Saturday, January 31, 2009

Park day in January

We have been pleasantly surprised with our first winter here in Colorado. The weather has been great, though we have been told by many people that this is definitely a milder winter. So, I'm sure sooner or later we'll have one of those winters that is cold and snows all the time, but for now we'll bask in our sunny days!

It was such a great temperature on Jan. 31st that we decided to go for a bike ride to a park near by. Gavin is still too little to ride in our bike trailer, so EJ stuck him in the sling, and zipped up his jacket around him, and just carried him that way. It may have been a little uncomfortable and little more difficult, but EJ will do anything to go for a bike ride! :) Gavin hung out the whole time, snug as a bug and sleeping soundly.





EJ going wild! Yee-haw!
Before we took off to go back home, we laid out a blanket and had a little snack.
But Chance wasn't ready to leave yet, he had to get back to that playground for a few more minutes.
Though he loves his bike trailer, we had to coerce him back into it. He was loving playing outside in such a great temperature! As he pulled away he waved a reluctant good-bye.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Doula

My doula, Robbie came to visit Gavin and I for the last time on Jan. 22. We had hired her before Gavin was born, just because I was really set on not having another c-section. I figured anything that could help would be worth it. Robbie was a big supporter and strength to me in delivering naturally and even though the delivery happened so fast that she barely made it, it was still nice to have her there. It was also nice meeting with her leading up to the due date. She always brought some good information to share and helped answer any questions. She was so sweet to bring a coloring book and crayons for Chance and a home made blanket, by her mother, for Gavin. It's the blanket that is wrapped around him in the picture. It's funny how most of the time I have to coerce Chance to get in any picture, but this time I think Chance was feeling left out. He was pretty adamant the he really wanted to be in the picture! :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

During the week that Reva was here, we decided to go to the zoo. I had heard great things about the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and decided to try it out instead of going back to the Denver Zoo.

The very first exhibit that you come to is the giraffe's. As soon as I saw it, I was sold on this zoo. It was by far my favorite exhibit, but unfortunately was not a great way to start out for Chance. He was terrified! I have never been so close to a giraffe in my life, I could have reached out and touched them! But I didn't, I was a little nervous, and I also had a screaming child on my hip, They actually have a little booth set up where you can buy some food to feed them. I think next time I might have to try that.



We loved these guys just lounging in the sun!

This calm little peacock followed us for a little while, or maybe we followed it. But no matter what I did, I couldn't get him to open his feathers. I guess he is too accustomed to being around people all day.

How big is your paw compared to the lions?
Breakfast.

I thought this little monkey was entertaining as he reached through his fence to snag leaves to eat. Notice how the branches close enough for him to reach are all bare?

Wallaby's. Cute little things.


Look Chance, it's tigger!


This fish pond was inside the bear exhibit, though one of the zoo keeper's told us the bear's rarely go in there to fish. I guess when you get dinner delivered to you on a platter, what's the point of catching your own food.
Before we knew it, it was time for lunch, and Gavin was definitely letting us know he was hungry! Thankfully there was a little play area close by which kept Chance entertained while Gavin ate.




There was also a nice eating area with a great view over Colorado Springs. Gavin was such a trooper, just hanging out in his stroller and sleeping almost the entire time.
After lunch we wandered in to see the penguins, but Chance was apparently interested in something else.
Maybe it was this guy- but just looking at him gives me the shivers. I know Chance was definitely not interested in the hippos. They are yet another animal that scare Chance to death, especially when they make their barking noise. I was thrilled that we got to hear their noises again, but Chance couldn't get out of there soon enough.
We read on the sign that a hippo can run up to 30 mph. I would love to see this big guy get up and run, because I just have a really hard time visualizing that.
What is it about babies, of any species, that makes them so intriguing? We sat and watched this little monkey family for awhile.
Who knew orangutan's like to eat snow? I guess that's just one more way that we are like monkey's. :)
He's not intimidating at all....

Chance almost weighs as much as the adult Gorilla, only 325 more pounds to go. According to this scale, Chance weighed about 25 pounds.
It had been a great day so far, but was definitely nearing nap time. I think we were all a little tired. But on the way out, we had to stop to get one more picture of those giraffe's!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gavin

It's been a long time coming, but I am finally getting up some pictures to show off our cute little guy. Enjoy! :)











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