A trip to the zoo

As we get closer and closer to baby’s due date, Brett and I have been talking about things we should do with Leah to celebrate her last few weeks as an only child. One thing we definitely wanted to do with her was take her to the Miami Zoo, which is one of the largest zoos in the country! Although it’s only 45 minutes away, we have never been there and we figured that Leah was now at the age where she would love seeing all the animals so last weekend, once the weather finally started to “cool down” (at least by Miami standards!) we set off in the morning to explore the zoo. Our plan was to get there right around opening time to beat both the crowds and the hot weather and it worked out perfectly! We were there until about 1:30 pm, leaving right when it was just starting to get hot and crowded.

Leah had an absolute blast the entire time. She would run over to look at an animal, yell hello to whatever it was “hello zebra! hello!” before running down the path yelling, “what else are we gonna see?!” We brought the umbrella stroller because the zoo is over 3 miles around and I didn’t think she would ever be able to make it around, walking the whole way. Well, this child of ours never slowed down. A couple of times I would ask her “Leah, do you want to take a rest and ride a bit?” and she would always answer, “no mommy, I walk!” And walk (and run!) she did. We continued walking around the entire zoo and Leah quickly made her favorites known (the gorillas, or as she called them, the monkeys, were her hands down favorite). Finally, after 3 hours and 2 1/2 miles, this 8 month pregnant woman was ready to be done. So we stuck Leah in the stroller to get through the last 1/2 mile a little faster, which was NOT a popular decision with the walking queen. I was so shocked (and proud!) that she was being such a good walker, but it was getting hot and I was hungry and we just needed to get back to the car already. 😛

On the way home we stopped at Trader Joes to stock up on some of our favorite items (which, side note, never go into TJ’s when you are hungry and 8 months pregnant. You will end up buying everything in sight, to the alarm and dismay of your husband…) and this picture cracks me up:

Leah INSISTED on carrying the animal crackers and the chocolate peanut butter cups. Obviously she knows what’s important and she wasn’t about to let those tasty treats out of her sight!

Overall, we had a blast at the Miami Zoo and I am so glad that we were able to take Leah before her baby sister arrives. As excited as I am for the new baby, I am trying to soak up these last few weeks with Leah as an only child. She is such a good girl, and my very best little buddy, and I want to enjoy all these precious remaining moments with just her before it’s too late!

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