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Baby Unleashes Spider Powers at Starbucks

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My spider sense is going off again!

As you can see from the picture, Spider Girl has been unmasked. Maddie understands that with great power comes great responsibility. Lately, her crime fighting exploits have been taking a toll on her parent’s sleep and her father’s cognitive skills.

This became all too apparent after a family walk to the local Starbucks.

As we were leaving the house, before closing the door behind me, I gave myself the usual pat down. This is the process of patting your pockets to make sure you have the two essentials with you, your wallet and your keys. Satisfied that I had everything I needed, we went on our merry way.

We walked into Starbucks and Maddie got her usual star-studded VIP welcome. They don’t know about her super powers but they are still a big fan of my little girl.

I ordered coffee and reached into my pocket for the wallet. Imagine my surprise when instead of my wallet, I discovered the baby monitor. Whoops – the baby monitor is very similar in shape and size to the wallet, but one major difference is that it doesn’t hold any money.

I told the barista to stop my order unless she would let me trade the baby monitor for my coffee. She very pleasantly told me that not only could I hold onto the baby monitor, but I could still have my coffee as well. She smiled and said, “Don’t worry Mr. Mom, we’ll take care of it!”

This is just one of many reasons why Starbucks is one of my favorite places. Not only does Maddie have a huge fan base there, but also the people who work there have a great attitude and always provide superior customer service.

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Baby’s Shopping Spit Up Challenge

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I once caught a fish this big!
Today had the look of one of those rare very easy shopping days with the Mad Madster. This was surprising because her incoming teeth aren’t pulling any punches. Maddie kept grinding them together with reckless abandon. But after she woke up from a nap this morning, I didn’t give her any time to focus on those aching gums.
 
I fed her a quick bottle, she burped and we were out the door. We enjoyed a quick trip across town and in no time at all we shopping like a pair of champs. Maddie looked spectacular in her shining new shopping car seat cover, although according to her mother, I encountered a few fashion faux pas pitfalls when I dressed the baby. So be it!
 
Maddie and I tore around the store in the shopping cart at about 60 mph while our fellow shoppers were diving for cover. We rounded the corned at frozen foods and caused one gentlemen to climb in with the frozen peas to avoid our armored assault shopping cart.
 
Maddie even snatched a quick latte out of a barista’s hand as we zoomed past the store’s built-in Starbucks. The baby started getting fired up as we neared the check out line so I grabbed her a nice fluffy bag of animal cookies. She beat the bag mercilessly trying to force her way inside. She was obviously determined to bite the heads off of any of the offending animal crackers.
 
The bag held off Maddie and we were back home in record time. That’s what I call a successful shopping trip. I scooped up Maddie and the shopping bags and started the long journey up 3 flights of stairs. Half way up the second set of stairs, Maddie
struck!
 
Without warning, she spit on me and someplace else that I couldn’t immediately identify. As I got to the top of the stairs, I saw that Maddie had spit up on two of the shopping bags.  
 
The spit up slowly dripped off of each bag and managed to hit about 16 of the 20 plus steps we had just climbed. I stood at the top of the steps while Maddie admired her latest handiwork. She looked up at me with the crooked grin that seemed to say, “Have fun with that, daddy!”

Maddie Gains Starbucks Notoriety

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Does this look like a Starbucks to you?

Since Maddie was born six months ago, I have had more than my share of caffeinated beverages – but I really didn’t think I was drinking too much coffee. That foolish notion was shot down this afternoon when we walked in to the local Starbucks.

We were barley three steps through the door when heard a chorus of baristas greeting the baby – “Hellooo Madeleine!”

As we made our way to the counter, I could feel the eyes on Maddie as she basked in the glow of all the attention. She batted her eyes at each person behind the counter and they went nuts. “Oh she smiled at me!” “Ohh, she’s looking at me!”

You would have thought that Justin Bieber had just walked in and ordered a Shirley Temple Latte. I stood at the counter with Maddie strapped into the Bjorn as they peppered her with questions and compliments: “What did you do today Madeleine? Are you in a good mood? I love her smile. I want a baby!”

Hey now, keep it clean kids! Maddie’s dad was more than delighted to watch his baby girl’s impromptu press conference. At one point, they even managed to take his coffee order.

Things became even more entertaining when one the employees who had just come on got the word that Maddie was in the store. You could hear the whisper, “Look down there, Madeleine is here!”

By this time, Maddie had her bottom lip out and was done with all the adulation. This did not help to quiet the crowd, quite the opposite really.

“Oh look, she’s pouting – how cute is she?” They have still yet to hear one of the baby’s more potent temper tantrums. Maddie seemed especially annoyed that her fans were just as captivated by her frowns as they were by her smiles. Hey kid, fame is a fickle beast!

So What‘s With the Headband?

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Wake me up when it's over!

Maddie and her PaPa didn’t get enough foul weather this weekend in the snow, so today we thought we would venture out into the rain. That wasn’t the actual plan, but as soon as we got outside, it started dumping. Luckily, we have a massive golf umbrella that is about the size of a circus big top!

We made our way to the local Starbucks where everyone was especially chatty today and the main topic of conversation was Maddie’s headband. First people would say, “Oh she’s so cute!” Then would come, “Why does she need the helmet?”

I didn’t answer at first and then the wild speculation began. “Does she crash her head into the crib?” “Does she fall down a lot?” “Is it some sort of athletic band?”

Maddie is a few days short of 6-months-old. As far as I know, she doesn’t fall down at all and has yet to pick up any full-contact sports. But I was enjoying this line of questioning so I helped where I could.

First I told them that once we took down the cushions around the crib, Maddie actually split the wood siding with a headbutt. We actually have the helmet to stop her from damaging the furniture. “Nuh uh, no way,” they protested.

“I know, it crazy, right? She’s some sort of commando baby,” I assured them.

They looked at me suspiciously, but I kept a straight face. Finally one of them said, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard about those things before.”

At this point, Maddie was rolling her eyes, obviously stunned at what she was hearing. But the Starbuck’s barista was onto me, “So let me get this straight, she wears the helmet to protect your furniture?”

“Well, it’s for the baby’s protection as well, but when you can break wood with your head, how much protection do you really need?”

I grabbed my coffee with a smile, Maddie gave them a quick wink and we disappeared into the rain and fog leaving them to ponder the power of Maddie’s little noggin.