her first trip to the zoo!
We took Lil to the John Ball zoo (in Grand Rapids) on the day after her birthday, since the temps were only slated to be in the 90s. We weren’t sure what to expect from her, but she is really interested in the dogs, and she seems interested when we point out animals in books. She’s especially into the books of real animal pictures that we have, and she’ll flip through it to point out animals that she recognizes — first cats & dogs, then cows, and recently it’s expanded to bears and lions.
We started in the children’s zoo. The chickens were wandering everywhere, and the goats & pigs were out in the petting yard. As with most new things, Lil was hesitant at first, preferring to lean away from the animals while Jason petted them.
Eventually, though, she decided that it would be okay to touch them. And then she reached out towards one of the goat’s faces and it licked her fingers. She wasn’t very happy about that.
I think Lil’s favorite may have been the brown bear. Not only is he the star of one of her fav books, but he was one of the most active animals we saw that day. She pointed and made her patented deep “hooooohooo” sound that she makes for pretty much any animal. (Except: cows go “mmm”, dogs pant, and occasionally kitties have a soft high pitch squeal)
The sea otter was another favorite because he was swimming and playing right in front of us!
She wasn’t as impressed with the monkeys, but I think that may have been the point at which it became MUCH hotter and we were approaching nap time anyways. We only saw part of the zoo, but it’s okay since I think both Jason and I are excited to take her again. We’re really loving this age – it seems like she learns something new every day, and she’s constantly trying to copy words that J or I say and things that we do.
I love that she responds to the things that we point out to her, but what’s even cooler is that she has started telling us about the things that she notices!! Especially when those things are animals. She’ll point and make her deep, “hooooohooooooo” noise when she notices the dog on the package of toilet paper in the grocery store, when she sees the weird horned deer painting at the gym, or any other time there’s an animal within her line of sight. It’s just really cool to see this little person blossom and take notice of the world around her.