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Anything involving both kiddos is hard work. I don’t know how other moms do it while looking absolutely calm and collected. 

I always feel like I’m bumbling around and so uncoordinated and not graceful at all!

Why we decided to go to the zoo is beyond me….

Ok, I’m exaggerating…. It wasn’t THAT bad, but it was definitely hard. 

For starters, we have a double stroller. Then, we obviously have to carry around half of our belongings to accommodate the baby…

Maybe if I was breastfeeding, it would have been a little easier. Having to carry around bottles, water and formula was just bulky and such a hassle. 

Then, the logistics. 

M wanted to see and do a lot of things.  K just wanted to eat. 

I felt that I probably spent most of my time sitting on some shades table feeding K and allowing her some time out of her carrier…

It was definitely not easy and I can clearly remember why we never to M anywhere like that when she was that young. However, Hubby was on vacation and we felt that M deserved some fun time and we decided to suck it up and just go. 

I’m glad we went. The whole experience just left Hubby and I absolutely exhausted!

There’s a really cool Disney store in the Montclair Plaza in Montclair, CA.

It’s been there for years and years and years.  They’ve never changed.  It’s got great character statutes above and it’s totally “disney’d out,” if that’s a term.

We went to that mall on Sunday and M got to experience this store for the first time.

She’s gone into many Disney stores, but this was her first time at this fun looking store.

She was a kid in a candy store!  She loved it.

Luckily, for a Sunday, the entire mall wasn’t very busy.  The Disney store wasn’t very busy either.  There were many opportunities for her to just explore the store freely.  And she did just that.

At one point, I told my Hubby and parents, “Look, she’s so excited.”

Apparently she heard me.  So as she ran through the store she would say, “Ah-sited!  Ah-sited!  I running! Ah-sited!”

Several times, I had to remind her to just walk through the store.  So she would start walking and say to me, “Mimi, I walking.  I walking.”

She LOVED seeing all the merchandise.  She would name off every single character she knew. 

Her joy made me so very happy.  I love seeing her get excited over something.  She lights up so brightly and she gets so happy and loud.  It’s the cutest thing.

What store makes your child so very happy?

In 2011, three babies were born in the family.

My cousin had a daughter, lets call her A, in February, I had my daughter in September, and my other cousin had her son, J,  in October..

It’s not often that we find ourselves in the same place at the same time, so when we do, we definitely take advantage of the situation.

The other night, after work, I took M to my aunts house so we could all get together and have the kids play.. 

It started at dinner in a local Pho restaurant.  M and J sat next to each other on their high chairs.. it was so funny.

M must have thought that J was so much younger than her because she just kept saying, “hi, baby” to him.  Mind you, he is only 6 weeks younger than her.  A is a good 7-8 months older than M & J.  Oh geez, too many letters!

It’s so funny seeing the three of them “play” together.  They aren’t really at the age where they will play together.  The occasionally exchange baby babble, but they don’t play togther like older kids do.  I think what they do is called “parallel play.”  It’s where they are in the same area, playing with different things, but are together.. something like that.  Here’s the definition according to Wikipedia (click the link to view the full page):

Parallel play is a form of play where children play adjacent to each other, but do not try to influence one another’s behaviour. Children usually play alone during parallel play but are interested in what other children are doing. This usually occurs after the first birthday. [1] It usually involves two or more children in the same room that are interested in the same toy, each seeing the toy as their own. The children do not play together, but alongside each other simply because they are in the same room.

It’s fun watching these three little babies grow..

But don’t try to get all three of them to sit still to take a picture!  I don’t think we’ve ever succeeded..


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