Monday, October 26, 2009

Poop Bites, Ketchup and Halloween Costumes

We had a fun time at a Halloween party this weekend- some friends and I rented a shelter at Raleigh's big park downtown and we all brought our families to the kids could show off their cute costumes! It was an awesome park, it has a carousel, train and multiple playgrounds. Maddie had a great time with everyone, and Mike and I had fun talking to the other parents while we took turns chasing Maddie down.

My apologies to any of the babies that Maddie stole snacks and/or toys from- her lack of nap seemed to make her super hyper yesterday! I still don't understand how the child crawls across pavement like it's a soft mat. Maddie was giving kisses like they were going out of style yesterday- even to her friend Holly's bunny tail, lol!

Maddie had a great time on the carousel, although we had to wait about 5 minutes for it to start after we got on, so she was kind of over it before it began. Here is a video of her waiting on the carousel to start and one of her during the ride. I was hoping we'd be able to go on a train ride too, but it was late afternoon and Miss Mads was ready to head home.

In other news, I had a total cooking FAIL when I tried to make a toddler snack called broccoli bites for the party. I'm not sure exactly what I did wrong, but they came out looking like piles of mushy dog poop and Maddie almost barfed when I let her try one. The dogs seemed to like them ok.

I had planned on using those broccoli bites a few times this week for Maddie's meals, but since they were nothing short of disgusting, I bought some frozen organic broccoli mini quiches instead. Even though it looked much more appetizing than my poop bites, the smell almost made me vomit when I took it out of the microwave- probably should've guessed at that point that Maddie wasn't going to like it!

Of course, she didn't, but they were kind of expensive and I didn't want to waste it so I broke out the ketchup. That's right, I'm already bribing my 14.5 month old to eat with ketchup. But hey- it worked! She loved the ketchup and ate every single bite of that broccoli quiche. I'll just think of it as a broccoli quiche with a side of tomatoes (and sugar).

Friday, October 23, 2009

Daily dose of Vitamin D

There is a great kid's park in Cary that we've been to a couple of times now, and we went this afternoon to enjoy this lovely warm October weather. Maddie decided to skip her morning nap completely, so I was a little apprehensive about taking her, but she actually did really well and had a lot of fun playing with her friends. We will be sad when it's too cold to go to the park every week!

Playing in the sand outside the little playhouse

Trying to figure out if she could climb up the slide
(the answer was no, thank goodness)

Hangin' out with Miss Holly. This was Holly's first time
playing in sand and she thought it was pretty gross!

Climbing the big hill as fast as she could

Look how far I made it Mom!

Trying to climb up the dragon (the child can't walk
yet, but she wants to climb everything!)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Whole Lotta Happy

We've had such a busy week! Now that Maddie is feeling good again, we have been out and about. On Tuesday we went to Marbles, which is an awesome kid's museum in Raleigh. I liked it so much the first time we visited that we bought a membership. It's great to have something we can always do on a rainy or cold day, and Marbles is so cool that it can easily keep a toddler entertained for 2 hours- and anyone that has spent any time with a 15 month old knows that's no easy feat!

On Tuesday we went with Maddie's BFF Jack. They always have fun playing together (or at least beside each other) and Jack's mom Ashley and I enjoy having some adult interaction! Here's a cute picture of the two of them playing in a space chair. They loved pushing the buttons and making things light up and talk. And yes, they are wearing capes. What else would an astronaut be wearing?
They also really loved the water table,
although they are a tiny bit too short to reach. Maddie managed
to get herself pretty wet splashing anyway.
Enjoying the dress up clothes- don't tell Jack's dad that he loved his tutu!

On Wednesday we went to the NC State Fair. It's a pretty big deal in Raleigh. At the state fair, you can buy anything in the world deep fat fried. Oreos, pickles, cheeseburgers- you name it, they deep fat fry it. That's my kind of fair.

But we mainly went to let the kiddos have some fun- which they did! Maddie was a trooper, as we were there from 12-5 and this baby does NOT nap in her stroller like most normal babies. She was SO SO tired by the end of the day, as was her mommy- it's a big fair, and I did a lot of stroller pushing and baby holding.

It was worth it though, we had so much fun. We got to go on 5 rides, and Maddie absolutley loved them. Even when she was cranky later on in the day, she would get so excited and giddy the moment each ride started. I think her favorite ride was a fire truck that swung around in a big circle. She had fun playing with her friends Henry and Jack, and she even got to hang out with another Maddie for a while.

We met up with our friends at a water fountain-
Maddie was immediately impressed, she just loves water!

Along the path was a kid-sized talking horse. All the
kiddos thought this was super cool. His name was Horace.

Enjoying the rides! It was hard to hold on to her
and take pictures at the same time!

Trying Mommy's cotton candy- hey, it's the fair, anything goes!
Needless to say, she LOVED the cotton candy.
Hence the blue stains all over her face!

Mommy and Maddie on the Ferris Wheel! Maddie
insisted on standing up the whole time. She very smartly
clung to the wheel in the middle though- not that
Mommy let go of her for a second!

It was a long day, but one I will remember for a long time. I think we'll have to make it a yearly tradition, and I'm sure I'll look back on this year longingly when Maddie was too young to beg for more ride tickets or stuffed animal prizes. Maybe they should change the state fair motto from "a whole lotta happy" to "a whole lotta exhaustion!"

Monday, October 19, 2009

Zoo again!

Last week was a rough week for Miss Mads, she was the sickest that she has ever been. 2 weekends ago we ended up at Urgent Care after she had a fever that wasn't coming down with Tylenol and all sorts of gross stuff was coming out both ends. They treated her for the flu, although I'm not convinced that she didn't just have a stomach virus- she was also congested and coughing, but the stomach issues seemed to be giving her the most trouble. She was quite pitiful and only wanted to sit on Mommy's lap and cuddle for a few days- poor baby! I thoroughly enjoyed the cuddling, but not so much the sickness.

Here she is getting some diaper free time b/c of her awful rash-
but all she wanted to do was lay down! So sad.

After a week of cuddles and medicine though, she was back up and running- well at least crawling very fast :). So we went ahead with our planned trip to the NC Zoo! Unfortunately Maddie chose to skip her morning nap instead of taking it in the car on the way to the zoo. So she was quite cranky, and since the animals weren't being particularly interesting (what, is it too much to ask that the elk do a little musical number for the kids?) she didn't have a great time.
Are we having fun yet?

Unimpressed with the animals

One thing she loved, though, was her first ride on a carousel. We wisely chose to skip the stationary animals and put Maddie on a polar bear. She's a daredevil. Her face lit up like it was Christmas morning when the carousel started up, and she cried when it stopped and we took her off. Mike and I are very hopeful that this is a sign that Maddie is a future roller coaster lover.

After meandering through the North America side of the zoo, we met up with some friends for a picnic lunch, which was fun. Maddie was pretty good until we wouldn't let her play with goose poop or ant hills, and she remembered that she was absolutely exhausted. So we made a quick exit and she slept the whole way home!

Sorry the pictures are such a crappy quality. Bad Mommy forgot both cameras so we had to stop and get a disposable on the way to the zoo. We have a busy schedule this week, including Maddie's first trip to the State Fair, so be on the lookout for updates!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pumpkin pickin' 2009

We went to Hill Ridge Farms for the 3rd year in a row to go for a nice fall hay ride and pick out some lovely pumpkins. Although when you're taking a 1 year old to a pumpkin patch, it's really all about the photo ops. There is a TON of stuff to do at Hill Ridge Farms (if you're in the Raleigh area, you should go- they are Mike's client!), most of which is too old for Mads, but she had a blast anyway. I mean, she definitely enjoyed it more than last year :P.

I thought it would be fun to see how much she's changed in a year, so here are two comparison pics- she looks like such a BIG girl now!

We did not intentionally push her head down onto a pumpkin for the sake of comparison, she fell over...however my mom did take the opportunity to snap a pic before she helped her up, lol!

Daddy and Maddie- what a difference! And I swear it was a REALLY hot day in October last year- these pictures of my 2 month old wearing nothing but a onesie are driving the judgmental mom in me crazy.

Onto this year! The first thing we did was check out the animals. There were lots of goats, some chickens and a llama. They were all quite friendly and vocal, so Maddie thought that was pretty cool. She starts squeaking whenever she sees a live animal- guess she thinks she's speaking their language.

Next Daddy took her down the giiiiiant slide. She liked it, but was pretty nonchalant- she's ready to move onto something scarier like a roller coaster. Here's a link to the video.

Next we saw some bunnies, which were cute but a little scary- the sign said if you stuck your fingers in, the bunnies would think they were carrots and bite them. So we didn't stay there for too long. While we were waiting for the tractor, we played in the hay jump, which Maddie thought was pretty fun. And she posed for a picture- although she had to look directly at the sun, so maybe not the best time of day for that photo op.

Then we went on the hay ride, where Maddie flirted and talked to anyone that would look at her- she is such a friendly girl! At the end of the ride we arrived at the pumpkin patch and each picked out a pumpkin- well ok, we took a ton of pictures, made Maddie mad by trying to make her smile instead of just letting her crawl around, and then quickly grabbed some pumpkins before the hay ride left without us.

All in all it was a really fun day! It was so nice out and we were glad that Momo was in Raleigh to join us.