I've been toying with the idea that Layla doesn't get outside enough now that she's taking a break from Preschool. So in the past week she's had a playdate with Nannie at Pop's (the only place with grandparents without cats), Daddy took her to the park once and today was my turn to take her to the park.
When we go to the park normally we walk with the stroller but it was about 8:30 in the morning on a winter morning and it was supposed to rain today so we took the car. When we arrived at the park Layla started screaming "yahoo lets go!"
She ran to the playground by herself yelling back to me that I should "come on lets go" but we were the only people there so I trailed behind to see what she would do first. For almost the first full hour she played around by herself having me help occassionally and climbing around. We played peek a boo under the bridge and we chased each other around the playground.
After awhile a family with 3 kids showed up. The youngest child was about 3. No matter where Layla went, the littlest girl followed her. She literally imitated everything Layla did. I really wish I could have gotten a good picture of it but I didn't know the people and didn't want them to think some weirdo was taking pictures of their kid at the park.
If Layla climbed up something, the girl climbed up it. When Layla slide down something, the girl slid down it. That in itself not so annoying. If Layla crossed a toy, the other girl followed her. If she was jumping, there was a frog behind her. If she was running, she was being chased. When she clapped, she heard applause behind her. If she laughed, the girl laughed. When she fell and brushed herself off, the other girl pretended to fall and then brushed herself off. ECHO, ECHO!
The picture above is Layla climbing down a climbing wall on her bottom while the other girl waited to follow her. Layla hated it. She wanted the girl to go away. Normally she likes little kids but this kid wasn't "playing with her" she was just copying her.
So after awhile she literally came and stood at my feet and told the other girl to go away. At that point we did the swing thing for about another 30 to 45 minutes and when they left Layla asked to get down and decided we needed to go to.
Only, Layla wanted to go to Starbucks and get cocoa which she does sometimes with Daddy, so instead of going home we went and saw Daddy at work. It was a fun day and the rain started to trickle on the way home so I think we picked the perfect time to go.
Hopefully next time the toddler stalker won't be there.