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September 28, 2008

my daughter, the go-go dancer

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September 27, 2008

silver shoes

I just like this shot of the girl, ready to start her day (with Meow in tow, of course)

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September 22, 2008

spoiler alert!

Mama had a pair of doctor's appointments, so I had the pleasure of escorting the lovely Audrey to her "'nastics" class today. The girl loves to jump around our house, so it was fun to see her really cut loose in the proper setting. Between hopping around the room, we managed to squeeze a few walks on the balance beam, plenty of hanging on one of the uneven bars, a trip or two around the obstacle course and even some fun with a parachute. Afterward we cooled down with a visit to the library for a drink from their water fountain and some quality time with their collection of puzzles. Even on his day off you can't keep Dada away from a library.

After a quick lunch we were off to Mama's second appointment while Sara, Jack and Emma came over to watch Audrey. This was a big one, and as I type this I realize we've been silent here on the blog about a major developing event in our life. It's true, Audrey is going to be a big sister! And today we found out whether this sibling will a brother or sister. Jill is more-or-less 20 weeks pregnant, so we're essentially halfway there! Tonight at dinner Audrey announced, out of the blue, that she's a big sister and the other day was even pointing to her own belly, telling us she has a baby in there (proving she is actually thinking about what's going on).

Here's the world's first peek at the little one. We know the sex and we're not exactly keeping it a secret, but since I'm breaking the news here I'll give anyone who wants to keep it a surprise a chance to avoid this major spoiler. If you want to know, roll the cursor over the photo above. If you don't want to know, don't. And then make sure to plug your ears any time we're around, I'm sure we'll be talking about it quite a bit from now on...

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September 20, 2008

ring down: the movie

This week after our weekly walking date with Laura and Jake, I caught Audrey and Jake being very cute on video. Even though she hardly ever actually falls down, Audrey calls ring around the rosie "ring down."

Later this same afternoon Audrey started acting fussy, had a fever and wouldn't eat. We found out this morning that both of the poor girl's ears have infections. She is on medication and already seems to be feeling better.

The one good thing about a trip to the doctor's office is finding out how much she has grown. Audrey is now 23.4 pounds and 33 inches!

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September 15, 2008

future friends

Audrey and Natasha are slowly becoming better at cohabitating. The cat doesn't run away from Audrey as much as she used to and Audrey insists on giving her treats every day and even brushed her for a bit yesterday. Of course, today when I asked Audrey to tell one of her neighborhood friends her pet cat's name she said meow, who is her favorite stuffed cat, not Natasha, the real cat.

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September 11, 2008

both feet off the ground

Today Audrey grabbed the edge of the table, lifted up both of her feet and dangled, no doubt trying to relive her Wiggle Worms class that we started at the park district this past Monday. It is a beginning gymnastics for toddlers where she got to walk on a balance beam, bounce on a trampoline and hang from uneven bars. At first I told her to stop and then asked her to do it just once more so I could take a picture.

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September 07, 2008

i'm so proud of me

We have been trying to go for a walk each evening and tonight even stopped at the park.

Yesterday Nana came over so she and I could travel together to Erinn's first wedding dress fitting. Nana brought Audrey the shirt that aunt Rickie, uncle Jeff and the kids brought Audrey back from vacation.

In developmental news, Audrey went pee in her potty for the first time today! Just the first small step of what is going to be a long process. Good job, Audrey! Double high five!

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September 04, 2008

twenty-one months (or "Oh, Audrey!")

I'm not saying we're not excited that you've hit the big two-one today, Audrey, but it is kinda hard to celebrate when your little girl has been sick all week. Don't worry, you're getting better...I'm blaming that new molar coming in on the bottom coupled with the change in weather. We've had a few near-sleepless nights where your voice has cut through the static of the baby monitor, over and over: "Oh, Audrey!" you cry with a tiny voice full of misery, the sort of self-pity any parent would understand and forgive in a heartbeat. When you haven't been crushed by illness, you've been delighting us with your two to three word sentences and your singing and your running and laughing and all that good stuff.

You repeat everything we say and then try to get us involved in your mimicry. "Mama, do that," you'll say while imitating your poor father suffering through a case of the hiccups. It's cute the way you enlist your mother to make fun of me, I imagine you two will be doing quite a bit of that in the coming years.

Double high five for making it this far, Audrey! Woo!!

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September 02, 2008

the 325th post features pig tails and skull pants

Told you

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