Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Little One's Birtday Month!

She's turning three this month. Since birthday's are meant to be celebrated all month long, here is her first week of turning three...

Sept. 1 ~ We went to see Jesse Cook in concert. Amazing! She danced, sat on my friend's lap (mommy's was no longer good enough) and as usual was a crowd pleaser. The next morning I put my Jesse Cook CD on to see if she would recognize it and she did. Immediately, a huge grin crossed her face and she started in on her Mother Earth dance moves. (If you can't quite picture how this would look, imagine arms raised to the sun, with a cute little butt groove while her hips sway to and fro -- all while in her own little happy place.)

Sept. 2 ~ We went to her favorite indoor playground at the mall. She loooves going here and although it's only five minutes from our house, we don't go there that much because you know... it's indoors. I ended up feeling yucky so we left the playground within 10 mins but hit the foodcourt for some fuel instead. It was such a highlight for her to eat spaghetti and meatballs. She got to ride the escalators and wash her hands over and over her in favorite sink. Seriously, she skips peeing altogether and just gets to handwashing. As always, she had a blast at the mall.

Sept. 3 ~ Normally, she would goes to daycare on Friday's and I work on homework. By a twist of fate, we ended up having a wonderful morning together instead (well, mostly). My car was at the mechanic and we have been taking transit. I was headed to her daycare and then onto a meeting when we got lost in transit world. Nearly an hour later we ended up back where we started ... by my house. I called to reschedule my meeting (as I would never make it in time at this point), and then asked her, "do you want to go play with your friends or do you want to hang out with mommy today?" Naturally she replied, "I want to hang out with mommy today." I told her, "great, let's go swimming!" So we hit up our favorite outdoor pool.

Sept. 4/5 She was with Daddy.

Sept. 6 When she came home from Daddy's house, I said, "it's your birthday this month!" and handed her her favorite treat -- dark chocolate covered cranberries. She was elated. It had been pouring rain all day so we suited her up in her brand new Muddy Buddies, and headed out to find the biggest puddle we could find. And boy did we find it -- I don't know how we missed this one last year. It's just one block up from our regular puddle. This puddle is so deep it is almost up to her knees. I'm sure she played in there for 45 minutes. As cars would drive by she would yell, "Mommy! Get in the puddle! You will be safe!" Of course the drivers got a kick out of this sight -- Mother and child, holding umbrella's, gumboots on, standing in half a foot of water. She jumped over, ran through, sat in, and asked, "can I drink it?" We went home, dried off, and then she got started on painting her birthday invitations.

Sept. 7 We went to a tea party this morning with our new friend. It was a blast - such an amazing group of relaxed mommy's and kids. Everyone was amazing, happy, and having fun. She made everyone iced tea, worked on playdough, drew pictures at the easel with her friends. They chitter-chattered away and were quite content the whole morning. We went on a marathon transit ride to get there and back . The transit was one big adventure for her and her friend of however not so much for me (but I didn't let on).

That's been her first 7 days of turning 3, so far it's been a blast!

Little One's Birthday Celebrations Continue!

Sept. 8 ~ We were excited to go to Strong Start this morning. We found out the program doesn't actually start until next week. However, after work, we went to visit my friend (who apparently is more her friend now). She got to watch a movie, drink watered down juice, eat dark chocolate (the expensive, good kind), and sip on roobois tea, mmm, what treats! She was given a shiny new purse and got to work on a puzzle.

Sept. 9 ~ We finally visited Granny Mac -- it had been so long! We went to a toy store and Granny found a birthday present for her. She kept Granny and I on our toes while in the store. Afterwards, the three of us went for lunch and then took a stroll along the seawall. Little One gave us a performance on Granny's piano. She's getting very good at the piano. She no longer smooshes down as many keys as she can but will actually line her little fingers up on the keys to play one at a time. She's going to make us rich!

She was not into getting her picture
taken with Granny Mac...

Sept. 10 ~ Our friend had sent us home with some of that delicious dark chocolate. We had it for dessert.... Breakfast dessert that is! I said "happy birthday month!" and handed it to her. Her eyes went huge and then she giggled and took it. What a mess. There was a chocolate rim surrounding her whole mouth and it was dripping right off her chin and onto her shirt. I actually put a bib on her for this extra special occasion.

Sept. 11 ~ She was at Daddy's house, I was making money with Aunty :)
Sept. 12 ~ I stole her from Daddy to take her to her best friend's birthday party. Her two best friends had moved away in the same week -- far, far, away. So, it was fun to spend all afternoon playing together and celebrating her birthday. We were at an indoor playground and their favorite was the super-duper long, steep slide. I used to need a nap and massage after following her up and down the slides and throughout those crazy playgrounds. I was delighted as now that she's such a big girl (sniff sniff) and a strong climber, mommy can stay put and watch while she comes shooting out the bottom of the slide. Every time she landed, she would stand up, jumped up and down on the floor while hollering and laughing away. and then dash back up to the top of the slide to do it all over again. She was sweaty and delirious by the time she was done.

Sept. 13 ~ Today I actually bought her a present. I had her go into her bedroom, close her eyes and when I said, "open!" she was staring right at herself through her brand new full length mirror!! What... You're not excited?? Well she sure was. Right away she found the puffiest skirt she could find and then twirled away. She spent the whole evening going back to the mirror to check herself out and twirl her skirt.

Sept. 14 ~ I was grumpy. By the time bedtime hit I realized we hadn't done anything extra special... Poo on me.