Little Man had another fun filled and exciting day in Iowa. He is a non-stop playing machine. Grandma jokes that we need to put a pedometer on him, since he never sits down. It seems he is making up for lost time. He went on his morning walk with grandma and picked more flowers. He keeps pestering everyone to take him outside to play in the yard. He just can’t get enough.
In the afternoon, daddy and I took him to what is best known as “Rocket Ship Park.” They have two separate play areas, one for big kids, the other for the littles. As soon as he saw it, he screamed in delight. He walked all over the park, trying each section in turn. He did the swing for a bit, but was more interested in exploring. He walked up the ramps pretty well. Only the first one threw him off balance a little. He liked the interactive areas with a mini rocket ship, windows, and spinning blocks. He especially liked the musical chimes that make sound when you shake them. It was like they were made for him: they even looked like jail bars! It was cute to watch him do the steps, since he still climbs up or shimmies down. It made me proud, since I don’t want him attempting stairs regularly until he is much more steady on his feet. Even though the wind was blowing, the sun was bright, and Little Man refused to drink any water. He was having too much fun. I felt bad leaving, but we needed to get in the shade. We will attempt another park tomorrow, and maybe even go back to Rocket Ship before we leave.
Later in the afternoon, Little Man refused to take a nap. Instead, he wanted to stand up on the bed and bounce. He has been such a happy baby on this trip, I couldn’t help but to join in. Daddy did too, and soon Little Man was falling over from giggling so hard. As we winded down for the evening, I asked Little Man for a kiss. He was across the room, and I didn’t think he was listening. Instead, he walked right over and planted a big kiss on me. He did it again later, and even came back for a second one. After his bath, I got his milk ready as he wandered around the living room. I sat on the couch and called out to him, telling him to come get his milk. I see him burst around from behind the table, at a very fast walk (since he can’t run yet), arms spread wide, and a huge smile on his face. He was thirsty after such a long day, and clearly ready for bed!