The big event of last weekend was the Super Bowl party which we hosted. Madelyn attempted to split her time amongst the many people and events that were going on. One minute, she was climbing on my back and watching football, then the next she was doing football crafts and activities with Tricia (pom pom helmets and letter matching, as seen in the pictures below). Suddenly she would be outside playing in her playhouse with Grandma, before climbing on the couch with uncles Kevin and Andrew. She also had fun showing Ainsley all of the fun stuff that our downstairs had to offer, such as her slide or my arcade machine (Madelyn really loves mashing on the buttons, reminiscent of how I play Street Fighter II, and Ainsley joined right in with her in the excitement).
On Monday, Madelyn took her second trip to the dentist, but it was the first time she actually had her teeth cleaned. She got to wear sunglasses while she laid in the chair and was able to contain her wiggles long enough to sit through the procedure. I have to admit, I find these pictures incredibly adorable...
Her prize for all of this? A Winnie The Pooh toothbrush and a balloon!
After this, Madelyn procured another balloon on a trip to Nordstrom where we found out her shoe size has increased from a 6 to an 8 in one month - thank goodness for Nordstrom’s generous exchange policy!
Speaking of feet, we also realized this week that Madelyn apparently knows her left from her right, which kind of surprised us as we haven’t explicitly worked on that concept much beyond reading her “The Foot Book.” After a series of “grueling” quizzing from us, she managed to correctly show us her left or right hand/foot each time we asked, so unless she is extremely lucky, she’s somehow managed to get this concept figured out already.
This weeks project with Tricia had a Valentine's theme to it, as Madelyn made her own book called "Red Heart, Red Heart, What Do You See" (which Tricia created, using the theme from the Eric Carle/Bill Martin Jr books). She carefully placed the heart stickers on each page and then stapled them all together into a book. You can tell by the sticker placement that her concentration and attention to detail are certainly getting better (it used to be that all of the stickers would be placed on top of one another in an extremely random and haphazard manner).
Finally, an important update on stuffed animal pecking order. Tricia and I are in the process of reorganizing Madelyn's play area (more to come on this in a later post) and in the process we have decided to place all of her stuffed animals back in her room. Madelyn typically has some combination of Wall-E, Eve, Matilda the Monkey, Duck, Winnie The Pooh, and Bambi in her bed with her when she goes to sleep (with Max the Rabbit often being hidden somewhere in the room as well). So, when she found out that all of her stuffed animals were going to be in her room, she immediately wanted her giant Cookie Monster to be in there as well, and proceeded to talk to him (I'd like to think she was introducing him to the rest of the crew) throughout the night. So congratulations to Cookie Monster on his promotion to the big leagues! We anxiously await to see who is next to make the cut.
- Troy Olson, 2012