This zoo story needed to be prefaced by some important facts:
- As I write this I am eating a mug of ice cream
- The kids and I decided to join Dhrumil on his business trip to Toledo in hopes of enjoying the
indoor pool, visiting friends in Dayton and basically not having to endure a whole week at home alone.
- A week ago Nolan caught the Hand, Foot and Mouth virus...
- 3 days after that Mikayla caught a milder version
- 3 days after that Dhrumil caught the adult version (yes by that time we were in Toledo)
- Nolan has been waking up at 5:30am in the hotel, this morning it was 4:30 and he fell back asleep in our bed, head jammed against my side, for only about a half hour
- Nolan is going through a "yell talk" and "attempting to run everywhere or only be held by Mama while sucking his thumb" stage
- Mikayla is going through a... Yeah don't know how to explain her stage ;)
Ok so basically... One heck of a loooooong week and a half, tired kids, tired mama, need to leave the hotel, it's Toledo, there's a zoo... type of thing going on.
And so... Did I think it would be all roses? No. Ok fine maybe a small part of me hoped for a miracle. I have never attempted something of this magnitude with both if them in tow before, but I decided to just give it a go and if it got rough we would just leave.
He eventually stopped and for about an hour we had a really good time. I had us go on the train ride around Africa and though the picture above may show what the majority of our time looked like, we did have a joyful experience on that train.
And here is the last hour in a nutshell:
- Pushing my double stroller all over a zoo takes physical muscles
- Pushing my stroller all over the zoo with a whining 4 year old and holding a crying 1 year old takes more physical muscle and even more mental muscle (especially when it includes and very steep hill to get to the overpass)
- The kids would rather play on the zoo playground than watch the monkeys play on their playground
- When I said "Mikayla look the wolves are so close" she said "can we see something else"
- When I said "Nolan look the wolves are so close" he said "ball ball" (there was a ball in their area)
- Throwing pennies in the fountain was the high point of the visit
- When watching a mother struggle with her double stroller and heavy doors, trying to make it into the bird experience house with the grace of a peacock, DONT JUST STARE!
- Mikayla on being hungry "I'm so hungry my tongue is going to turn red if I don't eat soon"
- $8.50 is not a well spent dollar on a PB&J that was refused by a 1 year old
BUT it was worth it because..
I am thankful for seeing Mikayla's face light up in the bird house as the birds flew above her. I am thankful for watching Nolan popping his little face in and out of the play beaver house, giggles filling up the hollow cave. I am thankful for the quiet train ride, holding my babies close, feeling the wind in my hair and watch in the magnificent giraffes. I am thankful to know that I did it! A year ago, knee deep on my recovery, I couldn't even go a week alone with the kids.
This was a victory for me... All that other stuff? Just good stories to tell to the kids when they are older.