Sunday, February 03, 2013


Sean had to make a business trip to San Diego this week, so Noah and I decided to tag along and visit the world famous zoo. It was the first time there for both of us and it was a fantastic experience. We started with a pleasant lunch at what seemed the nicest restaurant (only the best for my baby! ;) Then we made our way around the world (the zoo is organized geographically so that you visit "Asia" to see the giant panda and tigers, The "North pole" to see polar bears etc.)

To begin, Noah was most eager to visit the flamingos and elephants, I was excited about the polar bears and condors... The flamingos turned out to be beautiful and hilarious but extremely loud, Noah copied them, saying: "Cack cack cack" and then: "Oh God, flamingos!" as if all their cackling seemed a little "much" to him (!) The elephants and condors were sadly hiding and nowhere to be seen... But a male lion was out in full force; pacing back and forth along the fence, right next to his captive audience. It was pretty intense when he made direct eye contact and at one point actually roared at us. Then, suddenly he lifted his hind leg and squirted all over three (annoying?) teenage girls who had been busy giggling and recording him with their smartphones. Splash! Just like that. They were shocked, squealing as they ran off - all soaked in, you know, LION PEE. Noah and I remained for a while, even more intrigued by the offender, who by the way seemed utterly pleased.

Another memorable encounter was with a sociable orangutan who had a long heart to heart with Noah. - Seriously, it was the cutest thing as they just sat there on either side of the glass, chatting and smiling at each other for what seemed like forever, until the ape suddenly stood up and walked over to one of his/her? mates and kissed him on the back of the head. :) Noah took the cue, waived at his new friend and said: "Bye bye monkey, see you soon!"

The polar bear was incredible to watch as he dove into the water, making all sorts of acrobatic moves trying to get his dinner out of a barrel. There was a hippo couple who laid snuggled close together, looking very content and very in love... But best of all - as far as Noah was concerned - were the zebras; He stood watching two of them calmly eat from a through for the longest time, cooing at them with his sweet little voice: "Aiou seeba, aiou much" (I love you zebra, I love you much." :)

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Young Love

Ah, the woes of motherhood; My early hopes of being the only woman in Noah's life are starting to seem less realistic... Though I do take solace in the fact that his current lady of choice is kind, adorable and well dressed. (And her mother is lovely, which of course is of the utmost importance! ;)

Yasmin and Noah at the La Brea tar pits.

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