Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Madmartigan, 2 Years Old | My pad is kind of messy, and there's whiskers on my chin, and I'm all hung up on music, and I always play to win

About Mads, 2 Years and 9 Months Old:

  • Mads asks, "Mommy, will you call me Batman?"
  • He's been suffering a touch of separation anxiety with me lately, perhaps because of my work schedule. When I'm home with him, he's insistent that I be the one to change his diaper, fix his food, read his books to him, etc. "No, I want Mommy do it." On my days off of work he requests, frequently, "Mommy, don't leave today."
  • He tells me and his dad, "You're my best friend." And also, "I love you so much."
  • He refers to Ella as, "my cousin, Ella" and still uses the Spanish pronunciation of the double L's in her name--Eya.
  • He skips E, F, and G, and jumbles "L, M, N, and O" so that they are all one mumbleword, but otherwise can sing the entire alphabet, in the correct order.
  • He knows the first verse of "Dream a Little Dream of Me," and smiles so dreamily at the line, "night breezes seem to whisper I love you," in particular.
  • Mads protests, "Hey, I just wanted to check that out!"
  • Mads says, "Googie is a cool girl, and she is really sweet. You're really sweet, too." (Googie is Shaggy's "adoring but liberated" girlfriend in one of the Scooby Doo features Mads has been watching this month.)
  • Firsts this month: comic book store visit (where he was most impressed by the Batmobile collector toys and an old Marvel arcade game he called "the computer"), dim sum, strawberry picking
  • Favorite new words: spooky, infinity ("inbinny"), granola ("granona"), excavator, pine needles
  • Favorite shows and movies: Scooby Doo (in any incarnation), Toy Story 3
  • Favorite books: Goodnight Little Monster

Friday, May 6, 2016

Photo Journal | The Girl of the Wish Garden

Stop the presses. I actually had my auntly stuff together this year and had all of Ella's birthday gifts purchased (or at least chosen) weeks before her actual birthday. I mention this to gloat about my psychic powers more than my organizational ones. You see, half of those gifts I so carefully laid away in the weeks leading up to my gorgeous niece's 3rd birthday were themed. Though, I did not realize the theme until packing them together the day before The Day. I bought Ella an owl bracelet (though there were so many other animal bracelets to choose from: a dolphin, a butterfly, an elephant to match her name) and a dress printed in feathers and packed it all in a tote bag printed with feathers. The significance of all the birds and feathers: we took Ella and Mads out to the Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck for her birthday. This birthday trip was not, however, planned at the time I was buying so many fowl gifts. See! Poof! Psychic! Obviously.

Before the noise and wonder of all those lovely birds (owls included), the Monday before she turned 3, Ella got her ears pierced. The family came out to the mall on my lunch break, my boy Mads in tow, and we walked down to Claire's to turn Ella into a proper princess, with pink jewels in her ears (she knew she wanted pink even before she saw the sampling of studs from which to choose). Sierra had, like a good mother, warned Ella that the piercing would hurt (her first lesson in suffering for beauty), so perhaps it should not be surprising that once the piercing was imminent, Ella began to have second thoughts (which I unkindly, but humorously, have documented below). She took the piercing like a champ though, and good Aunt Mimi bought her some ice cream studs for her trouble. And then good Grandma bought her some actual ice cream.

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