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November recap

With Christmas only a few days away, a recap of our November activities is long overdue!

A major theme of the month: getting ready for Audrey’s baby brother! My due date was yesterday and I honestly thought he would be born weeks ago, since the second child often comes early. So we’ve been ready for his arrival for a while now. The freezer is stocked, the tiny newborn onesies are clean and in the dresser, diapers are at the ready, and the hospital bag is packed.

Most exciting for Audrey: baby beds/bouncy seats and toys abound throughout the house. She’s been “testing” them for baby brother.

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The low point of the month: Audrey’s first (and perhaps only? I can hope at least…) bout with head lice.

She was a trooper, letting us “play hairdresser” after dinner each night. We opted for an herbal spray that made her hair smell like a citronella candle, followed by lots and lots of fine combing and nitpicking. It helped that she got to eat ice cream while we worked on her hair.

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(I had lice too — no fun!) Thankfully we didn’t have a recurrence, so it only meant a few days of gross bug encounters, frequent laundry, and missed preschool.

Between the lice and a fever/cold, however, we were home a lot during the month. During a healthy period we made it to the zoo for some intense animal watching.

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Thanksgiving was fun and pretty low key. Audrey made paper turkeys for Claire, Henry, Nana, and Grandpa, then we headed to Kenji’s parents’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Over the holiday weekend, we made our first trip to the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, where Audrey enjoyed chasing James and Arlo (and even rode a space simulator with Kenji!).

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Stay tuned for a Christmastime post soon!

 

Audrey’s first day of preschool

It is almost a year ago to the day that I dropped Audrey off at the Falls Church Day School for her first day of pre-preschool, in the Parents’ Morning Out program.

This morning, with the same backpack but with a new door to leave from, all different clothing, a much more extensive vocabulary, and a fiercer independent streak, we headed back to the school for her first official day of preschool!

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Audrey’s in the 2 1/2 year old MWF morning class with nine other children (kudos to those teachers). She has been so excited to start (“I’m ready for school!”), but she did get a bit shy and quiet as we dropped her off. And who can blame her? A new classroom, teachers, and friends to make — that’s a lot for a two-year-old to manage!

She did great, though. No tears when we left, although randomly this afternoon she told me “I cried at school.” Kenji caught a glimpse of her engrossed with a puzzle within minutes and I saw her happily walking back from the playground just before picking her up, so if she did shed tears, I am sure they dried quickly.

Audrey’s first #1 on the potty

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For months now we’ve read potty-related books to Audrey, taken her with us to the bathroom with us, and had her sit (dressed) on the little Baby Bjorn potty chair next to the toilet. I’ve also gotten into the habit of changing Audrey’s (wet) diapers while she stands up — partially out of necessity since she is increasingly squirmy and disinterested in lying on the changing pad.

A little over a week ago our efforts started to pay off when…Audrey peed in the potty for the first time! Over the next two days, she excitedly spent lots of time sitting and reading on the potty, squeezing out anything she could to get her sticker reward. She even was allowed to stick them right on the bathroom wall (shh, don’t tell our landlord).

I immediately got online to order a travel potty and read up on training diapers/underwear.

It all came to a crashing halt, however, when the playgroup came over Wednesday morning. Audrey and her friend Sarah giddily grabbed stickers from the craft station and started sticking them on the bathroom wall, sans potty time.

No complaints from me, though: I really wasn’t planning to dive into true training until after our trip in June. From what I’ve learned, this development — while exciting — will still involve lots of yucky laundry and more difficulty getting out of the house.

Audrey knows the special “potty star” stickers are out of reach on the mantel, waiting for her future successes.

Audrey’s activities: snow day

Wednesday’s highly anticipated ‘Snowquester’ didn’t amount to much, but it did mean a day at home for Kenji and exciting playtime for Audrey.

At first sight of the snow she said “Audrey, snow! Outside!” but since it was only 6:00 a.m. and we hadn’t yet had breakfast (or coffee–eek!) we held off on venturing outside for a few hours.

After bundling her in a t-shirt and tights, fleece pants, a sweater, snow boots (so glad I ended up buying those from the consignment store a few months ago!), a coat, mittens, and a hat, Audrey was released into the glacial backyard.

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Just kidding. The snow barely covered the grass! But it was super heavy, wet snow perfect for snowballs. Kenji and I made a few and started pelting the tree.

Audrey was more interested in eating them.

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There was enough snow that we had to clear off the car. (Our car out front, too.)

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After about 15 minutes of playing outside, Audrey was ready to go back in the house.

Since it was a special snow day, she got her first cup of hot chocolate to help warm up. Yum.

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It’s good that we went outside when we did; in the afternoon the snow became mush as it began raining and sleeting. The snow is long gone now except for a few dirty piles in the shade. As we come across the lone piles, Audrey stomps on them and says “Audrey eat!”

I’m guessing this was our last snowstorm of the year since it’s now March and it’s supposed to be 60 degrees this weekend — but who knows! Next winter we’ll hopefully have a big enough storm to make ‘snow cream,’ one of my favorite childhood treats.

Audrey’s adventures: Air & Space and Natural History Museums

We’re fortunate to have so many (mostly free!) museums here in the D.C. area. As someone who used to work at one, I’m especially keen to expose Audrey to the range available to us — art, history, textile, you name it.

Audrey and I are regulars at the National Building Museum (to play in the Building Zone) and I took her to a great exhibit at the Hirshhorn, but we really haven’t visited too many museums otherwise (yet). Now that tourist season is over and it’s getting too cold for the park, the idea of heading downtown is much more appealing.

So, last weekend Kenji and I took her to the Air and Space Museum. We planned to visit the annex out by Dulles Airport, thinking it was closer to us, but Google told us that drive would take 35 minutes. Getting downtown, on the other hand? 15 minutes!

Audrey had a great time running around saying “airplane” repeatedly and climbing up/in whatever she could.

Visiting with her made me realize how important it is for museums to have things kids can touch!

Plus, since it is free, we didn’t feel guilty leaving after only an hour or so.

This past weekend we headed to the Natural History Museum. First we saw the huge elephant in the atrium, sped through the (crowded) dinosaurs, and walked through the mammals.

Audrey made a new friend along the way.

The highlight of our visit was the insects exhibit, where a person was stationed with actual specimens for visitors to hold. Audrey wanted to touch all of them, of course, but we thought the caterpillar was the best option.

We even stayed for lunch in the cafeteria and treated Audrey to her first taste of jello. (She was a fan.)

I don’t know if it was all the walking, the sights, or the jello, but the Natural History Museum visit wore her out. She napped 3 hours that afternoon!

Happy twenty-one months

Guess who’s twenty-one months old? (As of yesterday, actually…it’s been a busy week and I’m behind on blogging, as usual.)

We should have decided to make her a parrot for Halloween, because that’s what Audrey is these days. She’s adding new words to her vocabulary each day. ¬†Everything she encounters is identified by object, color and/or shape, and counted (up to ten). Her favorite phrases of the moment: “this one” and “Audrey/Mama do it.”

Our little love is also sweetly affectionate, hugging new friends at the park (eek, germs!), her dolls, us, books, you name it.

And kissing them, too.

One of Audrey’s favorite objects of the moment is “The Potty.” So far she just sits on it like a chair, but she understands its purpose in a general way. Case in point: she pretended to wash one of her (clean) cloth diapers in it!

In terms of play, Audrey has been getting into role and pretend play, which I find exciting and fun. Today while visiting Nana and her cousins she picked up a little Play-dough container, said “hot coffee,” and then spent the rest of the time there carrying it around, blowing on it and taking a “sip” in between other activities.

We’ve been getting into craft activities too. Audrey seemed to enjoy finger painting with some colored yogurt recently.

I still can’t get over what an amazing little person she is.