Sunday, March 29, 2009

Slappy Spends One More Day

With her grandparents before they headed back to RI.
She helped Grandpa Toby with the dishes by opening all of the cupboard doors directly below him.
And walked proudly between Dad and Taisie, showing off her teapot.
After dropping them off at the airport, she drowned her sorrows in some of Taisie's homemade mac and cheese. It helped.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Slappy Does The Best Activity Ever

And so did her parents. Their activity was having their first night away, alone, together, since Maddie's birth at a gorgeous hotel in Dana Point.
It included a dinner, breakfast and lunch sans kiddo, who was happily spending time with her grandparents.
(Jess in 23 weeks pregnant).Upon their return to Burbank, a fun activity was in order and Grandpa Toby and Taisie had the perfect idea.Empty condo, open house hunting. It was awesome, and involved running from room to room, accompanied by shrieking and listening to the echo of said shrieking, with glee.All that excitement was then followed by a dinner out, where good food was had and stars were spotted. Ok - it was the former host of Talk Soup, but c'mon, who doesn't like Talk Soup.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Slappy Has Height

At her one year check-up, Maddie checked in as follows:

- 1 year and 4 days old
- Weight: 20lbs 3oz (50th precentile)
- Height: 31" (90th percentile)
- Head Circumference: 18 cm (55th percentile)

The doctor called her incredibly social and was impressed by her "How does a kitty go?" noise. Maddie spent the visit shredding the paper on the table and swinging Jess' necklace around, except for a shot that made her cry and Jess tear up just a little.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Slappy Has Special Mornings

Maddie's typical morning routine goes as follows. Wake up, hop into exersaucer with some Cheerios, watch Sesame Street, eat some banana and oatmeal for breakfast, and then play before morning nap. Not bad. This week, however, has been something special. Grandpa Toby and Taisie have been visiting, so mornings have a little more excitement than usual. For example - watching Sesame Street ON Taisie's lap while playing with toys. Grandpa Toby has also been close, to satisfy any additional "mas" (more, in the Slappy dialect or Spanish) for Cheerios. The above toys ended up on Maddie's ankles much to her delight.
"Man, they know how to do everything."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Slappy Turns 1!

This was one year ago, today.And now look at her. On a wrapping paper shredding rampage.
Enjoying another BBQ at Brian's house-warming party.Getting tossed in the air by Dad, because, yes, she can support her head all by herself.
Walking and pointing, ie multitasking.Practicing sharing with ELF, ie I put this green bean to your mouth, or maybe I smack it onto your head.Continuing the gift opening process with the intensity it deserves.
We are so proud of you, big girl. You're so cool. Thank you for letting us be a part of your world.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Slappy Has A Spring Celebration BBQ

At the first BBQ of spring, there was a lot to celebrate. First, there was an entire group of people who seemed very happy to walk Maddie around. Take Erin for example.
And Kathleen. And wait, did you catch that? Grandpa Toby is visiting - more of an audience to show off Maddie's new walking skills to.
To make things even better, Taisie is also visiting, and Sierra, the dog, let Maddie pet her in exchange for hanging out around her food droppings.
And what else was there to celebrate? Holly Rose would tell you that it is not the fact that Jess manages to always take a picture while someone is shoving food into their mouth. But look past the table - Marissa is now 8 months pregnant, so we have the impending arrival of her #2 to celebrate.Steve is also leaving for a job in Thailand - yes, up in the air, on a jet plane - and while we weren't celebrating his departure, we were celebrating his friendship.
And wait - there's more - I know, unbelieveable! Jess is now 5 1/2 months pregnant, so the arrival of the Scrapper is also coming closer.And there was Maddie's discovery of corn on the cob.And the all girl pile-up on Alex.
So much to enjoy - and how better to finish off a great evening BBQ, then with a walk through the backyard with Grandpa Toby.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Slappy Cruises

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Maddie is still insistent at not crawling, but has added to her butt scooching with the recent development of cruising. We believe this translates directly to, "Finally, now I have it. House domination and destruction are literally within my grasp. Finally."

Slappy Has A Funny Dad

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Look at this awesome game he came up with. Feel free to try it at home with your own sink.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Slappy Likes Straws

And really, who doesn't? Ellie agrees that whenever one is sitting on top of a bar waiting for a table, one should definitely be chewing on a straw.

By the way, please note Maddie's stylish and way clearer new hearing aid, that she was fitted for this Tuesday.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Slappy Goes To Dinner and Dancing

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Maddie went out to celebrate her Auntie Jamie's birthday out at a hip Thai restaurant. As she is in the rest of her life, when she sits down for a meal the activity still never ceases. Here she is dancing to the restaurant's background music

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Slappy Meets Edith

Edith had her birthday on the 2nd, and is now at home with Mom and Dad and finishing her first week in the outside world. This picture tells that story without words.
Sam got a chance to practice his future, and Maddie showed her first signs of perhaps a rough beginning in hers. After watching Dad pick up Edith, she butt-scooched over to Dad and yanked on his jeans. Luckily, a cat toy soon caught her interest and crisis was averted.
Tim, Shanna, and Edith - our newest beautiful family.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Slappy Has The Best Bath Ever

After a dinner of lamb, coucscous, zucchini and crackers, all the girls were in need of a bath.
Bathing alone will never have the same thrill.
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But if Maddie's lucky, Mom will remember the throw things out of the bath, throw things in the bath game. (Maddie has recently become fascinated with taking things in and out of other things - i.e. take mulch out of the flower bed and put in Dad's hand; take mulch out of Dad's hand and put it in the flower bed, and so on). This game only ceased when Lilly, the entrepreneur, decided to take it up a notch from dump toys out of the bath to dump water out of the bath.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Scrapper Has A Gender

The Scrapper headed for the standard 20-week (Jess was 19-weeks pregnant) ultrasound, and all looks great. We saw brain, spine, heart, ears, and some special bits that will help us begin to pick an appropriate name for the wee one. In accordance with Dedo and Uncle Wills wishes who want to be surprised, however, you will have to ask us or Mimi or Taisie and Grandpa Toby, since posting here would negate those wishes. By the way, you can thank us later for not posting some really creepy 3D imaging pictures we came home with, which look like Jess is carrying something out of the movie, Terminator.