Oliver: 11 months old

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Eats: Formula/milk and table food. His favorite foods are fruit, cheerios, and anything in a squeeze packet, and his #1 least favorite is green beans. I have to pick out all the green beans or he throws them on the floor and even Sophie won’t eat them.

Sleeps: 11 hours a night with a 1-2 hour nap during the day. Our boy likes to be snuggled for a bit before he falls asleep, but once he’s out, there is no waking him.

Favorite activity: Bouncing/rolling his ball to himself or someone else. He also enjoys being carried by mama or dada and pointing at things.

Least favorite activity: Still hates getting strapped into his car seat and coming in at a close second is getting his diaper changed. It’s a full contact sport trying to do either of these without a distraction.

Words: He mostly says “dada” for everything, but he’s starting to make some more sounds, and I swear he said “mama” yesterday. He’s also starting to do some signing like “more” (and “dad” of course).

Starting to: Stand on his own. He pulls himself up everywhere and sometimes stands unassisted without realizing it.

 

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Let’s Explore VA: Great Falls Park

This weekend was hot, hot, hot! So we decided it would be best to do any outdoor activities in the morning (plus, lets be honest, we’re all up by 6am). Friday we had decided to invest in an Osprey child carrier so we could hike with Oliver more easily. I knew my hubby would want to take it for a test drive, so we drove to Great Falls Park.

Great Falls is a National Park in Mclean, VA. The park offers hiking, kayaking, biking, horse trails, rock climbing, picnic areas, and several waterfall overlooks. There are lots of dogs and children on the trails and enjoying the picnic areas.

It is very popular on the weekends, but when we arrived around 10am it was just getting crowded. We were able to find a good parking spot and get on the River Trail pretty quickly. The trail doesn’t have a lot of elevation change, but there is quite a bit of climbing over rock, which made our dog, Sophie, a little nervous.

Hiking along the river was a lot of fun. We got to see some people kayaking, lots of rock climbers, and lots of dog buddies Sophie said hello to. Oliver was so excited he fell asleep, but mom and dad were on board with that.

On our way out it was 90 degrees and the line to get into the park was a half-mile long, so I’m glad we took advantage of our sweet Saturday morning wake-up call and got out early!

Let’s Explore DC: American History Museum

Fathers day weekend my parents drove in for a visit and we realized they had never seen some of the memorials and monuments in downtown DC. My husband prides himself in giving excellent monument tours to visitors, so we had to remedy that immediately. We woke up pretty early Saturday morning because we have a boy who rises early, and we made it a point to head straight downtown.

We chose to park in the city instead of riding the metro because there isn’t a great metro stop by the Lincoln Memorial and it’s surroundings, and the metro is undergoing lots of renovations which are causing more delays. We were able to find parking near the tidal basin and the paddle boat dock, which was a perfect spot for our adventures. The five of us walked to the World War II Memorial, then the Lincoln Memorial and lastly the Vietnam War Memorial before lunch.

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It was getting hot out, so we decided to check out the American History Museum, which was a bit of a walk. Due to security checks, we had to wait a bit in line to get into the museum. Don’t let that deter you from going in, the line isn’t that long. When we got in, we popped into the Jazz Cafe for a quick snack.

Ollie, Grandpa and I went to Wegmans Wonderplace which is a children’s area intended for kids from 0-6 (side note: Wegmans Wonderplace is also what we call our local Wegmans store because we love it and it’s our happy place). It was just what Oliver needed after a morning in his stroller. He was able to crawl around freely and explore all kinds of blocks, fake fruit and little kid sized pots and pans. They even had a blocked off area for crawlers with mirrors and a bar for them to pull themselves up. It was perfect and we will definitely be back. Hubby and Grandma went exploring the other exhibits in the museum, stopping to look at the First Ladies exhibit, the Dolls House exhibit and The Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibit.

We ended the day at our favorite restaurant in Alexandria, Viet House. It was an excellent day and we are already hoping to make another trip to the American History Museum soon.

Tips for the American History Museum:

  1. Don’t be deterred by the line to get in, the security line moves quickly
  2. Don’t wait in line for a bathroom at the entrance, go to one that’s less popular further into the museum
  3. There are two places to eat, Stars and Stripes Cafe downstairs and Jazz Cafe upstairs
  4. If you have kids, definitely make time to go to the kid specific exhibits on the first floor