Friday, April 1, 2011

Birthday Lady!

It's official! Audrey is two years old! I cannot believe that two entire years have flown by already. It really seems impossible. I know I say it all the time, but she's practically a grown up.
Audrey informed me that she didn't want any presents for her birthday, just balloons. She named all kinds of Sesame Street characters that she wanted balloons of, so I went out hunting, and luckily the grocery store had quite a supply. She insisted on posing with her stash, so luckily we'll have evidence of her coolness for years to come.

Beyond balloons, I gave Audrey some fancy shoes for her birthday as well. Whenever we played at her friends' house, she loved trying on their dress-up shoes, so I figured it was time for her to get her own pair. Much to my dismay, the "princess shoes" have gone lots of places with us, including Panera just the other day. But some battles are not worth fighting; let's see, do I freak out and cause a melt down or do I just let her stumble around Panera in pink fluffy shoes that don't fit quite right? I'll take option number two for sure.
Other than that, Audrey got some new twistable crayons and dry-erase crayons to use on her easel. I had found her all kinds of cute clothes for spring as well as for wayyyy down the road, so she unwrapped all of them as well. We also picked out a book shelf because right now, her books just lay in piles all around the house in a disorganized mess.
Needless to say, Audrey quite enjoyed all of this. I had school all day on her actual birthday, but she got to go to dad's house and celebrate as well, which is great. As we drove home after my classes on Wednesday evening and talked about her day, she told me she had fun. The fact that her and I can have conversations now just kills me. Granted, lots of things are still "no big deal," but it's amazing to see her growth, independence, and the beginnings of a great imagination. The other day she was opening up an empty box and telling me about all of the animals that were inside of it. Dead serious. What a total goofball.

Since we didn't get to celebrate much on her actual birthday, I planned a little Philadelphia getaway this weekend to visit some Temple friends and do fun toddler-related activities. We're hoping to go to the Please Touch Museum, which is an interactive museum that looks like a lot of fun. I'm super pumped, and Audrey seems to be as well. In fact, she tried to avoid bed-time tonight by insisting, "No bed! Philadelphia!" Good try, but I ain't no sucka.

Let's pray to GOD that tonight is better than last night considering I was up half the night with a crying baby who was just doing anything to NOT sleep. If this is what two-year-old sleep habits are like, count me out. So far, so good tonight, but I don't want to jinx it.

In an effor to procrastinate, I've been revisiting all of Audrey's old videos and pictures, and I came across this gem. I would much rather her sleeping be more like this:

Even better if it includes the adorable snoring.

(P.S. I'm sorry the videos are sideways. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to turn them!)

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