How To: Trip to the Zoo with a Baby!
Friends! This has been an exciting week! I wanted to share just a little taste of our trip to the San Diego Zoo. I'll admit, I was a little hesitant to take her to a big park like this. I read a sign in one of her favorite toddler play areas at the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert that said:
"Children should not be inactive for more than one hour, unless they are sleeping!"
Those words have been really driving our days. Now that she is even more active, and getting ready to walk, I really want to give her the space that she needs to MOVE. So, I wasn't sure exactly how we were going to manage giving her all that (crawl) space + taking her around the Zoo.
I decided to let my guard about germs and things down just a little bit, and let her crawl just about anywhere for short periods of time once we got there. Thankfully, they had these big rubbery areas made out of recycled tires, that were very baby-friendly. She wasn't too sure about the texture at first, but then she was all about it. You can see her moving around here.
Even so, I would occasionally put a towel down, and let her just stretch her back + legs. It must be exhausting to be carried around when you have all that energy, you know? Ximena was absolutely THRILLED (see below) by several of the animals: namely, the gorillas, the elephants and the giraffes. We are teaching her Spanish first, so she kept repeating "Te" for "Elefante."
I love watching the world through her eyes. Everything must be so big, foreign + exciting!
I'm telling you, I've been really letting my guard down when it comes to germs + dirt. I have to remind myself that she's a kid. And that there is plenty of soap + water.
I love the Zoo, but I have always felt conflicted about treating animals as entertainment. I know that the San Diego Zoo does great work + research around preserving endangered species. I look forward to having conversations about this with her when she's older!
In all, it was a fantastic trip. With a little flexibility, taking things way slow, lots of breastfeeding breaks for comfort/to quench her thirst + letting her really inform our pace - we had a beautiful day.
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