We woke up early on Tuesday morning, determined to make sure Madeline was the first patient at the urgent care center. When she was finally seen, this doctor said the antibiotic wasn't really taking care of the ear infection and prescribed her some new medicine but didn't think anything more serious was going on. So thankful.
We headed over to Wal-Mart which, of course, didn't have the medicine. So we drove further on to another Wal-Mart who did have it in stock. After waiting a blissful 45 minutes in the parking lot with two kids, Joe went in to pick it up, only to have the pharmacist tell him Madeline would probably react to it since she's allergic to penicillin.
We were so fed up with everything at point and wanted our pediatrician's opinion. We left a message and could only wait to hear back from him. Then the decision was: do we drive around Kissimmee until we hear from our pediatrician or drive 30 minutes back to the resort and wait in the hotel? We decided to drive around, hoping he would call back quickly.
This was the wrong decision.
After an hour of cruising up and down the strip in front of Wal-Mart (which, let me tell you, was THRILLING), we couldn't take it anymore and headed back to the resort. At this point, it was 11:30 a.m. and someone was hungry, tired, cranky and wanting to see some princesses. Joe, Madeline and Caleb weren't too happy either.
I kid you not, our pediatrician called TWO MINUTES before we pulled into our hotel. Of course. OF COURSE. So Joe dropped the kids and me off and headed back to Wal-Mart.
After a little while, I got this text from Joe:
Joe: "I think Wal-Mart is on fire. Not even joking. Many firetrucks here."
Me: "Don't worry. I'm sure everyone and all the items are ok but bottle of $80 medicine melted."
Murphy's Law followed us to Florida and then stalked us in Kissimmee.
At least it ended well. Joe came back, we gave Madeline a dose of new medicine and she and Caleb both took good naps.
I may or may not have cried during the entire nap time. We were leaving the next day and I just wanted to stop worrying about Madeline's health and be carefree in Disney.
Thankfully, Madeline woke up feeling really good and Joe and I were determined to salvage the day.
Around 3 p.m., we headed off to Animal Kingdom. Now, you might remember that I'm not even a fan of zoos. (A lot of people ask me about this. This answer is: because it has animals.) But Madeline was excited about this park and I wanted her to see it.
This wound up being a GREAT choice because Pocahontas was there, thus making Madeline's childhood complete.
Please note how Madeline's feet mimic Pocahontas' stance. This is not accidental, folks. This girl notices everything.
And then I saw a sign for Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore.
This picture makes me so happy because this child of mine has loved Winnie the Pooh since she was 18 months old and that love still runs deep and true. (Did you look at that old post?? That girl was a baby then!)
My parents and Peter were able to meet up with us for a bit at Animal Kingdom which also made me very happy. This was their gift to us and I just wanted them to see Madeline in Disney and how happy it made her.
We saw the "Finding Nemo" musical and went on the safari, both of which were really cool.
And then the heavens opened up and POURED down. It was some seriously thick, heavy rain. Our hotel buses came only once an hour so we decided to run for it in the rain rather than wait another hour.
Which made Madeline hysterical and all of us very, very wet.
If we had missed the bus, well, I guess it just would have been our luck that day and we wouldn't have been surprised but thankfully we caught the bus and all of it was worth it, including the drenched jean skirt that was IMPOSSIBLE to run in and permanently damaging my foot by running in flip-flops.
We went back to the hotel to change our clothes, grab a bite to eat and headed back out to Epcot. We knew we wouldn't have much time but since Madeline was still feeling so great, we wanted to make the most of it.
We walked into Epcot three minutes before closing and had an hour to walk around before they kicked us out. It was quick but I'm so glad we did it. We watched the fireworks over the water and walked the loop of the countries, my favorite thing in Disney. I'm a little sad we didn't get to visit them but they're still awfully pretty at night.
This is the magic of Disney. I was so sad and frustrated for most of the day but after stepping into Animal Kingdom for just the few few minutes redeemed the day. Madeline was SO happy to be there and we were thankful for even just a few hours of sweet Disney fun.