I'm very tired and my brain doesn't want to come up with a catchy title for this post involving animal words, so alas, I will just announce: We Went to the Zoo.
It's very nice to live just a five minute or so drive away from the Zoo. I would have gone more these past six months if Noah hadn't become so opposed to the stroller on most days. I often thought about going, a long stroll on a nice day, neat things to see. Then those pleasant thoughts were replaces by the image of Noah clawing his way out of the stroller, running off ahead while I chase after him. Sweating.
So after many zoo invites from Sarah, I finally said: "yes". She and my friend Erica convinced me that it wouldn't be so bad, especially with their kids setting a good example on how to stay in the stroller for a while and if all else failed, Noah could run wild with three and a half year old Nolan who never roamed too far. Our friend Deadra also came along with her seventeen month old son Adam .
All went pretty well I have to say. At least better than I had expected. We took the little train out to the back of the park and walked back. Noah loved the train. With a year pass, you can just go to the zoo to ride the train and play on their huge playground or have a picnic and not worry about seeing the whole park. I think that would be nice to do.
Sure enough though, as soon as we got off the train, Noah put up a big fight to sit in the stroller. I had a hard time getting him in, but wanted to at least make a bit of head way through the park. Four minutes later we were in the middle of a pointless battle. Noah was angry and yelling and just wanted to get out. I was so disappointed, yes, my premonition had come true, he was out of the stroller and running with in five minutes. He ran away from me, out of my sight twice. I was panicked and raced after him yelling : "Noah Stop!!!" He could have cared less and turned to smile at me as he raced around the corner.
Sarah, Deadra and Erica thought that it would be a good idea to eat lunch soon after this incident, so we all walked over (I herded Noah) to one of the outdoor food pavilions. While the other children and Moms sat and ate, I chased Noah all over the courtyard. I was still annoyed at this point and thinking I hate the zoo with Noah.
Here's the ok part though. That running for a half hour must have made him a little tired because after lunch, when he did one final mad dash away from me and a Dad on the path had to catch him, I grabbed Noah and put him in the stroller. There wasn't much of a fight to get Noah in this time and he sat pretty well for the remaining half hour as Erica and I raced through the park, having to get home for other obligations.
So, I guess in the end, it was stressful, not a ton of fun, but do-able. The best part was seeing my friends which was great and I love all of their kids too. The OK part is that I now know I can still take Noah there for mini-trips. I think the fall will be wonderful at the zoo and hope to go back again soon. Well, after all of this hot weather!
This is Nolan, Noah, Joshua and Erich waiting for the train to pick us up! Poor Noah, I can never find shorts that actually fit like shorts. The 12 month size fits him pretty well in length, but he's already almost 20.5 months old and I don't want to buy such a small size which he'll grow out of quickly. I bought a bunch of 18 month size shorts in May thinking they would work. He doesn't seem to mind, except for today when he refused to wear pants, so I let him go around in just a shirt. I support his creative expression. He's so avant guarde, isn't he?
There's Erich in the yellow shirt. He is doing a bull impression. Erich is a nice little guy, he's 7 weeks older than Noah. Then there is Deadra and her son Adam and Erica with Erich and Nolan.
Down a little lower is what Noah does best at the zoo. Running away from me.
I think the true highlight of the day for Noah w
as just being able to spend time with his best friend in the world, Joshua.