big girls.

disneyland with one kid is seriously epic. disneyland with no stroller and in temps that don’t sneak past 85 is even more epic.

space mountain during the month of october when they change it for halloween and make it spooky as hell.

not as epic.

sunday i took lex to disneyland for a big girl day. turns out at a whopping 40inches tall she’s big enough to start riding the fun stuff. . . k has a few more months (years) left on her. so she got to stay home and help watch every single football game (tis the fantasy football season). we got our toes wet with the toontown roller coaster- and then hit the big boys. space mountain, thunder mountain, and cars. she LOVED everything except space mountain.

guys. space mountain was not the coaster i know and love. it was HORRIFYING. theres some ghost fire witch (delores?) and its pitch black, and its just downright terrifying. ive never, ever, ever, heard such horrified screams coming from my four year old. “I WANT TO GO HOME!! I WANT KK!!!”. i probably scared her for life (LIFE!). so that’s a total bummer.

past that little hiccup. it was the best day! we stayed until almost 9. and got to meet the ever elusive mulan. which went a little something like this:

mulan- do you have any forrest creature friends at home?

lex- ya her name is kiki.

mulan- what kind of animal is she?

lex- a turtle!

ME- SHE IS YOUR SISTER.

lex- but i like to call her a turtle because it takes her forever to walk up the stairs at school.

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and now. for my OTHER big girl.

k rocked sleeping at palm springs, she genuinely loves her bed, and mike and i genuinely love to push limits- so we transitioned k into a big girl bed (slash took the railing off her crib). she’s made exactly zero attempts at crawling out- she just seems ready. we figured we should strike now, while she still has a firm love of her bed (and before she realizes just how much freedom this gives her).

we’ve done exactly one bedtime. and she rocked it. she read herself a book to sleep and passed out with zero escape attempts. so i’m officially calling myself the crib whisperer (until she proves me wrong at like 3, 4, and 5 AM).

and these are the last two pictures of her in baby jail.

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and now? sweet freedom!
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lex seems to be the most excited- because “now i can sneak into her room and crawl into bed with her! and put her back to sleep in the mornings and we can wake up together!”. . . i’m digging her sweet big sisterness lately. im also digging matching kneehighs. so there’s that.

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bring on hump day! slash the day my mom comes to watch the ladies while i get ALONE TIME. sweet sweet ALONE TIME.

  • Aww go K! Lex is the best big sister!

  • What a fun big girl day at Disney. Ya know, minus the scary ride. Were there any warnings that it was changed into something scary? Eek!

    “now i can sneak into her room and crawl into bed with her! and put her back to sleep in the mornings and we can wake up together!” <<< This is the sweetest thing ever!

  • Ha! I totally remember being scared of Space Mountain as a kid, too. My parents MADE me go on that ride during a family vacation one year and I was crying by the end of it. On the plus side, I LOVE roller coasters to this day… so that’s good I guess! Such a fun day with your big girl!

  • Desiree

    Ok, so minus Space Mountain (wth, Disney?!), your day together sounds like a dream.
    I’m recruiting you to train Julia once we transition to an actual bed. On a serious note, how emotional was it to convert the crib for the.last.time.ever.?!

  • I am loving that fact that you changed k’s bed to a big girl bed! It’s practically the first step in the direction of bunk beds because hello! lex can put her back to bed when she wakes up in the middle of the night. I say, leave the monitor in lex’s room and have a restful night of sleep tonight!

  • I can’t believe K’s already in a big girl bed! I swear I just took the front rail off Mac’s crib like a couple months ago. Mim will be in a crib FOREVER. And Lex totally rocks Disney! I’m so impressed she did rides with you! No one in my family will do any of the rides with me! Losers.

  • A TURTLE BECAUSE SHE IS SLOW UP THE STAIRS. I’m dead, Lex. DEAD. Here’s hoping for more bed whispering success… and bunkbeds. Because… BUNKBEDS. (Sorry Mike.)

  • “But I like to call her a turtle because it takes her forever to climb up the stairs”!!!! Seriously dying!!! K, the turtle. I kinda love it.

  • Umm Space Mountain is horrifying!! haha I was scared myself! Poor Lex!!

  • Husband and I are trying to move to California. Could we exchange emails and talk about what it’s like to live there? I lived there for a semester in college in LA and are trying to move back

  • the turtle comment!! best thing ever!

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