The daredevil within Ava was unleashed today. It was a calm day, like most any other day. We sat on the small chairs in the playroom, Ava on my lap facing me. I was holding her sides and we were playing a little. Suddenly, she flung herself backwards and hung upside down off the end of my knees – and loved it. She would stay for a while, I’d pull her up, and then down she’d go again much to her delight and her mommy’s terror. She likes being upside down. My personal theory is that the extra blood to the brain, carrying extra oxygen, is going to make her even more intelligent than she already is.
As if that wasn’t enough, after pulling herself up on the little chairs, she proceeded to take a few little steps of her own, walking down the line of chairs in search of the camera. She made her way down, got the camera, and gave it a nice little bang like she does all her other toys. She even tried to pull herself up onto the chairs (no success fortunately). I am going to be doing nonstop baby proofing in between trips I think.
Today the little Ava wanted to play, crawl, climb, and explore until she tired herself out. Then she was very content to relax in her mother’s arms.
The thought of leaving her (which is 4 days away!) is getting even more unpleasant to think about. Hopefully we will only have a few weeks between though, and she will be home and meeting all of you soon.
After our visit this morning, we went to the museum we discovered on a long walk yesterday. The displays were in Russian and Kazakh mostly, but there were a few captions in English so we learned a little. It was a very interesting place though. I took a few pictures, then got yelled at, so we don’t have much to show for it except the few shots we got. Then we went to a place in the City Mall that serves brewed coffee!!! I got an espresso drink and was very very happy. We have no idea what Amber got, because it wasn’t what she ordered, but it was good too.
Lastly, our Ava discovered sticking her tongue out.