Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mr. Grumpy and the Zoo.

I've been having a rough time sleep-wise with Oliver. His days of 12 straight hours of sleep are being sorely missed by all in the house while he struggles to stay asleep for more than a few hours and then decides to play for hours and hours during the middle of the night.

Friday was a very grueling night. It had already been three days of hardly any sleep, and when I finally got into bed at midnight, it was only for two hours of sleep because Oliver woke up at 2am and stayed awake playing until past 5am...only to then awake at 7am for the day.

After getting barely four hours of sleep, I started getting us both ready for a planned trip to the zoo to celebrate the 2nd birthday of our friends, Shirlee and Estavan's daughter, Hannah.


It was just over an hour to get to Brevard Zoo and Oliver only napped for part of it, so when we arrived to meet everyone, Oliver was not amused.


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This was his face upon getting to the entrance of the zoo.


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This was his face taking in the screaming monkeys.


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This was his face staring at the tree's over the rhino's pen.


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His face stayed in a frozen grimace for most of the morning.


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We made it over to the giraffe exhibit and he was finally in the mood to explore.

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He actually touched the giraffe twice (sort of accidentally) and seemed to have an extreme aversion to it.

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He buried his face into me and refused to get near it again.



After a little more exploring our group was ravenous and went to go eat at the zoo's restaurant/food stand. I took a moment to get a few photos of everyone.

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Most of the group

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We used our strollers to shield the babies from the shower of bird poop all around us. So. Much. Poop.

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I realized I really loved Shirlee's outfit.

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Which I then noticed she was rocking with socks and flip flops. So Shirlee :)


Oliver didn't show much interest in a lot of the animals, but was fascinated with any and all birds (and wart hogs). The aviary was hit and miss though, because while there were many different birds to see, they were free to flap wildly in his face and scare the bejeebies out of him.

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After awhile my little boy finally started warming up and returning to his smiley jolly self.

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We enjoyed five hours of exploring the zoo then packed up to go home and he finally got a good nap in on the ride. I think the best part of the day was a tie between seeing Oliver's reactions to this new experience, and also spending time with Shirlee and Estevan after many months without seeing them :)


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