04 June 2023

National Zoo

I remember Natalie’s first zoo trip ten years ago when she was eight months old. We rode the metro with my sister, my sisters then boyfriend and my friend and her son. Matt and I took Nat there several more times, sometimes on the metro, sometimes driving. I even took her on the metro all by myself one day, which even ten years later seems a little intimidating to me. When I was super pregnant with Vana I chaperoned a field trip there in the scorching heat. Today started off cloudy and cool and we on a whim decided to take her. We knew parking would be a pain but we got semi lucky and found a spot someone was pulling out of but it wasn’t super close to the zoo. It was definitely our best bet though. As expected V wasn’t interested in animals much at all. She liked the gorillas and said she liked the flamingos. We found some cool stuff for her anyway including an amazing kids room with sensory play. She got ice cream (twice), rode the carousel and got soaked playing in an overhead sprinkler to help visitors cool down. It was so crazy crowded and there wasn’t much activity from the animals so that was a tiny disappointing but overall I’d say a great first trip! Definitely better than the trip I’ll be making again Friday with my job. I get to be responsible for roughly 10 two and three year olds at the freaking crowded zoo. Granted, there are parents and I have coworkers but the first field trip we took to the children’s museum was awful. I wasn’t even with the youngest group that day and we had only five kids to look after and still it was completely miserable. The kids couldn’t even enjoy it because the adults were so stressed out and we made everyone stay tightly together after a scare that one kid was lost (he went off with another student and their parent but the parent didn’t let us know). I really dread this field trip but am trying not to stress too much about it. 


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