What do pandas & puppies have to do with one another? Not a lot actually- except that we saw both on Friday! Friday was Declan's 11 month birthday and what a fun day we had! We went to the Zoo with cousin Lily in the morning for a mom's group activity called Stories on the Wildside. Although, we didn't really end up participating. We kind of just did our own thing.
Here are the cute cousins hanging out in Lily's wagon -
Don't they just look sweet? The irony is, I had to bribe Dec with blueberries to sit in the wagon. He wriggled himself out of the seat belt almost immediately and was climbing all over the wagon. Thank God I had some blueberries - he sat quietly as long as I handed them to him, one by one (I think this is his new favorite food). In fact, he probably has one in his mouth in the picture above. While we are on the subject, let's just talk about Declan and his wriggling for a minute. In about the last week or so I have noticed a transition from baby to toddler boy with a mind of his own. We have never really had a problem with him and his car seat - all of a sudden we do! Every time I get close to putting him in it, he begins screaming and arches his back so far it is nearly impossible to get the belt buckled. The kidlet does not like being confined in anything. He wants to climb & explore and do his own thing! I cannot lie, although I love his audacious personality, lately I find my patience being tried.
Okay, more about our day at the Zoo - below is a picture of Dec & Lily visiting the sea otter. It's hard to tell, but the sea otter is in the middle of the picture, to the left of my reflected camera flash. As you can see, Dec didn't really care about the sea otter. The look on his face is one of pure panic..."Mom, where is my next blueberry?"
Onto the Pandas! Declan was definitely into the Pandas. Below he is giving the Panda a double wave - his highest sign of affection.
Now let's talk about puppy love. Friday night we went over to Cassidy's for pizza and playtime. And play we did! It is so adorable watching these two because they are so close in age & play so well together. Look at Declan pushing Cassidy on her toy - so cute! They look so grown up.
"Here Dec, the phone is for you." Declan is looking for Cassidy's puppies, Drake & Maffalie. There was a time when Dec was about 7 months old that he didn't really like dogs - he seemed very timid around them. But, in the last two months he really has taken a liking to them.
Throughout the entire evening, Dec would come back to the gate looking for Drake & Maf. He kept giving them hugs (pictured below) and when they gave him kisses back he would laugh so hard he would fall over. Mmmmm...could a puppy be in our future?