When I found out I was pregnant with our second child, I had planned to take Faith on a date, just me and her. I had intended to take her on a few dates actually, before I gave birth, but my energy level was always low, and my belly grew exponentially every week.. which made Faith’s overall clingyness even more difficult to handle. So I figured once the baby was here, then I would take her out to help ease the sibling anxiety I figured she would have. After Ezra was born though, I had completely forgotten about the Mommy and Me date I had planned to do.. that is until the Museum of Ice Cream tickets were back on sale and I was able to score a ticket.
This was the first time taking Faith out BY MYSELF. ALONE. I know I shouldn’t have been so anxious about it, but I couldn’t help it. Faith is in the throes of the Terrible Two’s, so I wasn’t sure what I could expect from her when she was alone with me. Out in the real world lol. But I sucked it up and told myself to be brave, and tried to hype up the date.. even if she didn’t know what a date was.
We arrived at the museum early, and it was a good thing too because we were told the wait to use the restroom inside the museum would be 30 minutes, and we had already taken care of that across the street. Once we got inside, it was like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I was SO excited. Faith was a bit apprehensive, but the “hype man” in the beginning of our visit was super loud and I think it frightened her a little. Once we got further in, she started to relax and get curious a bit, but she was overwhelmed by all the people and the sensory overload that was basically the entire museum.
I thought she’d be excited to try the ice cream in one of the first rooms, but she was just “meh”. Then we got into the alphabet letter room and she loved that. They had Mochi ice cream too which she loved (she had that before). They also had mint flavored cotton candy, but she was not a huge fan. She later on told Irwin that it was hair haha. We walked into the gummy bear room and she was in awe of the huge gummy bears and the fact that the path was all silver and glittery like her shoes. Then came the thing that I’m sure everyone came for: the Sprinkles pool. She could not wait to take off her shoes! But then she got to the “diving board” and didn’t really know what to do next. So I just dropped her in and she played around with it.. but only seemed to have a mediocre time while I tried to snap as many photos as I could. It wasn’t until we had to leave the pool that she actually almost started crying because she didn’t want to leave!
The last part of the museum were the swings, and she was SO excited. She was screaming and couldn’t wait to go on. We got to go on all 3 swings, but I was so nervous because this was her first time riding on the swing without the little baby seat/support around it. The last thing I wanted was for her to fall.. and in front of the people who were watching you as they waited in line.
By the end, I was lightweight sweaty but I was so happy that she at least had a good time.. even if it was just towards the end. I definitely would like to go back, but maybe if someone else was with us. Carrying the diaper backpack with a camera and having to carry her sometimes.. was not the easiest. But overall, a really fun date, and this is just the first of many (hopefully) to come!