The Happiest Place on Earth

We’re going to Disney World. We decided that after the grueling year we’ve just been through (without a vacation) we needed some time to get away and heal as a family. We leave tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to a little “magic”. I hope they have a magical forgetting potion. Seriously though, I think it will be good for us.

Annika is really (REALLY) excited. She can’t wait to meet Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and all the princesses. I’m glad that we’re going to be able to do something really special for her. All year she’s heard way too much of “sit still, be quiet, be good” and so on. She’s 3 for god’s sake. We’ve expected a lot of her and she’s been a real trooper. Yes she has her moments, but she’s been so good for the most part.

The weekend was crazy. She had two birthday parties. I’d also given away most of her summer clothes from last year, so I had to run around to buy her a mini-wardrobe. I was very efficient, if I do say so myself. She has some very cute new dresses. Shopping is hard though. After Cole died, I had the hardest time going into baby clothing stores. I’d have to look away from the little boys section. More than once I practically hyperventilated. Now I can’t look at either side. I have to plow through infants to get to the toddler section. Yesterday in Carters there was a really cute little blue fleece outfit on a sale rack. It was all I could do not to buy it. Then I felt sick to my stomach. I managed to hold it together while paying for Annika’s dresses, then stumbled out the door in tears. Sigh.

The nurses from Greenwich NICU called today. I talked with Debbie and Rikki who took care of Lina while she was there. I was so glad they called. Neither of them were there when I stopped by the other day. I got to thank Rikki for helping me nurse her the one time. That is one of the most special memories I have.

Well, I better get some sleep. We’re flying early to the Magic Kingdom.

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4 Responses to “The Happiest Place on Earth”


  1. 1 Jen @ amazingtrips January 20, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Oh Patrice, I’m so glad that you are taking a trip like this – it will do your heart and soul so much good!! I’m excited to hear what Annika thinks. Our girls are going through a MAJOR princess phase at the moment. Especially Elizabeth. EVERYTHING is princess. I’ll ask “Do you want an orange?” and she’ll reply “I want a pwincess owange!” Whatever that is.

    Regarding everything else, take it one day at a time. You’ll never forget those precious babies and seeing infant clothing at this point in your life is certainly bound to make you weep. You have been through an awful lot … too much. It is definitely time for an escape to a magical fantasy land. Have a wonderful and safe vacation!!

  2. 2 Marilyn NJ January 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Patrice – I think going to Disney is a wonderful idea and I hope all of you have a wonderful time. You all deserve a little sunshine!

  3. 3 mary wilson January 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Patrice
    I got this blog from Zina, hope you don’t mind. The three of you have been on my mind often. I am so glad you are all going to the land of magic, sunshine, and warmth.!!!! It can only help. Again, please know you can call me any time, it seems I’m at work most days. Take it slow and easy.
    mary

  4. 4 P.Williams January 22, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Wonderful! I can’t wait to see more pics. I’ve been dying to hear about what magic you found at Disney.


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I'm a grieving mom. I have one beautiful daughter, Annika, who's 3 years old now (born 12/28/04). I also had twins, Lina and Cole, on 10/04/07, born at just 26 weeks. We lost Cole after just 23 days due to complications related to his prematurity. Fiesty little Lina overcame so much and just when she was getting ready to come home with us, suddenly had a complication unrelated to her prematurity and passed away on January 11, 2008. This blog is about getting through it. More...

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