Friday, August 22, 2008

A Boston Must-Do: Plum Island

It was a perfect day on the beach. Breezy, sunny, warm... good friends, sandy food, sandier kids... The undercurrent was a little strong (in a bad mommy moment for me, Madi got knocked off her feet by the waves), but the sand was beautiful, the birds picturesque, and the landscape pristine. We had a great day here today.
If you live in the area, you really should take a day trip up to Plum Island. It only costs $5 to get into the reserve and once you are there, you can hike or go to the beach or birdwatch or whatever. It's really worth the hour drive from the city.
Still no camera, so no cute shots of Max eating sand or Madi laughing insanely in the waves... but it will be coming soon! One of the day's highlights: We were standing in the surf, letting the waves roll through our legs. I held Madi's hand in my right hand (trying to keep her from getting sucked out to sea), I had Max on my left hip (trying to keep him secure as he was laughing and kicking hysterically watching Madi play in the water), and I felt the little baby-ette kicking in my tummy. She seemed to say, "I want to come out and play, too!" It was a great day... good thing, because I don't think I could have handled a day like yesterday again (it was a LONG day yesterday). :)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Congratulations, Elder Rockwood!!

Dave (my little bro) just got called to serve a mission in Pusan, Korea.
Yea, Dave!! We're going to miss you, but Korea will LOVE you!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Let me introduce you to Mads, Madison, and Madi... our three favorite daughters

I like nicknames, I admit it. I have a million for Kurt, many for Max, and a plethora of them for Madi. The top 3 names I use with Madi are: Madi (duh :)), Mads, and Madison. Madi has taken these and integrated them into her little imaginary world so that they are no longer "her," per se, but different and distinct imaginary friends. She plays with Mads and Madison, fights with them, and plans future adventures with them. She even woke up in the dead of night one night while we were in Utah (and sleeping in the same room) and said, "Madi, is there enough room for us in there? (under her covers) Sure! Come on in!" then scooted over and lifted up her blanket. Yes, I was worried about this. Early schizophrenia warning signs? Blossoming multiple personality disorder? But my pediatrician assures me that it's normal 3 year old behavior, and that Madi likely just has a very vivid imagination. She also said that imaginary friends often are almost identical to the child (ie: if the kid has blond hair, so does the imaginary friend; if the kid likes to dance, so does the imaginary friend, etc... ). Fingers crossed.

Mads and Madison's most recent trouble was inflicted on Madi and I tonight as we camped out in the "treehouse" (ie: couch) and they locked us in (apparently there is a door on the treehouse). Then it snowed and they had to come shovel us out before we could get down. So, I guess they redeemed themselves with their good deed. I can't keep up with her sometimes.... especially when Mads and Madison trip me or something. :)

Madi has been saying really sweet things lately and really exploring her compassion. I told her once when she was having a hard time staying focused on dinner and eating her food that there were a lot of kids in China and Africa who didn't have any food. Wouldn't it be sad to waste all this food when so many people don't have any at all? Yes, I guilt tripped my 3 year old. It apparently really struck her, and she has since started asking about all the kids who don't have food in Cambridge. She suggested that we share our food with them, but then said, "no, we need to eat our food. We should buy them all food to eat." :) What do I expect when her father's life work is to eradicate world hunger?

She is also exploring this sensitivity with Max, although she still enjoys the daily mauling. She is shares her food with him, gives him toys to play with when he's upset, loves to make him laugh, and has learned how fun it is to play with him as a playmate, not a plaything :). I'm quite excited for this phase of their lives and count it as part of the miracle God is working in my life before the baby arrives. :) Maybe I won't have to pry her off of him for much longer!

There are so many great Madi stories that I have not recorded, unfortunately. I need to get on the ball again.

We really are going to buy a new camera soon.

Oh, Max

This is the commonly heard refrain in our house. "Oh, Max." This kid is BUSY! He gets into... well, everything you can think a child of 13 months can get into. His favorite activity is climbing up the stairs as fast as he can (when I forget to put the gate up), then sprinting to the bathroom to play in the toilet. He is definitely like Kurt in that respect (playing in the toilet... just kidding...) Once Max knows what he wants to do, he is completely focused and single-minded until he accomplishes whatever he sets out to do. His bathroom is definitely his favorite exploratorium because he can play in water AND have access to "nana" (ie: food, aka: toothpaste). Plus, he usually finds bonus toys in the trashcan or under the sink.

It is almost like he has a list of the "top 10 things I shouldn't do" and those are automatically his favorite activities. He will go down the list faster than you can say "stinker" if he finds that one option is closed to him. If he goes upstairs and the bathroom door is closed (good job, Mom), he heads into our bedroom, where he camps out under the desk and plays with the cords. If our door is closed, he heads to Madi's room to play with her CD player/CD. If that's not an option, he will crawl around to his room and usually find something- a hair tie, diaper cream, bobby pin, whatever- that has fallen onto the floor under the changing table. He then stuffs it into his mouth and climbs up onto Mom's chair in his room. Luckily, once he's up there, he pulls a book into the chair with him and will sit quietly and read for a few minutes. Then, he tries to climb from the chair onto the table next to it. And if he makes it, he'll reach to the windows to play with the blinds. Phew. This kid wears me out!

But he's also the cutest thing in the world. He's now sprouted two teeth on the top, right above his two existing front bottom teeth, and when he smiles (which he does constantly), you just want to hug him. He has cast his spell on many a member of the ward, friend, neighbor, and complete stranger. He just is like a little light and everyone just wants to hold and snuggle him.

He took his first step a couple weeks ago, but has been completely content to just speed crawl on the floor (and this kid is FAST!). I think walking carries with is greater attack hazards from Madi (his survival instinct has been honed to perfection). He's in no hurry to grow up, that's for sure. He's completely enjoying every step and making sure that he knows how to do it before he really invests himself. Just the last couple of days, he has been taking longer series of steps without provocation. My guess is that he'll be hobbling around within the week.

He's still really little for his age (4th percentile), but eats like a horse. He eats adult-size portions- sometimes he eats more than me! And I'm pregnant! Not sure where all the food is going... I'm still hoping there's nothing wrong.

I just thought I would update on him since he's the one going through so many new developmental phases right now. I can hardly believe he's almost 14 months old. Kids really show you how fast time moves, don't they?

Update on Madi forthcoming.