It looks like we timed our trip well this past weekend in terms of Declan’s seemingly endless ear infections. We had another rough transition back to work and school after our weekend in D.C., which is the reason for the delayed post. In hindsight, I think the rough transition started on the ride home from D.C., which included some killer traffic (mostly getting out of the city) and Finnegan vomiting about 10 miles from home. Declan didn’t sleep at all on Sunday night and had a fever of 104°C on Monday. It looks like this boy is heading for a second set of ear tubes at a hospital near us soon.
You will probably think I’m a liar after everything I just said, but we had a great time in D.C. In fact, we would love to go back soon because we didn’t fit in everything we wanted to do and it’s such a kid friendly place. It’s a cheap destination as well. It’s only a three hour drive from our house, you can easily get a 3.5-4 star hotel for $100 on Priceline, and so many things are free, including our first stop on the trip – the National Zoo.
We booked our hotel through Priceline using the Express Deal option. It was $100 and we landed at the Marriott Wardman Park. The hotel is only a half mile from the zoo, close to the Adams Morgan neighborhood, and it is right next to the Woodley Park metro stop so it was convenient to travel around the city.
Finnegan tried to hide so he didn’t have to share his popcorn with Declan
They both loved the meerkats and the monkeys are a perennially favorite
We also caught a naked mole rat demonstration and Finnegan enthusiastically answered EVERY question that the ‘handler’ posed.
Declan’s favorite at the zoo. It was a relief when we found them because he wasn’t leaving the zoo without seeing at least one turtle.
Even though the zoo is free, kids can still find ways to spend money there
After the zoo, we headed back to the hotel and Finnegan took a short nap. For dinner we ventured off to the Georgetown neighborhood and like any good Cuse fans, we dressed the boys in their Syracuse sweatshirts.
Our kids are clearly not city kids. This was their favorite activity of the night – chasing pigeons and other small birds.
Declan fell asleep in the stroller while we were walking around, but he never misses a meal so he woke up in time for dinner. Finnegan claimed he wasn’t hungry, but the two of them destroyed their meal (Buddha noodles) at the Vietnamese restaurant we picked for dinner.
Things I learned about Declan on this first day of our trip:
- He loves choo-choo’s (trains) – except if they travel underground in which case they suck. He tried to set himself free by hurling his entire body towards the doors at every stop.
- He has a very good sense of direction. When we were leaving the hotel for the second time, he knew exactly how to get back the zoo and was pulling us to go see the ‘anmals’ again. Since we’re awesome parents, we just bribed him with a cake pop and continued with our plan.
We ended our night by watching the first half of the Syracuse-Michigan Final Four game. We couldn’t keep our eyes open for the second half, but understand that it was a disappointing loss.
Once again, I’m too tired to keep my eyes open any longer so the second part of our trip is coming tomorrow (I hope).