I loaded up the kids this morning and we headed to the zoo. Had I known what kind of mood Maggie was in I might have thought twice – who am I kidding, I did think twice. In the end, the trip to the zoo may have kept us both sane on what could have been a tough day. So I’m glad we made the effort.
I was feeling a little full of myself, braving the zoo with both kids on my own. I even took some pictures of my children, since the last time I captured them was maybe 6 months ago. Bad mom. But today I was good mom! I managed to convince Maggie we should go after only seeing a total of four animals and riding the carousel, since I could tell Nicholas was fading fast. Maggie could have stayed for another 2 hours, at least. We left a happy family.
By the time we got to the car I was greeted with the notion that I should not be so full of myself. I had left my driver side door open. Not unlocked, it was clearly locked. But swinging wide freaking open. My first thought was that somehow it must have been Maggie’s fault – bad mom. I wouldn’t have done something that stupid! But it was the driver side door. Not much I could say about that. Totally my fault. I quickly checked to be sure my wallet, ehm, and purse, ehm, were where I safely left them so I wouldn’t be robbed inside the zoo. Whew, everything appears intact. If I start getting charges to some spa in London I will know when security was breached. My dear husband, will not know that detail of this story. He doesn’t read my blog and I am smart enough to edit my day down to what he wants to know about… And besides, I used to drive a convertible jeep. I had no doors. What’s the big deal? Well, maybe the fact that I never left ANYTHING in the jeep that I wasn’t trying to get rid of. Part of the hassle of the jeep was never being able to leave anything behind. But, I digress.
Anyway, I got Nicholas in his seat and I kid you not, I had not finished buckling him and he was asleep. I thought he was joking. I asked him if he was going to sleep and he vaguely rolled one eyeball from the back of his head before promptly closing them again. Out. I have never seen anything like it. He had been obviously tired, but was sitting upright in the wagon of his own power. And then out. Snoring before we were out of the parking lot. His nap would last almost three hours.
And then Maggie decided in the afternoon that she wanted to lay down and rest a bit. Almost two hours later I decided to wake her so she wouldn’t be up all night tonight. SHE decided to lay down. Just repeating that last part for emphasis. My four-year-old decided she WANTED to take a nap. Knock me over with a feather.