BIRTHDAY to Lan!
Ashlyn turned 22 months! She currently weighs in at 27 pounds and she's
approximately 33 inches tall. Though average for her age, she's freakishly
strong and tough! I can't tell you how gutsy she is! She plays super
rough and has more than her share of nasty spills, bumps, and falls.
People always gasp and anticipate her crying...but she gets up, brushes
herself off like it ain't no thang, and continues on. People trip out
on that. Aric and I don't flinch anymore either...we're desensitized
by it. hehehehe
Now that most of the major "infant to toddler" milestones
are behind her (with the exception of potty training and weaning her
from her most beloved bottle), it's becoming harder to list all the
changes and everything she's learned. These days, she's soaking up everything
like a sponge!
Her volcabulary has increased tremendously in the past month...seems
like she's been picking up a few new words a day. She still needs to
work on speaking much more clearly though, because deciphering her words
can be quite a challenge....for example:
The other day, she kept pointing to something and saying (what sounded
like) the "F" word.
Peg: *confused* "Huh?"
Peg: "I don't understand, baby."
dumbfounded look on my face forced her to get what she was pointing
Peg: "OH.....FROG!" *relieved*
For the most part, Ashlyn has been able to feed herself..but my maternal
side usually takes over because she takes too long, makes a mess, plays
with her food, or bangs her utensils around. *sigh* In any case, she
has been eating better...and that makes me happy. =)
Ashlyn has also been behaving better (compared to last month). I wonder
if her "Terrible Twos" are beginning to taper off? *wishful
thinking* hehehehehe Her possessiveness and jealousy is less severe
now. She'll call for my attention or hug my leg when I hold other babies,
but she no longer cries or flips out.
I also noticed that she's playing better with other kids. Before, she
would play independently alongside them, but now she actually interacts
With each passing day, she is becoming more and more like a miniature
adult. She naturally possesses many wonderful and mature qualities....qualities
that I think are usually nurtured over time...such as patience and self
control, understanding and empathy, selflessness and generosity, embarassment
and modesty. That's not to say that she never acts her age...but on
the whole, she's a surprisingly pleasant and loving child. She's adds
"spice" to our lives, and Aric and I adore her to bits!
Ashlyn and I stayed home. I worked on the yard a bit...pulling weeds
and pruning my rose bushes. Our new gardener should be doing all this,
but since the beginning of this month, he has yet to show up. *huff*
Aric keeps telling me to let the gardener do it (if or when he decides
to show up), but I can no longer stand seeing the yard littered with
weeds and crabgrass. Last week, while Sonny was visiting, he helped
me clear the yard of weeds too...but those darned things grow too quickly.
Aric, Ashlyn, and I went to my mother-in-laws for dinner. I still think
we don't visit her as often as we should. =P
During dinner, my mother-in-law brought out a box of old toys (most
likely from when Aric and Patrick were little) for Ashlyn to play with.
She had a great time!
dinner, we went to Target with my in-laws for some shopping. We picked
up the usual: diapers, drinks, cleaners, and snacks.
Pepperidge Farms came out with "mini's" of my favorite cookies-
Brussels & Milanos. Mmmmm! They're yummy!
got back kinda late and now we're all pooped! G'Nite!
Ashlyn's pics of the day