She made it through her first recital, and she danced, and she looked adorable, and she didn’t cry even though I think she wanted to a couple of times, and Patrick and I are just so proud of her.
It was a long day for Madeline with needing to be at dress rehearsal at 8:30 am and the actual show not starting until 7:00 pm at night. By the time the finale came around Madeline was ready to to crash. She was tired, but she hung in there and didn’t meltdown, and I was so proud of her.
It was a little chaotic and crazy at time, but overall it was a good experience, and Madeline seemed to have fun and that really all that matters.
It was so fun to finally see the culmination of all her and her little friends’ hard work come together. The whole class did amazing. For a class with 16 two – five year olds the fact that none of them cried and ran off stage seemed like a major win.
At the end of the night Madeline was asleep before we even left the parking garage. She was wiped out. We were too, but we still had to drive home in a crazy lightening storm that made our drive home a little scary with street lights out most of the way, a downed tree in the road, and several wrecks along the side of the road. Thankfully we made it home safely and also thankfully we had power once we it home since about half the town was out. Crazy day.
Tuesday night a stomach bug or food poisoning or possibly the plague hit me hard and I was down and out. I can usually push through. I get migraines frequently, so I’ve learned how to parent even while feeling less than 100%, but this was something else. Surely I was dying because I had never felt such an awful combination of nausea and just severe stomach pain before in my life and this is coming from someone who threw up for almost the entire nine months of her pregnancy.
Wednesday reinforcements were called in and Grandma (my mom) came over to babysit Madeline while I slept most of the day unable to move for fear of the pain. After my mom left, but before Patrick came home from work, Madeline curled up next to me on the sofa, stroked my leg, and said, “I’ll take care of you, momma.”
I told her, “thanks, baby. You do such a good job taking care of mom. You are such a good doctor.” (Doc McStuffins is a bit of a hero to her.) She curled up next to me and quickly fell asleep, obviously tired after playing with Grandma all day.
It is in moments like this, laying there on the sofa, even while feeling sicker than I’ve ever felt before, that I realize just how lucky I am to have this sweet empathetic little girl.
Her heart is so big and she genuinely cares about not just me, but everyone she meets. I only pray that she holds on to that with every fiber of her being. This world can be cruel and cold and it is so easy to stop caring so much. But baby girl, never stop. Keep loving, keeping caring, keep being you. You will make a difference in this world. You will be a change.
I have been so impressed lately with the way Madeline has been drawing. When she colors she stays in the lines, and now when she draws I can usually tell what it is she is drawing. Her favorites are hearts and people. She loves to draw her family. Last night she drew mom, dad, herself (and she said she was painting her nails in the picture), grandma, Uncle Jeff, and Aunt Cathy. I think Sophie might have been in there too.
Patrick had to help serve beer at Oktoberfest with his bank again this year, so Madeline and I headed down to explore while daddy worked.
My little animal lover enjoyed watching the ponies.
Maddy and I shared some ice cream and people watched for a bit.
We found R2D2.
Back to the ponies.
Finally, it was her chance to ride the pony.
She LOVEd it. She kept making happy little squeals and saying “yea.” The worker that was walking in front of us kept saying how much fun she sounded like she was having. I think we should start saving up for a pony now.
Me and my girl. After daddy was done working we got some pizza.
And Maddy got a balloon. She was so excited to get her own balloon.
This time we went with our friends Megan and Dan and their little girl, Phoebe. It was fun for Madeline to have a little friend there with her.
I’ve mentioned before how we find signs of Joshua on significant or special days. While looking at the New Guinea Singing Dog, Patrick and I spotted this cardinal. We both just looked at each other, we knew it was our little boy just saying hi.
Of course, no trip to the zoo is complete with out a visit to our favorite penguins. Madeline just smiles, cheers, and does a little happy dance every time she sees them.
I just love watching the joy on her face.
Phoebe and Madeline checking out the penguins.
They are just so cute.
Patrick got to ride the carousel with Madeline.
She spotted me. I love her little smile.
We let her walk around most of the day. She was worn out.
They look cute and cuddly, but apparently are some of the fiercest of all the cats.
We bought her a stuffed penguin. She is in love. She keeps walking around kissing its head.
We took Madeline to the Sea Life aquarium at Crown Center. If you haven’t been, save your money. We got in for half price thanks to our Friends of the Zoo membership, but even at half price it was kind of a rip off. It was small with not a lot of variety.
Of course it was still a fun day with Madeline, it always is.
Look at all these fish, mom.
They did have a cute little Octonauts room. Madeline had fun playing in the little Octopod.
I found Nemo!
Look at that big stingray.
Daddy and Maddy are in the fish tank.
After the aquarium we walked around Crown Center a bit and had lunch at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant. Not the world’s greatest food, but a fun experience for the little ones to have a train deliver your food. Madeline enjoyed playing with her conductor hat, but wasn’t a fan of actually wearing it.
You are turning to such an awesome little kid. You are so much fun and we just love spending time with you.
You have really become quite the little momma to your baby doll. We can’t leave the house without it most days. You are quite sweet with her, pretending to feed her, rock her, wrap her up in a blanket, and put her to sleep, unless you are mad, then you are kind of a mean momma and baby tends to get thrown. I’m a little worried for our future grandchildren. 😉
The speed at which you are picking up things these days just amazes me. When you are finished with something you will throw your trash away. You know how to close cabinet doors and are always careful to watch your fingers. You know where things belong in the house and will help put things away. When we read books I can ask you where something is and you will point to it on the page. You love to pretend and it is just so much fun to play together.
You now have four teeth up on top and still just the two on the bottom. You were kind of attached to your Wubbanub again for a bit while since those four upper teeth were all coming in at once, but you’ve since forgotten about it again. Unless you are super sleepy and fighting sleep. Then we let you have it and you are asleep within five minutes. I’m convinced it’s magic.
We went to the zoo with Grandma. You were excited to show her the penguins.
This summer has still been really hot. So there hasn’t been as much time spent outside as I had hoped for. When the temperature is near 100 and the heat index is 110 I just can’t keep you out there that long. It’s not fun when the swing and the slide can burn you. Instead we opted for ice cream this last weekend to celebrate you turning 16 months old. You were happy about that decision.
Sweet girl, you are such a joy in our lives. There were so many days where we weren’t sure if our hearts would ever feel joy again after we lost your brother. Oh, sweet darling, how you have filled our hearts with more joy and love than we ever thought possible. You are a light not just in our lives, but everywhere we go. God knew exactly what He was doing when He gave us you. We are so proud of you.