Our little family took a break from visiting pumpkin patches (2 thus far!) and did something for others. This past Saturday, Brynna and I joined fellow walkers in the Disney CHOC Walk. My crazy girl was such a champ. She was a little grumpy when I woke her at 4:30 a.m. – but really, who wouldn’t be cranky at that hour?—but her scowls faded by the time we were headed out the door. I enjoyed our early morning car ride to Anaheim, just us two. Something we so rarely do. We chatted back and forth, her roaring like a dinosaur and babbiling dada, baba, aqua and sometimes mama. I promised her that she’d have a wonderful time and the long car ride was worth it since her baby friends were waiting for her at the park.
At the park, we joined our walking team “The REAL Working Moms of Orange County,” and all their kiddos. I’m so so grateful to have found a group with genuine women who share common interests. Working mom, stay at home moms, soon to be moms, whatever their status, they’re awesome. Brynna’s Nina Celia joined us too – thank god!
Okay, so what was supposed to be a easy 3.1 mile walk through both Disneyland and California Adventure morphed into a “do we really have to walk the whole course?” kind of morning. It was awesome that so many people came out to walk for such an important cause but it made it difficult to navigate the route. But it was so fun! Disney characters were cheering us on and were ready to take photos with all the walkers. Past CHOC patients were present at the walk, which was both humbling and inspirational. It helped me remember how truly blessed Alex and I are to have a healthy, thriving butterball of a baby girl. And it’s nice to know that hospitals such as CHOC are there to look after the health of our daughter if any unforeseen circumstances occur.
I hope to make this walk a yearly family tradition. And I hope others join us! Yeah, it was a crazy early morning that was hectic at times. And it did mean two trips to Starbucks, but it was totally worth it.