Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Madelyn @ 18-19 months

 Madelyn has become quite the independent little girl.  She loves doing things on her own, even when she really does need help, and she entertains herself very well.  She has developed such a sweet personality.  She loves ALL animals and expresses so much joy when she sees them.  She gives all her stuffed animals and baby dolls kisses all the time and takes care of them while pushing them in her strollers.  We didn't teach her that.  It certainly came naturally to her!
 Madelyn's hair has grown as well.  When wet, it is a few inches past the bottom of her neck.  It has a mind of its own (like on this recent trip to Disneyland), but most of the time, it naturally curls up in ringlets.  So stinking adorable, if I must so say myself!
 This little girl has always been a good eater, but, like her brother, she has a great love for Chipotle!
 Madelyn says a great deal of words now.  She is also starting to combine more words.  She, or course, can say, "Kitty-Kitty", doggy, monkey, ducky, bath, teeth ("eeth"), Mama, Dada, Jackson ("aack-on"),  cracker ("cra-ka"), broccoli, cookie, and she says the cutest little phrase if she wants up on something..."Upp, peas!"  :) She also is starting to call our cats by name, Abby, Olive, and Cassie.  One of her favorite characters is Lightning McQueen from Cars and every time she sees him, she exclaims, "CAR!"   Obviously, a big influence from her older brother!
 Madelyn converted from two naps to one this month.  At first, the transition was a tough, but a much needed one.  She started to give up her afternoon naps and then was super grumpy by dinner, so I knew it was time!  Now, she takes one nap in the afternoon, the same time as Jackson.  In theory, this is good because I can take a little nap.
 When I was sick with pneumonia in January, Madelyn and Troy really bonded.  She really loves her Daddy!  If she doesn't see him in the morning because she didn't wake up before he headed off to work, she asks for him throughout the day.  She also waits by the living room window, keeping on the lookout for her Daddy when it is time for him to come home.  The look she gives him is priceless!
Madelyn's other favorite person is her brother.  This picture illustrates her love for him.  She loves sharing with him (most of the time!), and wants to do everything he does.  Of course, this proves to be a little much for Jackson at times, but he embraces most of it.  She loves to copy him in the way he moves and talks.  Jackson loves telling knock-knock jokes and whenever he does, she chimes in, "knock-knock!"  They are starting to play together well, with a little scream or cry every few minutes.  Mostly, they just giggle together!  I love to see their relationship grow.  It's one of the sweetest perks of parenting!

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