Monday, April 20, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - Update

Just thought you'd enjoy some more adorable pictures of Olivia in glasses.

Olivia and I spent Monday afternoon at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. It is literally only about 2 minutes from our house, so I went ahead and got a membership. I was hoping that a 2 adult membership would include me plus ANY adult that I wanted to take with me, but it can only be Ryan. I am looking forward to having a new place to walk around with Olivia. I'm still a bit disappointed in the animals that they have out on exhibit. You can tell, however, that the animals they do have are hand-raised because they are very friendly. We had fun interacting with the colobus monkeys. There was a tiny baby monkey that came up to the cage and was playing with Olivia. Olivia would squeal and the baby would jump up on the bars and then run and jump on his mom and squeal. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen. Most of the animals there come right up to see you.

I love watching Olivia interact with animals and people. She really knows how to turn on the charm as she tilts her head and shyly grins. We take a trip to the mall about once a week (to share a pretzel with cheese) and she waves at everyone. Some of the people that she waves at don't seem that approachable to me, but some of them even wave back. There were a few dogs at the March for Babies and Olivia would squeal and laugh when she saw them. Of course, I noticed that all of the other children (some younger than Olivia) who saw the dogs would point at them. Olivia doesn't point and I'm not sure what that means. She got just as excited (or even more so) than the other children. I've decided, however, to stop worrying about her developmental delays and what they possibly mean. What does it matter? I love her just the way she is and I wouldn't change a thing about her. I'm doing my very best with her and she does her best every day. I just want her to be happy and she is one of the happiest little girls I know. That's what matters.


Becky said...

She's so adorable! And you're absolutely right. Don't worry about "delays." She's right on time for her, and that's what matters! Pointing can be a bad habit, anyway. ;-)


Absolutely! Sometimes I think we are better off just dealing with what comes instead of wishing things would speed along. Olivia looks so cute in her specs! Hopefully you can keep them in one piece longer than Maddie keeps her sunglasses.