Friday, November 6, 2009

Out and About

It's been an eventful week, as weeks go. Last Thursday, we went to the doctor where Wiggle received both of his flu shots, and not surprisingly, charmed a number of moms and kids in the waiting room.

This weekend, we made a trip out to a second-hand store to look for some more corduroys, a Bundle Me (stroller muff), and some new shoes. We left with more pants than we should have and a toy piano xylophone, but none of the other things we were looking for. Since we were in the neighborhood, we just had to stop and get a "Will's Special" sandwich from Riviera Italian Foods. This tweaked out Italian sub is so good, it has its own entry in Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood Sandwiches book. After chowing down in the car and giving Wiggle a few tastes of his first "ham" prosciutto, we stopped at Old Navy and Babies 'R' Us where we got some more two-piece, aka big boy, pajamas for the boyo.

On Monday, Wiggle and I went north to the Lincoln Park zoo for the first time. I don't have any pictures because I was holding him when we were outside and it was too dark inside most of the buildings. We saw the polar bear swim around and show off in the underwater window. We watched big cats pace around in their cages, looking alternately agitated and uber-bored. A pygmy hippo tried to swim through the glass to play with us, monkeys played with a basket on a pulley, and we were summarily ignored by all of the gorillas. At each exhibit, I would point at the animal in question and make the appropriate animal noise or wave to get its attention, and Wiggle would strain to look over my shoulder at the people behind us who were clearly more interesting than any meerkat or penguin could be.

After the zoo, we stopped at the conservatory which is perhaps the only humid place in the world that I like. Wiggle enjoyed the various orchids, and I want to move into the fern room. I had trouble finding a good picture on the web, but there is a little sign as you enter that says a small dinosaur would feel right at home there, and I would agree with that. You really feel like you are someplace exotic. For me the ferns make me think of sleep. They all look soft and cushiony, perfect to rest your head on. You can hear water running someplace, but is soft and murmuring. The light is diffuse, so even though you can see everything just fine, it's not too bright to close your eyes and take a nap. Just thinking about it is making me sleepy.

On our way home, we stopped at another resale shop, where I found a pair of the Robeez boots I had been looking for and a lightweight Bundle Me. I will still need a heavier duty one for winter, but this one will do well for the fall and spring and at resale shop prices, you really can't go wrong.

Yesterday, we went to the Hyde Park Parent Support Network playgroup for the first time. They have a nice room with a ton of cool toys, and a good number of people with kids stopped in during the hour we spent there. There were even two other 9-month-olds in the group, but Wiggle seemed more interested in the kids who were walking. I will definitely go back in the coming weeks, especially as the weather turns cold and we can't go to the park or play in the backyard.

Last week, we received some cool new toys from Grandma R, including a walker which Wiggle has already mastered. He can walk with it like a pro, and can even turn corners some of the time.

Here he is playing with the ubiquitous Fisher-Price Little People Play 'n Go Farm. A born carnivore, he loves eating the both cow and the sheep, but he likes playing with the little farmer and his tractor the most.

He often gets a crawling start with the walker. While holding the handle, he "walks" on his knees until he gets enough momentum, then he stands up and zooms around the house.

Alphabet blocks are good for eating, banging together, and knocking down. Sometimes he knocks a whole stack down at once, but sometimes he takes a stack apart one block at a time.

1 comment:

  1. I love that conservatory! I love the smell of it! And as for the boyo...he's getting so big! I can't wait to see him again (I keep checking airfares).