As abrupt as Maddie’s movements are, it will be some time before a pair of scissors comes anywhere near that perfect little head of hers. So her varying lengths of hair are here to stay for a while.
This makes things really interesting especially during mealtime. When Maddie has had enough to eat now, she alerts us to this fact by rubbing her hands into her hair and hiding her eyes behind her hands.
Mealtime was already quite a messy business, but we are quickly reaching new heights. Watermelon and cantaloupe juice has become a staple deep into the roots of her scalp. Apple sauce and scrambled eggs are all too happy to take up residence and in Maddie’s hair. Add a little bit of 2% milk on top of those flowing locks and you have a party going on top of Maddie’s head.
Once this mixture is in place, those coated strands of hair stick out at multiple angles like a messy bale of hay. And until she actually gets her hair washed, this fashion-forward look is hers for the day.
The majority of the hair atrocities take place at night, but a couple of them have happened during lunch. There’s nothing like putting a cute little skirt on girl with a whacky head of hair like that. Maddie is just a few weeks from her first birthday, but she is already becoming quite a fashion trendsetter.
In a song called “Live Your Life,” T.I. and Rihanna make multiple references to the pursuit of paper. Rihanna indicates that she has no time for haters because she’s actually a paper chaser. That’s quite strange because Maddie is also a critically acclaimed Paper-Chaser in her own right.
The question is, “Are these two women chasing the same kind of paper?”
The answer is a resounding NO!
T.I. and Rihanna are using the slang term “paper” which actually refers to money. The true “Little Miss Sunshine” is my 11-month-old daughter Maddie and instead of money, she’s interested in real paper.
She chases it around the house with reckless abandon, tears it into little pieces and then tries to stuff it in her mouth. Try as we might, we have been unable to dissuade her from this fruitless action. However, Maddie fully comprehends that we do not approve of this action.
Normally I can get to her before she sticks it into her mouth, but sometimes we have to remove the paper straight off of her tongue. We’re pretty sure that this is not a hunger issue, most of the paper-chasing takes place after her meals.
It seems that this is just another exercise Maddie uses to assess her parents’ behavior and learn valuable lessons in how she can successfully get away with the things she wants to accomplish. Maddie likes to get her way and is never worried about breaking a few eggs to cook up a nice omelet.
I tried to explain the catch and release policy to Maddie regarding the trapping of city pigeons, but my pleas fell on deaf ears. We were in the city park today when a bold pigeon ventured a little too close to Maddie and her treasured bagel. My 10-month-old bundle of joy shot out of the crib snatching the unsuspecting bird straight out of the air.
The poor flying rat never stood a chance. We wrapped him up and took it home for a little impromptu lunch. This is when I remembered that I had some fantastic duck waiting for us in the refrigerator. It was sure to be more tender than the pigeon and perhaps not quite as gamey.
What I didn’t anticipate is how much Maddie would enjoy this new type of meat. I gave her a drumstick to work over and she was hooked. As soon as she jammed the bone into her mouth, her mighty jaws snapped it cleanly in half. She was quite content to gnaw on Daffy’s remains until all the meat was gone from the shredded bird.
As Maddie’s appetite ramps up, so does her enthusiasm for eating. She hasn’t gained any weight in nearly a month, but she seems to be getting taller by the day. Her propensity for immersing herself into the middle of mischief is quickly becoming the stuff legends are made of.