Today is my baby’s birthday day. She keeps telling me that she’s not a baby. I tell her that she’ll always be my baby. Even when she has her own babies. Even when she’s 70 and wrinkly, she’ll still be my baby. Here she is just a few hours old. Where on earth that dark skin came from, I have no idea…considering that now she is pale and blonde!
Last year we celebrated Katie’s birthday at Disney World…so this year, Madalyn got to celebrate her birthday on our cruise. Before our cruise, I was researching shore excursions, and for so many of them you had to be 8. I am not sure why you need to be 8 to snorkel…or to zipline…or to swim with dolphins…but that is the minimum. Madalyn is a great swimmer and a trooper…so we decided that we would celebrate her 8th birthday on the ship. Shhhh…don’t tell!
In honor of her 7th birthday…today’s Thursday Thirteen is dedicated to Madalyn and her favorite things:
1. Pokemon. She did not start getting into this until this year. And she knows it all. I had no idea that there are different types of Pokemon. Grass types. Electric types. More types than I can recall. If there is a moment of silence…usually Madalyn will say to me: “wanna ask me anything about Pokemon?” (Do I have to?!)
2. Webkinz. Yet another obsession. You buy the stuffed animal…and each comes with a unique code that you enter on the webkinz site…and you have a stuffed animal and a virtual one as well. Don’t lose the code. Pandemonium, angst, and much suffering will ensue.
3. SpongeBob. Who dreamt this up? It is painfully annoying. Imagine listening to episode after episode on your car DVD player…with no headphones for the kids! But Madalyn loves SpongeBob. He makes her laugh out loud. (I love my Madalyn laughs!)
4. Going to the movies and having popcorn (Finding Nemo was her first movie in the theater) Popcorn is an essential part of this equation. And Madalyn can eat her weight in popcorn. We will usually get the ginormous tub…and finish before the previews even start…so we HAVE to get a refill.
6. Going to School…and especially her teacher Mrs. Murphy. This is her first year in public school and she just loves it. Madalyn is sad on the weekends because she misses her teacher.
7. Chocolate. Like popcorn, she can’t get enough of this. One of my favorite Madalyn stories is about “chock-it.” Madalyn was about 18 months…and she was at home with me while Katie was at pre-school. We had just finished lunch and I put on a TV show for Maddie while I cleaned up in the kitchen. She was down in our family room – and I could see her from the kitchen – and she was sitting in my mom’s recliner. She kept babbling and waving to me. I was impressed that she let me finish cleaning and that she was entertained the entire time. I finished and I was ready to walk out the door to get Katie, when Madalyn walks up the three steps into the kitchen. She is COVERED in chocolate. It’s all over her face…her clothes…she even has chocolate hand prints on her diaper inflated rear end! She looks at me with a devlish grin and says “chock-it!”
She had gotten into some chocolate that my mom had received for Christmas – that she had stored by her chair. I manage to quickly clean her up (but took pictures first – and naturally they are film…not digital…and I’m too lazy to pull them out of the scrapbook and scan them for you.) and get out the door so I am not late to pick up Katie. Madalyn fell asleep in the car on the way…and I was getting her into the stroller at school…when another mom commented on how cute she was asleep. I was telling her about the “chock-it” incident, and the mom said “she’s not asleep…she’s in a diabetic coma!” :-)
8. Nintendo DS. She got one of these from her grandmother for Christmas…and she is addicted. It’s the first priveledge to be taken away as punishment…and we’ve had to invoke a weekends only rule. But she loves her DS…and it’s better in the car than a SpongeBob movie.
9. Swimming (just not with Sting rays…and especially with Dolphins) The child is a fish. We have amazing public pools near us…they are like water parks, complete with huge slides, lazy rivers, fountains, and water playgrounds. When Katie was big enough…she would go down the waterslide…and Madalyn was so jealous. She couldn’t go down until she could swim…because she had to swim across the pool to the steps…and you couldn’t wait at the bottom or go down with her. She had to be able to do it herself. She was quite determined that over the Winter she would learn to swim so that when the pool opened, she would go down that waterslide. Pretty stubborn for a four-year-old! She did it…and is quite proficient in the water.