Saturday morning, we picked up our bikes that were getting serviced, and we also got Julia’s bike seat put on Ken’s bike! As soon as we brought the bikes into the house, Julia immediately wanted to test out her seat and she really wanted to go for a ride, so we strapped on her helmet and Ken took her on her first ride around the block. I have a feeling that now that we have the bikes ready to go, bike rides will probably become a weekly thing for us, at least when Ken’s not on call!
Saturday afternoon, we went with Paige to the Gay Pride Parade in Baltimore. Paige got Julia a very special rainbow shirt to wear for the parade and Julia seemed to love all the colors and the beads that folks were throwing to us.
I’ve heard the story multiple times from my mom that I went to my first Pride Parade in San Francisco when I was just a little older than Julia so I’m glad we were able to take her to this one over the weekend. I’ve always been of the opinion that all love should be celebrated whether between two men, two women or a man and a woman and I’m glad we are showing Julia that all kinds of love exist. One thing that always bothered me, living in New Orleans, was that Louisiana is a state that does not allow gay marriage and, chances are they won’t allow it for quite some time. I love that here in Maryland, Julia has friends at school or from the neighborhood who have 2 mommies or 2 daddies. I feel that it’s so important to expose her to all kinds of families similar and different from our own. Yay for love! 🙂
After the Parade, Ken & Paige went to the Orioles game while Julia and I spent the rest of the day together. We went on a long walk to the playground and around the Hopkins campus, then we had dinner together and she went to sleep.
Sunday morning we made pancakes at home for Father’s Day and then we all went to the Orioles game! Sadly the Orioles lost, but we had a great time at the game. Of the games we’ve taken Julia to this season, this was probably the one at which she did the best… she was happy sitting on my lap and playing with us in the seats for about 4 innings, and then Ken took her on a little walk to go play in the rocks over by the Flag Court. After that she came back to the seats and took a nap in my arms for 45 minutes and then the game was over shortly thereafter.
And in Julia’s a genius news… there were two interesting things that happened over the weekend…
1) Last night at dinner, there was a baby crying a few tables from us. Julia kept saying “Cry” in a very sad and concerned voice. I asked her who was crying, and she said “Baby.” Seems she’s developed some level of empathy… she felt bad for the baby who was crying. How sweet!
2) The other day as I was putting on Julia’s shoes, I counted them… I said “one shoe, two shoes.” And then she continued… “3… 4… 5… 6… 7… 8… 9… 10” and then said “Yay!!!” and clapped. I had no idea that she knew her numbers. So I asked her teachers about it and apparently the read a couple books with the kids that involve counting so Julia must have picked it up from the books. It was incredible to hear her counting like that!
The funniest thing though is that when she said the number “8,” she pronounces it like “80”! It was the cutest thing ever! “1… 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… 7… 80… 9… 10. Yay!”