Level Up

30 Apr

Isobel’s desire to explore has increased dramatically in the last couple weeks. She actively tries to escape the house when we open the door so that we now have to watch not only for escaping kitties but also escaping babies. We went grocery shopping today and for the first time ever she wanted to be put down so she could walk around.

This new phase makes it incredibly fun to go to the park. She screams with joy that she’s able to walk around on her own and choose where to go. She is fascinated by the other children and marvels at what they can do. Every thing is interesting. Everything is new. Everything is exciting.

We walked with some friends to a nearby park this evening to wear out Baby K so he’d hopefully sleep well and to let Isobel run off some steam. I have a theory that she plays a game every day called ‘Pedometer.’ It’s a game that tells her body she needs to walk so many steps before she can rest. Sometimes she just wanders through the house over and over and over, not really doing anything but walking around, maybe holding a toy and certainly babbling. It’s getting warmer now and watching her play outside is as fun for us to watch as it is for her to play.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that we brought that cute boy to the park with us.

Tomorrow we are heading out of town to drive a couple hours west for a conference in the Bay Area. The last time we went Anthony and I had a great time. Isobel stayed with Grandma Livia so it was like combining work with play and we had a hot date in San Jose afterward. Tomorrow, however, Grandma and Grandpa have plans so Isobel is coming with us which should be interesting to say the least. We haven’t gone anywhere with her in a while that required more than a half hour’s drive so I’m kind of nervous. She has been getting restless and whiny during longer car rides so we weren’t eager to take day trips with her.

In about a month we are taking Isobel on a day trip to Point Lobos for Melynda’s birthday and Anthony and I are considering this trip a trial run to be sure that trip goes as smoothly as possible. We decided that with these trips ahead of us it’s time to level up Isobel’s car ride experience with… her Big Girl car seat!


We needed to test it out so we went to In-in-Out (purely for scientific reasons) and she LOVED it. Clearly she was very comfortable and quite content. She even put her doll in the cup holder–THAT’S how relaxed she was. Hopefully we’ll make it to San Jose without a meltdown. Wish us luck!

3 Responses to “Level Up”

  1. lauracope April 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    “We went grocery shopping today and for the first time ever she wanted to be put down so she could walk around.”

    that must be such a sweet milestone. … even more surreal in some ways than her first steps, i’m sure! 🙂

    i miss that park. eighties all next week in the central valley, it looks like. i’m jealous!

  2. Bonnie May 1, 2010 at 5:29 am #

    That seat looks huge! She looks very happy though. My brother came up north with Veronica once (5-6 hour drive) and decided that she definitely needed a more comfortable car seat. Couldn’t find one they liked up here though so had to wait till they were back down south again. Good thing to think of this beforehand!

    I’m hoping Kyra always likes to walk around a lot. They were looking at a stroller that would fit twins and that a toddler could stand on the back. If the twins are anything like her though, that thing would get very heavy very fast!

  3. kimmy8989 May 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    Lovely photos.

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