I learned an important parenting lesson the other day: When the baby is playing quietly in another room, don't give into the temptation to take advantage of the moment and try to get something done. Go check on her immediately. Otherwise you might find this:
Evidently Miss Madeline has been paying attention when I put on lipstick. I couldn't stop laughing. She just looked so stinkin' cute! Of course, she immediately caught on that she had done something funny, and she was delighted. I just let her go at it, thinking of how great the pictures were going to be. Before long she looked like this:
We went straight to the bathtub, clothes and all. She left a pink ring around the tub. Remind me to put my lipstick up in a higher place.
Later on we played outside on the sprinkler mat that she got for her birthday. It is perfect for toddlers. She was hesitant at first, but then warmed up to it and had great fun.
Here we are after Daddy got home playing a game of peek-a-boo. She has just learned to say, "There she is!!" when we ask, "Where is Madeline?" It is so unbelievably cute. Unfortunately, right now no one else but Mommy and Daddy can understand her. Oh, and sorry that it's sideways. Oops.
Here is another one of Madeline's recent "tricks." She likes to rock in the rocking chair and say "rock, rock, rock, rock," as she sways back and forth.
All of this is just one day's worth of cuteness! Madeline is at such a fun stage right now, learning so much every single day. Her vocabulary is exploding. Maybe someday people besides Daniel and me will actually be able to understand the words she is saying. :) She has developed quite the sense of humor too. She thinks everything Daddy does is funny. Her favorite thing to do with him is "eat" his nose. They laugh and laugh and laugh.
Oh, the memories. I wish that I could put some of these days in the deep freezer to save them for later. It won't be long until she is a teenager and wants nothing to do with us. But right now the days are filled with cuteness, laughter, and thinking that mommy and daddy are the greatest. Life is pretty cool.