Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Aquatica

Last week, we loaded up the van and headed to Orlando to Aquatica for the day.  This was Micah's first time to experience a water park.  We researched all the water parks in Orlando and settled on this one since it is a Sea World park.  We figured the boys would enjoy seeing the animals along with fun in the sun. 

Before getting in the water, we lathered them with sun screen and took a few pictures of them in their matching swim suits.  Jonah picked these out at Gymboree.  They weren't my favorite but he LOVED them and wanted them "all the way to the moon."  So, we got these. 









We thought it was going to be a fun day in the sun until we learned of a rule they have at Aquatica.  All children must wear life vests.  It doesn't matter if you are holding them or not.  If you or them touch the water, they must be in a life vest.  Swimming ability doesn't matter.  Ugh!  Jonah was okay with it.  Micah was not. 


We found this out quickly after arriving while sitting in two inches of water.  This was soon after I realized I forgot Micah's hat at home and had to purchase one there.  We finally managed to wrangle Micah into this life vest and it when down hill for him from there.  I mean, come on, look at the poor guy.  His head barely stuck out of there. 




Dan swished and swayed him through the lazy river and finally got him a little nap.  That helped his temperament some so we were able to stay a little longer.  Once he fell asleep, we unbuckled his vest so he could breathe.  Poor guy.  It was so restricting!

The best part of this part was seeing the fish and dolphins as you floated along the lazy river.  Jonah thought it was so cool.  We did too. 
While Micah slept in Dan's arms, I took Jonah over to one of the kiddie areas.  It wasn't ideal for his ear issue because water shot at you from every direction.  But, he seemed to have a good time. While he could have stayed there all day long to play, I had to be the mean mommy and make him leave.  Since the water shot him with such force, it caused him to lose his earplug.  As you know, no earplug equals water in ear and then surgery.  He was a very sad little boy when we had to leave the kiddie area. 











We all went back to our spot under the umbrella to decide what to do.  Jonah could not be in the kids section for fear of losing that plug and getting water in the ear canal.  Dan and Jonah decide to explore a little to see what they could find to do that would be fun for him but not hurt his ear. 

While the boys were out having fun, Micah and I sat under the umbrella.  I taught him a new trick.  Pat-a-cake.  He was happy to show it off to his daddy when he came to check on us.  I even got it on video the first time I attempted to capture it.  




After the boys discovered Jonah was too small to do any of the other stuff at the park, we had to cut our day short and leave.  We couldn't risk his ear being damaged.  He was a sad little boy about leaving but handled it okay.  I think he is finally beginning to accept that this might be a long term issue for him. 



I took a shower while Dan hung out with the boys then I loaded Micah up and headed to the car while he and Jonah showered and put on clean clothes. Since I knew they would be a while, I took Micah to see a few of the animals on our way out.  He was much more thrilled with that than he was that stinkin' life vest. 
***We had a fun day even though there were the issues with Jonah's ears.  Unfortunately, that is a park we won't be able to visit again unless his ears clear up.  Some of you know about what happened after our visit with Sea World Customer Service.  Without going into detail here, I will let you know that the AA from the Orlando office called today and resolved everything.***

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