Happy Birthday Adelaide!

Happy 2nd Birthday Adelaide!!

 

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You are such a precious part of our family. We just could not imagine life without you. You are sweet, sassy, joyful and so fun! I just know you are going to do big things with your life. Love you always and forever baby girl!

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I’ll be back on Monday after Adelaide’s well check with a 2 year old update!

-Lauren-

Our Morning Routine–Adelaide

An alternate title could be “How to Dress a Greased Piglet”

So Adelaide is almost two now (how crazy is that?!?) and she is so strong willed. I thought Aedan was strong willed. I was wrong.

She also thinks she can dress herself.

She can’t yet.

Let me tell you how some of our mornings go…

After breakfast, I send Aedan off to brush his teeth. For the most part he is really good about getting ready in the morning and can do almost everything on his own.

Then I take a deep breath and try to grab Adelaide. Usually she takes off running and loves to head for the corner between her crib and the wall. She climbs up on the outside of her crib and just laughs like we have played the best game in the world.

I start picking out her clothes and laying them on the floor. I attempt to tell her to come get dressed, but all I ever get is “no, no, no, no”. I go to the corner and pick up Adelaide, who immediately goes limp and throws her arms up in the air. You know, to make the picking up as difficult as possible.

I lay her down next to the pile of clothes and change her diaper. Thankfully she is pretty good about getting her diaper changes. Although she always wants to help me wipe…seriously, this kid.

Diaper is changed and now the hard part comes. She wants to put her own shorts on. Which would be fine, but she doesn’t want me to help. And she always gets both legs in one hole and then gets even more frustrated. Oh and we have to leave for school in 10 minutes, so there is that.

As she fights me, I put one leg in her shorts. Then as I am trying to stick her other kicking leg in the shorts, she kicks just right so the first leg comes out.

We repeat this 3-4 times.

I finally get her shorts on and I sit her up to put her shirt on. The problem is, she thinks the shirt should go on her feet too. So she lays back down and sticks her feet in the shirt.

I finally get the shirt on and her arms through the right holes. She is over helpful and usually ends up with an arm in the neck hole. That of course is my fault and she is mad at me about it.

Okay, shirt and short on. She lets me put her socks on only because she loves to go bye bye and she knows we are getting close. After her socks are on, she jumps up and takes off. I bribe her into the bathroom to do her hair by telling her she can brush her teeth. The girl loves two things…brushing teeth and washing hands. I guess there are worse things to love!

She “brushes” her teeth while I do her hair. As soon as I am done she promptly tries to pull the clip or rubber band out.

I fix her hair and rush her out of the bathroom before she can mess it up again.

We go to put on shoes. She wants to put on Aedan’s shoes, then when that doesn’t work, she wants to wear her pool shoes. I am the worst mom ever, because I nicks that as well. I finally get the correct shoes on and declare it’s time to leave.

We head to the car. Adelaide wants to take .5 million things with us. You know because I don’t have enough stuff to carry between two kids.

Then she wants to climb in the car.

Once she is in the car, she wants to sit in Aedan’s seat.

Since that doesn’t happen, she wants to climb into her own seat. She needs help. She doesn’t want help. It is hard being two.

I help her into her seat, which makes her so mad. She arches her back making it difficult impossible to buckle her. I finally get her arms through the straps and she knows I have won. She calms down and sits nicely while I buckle her up and close the door.

Piece of cake

-Lauren-

Pumpkin Patch

Last Friday, I took the kids to Sweet Berry Farm. I have been wanted to check out this pumpkin patch for the past couple of years, but I haven’t been brave enough to make the hour drive to get out there. I decided this was the last year I’d be able to take Aedan on a weekday since he will start kinder next year (how is the possible?!?) so we went for it.

We met up with some friends and had a GREAT time! The place is so fun! A little pricy, but so worth it for a once a year thing.

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Aedan loved the bouncy area.

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The kids rode the little train, but neither loved it. I think they were sitting too close to the tractor and it was too loud. Both got off crying. Ha!

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Then we did the hay ride which they liked better (Adelaide was getting pretty tired by this point).

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After the hay ride, we picked up some pumpkin ice cream. It was really good!

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We also got to feed some goats and do a lot of running around. We didn’t make it to the corn maze, but hopefully we will next year!

Now if only the weather would start feeling a little more like fall, we could truly  get into the season!

-Lauren-

Weekend Recap

We had such a great weekend!

My sister took a couple of days off work and came in town late Wednesday night. She hasn’t been here since May, which is a while for her. Usually she visits once a month or every other month. This kids were so excited to see her!

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Thursday, while the kids were at school, Kymberly and I did a little shopping and then met Jon for lunch. We just hung out at home for the rest of the day and played with the kids.

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On Friday, Kymberly and I took the kids up to visit one of my grandmothers. Both Aedan and Adelaide did really well and we all had a nice visit.

Friday night, Kym volunteered to babysit and we would never turn that down so Jon and I went out to dinner!

On Saturday, Aedan had his second soccer game. This age group is so fun to watch! Adelaide has another two years before she can play, but she kept walking out on the field, turning around and crossing her arms, and refusing to get off the field. It is going to be a long two years for her!

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Saturday afternoon, my parents came over and we got some family pictures taken. I think they are going to turn out great and I can’t wait to see them. My parents stayed for dinner and then my mom and sister and I went out for drinks and dessert. The three of us don’t get to hang out that much anymore, so it was really nice to have some time together.

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Sunday, we had a pretty lazy day and just hung around the house playing and watching movies. I can’t believe we are already a week into October! This one is going to be two in just a few weeks!!

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-Lauren-

What’s New

Aedan started soccer a couple of Saturdays ago. He was super excited about his new soccer shoes and gear! He did really well and had fun.

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Aedan gave up his naps a few months ago, but on the weekends he and Jon sometimes take a nap together. This particular Saturday they both took a 3 hour nap (and Aedan was up until about 11 that night!).

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Both of my kids love to sleep with tones of stuff in the beds. This was Adelaide after naptime one day. When she wakes up, she wants just about everything out of her bed and then she tries to carry it all with her out of her room. Obviously she can’t carry everything so she gets pretty frustrated. It is hard being almost two!

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We got a new car! Jon’s car was about to bite the dust and we wanted a family car that was bigger than the forester. We looked at a lot of SUVs with the third row and ultimately decided they were just too tight feeling. I didn’t want something that felt huge to drive so the full size SUVs were out. Finally about 6 months ago, Jon convinced me to test drive a minivan. You guys, it was sooo nice. I have always been pretty adamant that I would never drive a minivan, but now I do. And you know what? It is so nice! The sliding doors, the space inside, the way it drives…everything, I love it!

We had a great weekend. My sister and parents were in town and we had a lot of fun! I’ll have to do a recap soon.

-Lauren-