Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Most Beautiful Experience

Last night was such a relaxing night. Madi was sleeping and I was relaxing and lounging around our new home, listening to a beautiful compilation of songs performed by Don Ross and Andy Mckee, the Album is titled 'The Thing That Came From Somewhere'. It is purely a compilation of guitar, no vocals or anything else, it is so soothing.

Madi started crying at about 10:30, the crying did not taper off after a couple minutes, so I went into her room. As I looked into her crib she was laying there with her arms wide open, signaling me to pick her up. It was the cutest thing, especially because her PJ shirt said 'I Love Mommy'.

I reached down and grabbed her and Melody - Her bear, that she loves so much. I handed her her sippy cup and she guzzled the water down. Once she was done she handed me her cup, let out a big sigh, then she nuzzled her face into my chest - as I smiled.

I went over and turned on her nightlight, as she continued to grip me close to her. I figured that it was a great opportunity to give some love to my daughter, which I love doing! We proceeded to the rocking chair and I embraced her, wrapping my arms around her as I rocked the chair back and forth.

She was loving it, embracing Me with one arm, and Melody with the other. As she lay with her head on my chest, I could tell she was at peace. We were both loving each other - and I felt so invigorated - I felt beautiful - I felt so blessed...

As the music played I reminisced over the last 15 months, of her amazing little life. I continued to rock her... I was running my fingers through her hair, and caressing her little face, and rubbing her tiny arms and legs as she laid so vulnerably in my arms, falling back asleep. I cannot believe the responsibility that God has given me, to guide this child through her life, to help her grow, and to teach her how to best live her life, I am like a shepard and she is like a little sheep that God has given me to care for...

It was so beautiful, I wish I had a picture... But instead I only have words to describe last night, and a memory that I will cherish forever!

Monday, July 27, 2009

As time passes...

My daughter is growing, and it amazes me to see how far she has come, how much she has grown, and how amazing she is...

Yesterday when we got home from church she walked into the foyer sat down and began to un-velcro her shoes. She was taking them off at the front door, so I assisted her, once they were off she stood up, then started to climb up the stairs like a big girl! It was so adorable, I want to capture all of these precious moments because I know that before long they will be over...

I love my little cutie pie - she brings smiles to my face constantly!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Little Lady in {pink}

"uh-oh" she says!

Oh... she knows if it is wrong! She may look innocent, but she knows! I love her for it though. Throwing things in the toilet, pulling all of the toilet paper off of the roll, putting things in the garbage that do not belong there, and the best story EVER... drum roll people... Painting her own toenails - and everything else - on Mommy's new carpet :)

I know, I know. What was I thinking?! right... if only I had put it away. But that is life, and that is what brings smiles to our faces - moments like these!

Well, there is no doubt that she mimics everything that I do. I remember about a month ago I went in and opened the bathroom cupboard, and madi was in tow as usual, I grabbed a Q tip and began cleaning my ears, Mini Me Madi, decided to grab one too, then she proceeded to attempt putting it in her ear, as I pulled it away she screamed... that was only the begining... it was a learning lesson for Mommy, for sure!

So back to the subject at hand: Yesterday I figured 'hey! her personality has mellowed down a little bit, maybe she will finally let me paint her toenails' - with a smile on my face. So, I ventured out to find a pair of cute sandals that I could put on her that way her toes were somewhat contained before I painted them... I put the snug sandals on her feet, pulled out the OPI Cherry Blossom {bright pink}, cute as ever, nail polish and began to paint her cute little toes. She loved it and she stayed still sitting in my lap, watching in adoration, and of course, I - the girly girl of all girly girls - was thrilled that she is finally letting me do what I have wanted to do forever! For the first time, her feet resembled cute girly feet, yay! I felt accomplished...

So, I screwed the top back on the polish and set it on the living room end table then I went back into madi's room to clean up the mess that I made searching for the perfect sandals for her, she didn't follow me - which is unusual because I often mistake her for being my tail... it was quiet for a few seconds and part of me was suspicious, So I ran back into the living room and to my great surprise she was sitting on the carpet painting her toes a "little" more, apparently I didn't paint them enough.

I gasped in horror!
I said in a very loud voice, "Madi!!"

She dropped the brush and began to squeal, with the cute puckered frown on her face... Poor baby, she was only doing what she just saw me do. (sorry I didn't even think to get a picture of the carpet until after the fact, it lloked worse than her foot, thankfully I caught her before she ingested it!)

I laughed, picked her up, embraced her and reassured her that everything was okay, then I put her into her high chair and immediately began to make phone calls, to figure out how to get the "what was once beautiful pink" out of my beautiful new carpet...

I love her! It was great, I ended up using a whole bottle of acetone to clean the carpet, and it worked... amazingly! I calmed Madi, gave her a bath and now, I will have a great memory to share with her when she is older.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

it's the small things that matter...

she can officially unlatch the top clasp of her Graco car seat - kid is wayyy to smart for her own good!

she totally calls out to me and calls me Mama, I love it, it gives me butterflies.

An independent streak has kicked in and if she doesn't want to do it, she is sure to let you know!

Madilynn is a daddy's girl, she kicks and screams when I attempt to pick her up from him, not all the time but some of the times - and I am not going to lie it breaks my heart a little bit when it happens.

She is a great walker, she can even run really well.

Her babbles are sounding more like real bits and pieces of words, before I know it she is going to be a chatter box.

She loves to dance and sing, and she still loves Melody, her bear.

The pacifier is only an nighttime thing now, which is a relief, I was worried that it would be hard to break her of it.

Madi loves to give kisses she sucks in, puckers up, and leans in... assuming that anyone is going to kiss her - it is cute!

Madi is not into TV, which is sometimes tough, because I would love to cuddle with her on the couch and relax and watch a movie - it won't happen though she is way too rambunctious!

I love my 15 month old daughter - Can it get any better than this??

Most Beautiful

My wonderful friend, Tamrah, took photos for Madilynn's 15 month shoot, last night. CT Ryan does an amazing job! she sent me a little teaser and I cannot help but want to post it...

Monday, July 20, 2009

"he won't answer my call!"

Picture taken July 10th - 15 months old

Madilynn's 14th Month

Originally Written on June 17th 2009-
Although I have a few baby books going, I can't help but feel like I am going to miss documenting some precious and priceless moments with my ever growing beautiful daughter.

Madi is doing fabulous! she is as cute as ever and loving her life.

A few fun facts about Madi at 14 Months old...
-she is: Climbing CLIMBING Climbing, all over Everyyything!
-Saying "whats-that" while pointing at anything and everything is a hobby of hers.
-Getting into everything possible, and snickering at me if my reply is "No."
-She hates laying still for me to change her diaper!
-She has so many curls, her hair is hard to tame... often it is scruffy in the back from her laying on it, so I will call her Scruffers!
-I think that she thinks she is a celebrity because I take so many pictures of her!
-Leanna, her cousin who she goes to daycare with, is her arch enemy. They beat eachother up and fight often. It is a love-hate relationship, I think that she is really Madi's best friend
- she is a girl already, drama and all.
-Her knees are all scuffed up and bruised, from falling... she just gets right back up though without tears in her eyes now, she has learned to tough it out, and just keep going...
-She loves her bouncy horse and her princess mobile.
-Anything that makes noise is her favorite!
-If I say "Kisses" she puckers and puts her lips to mine, talk about melting my heart...
-She loves to climb stairs, but DOES NOT know how to come down them properly, I about have a heart attack everytime she goes for the stairs to go down... fearing she is going to crash pretty hard someday.
-She laughs a lot - by throwing her head back - and it is contagious.
-She throws some pretty good fits. She typically throws her body backward and falls to the floor hurting herself in the process. I find myself wondering what age 2 will be like.
-Her big thing is handing me something and yelling "Thank-you" at the top of her lungs, as if she is trying to let me know that I NEED to take it from her. Probably because I say thank you and reach my hand out to her to hand me something that she is not supposed to be touching!
-She is a screamer and she always has been, it is becoming more like a very loud, shrill, screech... I laugh, because little does she know it doesn't phase me much!
-I call her my Little Spunky, My Boogie, Babes, My Love, Mads, Babe-sters, and Madders!
-She will actually wear flip flops, the thong in between her toes doesn't bother her, amazingly, because everything else seems to bother her.
-She loves to share her food, even if it is soggy from already putting it in her mouth.
-She is extremely clingy to her Melody bear lately.
-She is off of the bottle for good, and she has no issues with it, she loves her sippy cup, and loves drinking out of a big girl cup.
-She would rather be naked than have me put clothes on her.
-She freaks out now when I pour water over her head in the bath, she used to be fine with it, I don't know where or when the switch occured.
-Mac and Cheese is by far her favorite food, I can tell because none of it ends up on the floor and when she eats it she says nummmm, numm, num, the whole time! - as well as all other noodles... -She likes to try and put my shoes on her feet.
-I am finally able to somewhat successfully brush her teeth.
-She loves Music, and is a natural dancer, I must say I am very proud of her dancing skills!-Snacks are something that she must have all the time, but they end up all over the floor at home or in the car by the end of the day.-She is quite opinionated... like she has been since the day she was born.-She is taking her pacifier less and less, which is great.
-She is becoming a little more attatched to me and less receptive to being with strangers.-Madi is very uninterested in TV, which is good I guess, although it is a bummer for me sometimes when I want her to be occupied so I can get stuff done:)
-I cannot get her to stay still, she is way too interested in running all over the place.
-She grows cuter and more adorable everyday, I cannot believe that I gave birth to such a beautiful child!
-She is a fun filled, entertainment for me, all I have to do is watch her and I will be amused!-Yesterday she attempted to put my bra on, it was hilarious!
-Everything that looks like it can be put on goes over her head: My sunglasses, my purse, a shirt, socks... you name it she tries to put it on over her head.
-She says "Uh-Oh" a lot, which is fitting because she either drops or breaks everything...
-She is so smart, she loves taking my phone putting it up to her ear and babbling, I must be on my phone a lot...
-She loves to look at Pictures.-I didn't baby-proof the house, and it is going pretty well so far, I just have to work with her a little bit.
-I am pretty sure that she loves both Dan and I ALOT, we are by far her favorite - which brings a smile to my face.
-She definetly undertsands the concept of Bye-Bye, and likes it :)
-The biggest thing that I have noticed is that she is a big girl now, it seems like there is no baby left in her...
Two days ago I was laying on the couch watching TV while she played with her toys, she picked up her bear, came up to me, and put her hand in my direction wiggling her fingers and grunting - signaling that she wanted me to pick her up - so I did, she actually layed still with me and we fell asleep snuggling on the couch together... It is the priceless moments like that when I feel so blessed and in love with my baby girl!

Madilynn Paige - My Love

Today Madi is 466 days old, or to simplify it - Because she is growing up so fast - she is 15 months and 10 days old. Where has the time gone?? My baby is no longer a baby, she is a little person with her own preferences, attitude, and cute spunky personality - she is toddling around everywhere, and discovering the world, her life is like a blank canvass that is becoming a masterpiece.

Why I haven't created a blog, just for her, I don't know... But better late than never! right? So I have finished her 1 year baby book, and began another - that I had to compromise because there are NO good baby books for babies over 12 months - It is fabulous, and fun, keeping track of all of the milestones and now I can enjoy looking back and reminiscing over the first year of her life. It went by so quickly and so much has happened, I am glad that I was able to document it all.

So my goals will be to update this often, and to note small cute little changes that my daughter encounters. I am so proud, and really I couldn't be more in love and in awe of her, she is the LOVE of my life.