I woke up early to pick up my niece from my sister before she went to school and we went to the library for Parent/Child Play and Learn. Despite not being the parent, I still take her to things like that! Basically, in a room at the library (where I used to work) there are tons of toys everywhere and each week there is a new 'themed' therapists there. Sometimes it's a music therapy person, sometimes, like today, it's a speech therapist. Today the lady walked around talking to parents (or grandparents, aunts, etc) and asked them questions about their kids and how they were developing. Then, based on what their response was, she gave advice on how to help them with the stage they were at. She asked if Alyla was talking or anything yet, and gave me some advice on how to help her get 'talking' more (she's still at the babble stage and saying things like ba-ba). It's nice to have a professional to bounce ideas off of!
One thing that's really great is that Alyla gets to be around other kids. While my sister as at work, various family members watch her so she's typically by herself without other kids. So, it was good for her to get around other kids and play for an hour, and have songs at the end!
After Play and Learn, she was SO tired. She's not used to running around a room and interacting so much, so she fell asleep on the way to my house. She took a THREE HOUR nap, which was wonderful for me since I was pretty tired, too!
Once she woke up, I met up with my friend Cori and the three of us went to some thrift stores. Alyla wanted to just run around and not be held! Luckily she was only with us for two thrift stores before we dropped her off with my sister and headed off to more thrift stores. After a quick stop for happy hour at Sonic, we were done! Here are some fun things I found today for so ridiculously cheap I can't believe it. I'm usually not so lucky in the thrifting department, but I'm so happy with what I got today! Here is a little 'sample':
And a perfect little baby spoon that Alyla totally loves and knows is for her. When I held it up to her she did her cute, 'Oooh!' pucker lipped face!
To 'end' my day, even though it's not even 6pm, I munched on one of four gluten free cupcakes my sister bought me. She's bought me gluten free stuff before, but most of the time it's not cooked in a dedicated facility and contains trace amounts of gluten, so I can never eat it. I always feel bad telling her, but she remembered to check this time! And oh boy am I excited about her discovering them! She got them from Fry's freezer aisle and I can't believe how delicious they are. I'm even more surprised that a regular grocery store carries them! They are so moist and yummy. I ate the red velvet cupcake tonight, but there are also lemon, carrot and chocolate in the package. (Sara, you need to get some of these when you're in town!)
I had to take the frosting off because it was so rich, but I've never been a frosting person anyways.
So, how has your Friday been? I'm going to finish the night hanging out with the ol' ball and chain watching TV and crafting!