Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Worse than the Curse

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the St. Louis curse where multiple attempted trips to St. Louis for my sister-in-law and her family had to be cancelled due to illness.  I thought we had inherited the curse as our planned St. Louis trip at the end of September got postponed when Staley got sick.

We decided to try our trip again this week-end.  Fate tried to warn us.  Tried to intervene.  But we didn't listen.  We decided to go despite all the reasons we were given not to.

Zach had tickets to a concert on Saturday night that he had forgotten about until Thursday.  We decided to go anyway.
There was a big Cardinal's play-off game in St. Louis this week-end.  Our favorite hotel was sold out.  We had to book a hotel way out by the airport.  We decided to go anyway.
Staley fell face first off a 2 ft platform at the park on Friday morning.  We decided to go anyway.
Adelie usually goes to bed at 8.  She didn't fall asleep until 10:00 on Friday night.  We decided to go anyway.
Staley usually wakes up around 7.  She got up Saturday morning at 5:40.  We decided to go anyway.

Our plan was to leave Saturday morning, spend the day at the zoo, forego Staley's nap (that she doesn't take everyday anyway), stay in our hotel Saturday night, either go back to the zoo or to the Botanical Gardens Sunday morning, and then come home during nap time Sunday afternoon so that the girls could sleep on the way home.  Such a nice plan.  If only it had worked out that way.

The drive down was fine.  Staley looked at books, listened to music, and watched some videos.  Adelie played and napped.  Everyone was happy.

Reading in the car

We got to the zoo around 11:00, ate a quick lunch, and then Staley wanted to ride the train to start our zoo day.  Unfortunately her 5:40 rising coupled with impending nap time resulted in a hard-core meltdown on the train.  Why?  Because she wanted to sit by herself instead of sitting on Zach's lap.  She became THAT child.  Our first 'I'm-so-glad-that's-not-my-kid' all out public tantrum.  Crying, screaming, writhing.  So instead of riding the train to go see the sea lion show, we got off the train and did this:

Staley's battle scars on full display

An hour later, our well-rested girls were ready to enjoy the zoo.

Staley's first of 5 carousel rides

Like her sister, Adelie thought the carousel was pretty great too.

Much happier on the train ride this time

Checking out the animals

Always happy to be a part of the action

We stayed until the zoo closed, but Staley requested coming back the next day as we had plenty of things we didn't get to see and do.  We headed to our hotel for dinner and a good night's sleep so we could return in the morning for more zoo fun.  There was only one problem with this plan.  Staley didn't sleep.  And this isn't a figure of speech or an exaggeration.  She simply didn't sleep.  We put her to bed at 8.  She fell asleep around 11 and woke up at 1.  At 4:30 when she was still wide awake, we were out of ideas.  We packed up, loaded the car, and headed for home.  Staley was asleep before we were out of the hotel parking lot.  (Of all the things we tried to get her to sleep, why didn't we think to put her in the car 8 hours earlier???)

So our first attempt for a St. Louis trip was foiled by Staley's illness.  But our second attempt provided us with 3 fun hours at the zoo...and 1 massive public tantrum, 6 hours in the car, 8 frustrating hours trying to get Staley to sleep, 2 tired parents, and 1 very convincing case for avoiding week-end family get-aways for a long, long time.

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