Our baby turned two today. It is still sinking in for both of us. She still seems so small, despite being so big! It just feels impossible. Her vocabulary is already amazing, she's been able to use the potty a few times (making her Mama start fretting about potty training!), and she goes up and down the stairs all day long by herself, yet she still feels like my little baby, and it just doesn't feel possible that it's been two years.
For her celebration extravaganza, we actually had a whole weekend to indulge. We had a family party the day before her birthday to celebrate with the family members that would soon be whisked away by travel plans, then we had an intimate day on her official birthday with just Mama and Daddy. It was a wonderful weekend, and we treasured every fleeting moment with our toddler.
Audrey wakes up on Party Day in a happy mood
Audrey's birthday party was a relaxed, cozy, family-filled event that left her happy and tired. After a long bath spent playing with her new and amazing bath toys, she hit the hay and slept pretty darn well. I wonder if she dreamed about riding her new tricycle, scooting around in her new wagon, or banging on her new drum...
On the morning of her real birthday, she woke up around 8:30am and devoured some fruit and oatmeal pancakes, then we all got ready, packed up, and headed to the pumpkin patch! During the short drive up the road to the park where the autumn festival was set up, Audrey kept crooning from the back seat, "Punkin patch, oh boyeee! Lots and lots a punkins!"
Daddy pushes Audrey through the woods toward the pumpkin patch
We were surprised at the great little petting zoo on the grounds
The hungry sheep and goats kinda put Audrey off...
...but she wasn't that phased
Next stop: chickens!
Audrey seemed to enjoy being with the chickens the most out of all the animals, and despite being a little nervous when the birds would flutter and scoot around, she was really happy to be there...
Audrey Meets Real Chickens from Kyle Ware on Vimeo.
The chicks and ducklings were a highlight
A little more intimidating: a Brahma bull
She ventures a pat, pat, pat, then is ready to move on
Inspecting 7-day-old piglets with Daddy
Inching a bit closer
Admiring a horse from a safe spot
Final stop: the pumpkin patch!
Choosing her pumpkin
She could have spent all afternoon with the gourds
After a little over an hour of wandering the grounds of the pumpkin patch and traveling petting farm, we were ready for lunch! What does one get for a sweet little two-year-old for lunch? Why, Vietnamese noodle soup, of course!
After lunch, we had to remove her pants because of all the sticky rice noodles decorating her leggings! She didn't seem to mind, though, and took a good nap after we finally returned home.
Once awake, Audrey headed straight for her new baby stroller and the pumpkins she picked out, to play "punkin patch" while Daddy prepared to put together her new easel...
Very technical assembly skills required
Exploring parts and pieces
Ready for the paint cups, Daddy?
It looked so small in the store...
We colored all evening, and by bath time, had a content and tired little two-year-old. After putting her to bed, we sat around marveling at what lucky parents we were, and how fleeting these early years truly are. We are so blessed.