A friend of mine pointed out that there's just something about vacations- babies/toddlers always seem to come back home with a new trick. I guess the new environment just stimulates their little imaginations and helps them to learn new things or accomplish new milestones. It gives them that extra bit of motivation that they couldn't seem to find at home.
I definitely think she's right. I've been thinking about it, and Niall came home from South Carolina last Easter (at 4 months old) laughing like a little hyena. We go to Ocean City (7 months) and he learns how to crawl. We go to San Diego (9 months) and he can suddenly smile for the camera. It really seems to be something about these vacations. He comes home a brand new person.
Well, this time, he learned to expose himself. Yes. I was putting my makeup on in the mirror and could see him clearly in the background. He likes to stand up in the pack n play these days and just kind of peek his head over to see what's going on. I swear, the kid didn't move the lower half of his body- but somehow managed to slip his pants off and dangle them over the side of the playpen, like "I don't need these mom"-- with a huge mischievous smile on his face.
And then proceeded to do it again when we got home. He's not even close to walking and yet he somehow maneuvers his legs out of his pants- while standing up- without so much as losing his balance or wobbling over. I can barely do that!
Aside from indecent exposure, we did a lot of other exciting stuff throughout the week. First most important stop: Grotto's Pizza- a must! Second stop: Kohr Bros pumpkin and cinnamon swirl custard. Last stop: a long walk on the beach to attempt to compensate for my gluttony.
Some less exciting firsts included pointing to anything on the ceiling (lights, fans, smoke alarms), as well as a series of his first excruciating temper tantrums. I mean, WOW, could this possibly be the same boy I was just giggling and cuddling with a week ago?? I'm very nervous about handling the terrible twos. If this is just the beginning, I don't want to see the end. Stay tuned ;)