The Weekly Peanut, Issue 18
After the last few weeks I guess we were due. This week was pretty darn great.
Daphne's been in a pretty good mood overall. Or maybe we're just getting better at communicating with her, too? It's really incredible to watch how much more sophisticated her actions are now.
We're making progress on the utensils front, though it's certainly not "there" yet. Daphne really does NOT want to be fed any more. Even if I offer her a bite of what I'm eating, I have to put it in her hand so she can feed herself. Miss Independent.
This weekend was a special one for our family, as it marked both Ian's 31st Birthday (Saturday) and his first Father's Day. I unfortunately had to work Sunday evening, so we planned to "celebrate" mostly on Saturday.
We spent the morning at Sea World. This trip might have been even better than the last! We decided to start with the area of the park that we didn't really get to on our last trip. We wanted to go to the new Antarctica exhibit, but the only way in is to wait in line for the ride which had a 150 minute wait! Uhhh, no. The real highlight was going to Shamu's Happy Harbor and letting Daphne splash around. I hadn't thought ahead (derp) to bring a swimsuit or swim diaper, but I DID have a spare outfit. I tried to take a video but my phone kept getting splashed so it didn't really work. This kid is FEARLESS. There's an area where these giant cups fill up with water then spontaneously dump down on whoever is under them, and all these bigger kids were shying away from it. Daphne strutted right in there and got SOAKED. She looked up, giggled, and waited for more. She was sweet to other kids who were playing and did NOT want to leave. I think next time we'll stake out the nearest bathroom before going in, because we had a long haul with a soaking diaper to the next bathroom. Next we snuck in to our favorite show, the sea lion pirate show. It was PACKED and we had crappy seats with an obstructed view. Daphne was still pretty awesome about it. She paid some attention to the show but mostly just ate her NumNum crackers peacefully. She was a real trooper about the repeated sunscreen applications, too.
Daphne hadn't napped at all, but we were all hungry so we drove up the street to Cafe TuTu Tango. We had a tasty lunch, Daphne wanted to eat everything. We ordered her some noodles of her very own but mostly she just wanted to eat our food.
Sunday we decided to just do our usual Sunday routine since we hadn't gotten a chance to in a while. We gave Daddy his presents then headed out to brunch at Sweet Tomatoes. Daphne showed off her new "sharing" talents with Daddy. Then we went shopping at our favorite spot, Once Upon a Child, because our growing peanut needed some new shoes! She had a pretty awesome time trying out all the toys. She also got her very first pair of Converse!
Monday night we had an interesting experience. I've titled it "The Pisscapades."
Last night I had to work late again and Daphne got to have another Daddy night. After a nice nap when she got home, they went out to Oblivion Taproom. Ian was very proud to tell me that he has mastered the art of sitting at a bar stool and feeding himself while holding a baby. Daphne was apparently on her most charming behavior. She patiently shared food with Daddy, while being sure to offer to share her food with everyone who came up to say hello to her.
I can't help but marvel at this kid. She isn't just walking, she's doing her darndest to RUN at every opportunity. She LOVES to scare her parents by banging her head into walls (I don't mean slipping and falling, I mean sitting next to a wall and thumping her head into it just to watch our reaction). Not kidding. She is showing signs of learning to share, and has even started cleaning up after herself! Ian said she put all her bath toys away before getting out of the bath (there are a lot of them). I know not every week will be like this so I'm just going to cherish it for how wonderful it was. Thanks, peanut.