At first when Ruby started saying, "Shotgun! Shotgun!" I wasn't sure if she saw a wabbit, was going redneck on me or if she really wanted to ride in the front seat. Turns out, she's saying "socks on" which is what she thinks socks are called. Makes sense methinks considering we always say, "Let's put your socks on!" and "Do you have socks on?" My friend, Nicole, said one of her daughters would always say, "Take 'er" whenever she wanted to be picked up. You know...it all makes sense, doesn't it? I love the way these little criaturas always make you see the world from a whole other perspective.
We had a really busy and fun week last week. On Wednesday, it was our pal, Eva's birthday. Happy Birthday Eva!! So Ruby and I went to the Children's Museum with Eva and her mum, Sarah. I just love this place! There was so much to see, we could hardly have hoped to see it all with two year olds but we will be back. They had an awesome Curious George exhibit as well as a really cool story book exhibit. Here are Ruby and Eva at the door of the Three Bears' house:
Here they are playing at the water table in the toddler area. In retrospect, we could have spent the whole time here!
Later that afternoon, we headed over to Hank's house for some playtime fun. Ruby hadn't had anything resembling a nap so I wasn't sure how she'd do but she maintained quite well and pretty much parked herself by the food and ate for most of the time. Scary how much we are alike. Here's the three monkeys on the couch, monkeying around, natch. Oh Hank, you are the man with the ladies! On Friday, Ari came over for the day while her mama was at work. Ruby was obsessed with covering her up, giving her the chupa chup and making sure she was ready for "night night." Here's the sweet Miss Ari giving us a smile from the play blanket. We had a lot of fun with her. At one point, both she and Ruby were crying, giving me a taste of life with two. I can see that when a number two comes along, Ruby may be watching a little more TV. Ha ha!
Napping has been an issue since the chupa chup went away. Ruby seems to have difficulty winding herself down to get a nap in. On Friday, as Ari and I played, Ruby alternated crying, babbling, chucking stuff out of her crib and banging the crib against the wall. Awesome. After about 90 minutes, she finally fell asleep. Like this:
We've clearly got to start some new naptime strategies. She has no trouble doing it with Magy so it's just a matter of figuring out how to trigger the sleep. Oh sleepy monkey... As you can see from the picture, she has nearly every single stuffed animal in her crib (many more are on the floor next to the crib). I think this might be part of the problem too.
Anyway, Monica came and picked up Ari while Ruby was sleeping. After she woke up from her nap (all of 45 minutes) she went running into the living room. "Where's Ari?" she asked. And when I told her that Ari went home, girl started with the saddest cry. She was SO disappointed. Luckily, we got to go see Ari again the next day so all was well. Ruby is in love with this baby!
A good thing too as we have two babies on the way this month. Auntie Amy is due with Jack's little sister at the end of the month and Auntie Carol in New Hampshire is due in two weeks. Two new cousins on the way! Yippeee!
The only other news is we've been talking with Ruby's Grammy and Papa in NH via Skype. It's been really a wonderful way to let them see her and for her to remain familiar with them. Gotta love technology!