30 January 2013


For the first time in quite some time Natalie and I rode the public bus today to head up to a little shopping center near my house.

We went to Target and then had some time to kill before the bus back home arrived so I took her to the Petsmart next door to look at some animals.

She wasn't too interested in anything, which is surprising because there were a ton of dogs in a day "camp" that were behind a glass pen and were playing with each other. After looking at the even less amusing fish, birds and guinea pigs I decided to just take her outside to wait since the weather was nice again.

Outside of the pet store there was a sign that had a picture of a dog on one side, and a picture of a cat on the other.

This, this was fascinating to her. She was talking to it, cooing and running around it. She would point at the animals and even tried climbing on the sign. She loved it and it entertained her until the bus came.

That experience reminded me of how one Christmas my nephew opened a present my sister thought he would get really excited about and he just wanted to play with the box instead.

We got on the bus and a few minutes into the ride I noticed her interacting with a woman across from us. She never gives strangers the time of day, no matter how much they smile at her or try to make her laugh. It's always just a blank stare and sometimes she even cries.

So I was stunned when I watched Natalie's face and she was doing this squinty eyed thing she does  from time to time and smiling at this strange woman. That is literally the first time that I've ever seen her smile at a stranger, ever. I hope this continues, because I'm tired of people thinking my baby is an asshole.

Natalie is always so full of little surprises  I think she'll love something and she couldn't care less about it. I think she'll be indifferent to something and she loves it. Always keeping Mama on her toes.

Here's her doing her little squinty eyes. (You may want to lower the volume on your speakers, my laugh sounds painfully obnoxious in this.)

10 Thoughts :

kc @ genxfinance January 31, 2013 at 12:17 AM  

Natalie's so cute. and she sounds adorable.. :)

Unknown January 31, 2013 at 6:52 AM  

So cute

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls January 31, 2013 at 7:47 AM  

I think it's so refreshing when kids prefer the simple things over the "more exciting" ones. I'm sure that won't last forever though!

I love that Natalie isn't into strangers. She's just saving her love for you. My mom said that I would have given people the finger as a baby if I knew how. She said it made her feel better because if someone ever tried to kidnap me in the grocery store, they would give up and hand me back.

Sean Marie January 31, 2013 at 8:28 AM  

Oh my gosh, your mom sounds hilarious! I see where you get your sense of humor from. :)

Stephanie January 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM  

Ha, Chloe did the whole squinty I thing too but I never knew what to call it. It was more of a, slam-her-eyes-shut-and-blink-real-hard thing while making a noise with her mouth over and over again. Super cute though. I think it's cute too that she is reserved around people she doesn't know. Just taking it all in.

Shannon January 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM  

Taylor gives a real obvious stink eye to strangers. It's hilarious (and looks really rude too). I should be upset by it, but I love it instead.

Krista January 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM  

Oh goodness, I love the squinty! So cute! Looks like it should be another version of the "nose twitch" from Bewitched and some magical thing should happen when she does it :)

Venassa January 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM  

Chloe sometimes does the same squinty thing! So cute. I'm glad she's getting a bit friendlier, but really.. reading this... "I'm tired of people thinking my baby is an asshole." made me literally laugh out loud for a minute. At work.

Mama January 31, 2013 at 3:26 PM  

What a freaking doll.

Unknown January 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM  

AWWW your daughter is so cute :) I love that video

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