We like to try to take day trips when little one has some time off just to have fun experiences as a family. One spring break week, we decided a trip to the Baltimore Aquarium was in order. I had purchased tickets at least two weeks (knowing me, it was probably three months) in advance of the day. I was looking forward to this visit because I myself had wanted to go there for a long time and never had. The whole weekend before the trip, it was all I talked about!
The morning of the scheduled trip, I woke up absolutely miserable. Absolutely. Miserable. Every common sense part of me was telling me to stay home. Ben and little one could go without me but that other sense that had been wanting to go forever (when I was little, I wanted to be a marine biologist) kept telling me to go! The tickets were for this specific date alone so if we didn't go, money would be wasted. I literally stood in front of the mirror and had a conversation with myself out loud. It went something like this, "You are going to go to the aquarium and have a good time! You are NOT going to ruin this for anyone else and you will put on a happy face. You can rest when you get home, baby whiny pants!" And that is what I did.
When we pulled into the parking garage, all I wanted to do was sleep in the car but I bucked up and kept moving. We stopped in the cafeteria and had some lunch (complete with medicine). We meandered through the aquarium and watched a dolphin show with a trainer named April or maybe it was a dolphin named April. We sat in the splash zone. We got splashed. We had fun! As horrible as I felt, I was so happy to have gone because it really was everything I had hoped it would be, not just the aquarium but also the family time.
When we got home, I hit the bed and believe I stayed there for three days, minus the trip to the doctor's office. I think it was a sinus infection, like the mother of all sinus infections, and I probably shouldn't have gone back to work when I did but I felt like a major punk going to the aquarium then calling out the next few days. Was it worth it? Yes.