OC Zoo is actually in Irvine Ranch Park not the Irvine Ranch Historic Park. Don’t know why Irvine parks’ names are so confusing, but they are different places. The former is at the top of the hill off Jamboree, and the latter is at the bottom of the hill at Jamboree. I am not even sure Irvine Ranch Park is physically within Irvine city limits although it is officially. Anyways, Irvine Ranch Park is a real park unlike Irvine Ranch Historic Park that is only a parking lot, a bunch of old office buildings and a small library.
OC Zoo is tucked inside Irvine Ranch Park. And, I mean it’s tucked deep inside the park. Many people I discuss about the park with didn’t even know there’s a zoo inside the park. It’s not a big zoo. But, it has a good selection of healthy wilder beats and even has a petting zoo.
We took Ellis to this zoo about a year ago. She seemed too young to enjoy the zoo at the time. She was too sheepish to pet the goats. But, a year later, she’s petting the goats with aplomb.
Also, about a year ago, Ellis was a little allergic of heights. She’d instantly cry whenever I attempt to put her over my shoulders.
However, at the behest of a friend, I put her over my shoulders so to give Ellis a look-out view of the bear cage. At first, I thought she wouldn’t be so accepting. But, it turned out ok.
Since previous update, Ellis has maintained her good sleeping habits. On weekends, she usually sleeps around 11pm and wakes up at 7am. She takes in a small breakfast, and she goes back to sleep for another couple of hours usually until 10am. She’d take a nap from about 4pm to 6pm. The quality of her sleep is pretty deep. I don’t think her cycles are interrupted easily anymore.
We still keep the youtube lullabye regimen. Now, whenever we are about to hit the bed, we’d get on the computer to search for the lullabye site. And, Ellis will say “we’re listening to the sleepy song again”. We were surprised that she realizes the intention of the songs we play for her.