October 8, 2010

It was a beautiful day for a birthday at the zoo.

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giraffe!



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swans & ducks

October in Chicago is such a delight.



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My Mom treated us to the whole day. It was fabulous. Thanks, Mom.


We left the stroller in the car and just let Ivy walk I mean run or go in the sling. I don't usually wear my ring sling much anymore but it's lighter to carry in my bag, so I grabbed that one.

[side note #1: It's International Babywearing Week this week (and I have this ginormous babywearing link up where you can enter to win a Sakura Bloom sling) and I enjoyed seeing all the babies being worn at the zoo. There were a lot. I saw a few mei tais and mostly baby bjorns and one lady had me try to help her figure out how to put it on but it was all tangled and the buckles/snaps were different than I remember so we never did figure it out. But I was thisclose to showing her how to make the scarf she was wearing into a wrap!]

[side note #2: Not putting Ivy in the stroller meant she touched absolutely everything. And I kind of loved it. She touched the flowers, the bushes, the rocks, she was given the appropriate freedom to explore whatever her curiosity wished. I should go stroller-free/carrier-free more often.]

Gray's favorite part - aside from the squirrels that are technically not even a part of the zoo- was the penguin swimming in the water looking like he was "riding a bicycle." Ivy liked the yion.

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Can you see the yion?



22 comments:

  1. That last photo of the three of you (well four if you count the yion) is so cute. Love it.

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  2. It was a PERFECT day for the Zoo and I am so glad I was able to be a part of Gray's Birthday and hold his tender little hand most of the day. To hear his giggles at the funny things the animals would do was music to my ears. And yes, Lulu loved her freedom. You are welcome! Thanks for driving!

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  3. Scarf as a wrap. Genius.

    And the yion is "wahsum" =D

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  4. i see the yion!

    what fun :-D we adore the zoo.

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  5. wish we could have joined you.
    looks like a great day! LOVE that pic of you 3. glad gray had a great day!

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  6. What fun!! So glad Ivy was able to run free!!!

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  7. Glad that the birthday was a success! Has he started planning next years yet? You know our Ruby loves going carrier free but mama can't do it most of the time by myself. My husband referred to her as Forest b/c if she was going anywhere she is running. One day I will get brave like you - maybe when she turns 2 :)

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  8. My kids are fascinated by squirrels! I guess because we don't have many around our neighborhood because the trees are still young and are too far apart too. They yell every time they see one. ;)

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  9. Oh I am so thrilled he got to the zoo!!! Happy Birthday you gorgeous little guy I hope you have a totally fabulous year - all of you!!!

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  10. You guys are just beautiful, have I told you that before? :)

    Seriously--I love when they are at the age where they can toddle around independently without falling down too much. It's so fun to see the world through their eyes.

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  11. That last photo is lovely! Happy Birthday Gray!

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  12. Sounds like it was the perfect birthday. Glad you had fun. I love that last picture of the three of you.

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  13. We went to the zoo today too! I think the camels were Gretchen's favourite part -- and I touched their soft little noses!

    Also, have I even mentioned that my partner used to live in Chicago and is always hinting and wanting to move back?

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  14. It was the greatest day for the zoo! I am loving this Chicago October weather. :) And the squirrels at the zoo were a hit with a 2 and 4 year old I watch too.

    Happy Birthday to your little guy!

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  15. I love the zoo in October and November. So much more magical than in July...

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  16. Looks like a great time at the zoo and one happy birthday boy!!

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  17. Love the last picture! Just beautiful. I'm glad Gray had a good birthday!

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  18. My daughter's favorite part of the zoo is always the ducks that sneak into the flamingo enclosure. She doesn't believe me that they are not part of the zoo.

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  19. Lovely pictures! The zoo is a lot of fun! I can't believe how big Ivy has gotten since I first started following your blog! She is just special!

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  20. That sling just may be the prettiest sling I've ever seen. The color just POPS.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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