The first time we had been to Omaha as a family was back in August of 2010 – Jensen was 11 months old. We love Omaha because of its amazing zoo, fun downtown atmosphere and exciting children’s museum. Because Jensen had so much fun as an 11 month old, we were really hoping to make it back in 2011. We came up with several excuses to not go on our trip in 2011, the biggest being the fact that I wasn’t feeling so great because I was 2 months pregnant, so I was determined to not let anything get in the way of our trip this year.
We left on a Thursday morning after breakfast and Owen’s first feeding. The car ride took about 3 hours and for the most part it went well. Owen struggled getting comfortable and falling asleep until I crawled into the backseat and put my hand on his chest. We had some quite time for about an hour. Jensen always does really well in the car. She has had lots of practice going back and forth from Wichita 🙂
Since I am still mostly nursing Owen, I prepared everything for pumping in the car. It worked out great! I was disappointed I hadn’t ever thought of doing this before. Earlier this year, we stopped at a rest stop in Emporia on our way to Wichita so that I could nurse Owen. That delayed us by about 45 minutes. So for all you nursing mommies out there, pumping in the car utilizing your battery operation function is definitely worth it!!
Our first stop in Omaha was the zoo. We LOVE this zoo sooooo much! Beautiful, clean, well organized, great exhibits, just an all around wonderful experience. Owen took a long nap and Jensen had a great time walking around with us. We thought about renting a double stroller (we have debated on whether we should own one, but can’t seem to justify it) but decided not to and Jensen did really well for walking almost the entire zoo with only having to be carried a few times. A few things had changed since the last time we visited. The aquarium received quite the make-over and was pretty extraordinary. We were all fascinated – well except for Owen who slept through the entire exhibit! Here are some of our pics from the zoo!
Jensen’s first time on a carousel! She loved it!!
After our long afternoon at the zoo we headed to our hotel to check in. We rested a bit, fed Owen and decided to walk downtown for dinner. We LOVE downtown Omaha. A great atmosphere with an abundance of restaurants and shops. We decided to have dinner outside at Spaghetti Works. After dinner we stopped at several shops on the way back to the hotel. Once back at the hotel we all took showers and crashed……what a day!!
The next morning we woke up and went to breakfast at a cute little dive in downtown. Pretty good food and yummy coffee which is exactly what this mommy needed!
After breakfast we went back to the hotel, packed up our things and headed to the Children’s museum. The museum is a lot of fun and Jensen had a great time! We played, explored and used our imagination. Such a great time!!
Awww, just like mommy!! 😉
She loved playing on this huge floor piano!!
After the museum we did a little shopping, had lunch and headed back home. We had a great time in a great city and I’m looking forward to going back again soon!