I babysat Ashton on Saturday (Apr 18th) for pretty much a half a day.
He was a complete joy! Happy, fun, playful, talkative, engaging, interested. He was so much fun.
I was so excited to get the chance to watch him. Usually I can't because I don't respond quick enough to the text from Nick or I have something going on, or someone closer watches him. (He has babysitters that are literally 5 minutes away and I'm more like 30 minutes)
I decided instead of sitting at home that I would take him to the Mall of America to check out the Sea Life Aquarium and do a little shopping. I thought he'd get a kick out of all the fishies.
He was excited even before we got in to see the fishies.
He LOVED the jellfish. I pushed him right up against the glass tubes and he could reach over in his stroller and touch the glass so it was like he was touching the fish.
He'd reach over and touch one and then look at me and smile. Then he'd talk baby to me about it. It was precious.
He thought the crabs were neat. I encouraged him to say crab. He tried but it was more like "cab" instead of "crab". He's little though.
I thought this purplish/blackish seahorse was cool.
This trip was fun for me too. I love aquariums.
They didn't move as much as the jellyfish so he wasn't as interested in them.
Often times he'd just stare away at the fishies swimming by. The sea tunnel was the coolest because fish were surrounding you from side to side and even above your head.
I pointed out the shark swimming above and he'd throw his head back and point and babble on about it.
da dum, da dum, dum I had a very "Jaws-like" moment seeing that shark swim right above my head.
The bottom-feeding shark, that's what I called it, was weird looking. When it swam over the top it look like a real mouth talking to you.
We Love You! smoochie smoochie smoochie
Fish lips! After I saw these two fish "kissing" I tried to teach Ashton how to do fish lips. He couldn't quite get the hang of it but he sure loved watching me do it.
Cool blue frogs. The colors were incredible. How does a blue frog hide on a tree stump?
Happy as a clam he was.
I picked him up and pressed him against the glass to see the evil eye of the gator poking out of the water.
I'm watching you.
"Just a bite!" - think Finding Nemo. Just a morsel.
Me and the squirt. Who wasn't sure what I was doing grabbing him and telling him to look at the camera for a picture.
Those eyes get me. Such a rich chocolate brown color and he just stares into you like he can see and understand your inner workings. He's been like this since he was little.
aaaaaand...he's a little stinker. Likes to smile and flirt with the ladies. In the shoe store he smile at all the passerby's and they'd say, "What a cute kid." He just ate that up.
We had a really good day. He napped on the way up so he was ready to go.
We probably spent a good 1 or 2 in the aquarium. Then got a chocolate covered strawberry which he absolutely devoured; both the chocolate and the strawberry.
Walked around and hit my favorite stores: DSW, Barnes & Noble (bought him a fun noisy moving turtle pull-toy, cuz I'm an aunt and can spoil him.), Lush, Loft, Ann Taylor and Victoria's Secret.
Stopped for Mac 'n Cheese at Noodles & Co. He didn't want any part of that so he ate some goldfish instead.
We splurged on Coldstone later on he kept wanting more and more. He'd open his mouth and I'd put the spoon in and rattle it up and down on his teeth. He just squealed with laughter...and I did too because it was hilarious and cute.
I kept him entertained a lot of the time. Pushing the stroller around back and forth, making noises, singing and doing the actions to little red caboose (girl scout camp song), talking to him, trying to teach him new words like "ready, set, go" which turned into me saying "ready, set" and him saying, "go" and thrusting his arm in the air.
Funny story. While I was in VS his daddy called wondering where we were. "I'm in VS with your son. bahahaha!"
He's so darn cute. And playful. and Fun. I Love him.
It was a really good day!