Aiden has begun training to be a barista! The youngest ever! Our buddies at Moja Coffee, where we go nearly every day, have a great relationship with Aiden. They’ll play peek-a-boo with him, or show him the trucks outside, or just greet him with enthusiasm. They do this for pretty much every kid they know who comes regularly – it’s great.
Well, my little Aiden is getting spoiled there, that’s for sure. He’s begun his training to be a barista, learning how to pull shots and how to push the cup onto the spray cleaner. He’s also learning how to enter orders on the till.
Technically he’s not making a salary. But he did make a 25c tip!
Today we made a return trip to Maplewood Farm and, while there, had a visit with Casa the parrot. As we arrived at his cage, Casa said “hello” to us. And, as we left, he said “goodbye”. I remarked that his language development was far superior to that of Aiden!
Aiden has begun to explore his language more in the past two weeks. His babbling is more complex and we’re pretty sure he says “mama”, “meme” (for mommy) and has maybe said “baby” and “dada”. However, he doesn’t yet talk on cue nor talk often. He doesn’t yet imitate language, though he will imitate actions – banging on things, clapping (sometimes), and sticking out his tongue.
Today we went to Deep Cove Daze and Aiden went in the bouncy castle for the first time. They had a more “infant-friendly” bouncy castle with fun low inflated parts like the below crab, a sea monster and a crocodile slide.
I was impressed at how steady Aiden was able to keep himself on such a soft and uneven surface!
Today we went to the miniature trains in Burnaby at Burnaby Central Railway in Confederation Park. The place was packed on this beautiful Saturday morning, but what a cute place! Apparently there were 4 or 5 trains running, keeping the wait time to a minimum. Parents and kids sit on the trains and go around a track for 10-15 minutes – there are even slightly different routes and directions the trains take, going over bridges and through tunnels!
Here’s a video of Aiden’s first train ride with daddy.