We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo…

…how about you, you, you?

Does anyone else remember that song? I had forgotten about it from my childhood, but was reminded when my mom started singing it last weekend. Last Saturday was Ava’s first trip to the zoo. It was really cool to see her look at all the different animals, and even funnier to see her look at all the people. You know how it is, you sometimes see a larger variety of people than animals!

She seemed to have a lot of fun, and didn’t become Grumpy Butt, despite her makeshift car nap on the way there.

When we arrived, we met up with our friends, their two kids, and the dad’s little brother, and headed straight to the aquarium. Now, we’ve taken Ava places before, and are pretty acquainted with navigating the stroller, but it’s a whole different ballpark when 1) the point of being there is so your kid can see stuff (it was almost pointless bringing the stroller… she was out of it more than in), and 2) there are 1,000,001 other parents with strollers going to the same exact fish tank window. Holy cow. That’s all I can say.

Ava didn’t really care about the fish… I’m not sure she really knew what she was looking at yet, and this was the first close-up with all those kids she was eyeing earlier. I took her out of her stroller, and tried to show her the fish, then the jelly fish, then the sea horses, but basically every kid around us was more exciting than them, so we didn’t linger long. And frankly, my friend’s two-yr-old was ready to move on within a few minutes as well, so it really worked out perfectly!

We stopped a little longer at the penguin exhibit. This was probably Ava’s favorite stop. You could see the penguins at eye level, and they were active so she paid attention to them. Then they would jump into the water, swim around, and pop back out. She laughed and talked to them for a bit, and then we moved on. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you a play by play, this was about as excited as she got).

We moved on, and about 90 minutes, 20 animals, and 35 ins and outs of the stroller, we called it a day. It really was a great time, but I was ready to be done because of my #2 from above…

But that’s a rant for another day. I originally wanted to include it in this post, but it became a post of its own, and I wanted to keep this one focused on the happy event of Ava’s first zoo trip, not an irritated rant about pushy parents in public places.

Take a look at our day at the zoo! 
1.) The Indy Zoo has a dog shark exhibit, where you can actually¬†pet these sharks. Here’s where Daddy was trying. Ava and I passed this time, though I have pet them before.
2.) Ava was chillin’ in her stroller, watching the seals.
3.) This Flamingo insisted on getting a close-up picture. It honestly made me a little nervous, but he was still far away, despite how it looks in the picture.
4.) The giraffe; the zoo keeper was feeding it, which Ava seemed more interested in than the giraffe itself.
5.) This one is for Grampa, who told Ava to say “hi” to the Rhinos for him. We waved.
6.) I thought this guy was pretty cool. Ava was more interested in her cheerios.

Zoo Collage

That’s it! We had a great time.

P.S. we are ONE WEEK away from Ava’s first birthday!

I have a gBaby

Right after I graduated college, before I was married, I took care of a little boy several days a week, just for a few hours a day. When I started, he was around 4 months old, so out of the newborn stage but still just a little guy. His mom did things a certain way and I loved it all; everything from the homemade baby food to the chemical-free all-purpose cleaners she used. I was so impressed with her organic way of life, and certain parts of it stuck with me. The biggest thing I learned from his mom, though, has to be cloth diapering.

Before working for this family, I had no idea people still used cloth diapers. And when she told me about them, I was very skeptical. I didn’t want to deal with soggy diapers. Give me disposable and I’ll be done with them! But then I saw them. They aren’t soggy and gross. They aren’t difficult to deal with. They are actually cute!

gDiaper

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a cloth diaper snob. I’ll be the first to tell you it isn’t for everyone. In fact, my mom doesn’t like using them, so she has her own stash of disposables she uses when she watches my baby. Ava actually wore disposables her first two weeks because she was too little for her smallest cloth size. Because we’ve used both, I feel like I can give a good review of both cloth and disposable. And by cloth, I mean the brand I use. There are so many different cloth brands, which is great because not every brand works for every baby. I am so thankful though that the brand we chose has worked so well for us.

Why we chose to use cloth diapers:
It’s plain and simple… It saves us a ton of money. When we found out we were having a baby, we were newlyweds, I had just started a new job, my hubs was still in college, and we had a ton of school debt (still do!). We considered the initial cost of cloth diapering and compared it to 2 years of disposables, and the difference was impressive. I think we spent a total of $350 on two sizes of cloth diapers and all the parts that go with them. I also made some of my own inserts, which helped, but it still wouldn’t have been much more that $400 had I not. Disposables were much much more.

I’ll go into more details later on why we use cloth. Honestly, the price was the initial spark that caught my eye, but it wasn’t the biggest benefit in my book once I learned more about them. I’ll also explain the pro’s and cons to both cloth and disposable, how our brand (gDiapers) work, and even a DIY on how we made those inserts ourselves. Oh, and I’ll also fill you in on what my hubby thinks of cloth.. After all, he’s the primary diaper changer around here!

Stay tuned!