The Adventures of Sloane

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mommy Meetup

John, Sloane and I met up with my new friend, Jenn and her family today for a playdate. Jenn is a member of an internet "mommy" group to which I belong, and we hit it off from the start. It was so great to finally meet her and her little boy, Ethan (10 days younger than Sloane), her older son, Joey and her husband, Joe. We had a great time, and the kids played so well together.

The original plan was to go hiking at the Del Water Gap, but the weather did not cooperate. We went to the Giggle Playstation and then lunch.





























Friday, June 27, 2008

Hot-lanta Bound

By now, everyone knows that the we're moving to Atlanta in a few weeks. Today was Sloane's last day at her back up daycare at my office (the place she went to for two months last summer when I first went back to work and where I take her every few weeks or so). The wonderful ladies who work there gave her a fond farewell and there were lots of teary eyes. I can't imagine what it will be like in two weeks when she has her last day at her full time day care. The owner and the two women who work in the infant and toddler rooms are like family to us and to Sloane. It breaks my heart to have to take her away from them.

As John and I make lists and plans and get ourselves organized for our big move and the beginning of a new chapter in our lives, Sloane's been busy, well, being Sloane.

Marching to the beat of her own drummer


Stomp your feet, clap your hands! Everybody ready for a barnyard dance!


Still Life with Booklight


Showing off her new haircut


I wonder what mischief I can make with an unopened box of tissues?


Oh, yeah -- I can use it as a step ladder to climb things


I bet this ball would be fun to throw over the baby gate!


Rosy-cheeked princess






Peek-a-boo


My two most favorite people in the whole world




Is it just me, or do those last two pictures make you misty-eyed?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Busy Busy Girl

Sloane has suddenly figured out how to stack all her stacking rings (in correct size order), put the gears back on her gear toy (video below) and put things away in her laundry basket. She also now says "Hi Kitty" to the cats, her stuffed animals and anything else relatively cat-sized (the neighbor's little yip dog, the panda ride-on toy at the playground, etc.).





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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fourteen Months (Father's Day Edition)

Dear Lolli -

Today, you are fourteen months old, and it's hard to explain all the changes that have happened this month. It's like a little light went off in your head and you decided that you'd had enough of being a baby. You're practically all grown up and off to college nowadays.

The biggest change has been in your ability to express yourself and communicate with us. There's been some physical changes, too (running, jumping, climbing, wreaking havoc), but the intellectual changes have really shined this month. You can correctly identify body parts ("where's your nose?"; "where's your belly button?"; etc.), you can tell us in various ways what you want and what you MOST EMPHATICALLY DO NOT WANT. You are interested in how things work, tirelessly opening and closing things, putting lids on containers, filling cups with small toys, and so on.

This month has really been the biggest change in you that I have seen. You're very independent, yet you still check every once in a while to make sure mommy or daddy is nearby, and you'll run over to give big, drooly hugs. You like to share your toys with others and are sweet and giving. You have learned to be gentle with the cats and to pat nicely.

You can explore and learn and are endlessly fascinated by books. You no longer chew on them, but instead will sit transfixed, listening to the whole story and helping turn the pages. When the book is done, you look up at mommy or daddy and ask for it again. You are so interested in the world around you, and your rapidly growing attention span makes you so much fun to be around.

You can swim underwater and get so excited in swim class that you start kicking happily as soon as the instructor says "go!" You love to pluck mint from the herb garden in the backyard and eat it. You love to touch trees and flowers and play in the grass, collecting all manner of things - rocks and acorns and pine cones.

This is the month that daddy really became your hero and the two of you are joined at the hip. I love to watch how much you adore him and I'm so proud of your relationship.

There have been some not-so-great developments this month, too. Getting your diaper changed has become a nightmare and is very difficult to do without both mommy and daddy. You can undress yourself to some extent and have started trying to remove your diaper.

That all pales in comparison to your eating habits, which are simply mercurial and unpredictable. Some days you eat, and some days you do not eat. At all. What you will eat or what you will refuse to eat (in a very loud and angry way, with many tears) changes from day to day. Today, you adore pasta and cheese, and tomorrow, pasta and cheese are THE WORST THING YOU EVER TASTED. I guess that makes you officially a toddler.

Your daddy and I couldn't be prouder of you. You are the best, smartest, kindest, sweetest and most wonderful little girl in the world. Now, will you please eat something?

love,
your mommy

P.S. Happy second Father's Day to John -- a better dad doesn't exist anywhere.





Saturday, June 14, 2008

Piggies

Sloane has yet another ear infection, but being the trooper that she is, it hasn't slowed her down one bit. Instead, we finally have enough hair for REAL, BIG GIRL piggytails!!!









Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Croc Girl











Sunday, June 8, 2008

Ghetto Country Club

Since the temperature in our area has reached into the vicinity of Ninth Circle of Hell (it was actually 98 degrees yesterday during the charity soccer tournament in which I play every year), we thought about all the ways in which we could beat the heat.

1. Caribbean vacation - too expensive
2. Shore rental - too expensive
3. Join the country club - too expensive
4. Join the town pool - believe it or not, it's close to $300, so too expensive
5. Sneak into the nearest hotel - we could afford it, but not worth getting kicked out...

So, we decided to make our own Ghetto Country Club in the backyard:



















Get Funky

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Nudist Colony

Sloane is going through a phase where she does not wish to be clothed. At all. Ever. This is coupled with newly developed skills in undressing herself and removing her diaper. Getting her dressed is like wrestling a slippery eel and involves a lot of chasing and cajoling.



Friday, June 6, 2008

Toofers

No time for picture updates, just wanted to let Sloane's legions of fans know that tooth #6 has made its appearance. And we were wondering why she's was up half the night last night!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dancing Queen

I really can't add anything to this video... watch and enjoy:


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