As luck would have it, Emily had the day off school on her birthday. So we started our day in the usual way - Emily spent some time in her stander. She didn't seem to mind. I thought it would be fun to go to the aquarium. She used to love the aquarium, but that all changed (wish I could tell you exactly when). She now struggles with the noise level in the aquarium. I think she is just on sensory overload. So I thought if we went early and went through the exhibits backwards that might help. I was wrong. Here she is in the shark tunnel. This used to be her absolutely favorite exhibit, but as you can tell from this pic, the novelty has worn off. I was very aware of the sounds in the aquarium that day. They play music in every section and it is pretty loud. Add to that the children that are rushing through the place yelling out in excitement about all of the creatures and Emily gets increasingly tense as time wears on. So we ended up going through the entire aquarium in about 30 minutes. After that, we went for a walk by the river and went to the bookstore to read some books. Emily enjoyed both of those activities, so I think we were able to wipe away the trauma of the aquarium rather quickly.
The rest of the day was pretty mellow. We watched some of her favorite videos and she enjoyed her 2 naps (as usual). After Mike got home from work, we went for a nice walk. The weather was gorgeous and the trees were beautiful. Then we headed home for our traditional birthday celebration.
Looking at this picture makes me want to pull out the first birthday picture of her in a similar position. She is still cute as ever, but she is growing up! Emily still loves the frosting! She worked very hard to get her tongue out to lick it off. She also ate a couple of small bites of the cupcake, but as you can see from these pictures, she is MUCH more interested in the frosting.
She was very interested in hearing Dad read her birthday card to her. I think Dad could read her the phone book and she would still be enthralled.
She got some new DVD's for her birthday and she seemed happy about that.
Of course, we have to include our traditional video. Emily is less and less impressed with our singing as each year passes, but she is just going to have to put up with that for...oh, the rest of her life!
Just one disclaimer...She puts her head down at one point and it looks like she could set her hair on fire. That is a bit of an optical illusion - the cupcake is much farther away from her than it appears in this video.