We live in Chattanooga, but we rarely make it downtown to enjoy all Chattanooga-y things. Especially since after having Mason, the temptation to stay at home and just order food is far stronger. On the flip side, we also have a strong desire to have Mason enjoy everything in life, so we are making more of an effort to get out there!
The Chattanooga Aquarium was my favorite place to visit when I first came to visit my husband’s hometown. I love all animals, and when I heard that Matty’s hometown has the best aquarium in the United States, I was like, “YOU HAVE TO TAKE ME!” This was back in 2013 when I first came to visit, and it’s been a special place for me ever since. It’s the first site in Chattanooga I visited, first place I took my friends to, it’s where I got proposed to (I’ll have to share that story another time), and now it’s the first aquarium Mason has ever been to.
So last Sunday, we decided to take the day together and go visit!
A few months back, a customer of Starbucks gave Matty tickets to both of the buildings, and we hadn’t used them yet. We were waiting for the right timing! So we finally had a day off together (astonishing) so we packed up our stroller, carrier, diaper bag, and Mason and went downtown!
We made it through one of the buildings before we decided we should head home to let Mason take a nap. We parked on the North Shore, got some Stone Cup coffee and walked across the bridge. Mason did great, and we had him forward-facing in the carrier for the first time. He is already such an explorer, he really enjoyed being able to look at the world with us as we made our way towards the aquarium.
Once there, we put him in the stroller. He did okay for a while, but he eventually just wanted us to hold him. He got to check out the jellyfish, otters, and some fish before he fell asleep at the alligator exhibit. Even with all of the people around, he slept soundly in Matty’s arms while I snapped some pictures.
He woke up for the big tank of river fish in the center of the building. That’s one of my favorite parts, the river fish tank, because it’s just so surreal to me that the Chattanooga river that we walked across holds all of those fish. And it’s also relaxing in there, it’s very dark and cozy.
Mason did a great job, and it was very nice to have time together as a family. Even more reason for us to work hard to achieve the lifestyle we desire!