Don’t you love it when you have no plans and a lovely friend invites you out for the day. This happened to us today, which was lucky really, I’m not keen on wracking my brains each morning trying to figure out where to take the children. So when our friend asked if we wanted to visit the zoo with them, I couldn’t reply ‘YES’ fast enough.
We weren’t even dressed at this point but luckily Mr Firstooth was home this morning so I nipped upstairs to get ready. It’s much quicker getting dressed when I haven’t got a tiny person throwing my outfit down the stairs and rummaging through my makeup box. He even prepared our lunches and packed their bag, He couldn’t get rid of us quick enough!
When we arrived at the zoo the kiddies were so excited to see their friends, I was just as excited to see mine!
I spotted the gang in the park. Their youngest son was due a nap so was grumpy, he wasn’t interested in silly faces or happy smiles. He just wanted everyone to get lost so he could drift off to sleep. Hearing my friends children cry, whinge or moan doesn’t grate on me at all. I feel like I don’t hear it properly. But when it’s your own child that’s restless and upset, you hear it loudly and it really grates on your nerves. So I felt for my friends’ husband desperately trying to rock him to sleep in the buggy.
While Mr A was rocking his sweet, but very fractious little boy to sleep, Mrs A and I took the older ones for a wonder towards the baboons. But when you’re a toddler, they’re not baboons, they’re monkeys and we didn’t dare tell them otherwise!
Eventually Mr A reappeared with a sleeping baby, bless him. I thought it’d be a great idea to take a few snaps of our kiddies that were awake. We found a gorgeous spot and a tree stump for them to sit on. Toddlers and photographs don’t mix, it’s best to capture them in their natural state, which is usually playing and exploring (discounting the moments spent in front of the TV). But we went for gold anyway, tried our luck at a few pictures of them all together. Well, this is how it went…
I’m still chuckling at these pictures, They’re all doing something odd in each one. I love their friendship, they get on so well it’s very sweet to see them playing nicely and running around together. I never gave much thought about our toddlers having friends, because they’re still so little it seemed strange for them to be communicating with another child, like they do.
My son is very fond of Mr A and when we all get together, they’re a duo. More so when Mr Firstooth isn’t there, perhaps he sees Mr A as a surrogate father figure. As long as my boy is happy and Mr A doesn’t mind having a sidekick.
There’s been a section added to our zoo recently which is filled with dinosaurs. We came on the day it opened and I thought it was brilliant, but I didn’t want to attempt it again without at least one other adult to supervise. All of the dinosaurs look too tempting to climb so I’ve never chanced it with my toddlers, one of which rarely listens to instructions anyway. Also, last time we were there, my son wedged his foot under a dinosaur and it was all quite scary.
So after all those months depriving them of this small section of the zoo, I was so pleased they’d be able to experience it all again. We headed in, this time with four toddlers as the youngest one had woken up, filling his face with smiles.
The kids absolutely loved it. Running around and exploring, there was even a tunnel they could walk through. Which they did hundreds of times.
We had a brilliant day and it was lovely to have a catch up with friends. They’re friends that we’ll be keeping forever, having gone through house-buying and babies all together and at similar times, it feels like we’re growing up together.
The only tarnish on our day would be my two little ones turning into the spawn of Satan just as we were battling endless hills attempting to leave the zoo. I was sweating and a little snappy as I hate hearing them whinge, especially when there isn’t anything I can do to calm them. We did have to laugh though as we walked past a couple and their newborn baby, they were looking at their future. Even the couple found it funny how passionately both of my little ones were groaning, in sync too. It was quite something.
I suppose Mr & Mrs A had a baby that cried in the morning, it was only fair that I had a turn too!
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