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Josh’s Birthday Part Three: The Dinner Finale

Posted by: Maggie

We finished off Josh’s birthday bonanza at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Sierra’s in Canoga Park. It was my favorite part of the day since it meant that I didn’t have to cook dinner for a change.

Eleanor had to examine the children’s menu carefully before deciding on the bean burrito.

After filling up on their delicious chips and salsa, Josh and I split our favorite enchilada.

I surprised Josh with the old “I’m going to use the restroom before we order (and then tell the hostess that it is your birthday)” trick. So we had some awesome birthday singing and yummy flan. Unfortunately, they didn’t do anything too embarrassing like putting a sombrero on his head, just some enthusiastic happy birthday singing.

I hope you enjoyed your birthday Josh! Eleanor and I had fun spending a whole a day with you in the middle of the week! We love you!

Josh’s Birthday Part Two: Eleanor’s Swim Lesson

Posted by: Maggie

Fortunately for us Josh’s birthday fell on one of Eleanor’s swim lesson days, so he was finally able to see Eleanor in action and get some pictures. Our class is in the evening, but not late enough for Josh to make it home from work in time to join us.

Eleanor has been enjoying her swim lessons, especially getting to see all of the other babies, but she is a little wary of the water.  She really seems to like being in the water and gets this fantastic excited look on her face when I tell her that we are going swimming. Once we’re in she seems happy, but mostly clings to me and will kick a little when I tell her to, but that is pretty much her limit.

We start class by blowing bubbles in the water. Eleanor thinks it is hilarious, but refuses to do it herself. Although she does it in the bath every night, she will not do it in the pool.

After bubbles we move on to kicking while on their bellies. Eleanor mostly cooperates, and likes to say “kick, kick, kick” as she kicks.

Her least favorite part of the lesson is kicking on her back. She will not do it. She usually reaches up and twines her fingers in my hair and then, as you will see below, crosses her legs and sticks them straight up in the air.

She does enjoy the “save yourself” part of the lesson, where the babies hang on to the wall and we try to teach them how to climb out on their own. She does a pretty decent job of this although it has been a little cool out in the evenings so she gets cold and doesn’t want to get out of the water anymore after one or two attempts.

So far, I don’t think she’s going to be a Dara Torres, but at least she’s having fun. I’ve been a little surprised that she has been so hesitant in the water. She is usually such a daredevil that I expected her to jump right into it. Oh well, it’s not her thing now, but I’m sure she’ll grow more comfortable over time. Or maybe she’ll become one of those weirdos who never learned to swim and lives in constant fear of drowning in the bathtub, but probably the former.

Tomorrow: Josh’s birthday finale, a delicious birthday dinner that I didn’t have to cook!

Josh’s Birthday Part One: The Zoo

Posted by: Maggie

For Josh’s birthday last week, Josh took the day off work and we went to the Los Angeles Zoo. We took a different route through the zoo than last time so Eleanor got to see some animals that we didn’t get to see on our last trip.

Pelicans, not condors. They stank like fish.

We checked out the petting zoo at the children’s area. Eleanor go to pet a goat, but not for long. I was concerned that because of the multitudes of running, screaming children, the goats, although appearing to be pretty docile, would go on a rampage with children being tossed about by headbutting goats. Goats have a reputation for that type of behavior right?

Maybe those beards just make me leery.

After pretending to be groundhogs, we got to pet some other animals at petting stations throughout the park.

Eleanor was pretty excited about the monkeys. I’m pretty sure they remind her of Curious George, even though George is a chimp and therefore technically an ape and not a monkey, but what do toddlers know anyway.

Because it was a weekday, the park was fairly empty aside from the occasional roaming pack of field trip students. Which meant that Eleanor was able to run free for most of the day, rather than being held, strapped into her stroller, or forced to hold our hands.

She was pretty happy about that.

The meerkats are fun because they are always out basking in the sun on this rock.

Eleanor loved them and decided to try to climb in to get a closer look, or perhaps join their meerkat family.

Like everywhere we go Eleanor made some friends. As usual they were offended by her lack of respect for their personal space, as she gets right up in their faces to examine them and the bows in their hair.

Also as usual, they take off running when they’ve decided that they are through with her intrusions.

Eleanor was exhausted after our long morning at the zoo, and fell to sleep immediately upon being strapped into the car and slept the whole ride home.

Up next: a swimming lesson for Eleanor, and a birthday dinner.

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