Mommy, Malka and I had a lovely morning at Shul, Malka got a special Aliyah, and sadly, as it's the 3rd Yarzheit (anniversary of death) of Narda's mom, Narda got a second aliyah as well.
But Malka certainly had that "puffed out chest / proud peacock" moment today, for sure! It's very cute when she does it, she walks around with her chest LITERALLY extended out a bit, it's her "proud" look - and I hope she ALWAYS hangs onto it.
I had SUCH a "I'm learning to let my baby go" moment after the service... She was ITCHING to get down off of my lap after her bagel and run around with the BIG kids. Malka, she LOVES her some big kids. So I set her down, and she ran after them. And she played in the children's room - and we both kind of leaned back to look at one another at the same time - just to make sure the other was there... and then she kept playing. And I finished my lunch.
Le Sigh. Our little girl is growing up!
Afterwards, a few of us went on over to the playground/waterpark/sandbox area, and Malka displayed her usual fear of sand and all things sand-related, but water? OH THE WATER! HOW she loves the water. So, like the other toddlers there, including her older friend Sachie, Malka was freed from the constraints of clothing and shoes, and let loose to get wet. But she mostly stayed by this one area, dipping her toe in the water. It was perfectly adorable. Around 2pm, Malka refused to acknowledge that she was tired, no-siree-bob! But she did NOT protest to being put in her stroller after her diaper and clothing change. Approximately 10 minutes later, she was OUT.
We proceeded to get stuck on the A train for about 45 minutes, just going a few stops (UGH) to go and meet Liza! And Lizzy! and Henry! Malka and Henry got on famously; Malka shared her bunnies, Henry shared his vanilla cookies. A picture will soon follow, I promise, but I had to share that not ONLY did Malka make steps to overcoming her sand "issues," but grass may have been completely overcome, as well! Yea, Malka!
It was thoroughly wonderful meeting Liza and Lizzy, and am So glad that Lizzy is a NYC gal, so perhaps we can see them again soon. but in the meantime? I'm plum tuckered. I earned 7 activity points walking all over the city today - that's about 22000 steps, or almost 6 miles of walking. So yeah, I'm off to bed. Lilah Tov!