Finally suitable outdoor weather.! Near sixty and windless! I hadn't got a chance all day to be outside as we were dealing with a sick baby. Meanwhile Steve was quite burnt out with childcare (he had Maya last night) so I kept Maya outside, which she loved. We worked on the balance bike. She especially loved going down our slight slant of a driveway so now she is coasting finally getting the hang of it. Part of the problem is knowing where to look. She either looks at her feet or all around, everywhere except straight ahead, as grandma coach kept reminding her.
As our neighborhood is very small, there is little traffic so we went for a walk with her kicking the balance bike along. A new house is being built right across the street. It is finally taking shape as a stucco covered California style mansion. I stopped to talk to a man taking photos of it. Yes he was the owner and anticipates moving in in 3 months. Houses take so long to build. He had sold his other house long ago. The new house had to be redesigned considerably because there is a flood plain nearby. Argh! First time I heard of that. I assumed he was about 20 years younger than me but as his kids are older than mine, I really suck at guessing ages (no I didn't ask him; I only asked if he had kids).
Then Maya and I went to play with the young mom's next door toddler and border collie. Maya has acute stranger anxiety. Although the little girl came up only to her waist, she was terrified of her. The little girl was thrilled and followed Maya around closely. Maya was more comfortable throwing a ball for the dog.
It will be warmer today but windy and rainy. It felt so good to be outside last evening though.
|The balance bike with helmet in background. I wish I took a photo of Maya riding it. She looked so cute with the rainbow helmet|