Sunday, August 31, 2008

babies meet the alligators, alligators meet the babies

With family in town for Labor Day weekend, we decided to take the kids out for their first hike. There are several reasons we hadn't done this earlier: 1) Houston is REALLY hot this time of year, even at night. 2) Getting out the house with two babies is quite complicated. 3) Because the babies had a hard time getting started with breastfeeding, I was afraid of being away from the breastpump for more than 3 hours. 4) Making milk for two babies wears me out.

We were able to leave the house at about 9:00am. Surprisingly, the weather was not too hot. We went to Brazos Bend State Park, and we walked around 40 acre lake. It is a great park with lots of walking trails and trees covered in Spanish moss. It is also a wonderful place to bird watch and see alligators. The bigger alligators (10-14 feet) are easier to see in the spring, but we still were able to see several medium sized (4-6 feet) alligators and probably over 20 little ones.

Then while some of our group enjoyed touring the visitors center, I fed the babies under a big, shady tree on a park bench. (This mobile breastfeeding is great, it is ready anywhere and anytime.) After working up an appetite, we went to the Swinging Door and had great Texas BBQ. You gotta love a BBQ place that serves baked beans and potato salad as "vegetables".

When we got home, the guys watched football, I took and nap, and the grandmas and Zaley went to the mall.

It was a perfect Texas day.

Max in the carrier with mom.
Maya taking a nap with dad. The blankets were used to shield their fair skin from the sun, not to make them sweat more than they already did.
Small alligator lurking in the mossy water.
The lake was covered with huge lily pads and flowers.


  1. We don't even have our twins yet, and I'm thinking you're very very brave and amazing to make that excursion. I'm suuuuuper impressed :)

  2. Even going to the grocery store, target of church feel like "outings". It is getting easier and much more do able now that I don't have to worry about carrying around bottles of hooking myself up to the breast pump. The transition to brestfeeeding after three 1/2 months of pumping and bottle feeding post is in the works. If you are planning on breastfeeding I would love to talk with you about it.