On Saturday we went over to Auntie Kim and Uncle Dan’s house. We had a mini reunion with some of mommy’s family and I met lots of new cousins. It was great fun, but definitely the best part was meeting Uncle Dan’s pink birdy.
Let me explain …
So I’m over there, minding my own business (well, not really, I was crawling all over being nosy) when all of a sudden Uncle Dan brought out his pet birdy. It was pink and had a long neck. It is definitely the coolest bird I have ever seen (and since I’m almost 1, I’ve seen my fair share). I told Daddy right away that I want one! So just an FYI if you are in the market for a first birthday gift for yours truly
As a service to this blog (wink, wink), Christine and I picked up new iPhone 4s last week. You’ll notice that the video quality will be improved going forward (we’ve gone HD!)
The new phone also has a front facing camera (in addition to the normal camera on the back). This is useful for FaceTime chatting (for when one of us is traveling) – but Maile discovered that it also means she has a brand new friend. We call her the iMaile – she lives in the iPhone and Maile thinks its the coolest thing since slice bread chatting with her… although a bit annoying since iMaile always tries to interrupt her.
If its not obvious, the video above is taken using the front facing camera – so Maile is basically looking at herself while the video is going. Its unclear whether she actually realizes its her (I tend to think she doesn’t … hence the introduction of iMaile).
Apparently iMaile likes to chat just as much as Maile Girl.
The Red Sox came to town this weekend during interleague play to play the San Francisco Giants. We decided it would be the perfect opportunity to take Maile to her first ballgame.
We took the bus to the game, which we actually realized was her first bus ride. She may have liked the bus ride better than the game. We counted and she made 14 new friends on the bus. Basically, whoever sat down next to us, she’d stare at them until they smiled and then she would just start chatting away telling them stories. As I said when I rode the New York subway with Maile, they should pay people to ride the subways with babies – it just makes everyone happier (assuming they aren’t screaming!)
Good times on the bus ride to the ball game...
... until I let Maile out of the baby bjorn...
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a ton of great pictures from the actual game, but we had a great time. Maile was fantastic. We did have to move around a bit. I think we spent 2.5 – 3 innings in our actual seats, but then we walked around and visited some friends that were also in attendance. AT&T Park is also great for kids – they have a play area in the outfield and also a Build A Bear Workshop – and yes, we were the sucker parents that bought Maile a baseball bear.
Look at these jokers - 30 minutes before game time and they're all smiling away. Game faces, people!
Just outside AT&T park with Mr. Mays...
The ladies taking in the game and routing for the Sawx!
Maile was very concerned by Clay Buchholz's injury - it didn't look good
Daddy and Maile out in the bleachers - Maile is starting to get a little sleepy...
All in all, a great first Red Sox adventure for Maile Girl – including a 4-2 victory for the good guys!
Since we are going to be in Boston on her actual birthday, we decided to give Maile her birthday present (from us) a little early. With Maile becoming so mobile these days we thought a walker would be a fun gift.
Here’s Maile’s first try using it – not too bad…
A few tries later, she’s starting to get it figured out, although she has trouble remembering that she needs to move her feet to keep up.
I think what she’s trying to get across in this one is that while walking is fun and everything, she enjoys talking much more. (Let us know if you have a different interpretation…)
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Happy Father's Day, Daddy - I had so much fun with you today (and every day really!)
P.S. Thank you for showing me all the pretty flowers too...
(Dad note: You’re welcome, Maile Girl. I had a wonderful first father’s day with my girls. Mommy let me sleep in late and then I was woken up by actual hugs from Maile (a new trick she’s picked up – she gave me 10 of them, like she knew it was my special day). After a home made breakfast, I had a relaxing massage and then some afternoon time playing with Maile while we let Mommy take a nap. Finally finished it off with a nice dinner with Jake and his folks. Couldn’t ask for a better father’s day!)
Since we don’t really have any in our apartment, Maile got her first taste of “steps” in Hawaii. There was only a single step in the house, but Maile figured out how to navigate it pretty easily. I think its safe to say she remembered the technique and can add “climbing stairs” to her repertoire…
(Note: you’ll want sound turned on for the full effect…)