Maddie Keeps the Memorial Day Smiles Coming

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Live long and prosper my friends
Rearranging the closet
Another weekend to remember
I get my power from toes!

Sweet Potato – Food or Fashion Statement?

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Wear it like you ate it!

Tonight it was out with the bananas and in with the sweet potato and there was no way to know how the honey badger might react. I popped Maddie into her Bumbo chair, nuked the prebaked potato and presented my offering to the princess.

Having been fed for several nights now, Maddie was going crazy with impatience waiting for her first spoonful. However, unlike the banana that sometimes elicits a funny face from the baby, this sweet potato must have been a dream come true.

She couldn’t get enough of that orange mush, and whatever didn’t get eaten got treated like face paint. It was a grand old time with fifty percent going in Maddie’s mouth and the other half going into her hands and then onto her face.

I was trying to pace the baby, but she was absolutely ravenous for this newly discovered vegetable. I had a small stack of paper towel halves, but it was hard to keep with my little artist as her bib and the kitchen counter became her canvas. She was only painting with one color, but that didn’t stop Maddie from creating her first masterpiece.

What I hadn’t thought through was how much I should actually let my little Rembrandt consume. With every mouthful, she looked at me expectantly waiting for me to repeat the process. I finally realized that the only way to suspend tonight’s feeding was to hide the evidence. So I pulled a little razzle dazzle on the baby. I scooped out a new spoonful and chucked the cup into the sink hoping for an out of sight, out of mind scenario.

It worked this time, but as quickly as Maddie is picking up on things, a more sophisticated strategy is definitely going to be needed to slow down this freight train.

Baby Goes High Fashion for Manhattan Wedding

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This is how I roll!

For a 12-week-old, little Maddie does a pretty impressive job of getting around. The little girl made her way into Manhattan this weekend to attend her second wedding. No, she’s not a serial wedding crasher; she was actually invited to this one with one of her Dad’s oldest and closest friends.

Maddie is always focused on “dress to impress” and this wedding would be one to remember. The baby was thinking out of the box, but wowed the crowd with her best little owl dress from Aunt Rachel, striped 80’s leg warmers and the mini-Ugg boots from cousin Sarah.

She was a real hit with the paparazzi and was most certainly a guest favorite. Maddie was so touched by the love unfolding at the wedding that she broke down into tears and had to be escorted out of the ceremony.

Once at the reception, Maddie was in very high demand. She made a slew of new friends and accepted an invitation to an after wedding party. Maddie’s parents made a pact to spend just one hour and escape New York well before feeding time.

But as we all know, the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry. Maddie said her goodbyes, but her parents were running about 25 minutes late. (Not Good!)

Trying to leave Manhattan on a Saturday night is a hit or miss proposition – especially if the baby might have food on her mind. Luckily we bobbed and weaved and were in the Lincoln Tunnel in no time flat – but sadly for all those involved – Maddie was ready for some chow!

Now we’re doing the drive of shame and poor Maddie is belting out some well-deserved abuse. When all was said and done – we made it safely back home in 20 minutes – but we were more than a little disappointed that we didn’t get the baby home a little bit earlier. Maddie – We promise to do better next time!

Week Old Wedding Crasher Snubs Kate Middleton

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Don't bug me, Kate!

Just seven days out of the womb – most infants like to take it easy. Some hit the bottle or breast and just pass out – others just lounge around for a good cry or two. That was not on the menu for Mad Maddie – she took her shot at becoming the world’s youngest wedding crasher.

Maddie had been scheduled to spend the weekend with the royal couple, Kate Middleton and Prince William in Monaco – but she was insistent that family comes first and was determined to see her Aunt Joni walk down the aisle.

Aunt Joni’s wedding was flanked by heavy security – but Madeleine made her way in by flirting and charming her way past the most ardent professionals in the business.

She wore a stunning purple Cartier floral tiara that would make Pippa green with envy along with a spectacular Vera Wang Couture Red Carpet evening gown specially imported from the chic Babies R Us in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Maddie crept into the bride’s side pews near the front and pretended to sleep through the whole affair. After the ceremony she was whisked away by Denise aka MiMi with her secret bodyguard “El Jefe” riding in the chase car.

At the reception, Maddie reportedly told Aunt Jacque that she was, “Single and ready to mingle!” Instead I plopped her down into the protective nest of her cadre of great grandparents!

But when the music started – Madeleine enjoyed a special slow dance with Aunt Joni. They were tripping the light fantastic until that eager beaver, Uncle Tim, swept in and called the dance off.

Maddie said a lively time was had by all and was humbled to become the youngest wedding crasher in history. WELL DONE!!