The youngest two, Hudson and James, started their power plays early in the morning before even departing for the zoo. I think James woke up at 5 a.m. so his entire sleep-nap schedule was thrown off, as were our carefully orchestrated plans to have him nap on the way to the zoo. He was furiously angry to be restrained in a stroller probably because he was grumpy from the sleep problems. The moment we let him out of the stroller, he wiped out headfirst on some gravel. I'm not sure what shenanigans Hudson pulled, but he arrived fashionably-late, post-James wipe out. It's probably good that he not learn bad behavior from James.
The next oldest, Eleanor, was pretty good. So that makes one. As the oldest at 3-years-old-almost-4, Isaac played a really fun game all day that we called, "Where is Isaac?" Dan almost always won the game. We all agree that Dan is going to do really well with 2 children one day.
Despite his morning protest, Hudson was his usual super awesome quiet self. He wasn't terribly interested in the animals, but he was pleased to chill in his stroller and casually enjoy his formula. He is the best baby I've ever seen.
James didn't give up his anti-stroller protest the entire time we were there, so we set him free in the indoor bird exhibit. You would think that at that point he would get as far as possible from his stroller, but no, all he wanted to do was push his stroller around, as well as any other stroller he happened upon.
James in the birdhouse
I was pretty happy because I managed to take hundreds of photos in under 4 hours. I was especially pleased when I asked a stranger to take a group photo of us, and I forgot and left my camera on manual, but the stranger must have been a professional because he took a perfect picture of our group. Too bad the bear photo-bombed us.