Recently, while searching the internet for ideas for a fun new afternoon adventure for Roman I discovered that I had never made it to the two most kid friendly features of the National Zoo. I had taken Roman to the zoo half a dozen times without heading down the American Trail and stumbling upon the sea lion exhibit and its tidal pool splash park, or around to the children’s farm petting zoo! I’m always so worn out by the end that I just skip the last trails without a clue as to what we were missing. So this trip we skipped all the early trails and headed straight to the water fun and petting zoo. The best part? I thought, “Hey, maybe Roman is ready to try out his Animal Planet backpack leash and walk the zoo himself a little!” HE LOVED IT! This child hates getting dressed, immediately throws off hats and sunglasses, I thought getting him in this thing would be torture… wrong! He seemed to think he was pretty cool with a stuffed white tiger on his back and a tail on his butt. He looked a little confused about me holding onto the tail… but never complained. He was just so thrilled to be walking around the zoo on his own two feet, “FREEDOM!” He didn’t spend the whole day this way of course, the walk is honestly a bit much for me these days with my grown up sized body. I loved their little splash park, though it was a bit crowded which seemed to overwhelm Roman a bit. Out of all the animals we saw that day, this donkey was by far his favorite. He was crazy excited about the llamas too, but they weren’t being as friendly… he attempted with all he had in him to climb over the fence into their yard to pet them, they just wouldn’t come over and say hello.
Sadly my body isn’t holding up as well this pregnancy, the walk uphill in the heat to get out of the zoo was a little more than I could handle. It feels so strange after the level activity I was accustomed to during my first pregnancy. I don’t think we’ll be making it back there until the weather cools off a bit… poor Roman is already dealing with the consequences of having a little sibling!