Isobel’s desire to explore has increased dramatically in the last couple weeks. She actively tries to escape the house when we open the door so that we now have to watch not only for escaping kitties but also escaping babies. We went grocery shopping today and for the first time ever she wanted to be put down so she could walk around.
This new phase makes it incredibly fun to go to the park. She screams with joy that she’s able to walk around on her own and choose where to go. She is fascinated by the other children and marvels at what they can do. Every thing is interesting. Everything is new. Everything is exciting.
We walked with some friends to a nearby park this evening to wear out Baby K so he’d hopefully sleep well and to let Isobel run off some steam. I have a theory that she plays a game every day called ‘Pedometer.’ It’s a game that tells her body she needs to walk so many steps before she can rest. Sometimes she just wanders through the house over and over and over, not really doing anything but walking around, maybe holding a toy and certainly babbling. It’s getting warmer now and watching her play outside is as fun for us to watch as it is for her to play.
Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that we brought that cute boy to the park with us.
Tomorrow we are heading out of town to drive a couple hours west for a conference in the Bay Area. The last time we went Anthony and I had a great time. Isobel stayed with Grandma Livia so it was like combining work with play and we had a hot date in San Jose afterward. Tomorrow, however, Grandma and Grandpa have plans so Isobel is coming with us which should be interesting to say the least. We haven’t gone anywhere with her in a while that required more than a half hour’s drive so I’m kind of nervous. She has been getting restless and whiny during longer car rides so we weren’t eager to take day trips with her.
In about a month we are taking Isobel on a day trip to Point Lobos for Melynda’s birthday and Anthony and I are considering this trip a trial run to be sure that trip goes as smoothly as possible. We decided that with these trips ahead of us it’s time to level up Isobel’s car ride experience with… her Big Girl car seat!
We needed to test it out so we went to In-in-Out (purely for scientific reasons) and she LOVED it. Clearly she was very comfortable and quite content. She even put her doll in the cup holder–THAT’S how relaxed she was. Hopefully we’ll make it to San Jose without a meltdown. Wish us luck!