Sunday, August 28, 2011

How Can TWO Be Terrible???

It's not possible...

Not with a sweetie like this one...

They must be crazy calling it the "Terrible Twos"...

O.K....maybe not.

I can hardly believe it,
my baby boy is TWO!
Time flew by so fast,
you grew so quick, who knew?
Around month thirteen,
you learned how to walk,
Before too long,
you also learned how to talk.
You grew so charming and remained so sweet,
I love how you greet everyone on the street.
You love trucks of all sorts,
but "Yuck-Yuck's" are on top.
You say "Hewo" when answering phone calls from Pop.
Your blue eyes shine,
your red hair just grows,
I love you from the top of your head,
to your teeny-tiny toes.
I can't wait to see what your future brings,
I hope it is full of brilliant things.
You are so very loved my little bitty one,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, my son.

24 Month Stats
Height: 34.75 inches
Weight: 28 lbs. 15 oz.

Birthday Boy!

This lucky little boy had not one, but three birthday bashes! Kaden's 2nd Birthday celebration started early, and surprisingly, with a dinner at Benihana. Kevin had never been to a Japanese Steakhouse, so we decided to try it out with another family. This causal dinner quickly turned into a birthday celebration for Kaden, and he couldn't have been more pleased with the attention. While the meal was not quite up to his standards, a large group of singers, lots of clapping, several onlookers, and a gigantic bowl of ice cream made for one very happy little boy.

On Kaden's actual birthday - Sunday, August 28, 2011 - we had a small and simple affair. Kevin, Kaden, and I celebrated the day with a few too many presents, way too many kisses, and a little bit of cake. Kaden was excited that Uncle Garry and his girlfriend, Lauren, were here to join in the fun!. Another exciting moment occurred when Kaden's car seat was finally turned around to face forward - car rides have suddenly turned into exciting excursions. While Kaden loved all of his gifts, the gigantic garbage truck (or "yuck-yuck as Kaden says) from Uncle Paul was, by far, the biggest hit!

Finally, we had a little play date with some friends at the Zoo Railroad to celebrate Kaden turning two. It was a beautiful day and the kids had a blast running around the park popping all of the bubbles flooding out of the bubble machine. The biggest hit was, of course, the train ride! We are so thankful to have such wonderful friends with whom we can celebrate these milestones - the majority of the little ones in the photo below have been friends since they were six months old!

Bella, Brooke, The Conductor, and The Birthday Boy

Gaia, Bella, Willa, Kaden, Sebastian, Wyatt and Beau

"Choo-Choo" cookies

May all your wishes come true, little one.

Monday, August 1, 2011

First Trip to the Dentist

Kaden visited a dentist for the first time today. I didn't go in with high hopes, but the boy takes after his Mama...he LOVED it. Rather than being put in an examination chair, Dr. Toppi and the parent sit knee-to-knee; he then asks his tiny patient lay across the impromptu bed. The dentist had a great bedside manner, he spoke to Kaden the entire time explaining each step of what he was doing and my brave boy, Kaden, didn't flinch. He opened his mouth when asked and patiently sat through every step of the examination, staring, in awe, at the doctor. At the end of the visit, Kaden was allowed to pick a toy out of the toychest - he choose "Chinese Fingercuffs" which lasted all of five minutes before they were torn to bits. Who knows why certain things interest him?

Since Kaden's visit, Dr. Toppi has become a staple in our house. Initially we explained to Kaden that Dr. Toppi told us that Kaden should take a turn brushing his teeth, and then he should let Mommy have a go of it. Now, almost every night after we brush Kaden's teeth, he asks that we "call" the dentist and tell him what a great job he did. Sometimes he even adds tidbits from his day, "Big Poopie in Potty," "See Shamu at Sea World," "Going Gammi and Pop's house," etc. The next time we see the dentist, I'm sure he'll be bit shocked at what a large part he plays in our everyday life! Whatever gets the kiddo to brush his teeth though - we're aiming for no cavities and giving Uncle Paul very little work!