June 5, 2009

While Waiting--Getting Out

No baby yet and I'm getting antsy. (Yesterday was the due date...) So the last couple of mornings, with the weather being so nice, I've worked hard to get us out of the apartment early and go do something (other than a playground).

On Wednesday we went to the Central Park Zoo. It was overcrowded with school groups but we had a great time. It's a very small zoo but we loved the polar bear, penguins, puffins, and sea lions. In the children's/petting area Isabella was actually brave enough to put her hand close to a goat. It licked her hand, she jumped, ran a safe distance away but was gleefully nervous about it. I was proud of her for trying something new and "a little bit 'cary".

I wasn't great with taking photos, but hey, there's only so much a huge belly, toddler wrangling mama can do.

Yesterday our adventure was to the American Museum of Natural History. Isabella wanted to see the elephants. I was trying to teach her a couple of things while we gazed at the mammoth stuffed beasts.

Me: "Who has bigger ears, you or the elephant?"
Isabella: "Elephant bigger ears Isabella! Mommy ears bigger Isabella. Mommy ears like elephant!"
Me: "You think I have big ears like an elephant?!"
Isabella: "Yes!"

There you have it! I thought I only had a belly the size of an elephant (and now I'm working on that 22 month gestation period), but according to Isabella I have ears the size of an elephant!

We also stopped to look at the okapi for a few minutes. I'm hoping we can make it to the Bronx Zoo a couple of times this summer and look at the real/alive okapi. I find them quite beautiful.

Me: "Isabella, can you say, 'okapi'?"
Isabella: "Okapi! Okapi wear tights, like Isabella!"
Me: "It looks like the okapi are wearing tights just like you do?"
Isabella: "Yes. Going church!"
Me: "Oh, awesome!"

And a cute picture of Isabella hanging out, living our urban lifestyle.

From the mouth of strangers. All yesterday morning. I'm not exaggerating...I live in New York City:

How many babies in there?
Any day now?
How many months? (3 times!)
It's a boy. Am I right? I know I have experience.
When are you due? (twice)
Can I touch it? (or sometimes they don't ask...and just reach...yikes!)
Twins, right?
I wasn't sure if you were going to get up. (After I squatted down to help Isabella.)
Congratulations. (twice)
You're not gonna have that thing on the train are you? I have an appointment to get to.

My favorite: "Would you like my chair?" That one made my day. Thank you, young Asian man!
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