swans & ducks
October in Chicago is such a delight.
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.
Can you see the yion?