|Brian and Gabby at the grave site. It's actually really pretty there, despite the power lines in this shot.|
|Gabby says the dirt tastes fine.|
Fortunately, Brian's sister Jennifer included us with her babysitter for the Saturday event, and Gabby had a blast playing with her cousins Audrey and Olivia. It was also really nice to visit with people without having a baby clinging to me! I think Gabby may have sensed that something was wrong--she was VERY clingy while we were in LA, and while some of that is probably the new people and the strange places, it seemed to be more than that. She's still totally a momma's girl, which is nice, but sometimes momma's arms get really tired of holding her!
After the memorial weekend, we took advantage of my spring break and went to San Diego. Gabby had a blast! She loved the shows at Sea World (especially the dolphin show), she loved seeing all of the animals at the Safari Park, and she loved having us all to herself!
|I know it looks like we're super close here, but we're actually in the very last row. Brian got a new camera lens and loved playing with it.|
|Gabby loved the bird lady most of all. Unfortunately, we have no reaction shots, since Brian's lens wouldn't let him shoot that close.|
|Again, we were really far away!|
|Blowing kisses to the butterflies. I have no idea why it's rotated.|
|Riding the Africa tram|
|Watching the animals roll by|
|She finally got to touch an animal!|
It was so much fun for me to see her reaction--it was like I was seeing it for the very first time myself. She was just so excited, clapping her hands, pointing and waving. I admit that I got a little teary, and realized that this is why we have kids--so we can show them the world! We got to meet one of my mommy Facebook friends and her daughter Olivia, and Gabby just loved seeing another baby her size (and with the same amount of hair!). The only thing she didn't love was being in the bathroom (in a crib) overnight. She woke up every night but one at 3:30 am, and was a pain to get back to sleep. Other than the sleep deprivation, we all had a great time there!
|What she didn't do at 3:30.|
|I can hold 2 of them!|
|In her Easter dress. Yes, she wore the same thing to the memorial.|
|Bouncing Charlotte's ball|
|Swinging with Chris|
|This is actually not Easter, but none of the Charlotte Easter pictures turned out!|
|"I love you, Phoebe"|
|"I hate you, Phoebe!" She'd actually just dropped a toy.|
|Friends again at the ball popper|
I've also started to see some frustration from her. She'll try to do something like put a block in a hole, and if she can't get it in, she'll get really frustrated and start yelling. I usually just tell her calmly "you can do it", and for the most part, she can. It just takes her longer and makes her mad when she knows it's supposed to work. I'm fighting my urge to just jump in and help--she needs to get frustrated so that she can learn to deal with it!
Gabby is just a constant joy, and I'm so glad to have her. I can really see her personality developing, and I know she's going to be so much fun when she can communicate more.