Mar 27, 2011

Abby's First Day of School!

Ben in the tub tonight. That boy is so crazy!

Ben reading the paper! He's very serious about current events.

I only have a few minutes. Brian has been glued to the tv and has had full custody of the computer during this March Madness. I asked him if I could have the computer for a few minutes so I can pay some bills and put up an update!

So, things here are going well. Home renovations are nearing completion, just finishing touches. So excited! Now I can focus on what I want for the baby's room!

Ben is talking up a storm these days. Including talking back! In fact, today he wasn't real interested in a nap, I put him in there. He played for a while, then started yelling "MOOOMMMMEEEYYYY!!" After several minutes of this, I went in and he immediately says "Mommy, no nap. Out. Play!" So, we played! This generally means an early bedtime, so we'll see.

Potty training is going very well actually! He's initiating more and more, and going sometim
es the whole day without a wet pull up! I'm pretty excited about this!

Baby girl is growing big and moving well. We're really starting the name game (we're not telling). We do have it narrowed down to the top 7.

Other big news includes Abby's first day of school! Abby and I went yesterday for her first lesson in becoming a therapy assistant! She actually did better than I thought she would. She was very excited to see the other dogs and calming her down from that was the hardest part. She focused on me and the treats I was giving her, and really responded. We are workin
g on healing with distractions, grooming (so patients can brush her), and walking through hoops. Literally, walking through hoops. She was the oldest dog there and it seemed as though all the other dogs (there were 7 total) were doing something their owners were a little embarrassed about. Mine was her drooling! Abby responds very well to treats. So, to keep her attention on me and distracted fro
m the other dogs I kept giving her treats. Whenever she heard the plastic bag, she drooled like mad! Pavlov would be proud! We had a little puddle going on at our station by the end! I hope no one saw! The teachers were also impressed with Abby's ability to "Find the Treat!" Did we have any doubt? She advanced quickly through that task! (treats hidden under various size and color cups, the dogs then come and knock them down to "find the treat").

Here's another picture Ben took from his most recent photo shoot!

Abby on her way to her first day at school!

Abby after her first day of school! It was a LOT of stimulation!

Brian and Ben playing soccer this afternoon! Lot's of energy!

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