I was only gone for four days last week but Maddie totally took the opportunity to make insane advancements in her development. This, I must admit, even as I write this next to my little angel, sort of pissed me off. Here’s why…I have been chilling with this little cutie pie for months, but has she rolled over? Stuck out her tongue? Done calculus? No! None of those things…and then in the four days I am gone she does all of those things with her grandparents! (Except for the calculus…I made that up.)
Anyway, I am totally besotted with Maddie and her tongue sticking out ability and wish I was there to see her do it the first time. It is so cute, and she won’t let me forget it! The following is basically how our days go now:
MADDIE: “Hey, Dad! Check this out! I got a thing in my mouth that I can stick out!”
ME: “Me too, kiddo.”
MADDIE: “Then why don’t you stick it out ALL DAY LONG ENDLESSLY? It is AWESOME!”
Me: “Because I’m too old to find it interesting. “
Maddie: “Oh. That sucks.”
Me: “Even suckier is the fact that I’ve lost interest in just about all of the simple pleasures in life. If it snowed in LA I wouldn’t even make a snow angel.”
Maddie: “What’s a snow angel?”
Me: “A thing you make by lying down in the snow and moving your arms and legs to make it look like an angel was there.”
MADDIE: “OH MY GOD!!! I HAVE TO DO THAT NOW IT SOUNDS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!”
ME: “Hopefully you will always feel that way, sweetheart.”
Maddie: “You know what you should do right now, Dad?”
Me: “What’s that, Chicken Muffin Love? (Yes, I call her that…what?)
Maddie: “Try sticking out your tongue. It is AWESOME!!!”
Okay. So she can’t really speak. But if she could the above would totally be our discussion.
Watching your baby discover simple things with such joy is an amazing pleasure. Imagining her tire of those things and becoming obsessed with iPods, cell phones, and snot nosed boys, is not. I want her always to face the world each and every day with the joy of discovery, but I guess that isn’t how things work. It wasn’t how it worked for me, and I’m guessing it wasn’t how it worked for you. In time we all get bored with how beautiful simplicity is.
For now I will appreciate the joy she gets out of being able to stick her tongue out of her mouth, and, just maybe, when no one is looking, I will stick mine out too and laugh.
‘I want her always to face the world each and every day with the joy of discovery’. It’s truly amazing watching your children experience the world. I can never forget the glee and sense of pride I saw in Luli when she first started toddling. And our baby just started smiling last week…I can’t get enough of it…it’s intoxicating. I suppose as parents that daily joy of discovery is in experiencing our children.
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Lee Anne says:
Cute, cute, cute. And so funny that you almost made me ruin my computer by spewing out a big mouthful of water as I was reading.
Andrea's Sweet Life says:
Can I make a new rule? You have to post a picture of Maddie with EVERY BLOG POST. Because seeing a picture of her in the morning does not cease making me smile.
I think one of the hardest parts about those new discoveries is watching my kids get tired of them. I know, I know… they move on to NEW discoveries. But I miss hearing my baby girl make “make out” noises when she eats, because she loves food that much!
Mary Beth says:
Watch out Gene Simmons. Slap a little makeup and a wig and she’s a shoo-in:)
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She is the freakin’ cutest little thing. KISS would be lucky to have her!
P.S. Are you channeling BHJ while he’s on vacation?
cindy w says:
Cate had her tongue stuck out from the day she was born until close to her first birthday. I think she decided to pull it in when it was time to start talking. But yeah, for ages we called her Our Little Fly-Catcher. I thought it was cute, my dad was concerned that she was going to grow up a mouth-breather. Nice.
The cool thing about all of those little simple joys is that you get to relive them through your kids. Not the same as the first time around, but it’s still pretty awesome to watch them get so enthralled with some tiny thing – their own tongue, a bird flying overhead, a wrapper from a York peppermint patty (silver! shiny!). All those things we don’t even think about anymore, we suddenly notice again because our babies are noticing them.
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What a nice post (beats my minless nick at nite post- plug)!
did she really roll over!?
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Chicken Muffin Love. perfect.
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“Imagining her tire of those things and becoming obsessed with iPods, cell phones, and snot nosed boys, is not.” I have one of these…..believe me, enjoy EVERY moment of Maddie’s innocence….
I also have a 7 year old and she is still innocent and has the joy of discovery. She keeps me leveled out and from going insane!!!
Loved your post and Maddie is the cutest thing i’ve ever seen….hands down!
Are you sure she’s not doing calculus yet? She looks like she may have a few equations running around in her head…lol. It’s so exciting when they learn new things and master them–surprisingly so. I guess maybe we have kids in part to get some of that magic back…or is it so that we’ll have someone around to roll their eyes at us constantly and hear “you never let me do ANYTHING!” 20 times a day? I forget.
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Julie @ the calm before the stork says:
What an awesome conversation. Definitely stick your tongue out more.
(BTW: found you via Poot and Cubby’s recent post. Wish I’d met you and your wife at BlogHer. I was there, but shy, and not staying in the hotel, which hampered socializing somewhat. I’m rambling. Sorry. Mommy brain.)
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creative-type dad says:
And I can’t say I’ve ever heard Chicken Muffin before – that’s definitely original.
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Wait until she figures out that if she sticks out her tongue and blows a bit, it makes a fun sound. Because TRUST ME, that provides an unending amount of pleasure to them! Start waving bye bye to her~she’ll catch on fast.
And I agree, pictures are a must. She is just adorable!
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Oh, she’s just too precious for words! Just wait until she figures out how much spit she can get out that way!
A lot of people blog about their babies, stating they have the cutest kids in the world. You actually have it. For reals, that is one SERIOUSLY cute baby. Congratulations.
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