Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Here's Your Sign!

We don't usually have the TV on when Madison is in the room. However, she has not been feeling well and I popped in a DVD hoping she would take it easy. I have a baby sign DVD from the sign language class I took last summer at Gymboree. She has not yet signed one time for me. However, she signed "hat" while watching this video! She did it several times and I was able to get a shot of it. Who knows when that sign will come in handy... I mean if I had my pick I would choose the signs for eat, drink, more, (I guess there are a lot I would choose first. HEE HEE)... But at least I now know that maybe I'm not wasting my time. She was mesmerized with this video. (I think Jason was entertained too!) Had I only known I may have skipped the class and just picked up the DVD. :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Small Fish Big Pond

We decided to let our fish swim! She was getting cramped in her little tub so we went and bought a pad for the bottom of the tub and in she went. She was hesitant at first, but was splashing around in no time!

Here's a look back...
She was about three months old in this photo... (Her water looks dirty.. but it's just Aveeno oatmeal bath for her eczema)

Her very first bath!

This little blue tub was a GREAT infant tub! We loved it and honestly I'm a little sad to pack it away.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Last Night...

Jason and I went to the JDRF Gala in Winston Salem. I have been dreading it ever since he told me about it. What would I wear?..I won't know anyone... how boring... I was SO WRONG! There was so much to look at and do. My simple black dress blended in very well. There were some daring ladies in very large, full gowns. This was fun to check out. Can you believe I forgot my camera?? This photo was sent to us from one of Jason's co-workers. Don't we look stunning! :) See that BIG smile on my face??? We did win a little something!

Of course the point of the gala is to raise money for juvenile diabetes. So for about two hours prior to the dinner there was a silent auction. We were one of the first to arrive so most of the silent auction bidding sheets were blank. I had so much fun slamming our bid number down on various items. Jason felt pretty safe that we would be out bid.. but hey, a girl can dream. I bid on lavish vacations, art work, spa packages, dinners, wine, etc. My most favorite item up for bid were granite counter tops. Some how I convinced Jason to let me bid on them. I told him that we could at least try to go up to 50% of the value. (Such a bargain!) We were the first to place a bid. We walked in circles for two hours checking our items trying to see if we had been outbid. We were on almost all items and we just let them go. I did place several more bids on the counter tops. Finally, the countdown began.... I was nervous and broke away from Jason and ran to see where we were on the sheet. A girl was at the sheet outbidding me and as the announcer said.. "FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO...." I basically knocked her over and put our number down. "ONE!" I turned around and yelled "we won! WE WON!" while jumping up and down... Jason just stared back at me like I was crazy. (Not to mention I could feel the nearly knocked over lady's glare on me.) Jason informed me that there were two silent auctions and this was not the one that was over. Let's just say I felt a little silly and extremely disappointed. No, we did not win the counter tops. :(

Overall it was a fun evening. Unfortunately we had to leave toward the end of the dinner. Our sitter called and Madison was screaming. We ended up having to take her to the pediatrician's office this morning (thank goodness for weekend hours). She has an ear infection and is on antibiotics. This is her first and I was hoping we would make it to her first birthday without one. I feel very blessed though that this is only the second time she's been really sick.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ten Months Old Today!

It's a tradition to take Madison's picture each month on her nursery rocking chair. In the beginning it was real simple. All I had to do was prop her up and snap away. Ten months later it has become quite a challenge.

It was all I could do to back up and get this shot!

You can see her lunging....

I started gently pushing her back and at first she giggled and would just sit back up again.

She finally gave up!

So we moved to the crib......

Madison has become quite attached to her "lovey." You will see her clinging to it in most photos these days. She can be quite vocal when she wants it. She will now walk holding your hands. She doesn't quite all out crawl, but she can get where she needs to go by scooting. I try to give her a variety of foods, but her favorite by far is beans! Lima beans, kidney beans, northern beans... she gobbles them up!

On a side note... it's that time of year! My most favorite candy is out. Every year as they clean out the store shelves of Valentine candy I anticipate the arrival of the Cadbury Mini Eggs. I don't know when my addiction started, but I know I cannot let a year go by without buying at least a few bags! Here we are again... On the bright side.. at least I can't buy them year round!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Baby Sign Language

As most of you know I took a baby sign language class over the summer. Madison has mastered a new sign. When she is finished or does not like a certain food, she throws it over the side of her highchair. That was not the sign I learned in class.. but hey, it works for her! Charli and Abbey believe this is their sign to come and hoover up around the highchair. My dogs are not the most well trained dogs (don't laugh) but there is one thing we do not allow and that is table begging. How do you explain to a dog that if there is food on the floor they must not run over and suck it up? So this picture is a typical view of Madison's highchair in the mornings for the following reasons...

1. I am busy getting things ready so I can get out the door for work and can't monitor the dogs actions.

2. Jason is not home and the dogs, I know, snicker at my "stern voice" and tend to ignore my pleas for the them to go lay down.

3.Madison feeds them now so I'm afraid power has shifted from me to her.

At least Abbey looks a little shameful....

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Dressing for Love!

If you know me then you know I love to dress my baby! So this week we were dressing for LOVE... No, I didn't go out and buy all of these outfits for Valentine's Day! I just tried to pick the most pinkish, redish, or heartish outfits in her closet...

This morning I wanted to do something a little special so I cut Madison's toast into the shape of a heart using a cookie cutter. She is not normally this excited about toast so I would like to think she knew it was special!

I have joined a club... "Stampin Up". We meet one night a month and do little projects. I made this card.. cute huh? Lori this is a sneak peek for you! I whipped up these treat bags for a few neighbors and for Madison's cousin, Alston.
Just this week Madison has started smiling with her whole face and I love it! Here are two shots I got of her! So SWEET!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day!

Madison got the sweetest T-shirt and card in the mail for her first Valentine's Day. Thanks Nana and Pop!

Monday, February 9, 2009


I am so behind on Madison's scrapbook. I love doing it.. but I don't really have a "place." I decided to pull everything out and just leave it out until I get it up to date. If you know me then you know I HATE clutter! So my dining room is driving me nuts right now. I guess it's all the more motivation to get going. I've been trying to work on it during Madison's naps.

See my point?

So I was on facebook this morning and saw this photo of Madison. This is a picture from the birthday party. I do not know the person who took it, but she tagged the mom who hosted the party in the series of photos. Her caption read "this little girl's hair stood straight up!" HA!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Spring Already?

I'm not really sure what the groundhog said, but today felt like spring! After church Jason and I changed clothes and headed outdoors. We spent a nice afternoon in the backyard. Jason put Madison's toddler swing back up. She did not like it too much, but seemed to relax after a while.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Beginning

So I've been trying to start a blog for weeks now. I kept getting stuck at the title screen..... What do I name my blog? Finally I just decided to keep it simple and to the point. My life now is consumed with "Bringing Up Madison" so that is the title. I just hope to keep my family and friends who are too far away updated on my life with Madison. So here goes....! Today we had Madison's second birthday party. She's only 9 1/2 months old and already she has been to two parties! I guess this is just the beginning. This party was at the children's museum in Greensboro and she had a great time. She LOVES other kids and babies and just enjoyed getting to interact with them. Check her out in the mirror! I get stopped all the time and asked.. "How do you get her hair to do that?!!" Seriously? It really is funny though. It sticks straight up and the longer it gets, the taller it gets!