New Pictures and New Videos added! I know....you thought it would never happen.
Arden''s doing splendidly. Every day she''s more little girl and less baby/toddler. It''s wild how quickly the months and years pass, isn''t it?
We went to the Topsfield Fair this weekend and she had a ball. She loved, LOVED the goats. I mean...we had to go through that barn twice, and the second time she went from pen to pen examining each goat.
She also went on a few rides, including the gigantic slide with Aunt Annette. Oh how she loved the slide.
She ate her weight in fair food, and of course was complaining about a belly ache at the end of the night. ;-) But, the fair only happens once year, right?
A good time was had by all, and Arden was tickled purple that Aunt Annette left the confines of the city to join us!
Arden was in her first horse show this weekend, at the ripe old age of 2. It was a last minute entry into the leadline trail course. She placed 4th of 8 and was the youngest by a year. The judges were impressed with her abilities and her age, and simply suggested that she hold onto her reins throughout the course, rather than dropping them at the completion of each obstacle to cheer for herself.
Unforunately it was so last minute there are no pics of the event, BUT stay tuned for some of her time at the barn this weekend. Fun pony rides are over, this weekend she started learning to steer, stop and start the pony on her own. Time to get down to business if we''re heading for the Olympics, dontcha think?
Arden will be 2 one week from today. That is insane. Where did 2 years go?
She is just in a really hilarious phase these days. The other day I was sitting on Dora''s couch...when D got home Arden, per usual, went upstairs while D changed out of her work clothes and then came back down. She walks over and sees me on that couch. "mommy. move. other couch!" -- so I played dumb and she heaves a sigh at me and grabs my hand, "mommy, come, other couch" and walks me over to where she wants me to sit.
Then last night we were playing and I was spinning this little container with a duck on it on the coffee table. Well, I spun it too hard and it went off the table. She comes over to me and takes my face in her hands and says to me "Mommy. Listen. we don''t throw the duckies." HA. Well okedoke then, boss.
As evidenced by a number of pictures, she had a blast at the amusement park. This child has no fear when it comes to rides, she went on every ride she was allowed on and had a huge grin the entire time. She also had her eye on the grown-up freefall ride and said to me as we walked by.."Mommy...I want to go on that!" Indeed, our hands are full with her.
Our camera has disappeared. We think our sweet cherub was kind enough to place it lovingly, and without our knowledge, in the trash. One day it was there, the next gone. Alas, it''s not fun as we had just purchsed in a couple of months prior.
We will have some sort of picture taking device in time for vacation on July 28th.
Arden just had a visit from Grandma and Pops, and then Grandma and Nonno arrive in a week. July is just a very busy month for her.
It started out with a daycare move which has been a really great decision on many levels.
She is counting to 10 and singing her version of the ABCs. She also does her version of Barney''s theme song, which in Arden''s world is not "I love you" rather it''s "I love me...I love me..."
Another favorite is Happy Birthday. We sing it to Mama and Lucy and Arden. Never to Mommy though, I wonder what that''s about!
Her vocab is off the charts, we''ve stopped counting because she says, well, everything. She counts from memory but can also look at objects and count how many.
She went riding again this past weekend and put on quite the show for Grandma and Pops. Oh how she loves it. The minute she''s on the horse shes''s asking to "jump" -- good grief.
We''re preparing for our weeklong vacation at the beach and are so looking forward to getting away and spending full days with our firecracker of a daughter.
Oh and our not quite 2 year old has developed quite an interest in Harry Potter, and requests that we watch it. We''ll take that over Boohbah any day!!
(Background: Arden''s daycare thought yesterday that she might have pink eye. Therefore, she wasn''t allowed back without a note from the doctor. We saw no sign of it but off we went to the ped this morning!)
We saw Tina, one of our two favorite nurse practitioners. She immediately said nope, no pink eye, but let''s take a look at everything, ears since she''s had a history of infections.
As she''s getting ready to look in Arden''s ears she says "let''s look for the birdies!"
She starts to look in Arden''s ears saying "where are the birdies?"
To which Arden responds..."outside"
With a tone that I''m sure we will hear many times when she is a teenager...i.e. ''outside, you moron, why would they be in my ears?''
There is photographic evidence on this site that she likes to wear her mothers'' shoes. However, apparently she also enjoys all other people''s shoes. A favorite daycare pasttime is to remove the other children''s shoes and to put them on herself.
She brings much laughter to her teachers.
Yesterday morning when we arrived at school, Arden dressed in a fabulously adorable summer outfit, appropriate for the 90 degree weather...she promptly went to her cubby, removed her winter boots, sat down on the floor and proceeded to take off her green shoes in exchange for the winter boots.
Well, lots of changes in these parts. I have a new position that is requiring some fancy footwork in terms of where Arden spends her days. And, being that she has incredibly picky parents with high standards....we''re not making any quick decisions!! We''ve been meeting and exploring and we have a couple of top contenders but another that I feel really good about I will swing by on Friday.
We''ve also just sent in Arden''s first college application ;-). There is a wonderful, wonderful school located at one of the local universities, but there is a wait list and to get in children must be 2.9. Another year for us to wait but we''re on the waiting list.
We are forever practicing letters and numbers. She''s learning the letters of her name and will talk through it if we''re writing it for her. She forgets a letter here and there but at 20 months, I suppose we can let it slide ;-).
She LOVES to read, now more than ever. A current favorite is "There''s a Monster at the End of this Book." Last night I was reading it and I didn''t say "shhhhh" and she stopped me and looked at me, put her finger to her lips and said shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Everyone''s a critic!!
We went to her first dance party..."baby loves disco" this past weekend. Aunt Annette joined us and Arden had a good time. We think it was a bit on the overwhelming side for her, but overall she had fun and was just exhausted by the time the dance ended. I have a few pictures to post from the disco dance party so check out the photo album.
She''s been showering us with I love yous and hugs and kisses these days. It''s not to say she doesn''t have her toddler moments but since Grandma Mary thinks she walks on water, we''ll leave her thinking that :-).
D left for a quick trip to Seattle for work today. I had hopes Arden would go back to sleep after D left (6AM) especially with the treat of being in our bed. She did lay there for awhile, just resting. I had my eyes closed and all of a sudden this little voice whispers in my ear "I love you mommy." Does it get any better?
She has a huge vocabulary...I''m one of those parents and recently compiled a list of her words. She''s at around 150 at this point ... according to her ped, who we saw this week, she''s speaking at a 2yr, 3mo. level.
Her imaginary play, as she demonstrated at her appt, is also very advanced. Genius ;-).
She''s at a very fun age right now...starting to have conversations with us. Of course, we have our challenges with the little princess...who knows what she wants, when she wants it.
We spent Easter at the Museum of Science, before sending Grandma Mary and Nonno off to the land of sunshine! They now live just a few minutes away from Grandma Joanne and Pops, and we can''t wait to go visit everyone!
So, lots of new pictures are uploaded and now that we have a working camera we''ll be sure to keep up with the pictures and the site. Honest!!
Happy 18 Months to Arden today! My how time flies...
Her second three word sentence is "where is it?"
She has figured out how to put on her shoes. Well, her brown shoes anyway. On and velcroed at that! Usually she just puts one on and then goes around the house with one shoe and and one shoe off for the rest of the evening. And boy are we no fun when we make her take that shoe off to put her foot in the foot of her sleeper.
I''m proud to say she''s a lover of Broadway. We are currently listening to "Wicked" in the car and oh how she loves it. And Dora rode with us and heard the love...haha! She always cheers and claps at the end of each song. Ah, she is my child after all! :-)
We are the house of sickness. Going on THREE WEEKS. I finally started to feel better this past weekend, then Monday night started to feel it on the attack again. It''s Friday and I''ve got no voice and am congested beyond belief. What fun this is.
Arden was banned from daycare from Tues at 11 through Wednesday because of a stomach bug. If it''s not one thing...
She''s just a little chatterbox these days. I''ve lost track of everything she can say, but she answers questions now when you ask her things. It''s hilarious. And she''s been stringing two words together for awhile now. "Up please" is one such phrase. Now we just need to work on thank you ;-).
We also spend a lot of time dancing around the house. She''s VERY good at following directions. A couple of weeks ago I started saying up, reaching my hands up...and "down" and squatting. Now she does this as part of her dance routine. Gifted...no? :-) She has whole repetoire that involves turning, kicking, up/down and then of course, the usual shaking of the groove thang.
We''ve got video and now that Uncle Clay has built us a new computer (he can do this...and he''s starting a business -- BAKU TECHNOLOGIES), we can upload A''s dance videos. I will do that this weekend.
Still no new pictures thanks to our broken camera. Ay ay ay!!
This is mostly for Joy, because I know she has been hearing about the shoes from Grandma Mary!
We love, love See Kai Run shoes. They just released their Spring/Summer line and each style is cuter than the next. They are the best shoes...so great for early walkers and as she''s now a professional walker they are still exactly what we want. Very flexible yet with a nice, thick sole to protect her tootsies.
They are also stylish, super cute, and the company has great customer service.
Arden is doing fabulously. She was pretty sick for a couple of weeks (bad cold that turned into an ear infection, but the tubes did their job). It screwed up her sleep a bit but she''s on her way back to normal.
She has also settled back into the daycare routine. Every morning she runs for her classroom and gives her teachers bear hugs and runs off to play with her friends. She''s absolutely a little girl now. She greets her friends when they walk in the door...she tries to comfort the new, younger toddlers with her words of wisdom. One little boy was so upset yesterday and I told her to go help Dante, he was sad because his daddy left for work. So she went over and spoke to him in "Ardenese" as we call it. She''s very serious about what she''s saying, even though some of it we just can''t make out!
This morning her friend Ana walked in and Arden was the first to say "Hi Ana." When did she become this little girl??
She and I had a trip to Chuck E Cheese this week while Dora was traveling for work. OH how she loves the big rat.
She''s just growing by leaps and bounds...we were looking at one of her newborn pictures last night, it''s hard to remember when she was so small.
Thanks for checking in. Pictures will be on hold until we get our camera fixed. I hope to get it dropped off this weekend so we can resume picture taking.
Is that considered a milestone? Monday night Arden was whining/moaning in her sleep. We let it go on for awhile to see if she''d quiet down, but she didn''t. I went in to get her around 10 I guess. She was sort of asleep but shaking...that stopped when I picked her up and covered her under our blankets for a bit, figuring she was cold since she''d scooted out from under the blankets.
She went back to sleep and back to her crib, but woke up upset around 12. I went to her room, got her and she was burning up. Took her temp, 103.9. Then she threw up, all over the comforter (but missed the new flannel sheets, good girl ;-) ). We called the ped, since that was a very high fever. She said something was going around, to give her motrin and keep an eye on her, if it didn''t go down, call again. Fabulous.
We stripped off her fleece sleeper, gave her motrin and then I took her downstairs so Dora could attempt sleep since she''s at her new job this week.
I turned on Elmo (of course) and she fell asleep on me and woke up when the fever broke, around 1AM. After it broke she wanted to get up and dance, I kid you not.
She ended up spending the night on my chest, and then from about 5AM until 8 in our bed. I stayed home from work yesterday but she was fine all day, so is back at school today.
I hate when she''s sick, but she sure was cuddly yesterday and it''s so rare to get those cuddly moments these days.
Thankfully last night she didn''t fight sleeping in her crib ( i worried she would) and slept all night long, not a peep.
We are sadly behind on our photo updating, as usual. We are without a home computer right now, an excuse that doesn''t not fly well with Auntie Nette ;-). I will upload pictures if I can get our camera to turn on. I''m hoping it''s just a battery problem, but seeing as how it started smoking while we were in Vegas, I fear there is more to it.
We had a wonderful trip to Nevada to see Grandma and Grandpa (who is now "Pops"). Arden reminded them what fun a toddler is. Each mealtime was accompanied by Elmo, the only meal partner Arden believes is worth having.
Christmas was fun, Arden got into after she opened her first present. Of course, each toy had to be played with as soon as the paper was off, so the unwrapping took a long, long time. Her favorite gifts include Leap Frog magnet letters (she knows A, B, I and we''re working on "N"); and a tractor that lights up and makes noise (of course).
We visited the Las Vegas Children''s Museum, which was great fun, and discovered the joys of Chuck E. Cheese.
We have pictures of all of these events and the MOMENT we can get the camera turned on near a computer they will be put on the site.
She did so well on the flights, especially the flight back. She slept the entire way. In fact, she didn''t wake up until we were in baggage claim! That was a red eye flight, and I think I''m all for those now. Much less stressful than trying to keep her happy on a 6 hour flight when she is only willing to sleep for 1.5 hours.
Things she recently discovered she loves: books; Pops'' Cal hat; saying "tada"; baths in Pops and Grandma''s big tub; and Grandma Joanne''s reading abilities (if she was around, no one else was asked to read to her, apparently we don''t do it right.)
She''s definitely a full fledged toddler. She''s wonderful and brilliant and we no longer try to go out to restaurants with her. Except maybe Cracker Barrel.
Must run off to get the child from her first day back at school.