When I have gone there, I usually have a family member with me or Ian. But I knew I would hae to do a trial alone to be able to get through this winter season with two toddlers. I figured I would try it today, knowing the zoo wouldn't be crowded with kids back in school. I do take the girls out all the time just the three of us. We go to stores, fenched in playgrounds, and play groups, but I have never taken them to a huge public place for kids where two toddlers won't last in the stroller because they now know how to walk and that is all they want to do (understandable!)
So on to how the trial run went! Daddy left at 4am and I was starting to get a little nervous, so I had a hard time falling back to sleep. I got up early to get everything ready, got myself ready and waited for the girls to wake up. When Zoey woke up, she was very happy. When Harly woke up, she was not pleased. The debating started coming into play, should we go or not? As the morning went on, she got better. By 10:30 we were in the car and on our way.
I made sure I had the moby wrap and ergo carrier, because I was sure they wouldn't sit in the stroller and that I would have to attach them to me. I didn't want to do it right away knowing by the end of the day my back would be killing me. But to my surprise, when I told them we were going to see the ellas and gave them their snack, they sat right in it.
Right when we got into the zoo, the elephant crossing was happening. It wasn't crowded so we got a great spot and the girls could see without getting out of the stroller. Once they saw the ella cross they were yelling "ella,ella" and doing the trunk motion. It was so cute! After a couple minutes, we went to the pavillion and ate our packed lunches.
We went back to the elephants after. They were so close to the fence, perfect for the stroller. Once again the girls were so excited! That is one of their favorite animals! They were yelling, waving, and laughing. Everyone around us were laughing at them (they get a lot of attention, but I don't mind!) I only mind when people tell me their whole life story for 15 minutes and the girls were over the ellas and fussing to move on and this lady kept going and started following me. Not trying to be mean, I love that eveyone comes up to us and tells me how cute the girls are, I do the same thing when I see an adorable baby; but I don't stop and tell them that this and that will happen when the baby is this age and that age because I understand what they go through, as I go through it too! It also felt like twins day at the zoo! Everywhere you turned their were twins, most looked to be two years old and able to understand that they have to hold on to the stroller and not run off. I don't want the girls to be 2 yet, but I also can't wait til they do understand. Right now they don't understand that they have to stay by me when they walk (they have to hold my hand anyways, or they go back into the stroller, I am a nervous nelly!)
Next we headed up to primates. The girls also love the monkeys! Especially today, they were all very active. The last couple times we have gone, they were not active. Today was a different story (maybe cause they know winter is around the corner!) they were so excited, the monkeys were coming right up to the windows! There was a fossa (it looked like a dog) that was eating, the trainer hid the food in corners so he had to search for it. The girls loved that! They kept saying doggie! Last thing we saw in were the sharks, which they were intrigued by also! So far we have been at the zoo for 2 hours. Yes, I know what you are thinking, "thats all they saw?" Well, I had to walk from the front of the entrance to the primate exhibit. It is a very far walk and all up hill, so it took us a little while! Hey, at least I got my work out right!
We headed back down another hill told the northern trek exhibit. As I am walking down the hill, almost running cause the hill is steep and making the stroller go fast, the diaper bag flew off and broke. I was very excited about this! I desperately needed a new diaper bag, just didn't want to waste money on a new one when I had a working one (even though it sucked and didn't hold very much!) When we got to the bottom to the duck pond, Zoey was almost asleep. We started walking to the giraffes. By the time we got there Zoey was out and Harly wanted out (nice rhyming, right?!) Thank goodness one was sleeping, so I let Harly get out, but made her understand she had to hold my hand the whole time. She did great and never let go. We walked down the hill and saw an ostrich. She stood there for 5 minutes, laughing hysterically at this ostrich that was just standing there. She would start babbling to it and laugh again; like she was carrying on a convo with it. She was cracking me up. We went and saw the zebras, outdoor monkeys, and last the tiger. I decided it was time to go. Now I would have been out of the zoo in about 5 minutes, but when you have a new walker who won't let you hold her, it takes a
You know it was a good day when the minute you put one child in the car, and open the other door, she is out! And when you transfer the sleeping child to her carseat, she stays asleep! Also, when the rest of the day they are happy! Happy to get out of the house, walk around, see new scenery! It makes me so happy to see them happy!
|playing with the girls through the window|
|Helping mommy push the stroller|
|about the poke her head under the shade and check on sissy|
|doing such a good job holding mommy's hand and pushing sissy|
|clearly Harly was not ready for the picture, happy to see the monkeys!|