Moana has been working on jumping for what seems like months now... and it appears she's finally got it! Both feet off the ground. I'm a proud mama. And she's big on having an audience who will "watch!" (Please disregard the blueberry stains on her shirt. She's 18 months old. There are new stains everyday.)
I took Moana to the library yesterday afternoon... what a great free resource! We've been checking out 6-8 books and rotating them through the nightly line-up for a couple weeks before exchanging them for new ones. In truth, I think I am more bored of Moana's books than she is. She seems to like the ones she's got memorized already. But I need a little variety, and she does too, whether she knows it or not. ;)
Anyway, our town library has a bunch of big stuffed animals up on high shelves and Moana goes crazy for them! It's all quiet in the library with people sitting and reading/studying and then there's my daughter yelping out, "BEAR! BEAR! BEAR! BEAR! BEAR! BEAR! BEAR! BEAR!" while she points all the way across the room at the specific bear she wants me to pull down for the hug. There are also little tables and chairs that are sized for toddlers and of course she loves that. We don't have room in our condo for an extra table/chairs for her so she gets a kick out of toddler sized furniture when she sees it.
Outside the library there's a big grassy park, and given by the way she had me chasing her all over the library, I figured she needed a little free play time to run and run and run. This park was perfect for that! Something I found interesting was that as soon as we got to the grass she sat down and insisted on taking her shoes off. Yes, my daughter has hopped on the Barefoot Running bandwagon already. And she runs right on the balls of her feet. Good girl. Natural instinct I guess, which is what those barefoot advocates talk about. So I kicked off my shoes too and did running drills barefoot in the grass while chasing her around. She thinks it's funny to watch me skip and bound. Then I demonstrated 'forward' and 'backward' running... you know how they do that on Sesame street... over and over and over... "Forward! Backward! Forward! Backward!" Yeah. We did that for a while. It was fun! This quality time we get to spend together, giggling and laughing while running around barefoot in the park, is priceless.
Speaking of priceless, look who graduated today to TWO ponytails? Oh my she's looking like a little girl now instead of a baby.