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Weekend at Aiden's

Posted Jan 27 2009 6:27pm

Saturday, while I was loading pictures on a memory card for a digital photo frame, Aiden decided he wanted to play in the bathroom. Lately, he hasn't been able to play in the bathroom as the door stays shut. Aiden is fascinated with toilet water.

I heard a thump and the screaming commences. My first thought was that Aiden fell backwards while trying to stand up. NOPE!!

He finally accomplished the task he has been coveting. He managed to climb into the bathtub. The other day I was in the shower and Aiden came in. He attempted to climb in the shower with me while still fully clothed. He thinks "helping" me shave my legs is occupational therapy. (Thanks Miss Kate!) So I got him undressed, undiapered and put him in the tub with me. Aiden HATES showers, so he tried to get out of the tub, and nearly did -- head first. Ever try to catch a slippery when wet, squirmy 2 year old? Note to self --- NOT EASY!

Aiden is spending more time in his room playing with his toys. All the big cool toys are in there.

How do you get a 2 year old who hates to take a nap to go to sleep? Put him in his car seat and head out shopping for 9 hours. We left the house shortly after 11 am.

We had to stop at Wal-Mart first. Saturday, Chelsea went to our local store and I asked her to pick up trash bags. They were out. How on Earth does a store run out of trash bags? So Sunday, we stopped at another one and they had trash bags. We only went in for 1 thing and Chelsea had to return some stuff. However, we left with $125 of stuff because Chris decided to buy stocking stuffers. Then we headed to the mall.

I hated taking Aiden out in the cold, but I only get one day of shopping this week and Sunday was it. Today and tomorrow, Aiden has therapies. I don't dare walk into Wal-Mart or any store for that matter on Christmas Eve.

Aiden fell asleep on the way to Tulsa. Chris wanted to stop off at Target first. And Aiden remained asleep through most of Target. Unfortunately, Target does not have the nifty infant carriers built into their shopping carts, but apparently the basket of the cart was comfy enough for Aiden to sleep in.

We then spent 20 minutes driving 2 miles to the mall. Chris had the brilliant idea to take the huge stroller (instead of the umbrella stroller), so Aiden could sleep in that while at the mall. However, there is no way a certain little boy is going to go to sleep with that many people to smile, wave at, and charm.

As soon has we hit the entrance to Sears, Aiden was sitting as far up as he could clapping and saying "HI" to everyone he saw. He didn't care if they were paying him attention or not. He knew someone was going to eventually.

Our first stop was at the food court. Aiden helped everyone eat their lunch and then noticed Momma had a cup with a straw (our latest task - learning to drink from a straw). After lunch, Chris and Chelsea went one way, Aiden and I went the other. Aiden was good in all the stores, except one. Kirkland's has WAY too much small stuff that he can grab.

We then headed to Casual Male and TJ Maxx. Casual Male was closed. Aiden didn't want to spend any time in the cart at TJ Maxx, he wanted held. He was starting to get tired, his eyes were getting red.

Chris then wanted to go to Academy Sports. Aiden did well there also, until the last 20 minutes. He was ready for bed. So I told him we were leaving. On the way home, Aiden fell asleep and Chris got the brilliant idea to go back to Wal-Mart for more stocking stuff.

Once we were at Wal-Mart, Aiden decided to wake up and was not happy. So, Momma is left to the task of signing Itsy Bitsy Spider to Aiden while at Wal-Mart. Thankfully, Aiden thinks my voice is not that off, because we avoided a melt down.

When we got home at 8:30pm, Aiden was ready for his jammies and milkshake. I changed his clothes and diaper and laid him in his bed. He didn't once get out to play with any toys and he fell asleep promply.

However at 1 am, he started whimpering. 5 out of 7 nights, Aiden must come to the big bed to sleep at 1 am. He HAS to use Chris as a pillow. Aiden will sit up and lean over to lay his head on Chris's back. I so want a picture of this, but I would wake everyone up turning on the light.

Oh and the tree is now safe, Aiden can not take out any more ornaments on the tree. He would have to climb over all the gifts to reach one.

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