One of little M’s favorite things we did while in Niagara Falls was visiting a butterfly conservatory… little M has been “in to” butterflies for a while…she went online and researched them a while back, and we find little written reports and pictures all over the house describing how butterflies get to be butterflies.

She was so cute… she walked around with a notebook and pen all through the conservatory, and took notes, and made pictures. She was so into this!

It really was very cool… the conservatory was huge, and beautiful.

While little M was beside herself with joy, baby J was not. Don’t be fooled by his smile. He is terrified of bugs, and I think he was pretty sure the butterflies were going to carry him away. Being the awesome parents that we are, we took our bug phobic boy to a conservatory of giant flying bugs. Awesome.

Poor baby boy screamed in terror every time one flew toward him, unless the husband was carrying him.

But little M was in her element, and has added being a bug scientist to the list of scientific things she would like to be when she grows up.

Her giddy joy when a butterfly climbed onto her hand was so fun to watch. This girl also used to be terrified of bugs… she was terrified of everything, really. I was shocked to watch her try to get all kinds of pretty, and even huge butterflies to climb onto her hand. And then I teared up at how much she has changed, and how amazing she is.

I am often in awe of her, but when I see her do something like this, without fear, when she used to be so very fearful of so many things, my heart warms, and my eyes tear up.

I know it’s a little thing, but even the little things are huge milestones for our girl.

And I love seeing her this happy, don’t you?

I anticipate many more butterfly reports around our house in the near future…

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