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Being a tourist with a toddler

Although I’ve been in Scotland for almost 5 months now, Joe and I sometimes still enjoy “playing tourist.”

This week, we decided to get a two day ticket on the Glasgow tourist bus.

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It took us around the whole city, and we could hop on and off as we pleased. Miles loved it. He would always hold on really tight when we first got on it, but by then end he would relax and drift to sleep.

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On the first day, we took the whole tour, then stopped at a park and went for lunch and shopping. The second day we decided to be a bit more touristy and go to a museum. We went to the People’s Palace.

We have begun to let Miles walk around as much as possible, especially when we go somewhere together.  So we did not bring the stroller to the museum. This was our second time visiting a museum without a stroller, and I must be honest it takes a lot of getting used to.

I did not get to read the descriptions or take as many pictures of things as I might have liked to because I was busy chasing around my little toddler. However, I did still enjoy myself. It was so exciting watching Miles explore this new place. To touch and see the things he has never touched or seen before.  So, even though maybe I didn’t learn too much from my museum experience, I am happy to know that Miles learned and explored a lot.

The fountain outside the park

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If you can manage to look past the beautiful fountain, you can see the old carpet factory in the background of these pictures. It is a beautiful building that is now just an apartment complex.

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I always love these things haha

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Miles in jail!!

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We tried to get him to look upset while he was pretending to be in jail, but the above picture is the best we could get.

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These pictures are from Kelvingrove Park, that we went to earlier in the week to feed the birds and squirrels again. It has become an almost everyday thing since both Miles and Joe enjoy it so much.

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Miles enjoys being outside so much. He is so content just walking about and exploring, even when it is obvious in his eyes that he is getting tired he keeps a smile on his face as long as we are outside. We are going camping this weekend for a night, so hopefully he enjoys sleeping outside just as much. I’ll be sure to post a blog about our camping adventure.

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What we did this week

I probably should have been keeping a blog the whole time I’ve been in Scotland, but oh well, better late than never.

Places we visited:

the Glasgow Transport Museum

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Miles loved walking around the museum by himself and exploring everything.

Around the house:

Joe introduced Miles to keys and how to open doors, and now he tries to do it himself.

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This kept him entertained for hours. And now everytime he sees one of our keys lying around on the ground he picks them up and walks towards the door and sticks them in the little hole, then claps for himself.

Then we gave Miles his first haircut!! I was pretty nervous to let Joe cut it, but it actually came out pretty good I think.

Here’s the before and after!

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We found that the secret to keeping to stay still the whole time was to keep giving him snacks.

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Joe made bread and so we gave Miles some of the dough to “help” with.

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He loved picking it up with the fork and putting it into the two bowls. This was great practice for him feeding himself.

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He tried to eat it only a few times.

I found these awesome chunky naked crayons which I thought would be perfect for Mile’s first time coloring.

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He enjoyed it initially, but then became more interested in standing the crayons straight up.

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He also finally took interested in this activity, dropping the popsicle sticks into the slits. It took him a couple weeks to get the hang of it, but now he loves it.

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I also found an idea on Pinterest to let children finger paint with baby shampoo. I thought this sounded like a great idea. Since it was just soap, it would be easy to clean up.

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Miles unfortunately didn’t enjoy it. He didn’t really get the concept and didn’t enjoy getting his hands sticky. After about 5 mins he started shouting “out” at me.

Joe began setting up Miles’s toys very elaborately for when he wakes up in the mornings. Here are some of Joe’s masterpieces:

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Miles loved knocking them down.

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