Welcome to the Aquarium

We spent a wonderful day with friends at the New England Aquarium in Boston today. Although it was a "fish out of water" type of day that new parents can relate to, I'm so glad we got to spend some time with our friends who are packing up as we speak for a move to Philadelphia.
The day started out with the best of intentions, as they always do... Until a glance at the clock reminded us that we needed to be out the door in 10 minutes (as it always happens). Suddenly you remember the 15 little necessities that a 7-month old requires for a day away from home - change of clothes, bottles, Mum Mums, pureed mango, diapers, binkies, toys to keep her entertained, tiny baby shoes, a headband that matches the outfit, etc. etc. You can see where organization comes in handy. (Put that on the list.)
 Our first stop in Boston was at Papagayo for lunch to meet my sister. We actually made it here smoothly and almost on time. The draw to this place was tableside guacamole, but sadly no tequila sno-cones for lunch today! All was going well until it was time to give Grace her first bottle. She started to get a little fussy so Matt walked around with her for a bit. As I was assembling the bottle I realized we had a problem. No nipple! Oh no, this can't be - [search high and low, in every pocket, every bag, in the car] we don't have a single nipple! Ayyyy.... so we finished lunch, said our goodbyes and followed directions to a CVS. After frantically searching the smallest CVS in Massachusetts I came up empty handed. I mean, this place didn't even carry diapers! Imagine! I trudged back to the car empty handed. Anyone who has 1. driven among Boston's one-way cow paths 2. had to navigate them with the help of a stressed out spouse and 3. have had to listen to a wailing hungry baby can attest, the stakes were high. We finally found a Mega CVS in Downtown Crossing, got our nipple and were on our way to the Aquarium. So as you can see, it has already been - A. Day.

And we haven't even made it to the Aquarium yet, where we would soon discover that the penguins were On. Vacation. That's right! NO PENGUINS! 
Fun times at the New England Aquarium

Salmon swarm

Since when are the penguins allowed to take vacations?

Babies with Moustaches

Here is our "I Survived the Aquarium" badge for parents.We earned this sucker. Feel free to snatch it up if you too have earned it. 
A petting zoo of sorts...

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