M and I spent the weekend (Friday and Saturday, actually) with my mom. My Christmas gift to her was this girls’ weekend, with a stay in a fancy hotel in Minneapolis, so we could walk the skyways, shop, eat, and just hang out.
We stayed in the Grand Hotel Minneapolis, and M loved the room. She was so good-natured and flexible while we were away. She was too excited to take her afternoon nap on Friday (we had just checked into the hotel, so she was high on investigating everything and sitting on the fluffy bed), but she didn’t utter a peep of complaint the rest of the day. We brought sushi back to the room for dinner, with a rice bowl for M, and I wondered how on Earth she was going to eat without even a chair to sit in. But we put a blanket on the floor, and she happily walked around the living room, coming back to grab a piece of avocado or tofu and then toddling merrily away again. She actually ate a decent amount! She had a harder time sleeping in the Pack ‘n’ Play — it’s been about 4-5mos since she’s had to sleep in one, and I think she’s old enough now to be weirded out by how different the situation was. I could tell she was happy to be back in her own crib last night — we both slept right until 6:00am this morning. (We’re morning people — that’s practically sleeping in.)
After we checked out of the hotel yesterday, we went to Como Park Conservatory, so we could stroll around in the nice, humid air. M had a short nap on the drive over and was a little tired still while we were looking at the plants, but as soon she saw the toy section of the gift shop, she wiggled out of my arms to investigate. She grabbed the plastic okapi above, who wound up coming home with us. I have no idea why she gravitated towards this particular toy, but last night we were watching the video of her in the gift shop, and she would giggle every time she saw herself grab the okapi off the shelf. Maybe her spirit animal is a funny, stripy giraffe-thing.
I’ve got more pictures from our Minneapolis weekend on my Instagram, including a couple of short little videos. M has been a sponge for picking up new gestures/behaviors lately. She’ll rock a doll if you sing Rock-a-bye Baby, although a lot of her rocking seems a bit too vigorous to be used on a real baby. And she’s big into shaking her head ‘no’ if you suggest something she doesn’t want. Which is… sort of helpful, in a way. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this already, but she’s started wagging her finger when I scold the pets or tell her not to open a cabinet, etc. I think she originally learned that from singing Five Little Monkeys. When she does it after I remind her not to open a cupboard, I’m never sure if she’s finger-wagging to remind herself that it’s a ‘no-no’ or to tell me off for getting in her way!