During the summer, my MOPS group meets at the park every other Friday for a playdate. This past Friday I finally felt up to taking two kids. I looked at the schedule to see what park we were going to and saw this week was the zoo. The one week we weren't going to a park! It seemed like a bit much with a two-year-old and a one-month-old. What if I stopped to breastfeed and Meg ran off? I told myself I’d see how things were going Friday morning and decide then, but I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to manage.
However, the baby slept from midnight to 7 (!!), so I was feeling ready to take on anything and had plenty of time to get ready. When Meg got up I told her we were going to the zoo, which made her SUPER excited and totally committed me. We were going.
I got everybody in the car and to the zoo ON TIME. Where I discovered there was almost no parking and a line to get in stretching the entire length of the parking lot. When we got to the front of the line we found out it was free admission day. The place was completely packed. I waited just inside for 20 minutes, but didn’t see anyone, so I found myself walking into the zoo by myself with two children. Yikes! Meg did wonderfully, though. She likes to walk along holding the side of the stroller (pretending she’s pushing it). She had the best time and I even managed to take pictures.
An hour later, we ran into two of the moms we were supposed to meet. We walked together for a few minutes, but then they stopped to feed the goats for a while and we decided to keep moving so we could get home before Paul’s feeding.
I thought I wouldn’t be able to handle anything like that for a very long time, but we actually had a wonderful day at the zoo by ourselves five weeks after the baby was born!