Happy Lynnie Day

(a much too detailed account of my daughter’s 2nd birthday)

*Fair warning: this post contains a lot of details because I want to remember everything about my little girl’s special day. If reading detailed accounts of mundane activities isn’t your thing, suffice it to say that her 2nd birthday was pretty great.

“Mommy, c[ome] on. Mommy, wake. Mommy.” It’s not a bad way to start the day, really. Lulu calmly let us know that she was awake and ready for the day around 8 this morning. I went into her bedroom and found her laying sideways in her crib, happy to see me. “Hi, Mommy. Happy Lynnie day!”

I can’t believe my baby girl turned 2 today. I want to remember every detail of the day, because it really was a happy day.

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One Post Wonder

You know those dinners that they call “one pot wonders” because you just throw everything in a pot, and it’s basically an entire meal? Well, think of this post as a “one post wonder.” I’m going to try to catch you up on everything that’s happened in the past six months. I apologize now for the length of this post.

I’m torn between trying to write this post in chronological order or give you the most important news first. Important news wins out. Our beautiful baby boy is here! Well, he’s actually been here for almost six weeks now. I can’t believe I’m just now getting around to posting about his arrival (more to come in a later post). Here’s a fairly recent picture. Isn’t he adorable?

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Baby girl’s first trip to the zoo

I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to writing about our trip to the zoo! I apologize that it is a bit belated. My father-in-law’s birthday was a couple of weeks ago. We wanted to do something fun as a family, so we decided to go to the zoo.

It’s still a little chilly here, so we couldn’t see all of the animals, but there were plenty to keep baby girl entertained. The first thing we saw was the polar bear. While the rest of us thought it was pretty cool, baby girl didn’t seem impressed. I think it’s because she had a hard time seeing the animal through the fencing.

From there we went to the aquatics building. She loved that exhibit! Between the sea lions and the puffins and the penguins, we probably could have stayed in that building all day. Baby girl was absolutely enthralled watching the sea animals. I think the regular old fish tank might have been her favorite though.

We also got to see the big cats. Baby girl and her daddy stood at the glass by the leopard for a good five minutes, watching the animal pace back and forth. It was fun to see that she was aware of what was going on. She’d watch the leopard pace, and then smile back at me. Then she’d watch the animal some more and smile up at her dad. That definitely made my heart happy to watch.

Then we moved on to the monkey building. The monkeys are always my favorite, and I think baby girl had a good time in that building too. We started out by the big apes and worked our way through to the little tiny monkeys. At each new exhibit, baby girl would walk over to the glass and watch the animals play. So cute!

One of the great things about the zoo by us is that it also has a conservatory, so we took a walk through the flowers, too. While it might still feel like winter outside (I still can’t believe it snowed 2 inches on April 20!), it was definitely spring at the conservatory. That was a nice change of pace, and baby girl enjoyed trying to pick the flowers.

So all in all, I’d say we had a very successful birthday party for Grandpa. Even if I am a little late in writing about it.

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