First Trip to the Zoo
On Mother’s Day, rather than going to a “Mother’s Day Brunch,” I decided that I just wanted to spend the day with my family. I also wanted to go to take Felicity to the zoo before it got too hot this summer. My husband and I once went during July and that was a HORRIBLE idea. Surprisingly enough, Felicity LOVED the zoo. She is usually a little hesitant about doing new things, but she saw a lot of other little people in strollers so she was encouraged to go along for the ride. Our first real stop was the seals. Since Felicity is majorly into “water” right now, she thought the seals were awesome. They were even more awesome when we went below ground to watch them under water. She was so fascinated with them, that she kinda had a meltdown when we said it was time to leave. Most of our time was spent walking up to a habitat and being disappointed that the animal was in hiding. In particular, the bears really didn’t want to come out in play. Hard to explain to an almost 2 year old that the bears are sleeping when you just asked them if they “wanna go see the bears?!” Okay, I guess it wasn’t that difficult, but I sure would have liked to see the bears! Interestingly enough, Felicity didn’t really mind sitting in the stroller. She also enjoyed daddy shoulder rides, but this child isn’t as light as she used to be…and we certainly aren’t as young as we used to be. One of her favorite “exhibits” was the ducks. She loves ducks. We basically camped out in front of the ducks for probably 20 minutes while she laughed and pointed. Considering how hot it was outside, it was also our chance to cool off a bit. She was also quite curious about the gorillas. They looked like monkeys but they were so far back that she had a hard time seeing them. You like how she’s got her face pressed against the window hoping that if she presses hard enough, she’ll get a better look? Then we finally made it over to the chimpanzees. They were a treat! Although, most of them looked like they were just as hot as we were. When this mama and baby combo came by, I couldn’t get enough of them. Felicity kept saying “baby, mama, baby, mama.” Of course, we saw lions, giraffes, zebra and ostrich too. And then we hopped on the tram and rode back to the parking lot. It was a long, hot day…but it was definitely the best Mother’s Day I’ve had so far.