Could it be a whole year already since Miss Monkeypants arrived on the scene? Let’s see, right now it’s 8:20 pm. A year ago today I had just finished delivering Madeline and was waiting to be wheeled up to my hospital room. I hadn’t eaten or drank anything since the night before and I was about to have the best food ever … crackers, cheese and Ginger Ale. When you’re that hungry, anything is a feast, and I told the nurse it was the best crackers and cheese ever. I’m sure she thought I was still loopy from all the excitement. A few minutes after I hosed down the plate of food, they brought Madeline to my room where we spent the first night together.
A year ago today, it was crazybad weather, with snow and ice coming down like crazy. So bad, in fact, no one was able to come and visit me in the hospital while I was there. Today? A balmy 63 degrees as Madeline and I had lunch outside. Crazy New Jersey weather.
A lot has happened in the last month with our little monkey. She is up to six teeth now, and knows how to use them. She spent a few minutes this afternoon trying to bite her balloons. She had kiwi, grapes, duck (not from me!) and kielbasa for the first time and loved them all. When I saw she was eating The Husband‘s duck while on vacation, I tried to give her my steak instead, and she started shrieking. She wanted the duck, thankyouverymuch.
She can now drink from a juice box and loves it. I think it makes her feel like a big girl. She comes up to us and buries her head in our legs to give us little hugs. She can do “high-five,” find her belly and gives kisses. Her kisses, though, are on our cheek and open-mouth. Picture being sucked on by your dog and you’ve got it.
I tried to get a good picture of her and her birthday t-shirt today, but the little stinker wouldn’t sit still. She is still just as obsessed with monkeys as she was last month, and has added a few new ones to her collection. When we were in a gift shop in St. Thomas last month, she started shrieking, “Mah! Mah! Mah!” Code word for monkey. There it was, a monkey hanging from a top shelf. Last weekend in a craft store, she spotted a huge foam monkey. “Mah! Mah! Mah!” And now it is proudly displayed in our kitchen. Tonight she got a pink monkey from Nick, and a pair from The Husband and I. She refused to eat dinner until the Mah! Mah! Mah!was sitting squished next to her in the high chair.
Happy birthday baby!