And exhale… ahhhh…. I feel like this weekend has been a bit of a whirlwind but a much needed whirlwind. I love when Friday rolls around because all weekend I am looking forward to the weekend and spending more time with Jason and Evie. Get ready for munchkin photo overload.
Little did she know that when she went to bed on Friday night that we would be heading out early in the morning to go to the aquarium. We have started taking photos of Evie each night, when we go in and check on her before we go to bed. We decided that this will be fun to do with out next munchkin in the future. I can already picture the little video starting with the first night in the hospital after their arrival and the last photo being the night before their birthday. I am looking forward to it.
The aquarium was a hit as always. We got there early enough to not have it be to crowded. We realized that every 2nd Saturday of the month members can get in much earlier than the general public. Awesome! For now on we plan to visit on those Saturdays to avoid crowds. This time we just brought the baby carrier in so that we could carry Evie more easily if needed. It also gave us the opportunity to let Evie run around. Though we will probably be investing in a baby leash or one of the backpacks with the strap the parent can hold onto. That girl can book it so fast to wherever it is she wants to go! It is amazing to see the progression in what interests Evie when we visit. This time she did things like look in through the window displays, and let us hold her up inside the viewing area of the jelly fish. My favourite moment was seeing her follow the beluga whale back and forth.
Afterwards we went for a little walk on the sea wall. It was so lovely out. 17C give or take, that is my kind of weather. A nice sunny day with a bit of a breeze. (Dont get me wrong though, I will also take a snow day any day!) If spring and summer were consistantly around 17-22C I would be a happy person. Evie enjoyed some people watching as we strolled along, and had a pit stop at a viewing area. We are definitely going to plan a family day out here again soon and rent bikes to go around the sea wall.
Where did my little girl go? She sat in a booster seat at a restaurant. Moments like this remind us just how quickly she is growing up. Dare I say that it was almost better than putting her in a highchair. The reason being that we were able to slide her right up to the table, and have her legs underneath it so she couldn’t wiggle out. It was great! We got to eat a warm meal, and not have to worry about her escaping.
She was out a light come Saturday evening. We actually had a camp staff meeting to go to after the aquarium so she did not get that great of a nap in the afternoon. I was half expecting her to put up a battle because we got home past her bed time. Thankfully it went smoothly, and Daddy was the one who put her to bed… I went out looking for a few last minute items for her Easter basket.
Evie and I missed church on Sunday. I made a mommy judgement call, and I am sure glad I did. She needed her nap by 9:30, so she would have been a grumpy right at the start of church and would not have gotten the full nap she needed if I had tried to put her down for a nap there. She was asleep by 10am and awake after 1pm. I am loving these long naps she is now having too. They had stopped for a period of time, and after checking with Leslie, the sleep consultant who had helped us before, and concluded it was time to switch her to 1 nap a day. So we went from maybe two naps a day, at 45 minutes to one nap a day that is usually around 3 hours. Yay! It is great because she wakes up happy, and we can get stuff done during that time and sometimes even have a nap ourselves if needed.
We got in a little walk outside before Jason had to head back to church to help with Sunday School. If we let Evie she would spend all day outside, poor girl gets so upset when we bring her inside. Fresh air is good for little ones though, she always seems to sleep so much better when we let her spend lots of time outside.
We are currently working on making sure Evie listens to us and understands when we say “stop” that she needs to stop and not go anywhere. A hard concept for a little one. Jason is so good about getting on her level and talking to her. We know she will understand some day, hopefully soon, as she is one smart cookie.
Bubbles were the big hit of our time outside. She loved seeing them float through the air, and popping them when they landed on the ground. We may have to get a bubble machine as I could not blow bubbles fast enough for her.