1) USE A LEASH: Going to the zoo
We drove the 2.5 hours to Taronga Zoo on Charlie's 2nd birthday. This is the whole family sitting in one of those sky gondola's that take you right over the zoo, with the incredible view of the Sydney city skyline all around us - which you can't see because I forgot our selfie-stick.
Having his first Mcdonald's experience. A hash brown. Why? Potato.
[Warning: Hashbrown consumption may lead to further hash use in future]
I don't really have a good excuse for my kid eating Maccas but it's only going to happen about once a year so don't get your other veggies in a mandoline over it.
When we arrived at the zoo we tried to just keep Charlie within arms reach of us and the pram. That lasted the blink of baboon's butt-hole. The brand new "fun" monkey "backpack" I had bought the day before came out and was in full effect within the first five minutes of arriving. Judge me all you want for using one but my kid is alive today because I cared enough to
put his leash on apply his safety harness. You know he could have been Croc-Chow or Lion-Laksa or, better still, Elephant-Mush if we hadn't. If you still take issue with leashes then I invite you to give birth to a busy-ass toddler and take him to a big city zoo and see how long you last. Have fun with that. And while you're at it you can read this funny post from Karen at Yellow Dandy about the first time she put her son in a leash backpack.
He just cannot smile with sun in his eyes? Why? What's his problem?
He's obsessed with saying 'O' right now. He figured out a letter of the alphabet and he's sticking with it.
At this point we are wondering if we bit off more than we can chew with a cranky toddler in the pram who wasn't sleeping. But because we are FABULOUS we still managed a great scenic couple shot. Caption this photo with what you think we are thinking.
My masterpiece unveiled. Muhahaha. They don't call me Professor Cake for nothing. This glorious cake is entitled 'Pirate candles swimming in a sea of blue jelly beans.' I'm sorry to disappoint my avid readers but I will be keeping this cake triumph as an artists' secret.
We went to the Hunter Valley Gardens, which is currently throwing a snow fest within it's flowering walls.
Look at Dave, standing there, thinking about what a sh*t-head he is for letting me forget the leash.
We paid for my mistake for the rest of the day...
Or when we fantasised about pulling him around the ice-rink by his monkey harness, just for fun. "Fly monkey, fly... Awww, just like in the Wizard of Oz."
Damnit, I hate hand holding, where's the leash.
There he is forming an "O" again. This kid is a genius. I swear we'll be getting invites to Sesame Street for their 'Letter of the Day' segments soon.
This was brought to you by the number 2.
Then there was the time I tried to force him to ride the giant orange rat around the ice rink.
Ok. He loved it...
and it's a seal.
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Don't worry about being judged. We had tons of stares at Taronga Zoo but our kid's safety and ability to still have fun (outside his pram), were our main concerns. Plus, not everyone was staring because they were judging, one woman just wanted to know where we bought ours so she could get one. (This would be a great time to plug Toys "R" Us but I won't do it).