Oh my gosh, you guys, parenting for two is kinda tough. I don’t consider myself a single parent but I have always had a lot of respect for those that are. I worship the ground you walk on now after being a “logistically” single parent. And those of you who work? Whaaat? Tell me your secrets!! Ooof.
I have been flying solo for the past four weeks while the Viper Pilot was off flying and stuff in another country. It wasn’t easy by any stretch and I was desperate for adult conversation by the end of the day. I got to talk to the Viper Pilot maybe once every 3-4 days if even that (and it was usually a text) so eventually I had to talk to random objects around the house. My pillow and Elle got an earful every evening. Owen and I had a lot of fun just the two of us, despite my [near] insanity. 🙂 Anyway, I’m happy to announce that he’s home now.
|Photo credit: USAF|
Owen is almost 7 months old now and blogging has become exponentially more difficult. Wait, no. It’s pretty much impossible. He demands my attention 120% of the time. He’s a smart kiddo and is always needing to be challenged with a new game, toy, or activity. If he could, he’d live outside. Hanging out in one place with the same toy gets boring after so many minutes. This is why I’ve been MIA lately. I’ve been playing activity coordinator for the cutest 16 pounder in town.
Enough ranting. That being said, I think the laundry needs changed, dinner needs to be put in the crock pot and I wish I could clone myself. Thank goodness for babywearing, which is how we spent most of our time touring Berlin. And that’s really what this post is all about…the rest of our trip to Berlin.
The day after the airshow, we took a train into the city to see Berlin. We saw the city when we were there in March 2013 but really wanted to get Owen’s picture with sights like the Berlin wall. Who knows when he will be back to see it.
We started with Owen’s favorite place, the zoo. This kid LOVES animals. A lot. And as his parents, we love to see him happy and will do anything it takes to cater to his interests. The big hits from the Berlin Zoo were the pigs:
The orangutan and Owen stole the show. He (the monkey) was very active swinging around on his branches and ropes so there was a large crowd drawn to watch him. We had a front row spot by the window. The monkey made a grass hat and walked right up to Owen (who was intently watching) where Alex had him crouched down at eye-level. He rested his chin on the ledge and just stared at Owen. The crowd went nuts and I’m certain we are in numerous photos because of the monkey’s action.
Even the monkey thinks my baby is cute. I think he’s pretty cute too, but I’m biased.
He gets his good looks from his dad, you know…
Sophie the Giraffe (one of Owen’s favorite toys) was along for the ride and I found her peeking out of the diaper bag.
Other animals that intrigued us and Owen were the tigers, zebras, the roaring lions, and this funny bird having a bad hair day.
The Berlin Zoo was one of the better zoos we have been to. It was a huge hit for us and the baby.
After the zoo and some lunch, we did some sight-seeing, starting with the Brandenburg Gate.
The Berlin Wall.
And where it once divided the city.
Checkpoint Charlie and a dog riding on the back of a bicycle.
It was all too much for this little guy…
I really want to tell you that I’ll have another post up about our adventures post-Viper Pilot return home and I want to share the details of Owen’s completed nursery, but I can’t promise anything. It could be another two weeks again. 🙂
I’ll try. Thank goodness Owen loves the Boba and Moby!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful week and enjoying some warm weather!