The Florida Aquarium | Expectation vs Reality
It’s kinda true what they say when they say “vacation is just parenting somewhere else”…. because boy I was stressing a lot this summer. Don’t get me wrong, I had really enjoyable moments and experiences with my little ones and I’m so thankful for them. But I also cried into a pillow yesterday. I wish I were kidding. This parenting gig has hard moments no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
The first part of our regular aquarium visit (we go pretty much everytime we’re in town) was nothing like I EXPECTED. Expectation can sometimes be a funny (read: pretty awful) thing. Mila is a ocean lover. A beach girl. Literally dances around the house in a swimsuit anytime of year girl. She LOVES going to the aquarium. She LOVES seeing the fish. So as her mother I was again so excited to take her and her brother who hadn’t yet been.
Within the first few minutes of being near the tanks she FREAKED. Started screaming in fear(?) and threw herself on the ground crying. I tried calming her. My sisters tried calming her. Omi tried calming her. Nothing. Just tears and cries and screams. And because she was so upset it got her brother upset and I was officially THAT mom with two screaming children in a crowded aquarium.
We decided to head towards the exit. To be honest we were inside maybe 15 mins (even though the screaming made it feel like 3 hours) and I just wanted to leave, but we decided to eat lunch there anyway. After lunch it was like we had a whole new Mila. She was excited and ready to see the fish. I was in shock. And also still stressed out of my mind (it takes a while to believe everything is actually alright again sometimes, doesn’t it?)… but either way we started all over.
And it was actually great! Mila enjoyed looking at all the fish and animals, and Cru was mesmerized by everything.
I was then a happy mama and took a freakin’ breath.
If you had a rough go recently or an “expectations vs reality” fail just know you’re not alone. It’s tough, but you got this. We can create whatever kind of life we want. Screaming tots and all.