Even though we were in San Francisco just a year ago, our trips were drastically different. Last year Adelaide was a baby and couldn’t even sit up, and she had no opinions on what we did. I shopped and ate out and browsed the Farmer’s Market. I drank wine while she slept peacefully in the stroller.
This year was drastically different because toddlers have much louder opinions than newborns. We were staying in the Union Square area, which is touristy and doesn’t have a ton for little kids. So while Jon was at work one day I decided to take the cable car up to Ghiradelli Square. I unfortunately don’t have any photos of that ride because it’s hard to take a selfie on a very crowded cable car while babywearing a toddler. (Seriously, thank goodness I didn’t decide to try to bring the stroller on the cable car because that would have been a disaster.)
We got off the cable car one stop early at Lombard Street so I could snap a couple of photos. Except I didn’t take into account that the sidewalk that runs along Lombard Street is made up of a million stairs. Stairs that my toddler thinks she can run down once I took her out of the carrier. I kept putting her in place to take a photo and before I could get the camera to my eye she had run up a few stairs. So I tried a couple of times before finally giving up and walking the rest of the way to Ghiradelli.
We sat down to share a brownie sundae, which despite what these photos may depict, Adelaide barely touched. She had maybe two bites of the ice cream before refusing to eat any more. Wouldn’t even touch the brownie. So I was forced to eat it on my own.
The things a mother will do for her child.
We shopped around the stores in Ghiradelli Square (I got Adelaide a little cable car and the book Larry Loves San Francisco! which is seriously adorable and is available for other cities, which we may just need to get. Adelaide loves to read the book and say “woof woof” everytime she sees Larry. Very fitting for this dog loving little girl that the main character just happens to be a dog.
Afterwards we walked down to the waterfront so Adelaide could get some energy out before hopping the cable car back to our hotel for nap time. Of course Adelaide hates to get dirty though, so she wasn’t a big fan of running in the sand. After a few minutes she was over it and sat down to clean off her feet, which of course just got her more sandy.
Oh kid, you kill me.