Dear Sawyer,

Today was one that you will probably only remember through photos, but it was filled with excitement and spectacular people watching as we hit the Hogle Zoo! You and Daddy and I went with Grandma Freed, Aunt Jenn, Uncle Jack, Uncle Joe Joe and Gage and Tate. There were giraffes, elephants, tigers, and…..bats! Yes of all the creatures you got to see for the very first time today, one of the most exciting to you were the bats. We watched them as they hung upside down, grooming bugs off of each other in their 4’x 4′ box of plexi-glass glory! Aside from the bats you liked the monkey’s, and the small glimpses we were able to catch of Zuri, the baby elephant. I think you would have liked the bigger elephants too, if they’d turned around and we’d been able to see more than their gi-normous elephant bums.

It was a long day, full of lots of adventure and by the end of the day you were so tired, so ready for a nap. As we prepared to leave the zoo, Grandma Freed went into the gift shop and bought you a baby monkey stuffed animal. Your grandma is so kind and always makes sure that you and Gage and Tate leave these exciting places with something to remember them by. As soon as she handed you your monkey you immediately gave it a kiss and snuggled it close. While you’ll give me a “kissy face” from time to time, this is the first time we’ve seen you love on something that isn’t smothering you in kisses at the same time.

We’ve been home for a couple of hours now, and while you’ve had a short snooze, your afternoon nap thus far has been unsuccessful. You did manage to pull your activity cube over and square into your forehead, which is shaping up to be a pretty apparent bruise. *sad face* Daddy just gave you a bottle. and you are snuggling him on the couch as I type this. Every time i look over at you, looking at me, you smile and chuckle. Its in these simplistic, but extraordinary moments that I am beyond grateful for the light you bring to our lives. Life can crazy, and sometimes things are…..a zoo, but at the end of every day, we come home to what matters most. Your daddy and I couldn’t imagine a more exciting adventure than to be sharing all of this with you. We love you, Buggy.

Look how cute you are:

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