"Wow, my little girl is enjoying this!" We're at the zoo and she's interacting and enjoying it!
I kept thinking to myself how big she's become in these short 9 months. These babies don't mess around, these little sponges go through some major changes in 9 months. From curled up, sleepy little newborns, only knowing how to nurse and poop; to delightful mini-children, eating fistfulls of puffs, chicken, veggies- you name it, she eats it and yeah, I guess still pooping, but on top of all that, moving at mock speed causing mommy to chase, splashing with purpose in the bathtub, signing 'light' at every light seen, trying to speak, imitating the sounds, cruising furniture, standing briefly alone before sitting gracefully on her bum, taking a snack and a drink with mom and dad at the zoo without stopping to nurse!
The last one really gets me. I thought I'd never see the day Ava didn't need to nurse! She's still in love with the boob and nurses plenty, but she's also really excited for snacks and solids, sips from her cup and nibbles from her hands. I rarely nurse beside waking, naps and bedtime on most days!
Anyway, a bit off track... the zoo...
Looking at the Reticulated Giraffe!Funny little thing Ava doesn't quite get yet... pointing. I'm pointing AT what I want you to look AT. I don't want you looking at my hand doing the pointing! So, getting her to look at some of the animals took plenty of patience, but was worth it. Once she saw them, it seemed as thought she found them quite interesting!
Then came the lions! We've been working on animal sounds with Ava and her favorite is "the lions ROARRRRR!" because she can roarrrrrr! And does she love to roar? YES! After seeing the lions, Ava RRRROARRRRRRed the rest of the time we spend at the zoo!
It's such a joy to share these experiences with her. Everything new and fresh, each experience taken in with such awe and wonder. Watching her learn and grow, knowing I taught her and she looks to me to teach her. It's humbling. I'm in awe watching her. It brings me great joy, my heart doing flips, each time she demonstrates something new. The way in which we humans learn is incredible and watching someone each step of the way, day one, fresh little person to 9 months... to 1 year... to however many blessed years we are granted together... I'm in awe.
This past week, Ava has started signing and also roaring with the lions...
My heart grew so huge this past week.