Monday, August 23, 2010

My dearest Mads

Oh Madsy, Madsy, dearest Madsy,

I wanted to write you a little note because I love you so and feel as though I have been a rubbish mom when it comes to making entries about your development -- that's only because I spend every waking moment I can playing with you and your big sister.

So let me take a moment and tell you a little about you. You are brilliant. Sparkling. Shining like a star. Your laugh fills my heart with joy. You are so happy most of the time - except when you get a new tooth, and then you are miserable. It probably doesn't help I took your pacifier away and then pretended like I didn't know what you were looking for... but Mads, you are talking now! You can say mom, dad, chase. You also like saying shoes and juice a lot. You are very good at saying thank you. Not so good at saying please or waiting for your turn. You take things from Chase a lot, but to be fair, she has taken a lot from you, too - I don't blame you. We are working so hard at asking each other for things instead of taking them from each other. You need a little help with this.

You love our cat. And our cat loves you. You are the only one she allows to hold her. And you do, you hold her so close I'm not sure she can breath, so I only let you "hold" her for a second.

You love baby dolls. You love to wash them. Dress them. Play doctor with them. And puzzles. Oh you are getting so good at puzzles. At 20 months you can put single piece puzzles back together, and put train tracks together, and put large floor puzzles together (with help). You also love your little pink kitchen. You make your dollies food, before you examine them with the doctor kit.

Your smile is precious. Your skin is so soft. I just want to cuddle and snuzzle you all day long. Your eyes are a brilliant blue and your hair is pure white gold. The Chinese love you. Blond hair, blue eyes. They can't get enough.

You don't like diapers. You don't like hats or sunglasses (which worries me because the sun is so harsh here). You are fiercely independent and have figured out how to unlock our baby gates. You love our helper Jojo, and she, I can tell, loves you right back. You have a special relationship with all moms. You will cuddle every mom who comes over, just walk right over and give them a hug.

You are very physical, you love painting with your hands and getting really messy. You love play dough and water play. You are very good with the pitcher and cup. Only messing up when I hover too close.

Mads you amaze me every day, in every way. I love you sooooo much.

You are so lucky to have a big sister like Chase, and she is so lucky to have a little sister like you. I hope you continue to grow closer and closer and you will always, always be there for each other.