This week I stayed at home while my mom was on vacation to spend some quality time with this little one. What resulted was probably the busiest week ever trying to juggle working at home and keeping this one busy! We did a lot of painting as that was the only time she left me undisturbed on my laptop. On Friday we visited Lucy Dog and Bart Pup in Irvine (oh, and their mommy too heehee) and Maddie had the best day ever with Auntie Elaine. Then we hit up two birthday parties over the weekend. One more next weekend and we should be done with the fall birthday circuit!
Happy Halloween! We got good use out of Maddie’s giraffe costume this year. In addition to trick-or-treating on Halloween day, she also wore it to the PV Harvest Festival costume contest and both Max’s and my office on Halloween day. Not to mention the countless times she would romp around the house as a giraffe, wiggling her tail!
This was our first year trick-or-treating. Last year we took a short walk around the neighborhood to look at costumes but didn’t feel right approaching doors and asking for candy (for an infant). This year we joined the other PV families for a large parade around Concert Park then trick-or-treated at the shops. Maddie was so amazed that people were giving her candy left and right, especially since she just learned what candy is. Most stores and homes let her pick candy from a large bucket so of course she went straight for the lollipops! After the shops we hit up a couple of neighbors’ homes but she wasn’t into the whole approach-a-stranger’s-house thing so we stopped after a few.
At home she broke into her stash as soon as I left the bag unattended!
We’re gearing up for Halloween and of all things Maddie decides she wants to be a giraffe this year! I was ready to bet money that she’d pick a ballerina or fairy, but she is full of surprises! Maddie caught a cold and I had my first 60-hour work week in a while so you can see that not much happened this week. We spent Saturday in the park at the Playa Vista Harvest Festival. Even though she was still shaking off her cold she still went on stage for her dance recital and played at the festival for 4 hours! Maddie loved the ball pit and the horse-drawn wagon ride. Then she went down for a 3 hour nap.
Maddie had her very first dance performance this weekend. I remember going to my sisters’ dance recitals and watching the toddler groups thinking, “If I have a daughter I am totally going to start her in dance early!” and, well, today was my payoff!
I thought the dots in general is such a clever way to keep the tots focused and away from each other, both in class and on the stage! (BTW, look at those pointed feet!)
Maddie’s moment to shine was during her tendus. This girl does them in her sleep. Literally, I’m sure I’ve heard her say “tendu, tap tap!” in her sleep.
Then our little performer zoned out for the next two songs and stood absolutely still. She may have come back to earth for one twirl but otherwise it was a blank stare throughout, hehe.
Maddie was the only kid in both ballet and hip hop so we had to do a quick costume change between numbers. She was so excited to join the other kids in their bandanas.
Inevitably, at some point Maddie succumbs to nervous pressure and her finger goes straight into her nose. This happened at the end of the Black Eyed Peas’ song and continued through Thriller.
And finally Maddie’s turn at the mat! She waited patiently for her cue and ran up to do her somersault, assisted by Coach Ty.
This weekend was Maddie’s last swim lesson for the summer! I still can’t believe how fearless she is in the swimming pool. She’s learned how to kick, blow bubbles, move her arms (scooping ice cream) and now to do all 3 together. In the last couple of classes her instructor had us tie a noodle around her chest as a sort of floaty, to keep her arms unrestricted and give her the freedom to swim forward, float on her back and generally learn how to float and balance on her own. It’s hilarious to watch her scramble to get on her back then lie perfectly still for a few seconds with her eyes tightly shut, in her forced “relax” position.