), the winner of the Lilly Pulitzer headband and Cast Member Exclusive Orange Bird pin is...

Dani!! (Follow her @DaniGanley on Twitter, @SincerelyDaniRose on Instagram, and at her cute blog

Dani's Dad, Dani, Jeff Lipack and myself at the D23 Expo, August 2015

Dani and I actually met at Destination D here in Orlando in November 2014, and met up again last August at the D23 Expo out in California. In fact, during the Destination D event, she was one of only a handful of lucky people who won a wax figurine from a vintage Disney Toy Factory Mold A Rama machine that was used during the 1964-65 World's Fair, so the girl's got a lucky streak.

Here's a video of the machine in action, in case you're a Disney history nerd like myself and care about these kind of things:

In other news, Shopbop is offering an extra 25% off sale styles with code 25EXTRA. I've pulled some of my favorite pieces that could work for park touring, especially during these hot summer months. 

Theme Park Styles- Shopbob

Calypso St. Barth is offering a whopping 50% off their sale styles. Here are some of my favorites. I'm thinking the rugs need to find their way to my house-- the blue and white for Will's room, and the silver runner for our bedroom. 

Calypso Sale

Congrats again to Dani, thanks to all who entered, and have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for reading.

XO, Ashley