Ashlyn wants to help with so much around the house. Every time she finds dog poop in the yard, she is going for the pooper scooper. This definitely beats picking up a piece and bringing it to the door with "Mommy, doggie poop!" Yes, I see. (Are you familiar with Clifford, the Big Red Dog? I cannot read the Clifford book we have to Ashlyn without thinking "who has to clean up that poop?" I mean, he's a really big dog. Anyway.)
Oh, and the car in the background is our new old car. It's a 95 BMW.
A couple of days ago, Ashlyn wanted to help me sweep the floor. She basically just moved the dirt out of the pile I'd made. But, hey, she wants to help.
Yesterday, I pulled the garbage out and was cleaning out the garbage can. When I looked around, Ashlyn was taking the garbage out!
Poor Ranger! He really has a rough life. Armand has taken to hiding from Ashlyn almost entirely, so all of her 2 year old pet love is poured out on Ranger. She loves to chase him around the house with one of her push toys. At first, he'll kind of run from her as if he is actually playing, but he gets tired of it pretty fast as she runs into him over and over. And, of course, the running is generally accompanied by screams! He'll give me the most pitiful looks after a few minutes of this game.
Ranger doesn't even get a break during meal times. If I don't keep Ashlyn out of the kitchen, she will put her hands in Ranger's bowl and help him eat it. Ranger is normally a very fast eater, with Ashlyn there, he pretty much swallows the food whole.
Ashlyn has also started trying to sit on Ranger. He really isn't that big of a dog to be ridden.
Ashlyn is actually trying to sit on Ranger, while he is eating.
Ashlyn and Paloma (Paloma is our next door neighbor, and Ashlyn's best friend, who she calls "Olo"), decorating Ranger with sidewalk chalk. He actually liked this. He really wants attention so badly, that he will put up with just about anything.
Of course, here is Ashlyn throwing a fit on the floor, and getting mad that I am taking pictures.
Ashlyn has also been working on her big sister skills. She wants to change her babies' diapers and have them go night-night. As she changes the diapers, she is always sure to add a "shew" (not sure how that would be spelled, as in stinky.) And, when they go to bed, she rocks them, sings, and says "shh."
Ashlyn now understands that EVERYONE and everything has a name. And, she wants to call them by their name. It is so amazing to see her develop.
So, speaking of development, I had an appointment to check on #2 today. It was incredible to see the difference. Now he's only 5 cm, but last time there was just this blob and a bit of a heartbeat. This time, sooo much bigger, and I could see parts. He looked like a baby. I could see his little foot kick and even little fingers. He was very active, so it was hard to get a good shot. But, everything looked great!