Freezing Rain Crushes Fun in the Snow

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Perhaps we should go back inside
Perhaps we should go back inside

Maddie Breaks Out Monkeys for October Snowstorm

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Aren't monkeys made for winter?

You have to forgive Maddie for not being overly concerned about snow in October. At the ripe age of 13-weeks-old, the baby has already had to deal with an earthquake and a hurricane evacuation.

When Maddie and her parents entered the store to go shopping, it was cold and windy. 40 minutes later when they were leaving, there was a full blizzard raging. PaPa pulled right up to the entrance – but still had to get Maddie into the car.

Maddie gave her Dad a knowing smile as he picked her up in the car seat and ran for the car. Just as he popped the door open, he could see the baby frantically trying to catch some of that snow on her tongue. She really wanted a flake and as luck would have it, one landed right on her tongue. Her eyes went wide with surprise and then delight as she snagged her first flake.

Once we got home, it was time to expose the baby to the elements once again. The wind whipped PaPa and the baby as they trudged up the stairs – but Maddie could not have been happier. She may actually turn out to be a real-live cold-weather woman!

Even once we got inside – Maddie still looked like she was ready for action, but her snow time adventures had come to an end.

After some food and a change – it was time for Maddie to try out some toasty winter-ware and thanks to her Aunt Jill and Uncle Jim, we had just the ticket. Let’s face it,  everyone knows that when the cold weather gets going, it’s time to break out the MONKEYS!!

Earlier this year, Jim and Jill had gotten Maddie a full-length stunning sleeper with a chimp on the hip and one for each foot to ensure maximum monkey-warmth for the baby. So while the snow and wind raged outside – Maddie and the monkeys slept soundly all through the night.

Why Babies and Elephants Don’t Mix

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They don't look particularly evil, but...

When it comes to a baby’s wardrobe – the animal kingdom is well represented. Maddie herself is often adorned with a wide variety of mammals and critters, some affixed to her clothes and other printed on her swaddle blankets.

Being a Leo, Maddie loves her lions, has been known to chew on the chimps and will occasionally barf on her butterflies. She’s not afraid to douse the ducks, they are water fowl after all, with whatever liquid happens to come out and will even pepper the piggies if she sees fit.

But no four, six or eight-legged creature can cause a bigger ruckus than those damn elephants. Sure it sounds ridiculous, but I caution you to strap on the rain gear, the wading boots and the goggles when there are elephants near.

The odds of an elephant triggering carnage every time they are near the baby seem astronomical at first. But if the wind generated by the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can trigger a typhoon – what cosmic cataclysm might be unleashed by the innate evil of elephants?

Here is just a short list of the anarchy that ensues once Maddie comes in contact with the elephants.

  • Leaking diapers
  • Copious spit-ups
  • Shrapnel from the bottom
  • Urine covered parents

Stay Home PaPa is so warped – I actually find myself trying to beat the elephant theory. I will swaddle Maddie in an elephant blanket or put her into an elephant outfit just to prove to myself that is can’t happen again. But then pachyderm’s evil aura triggers a baby body function that leaves one or both parents slogging through the mess du jour.

I refuse to give into superstition or coincidence and get rid of them – but elephants should start looking over those big flapping ears because someday I’ll be looking for a little bit of payback!

What do Kisses, Raspberries and Monkeys Have in Common?

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C'mere Monkey!!

There are two things in this world (besides food) that I know Maddie loves so far. Kisses and Raspberries – we also believe that Maddie really digs the concept of monkeys, but we’ll get back to that later.

Let’s start with kisses. (You know what they are)

Maddie didn’t necessarily love them at first, but it’s safe to say she has really come around. When the little girl starts working herself up into a lather, a few well placed kisses on the cabeza seem to do the trick. I’m not saying these strategic smooches will ward off evil or hunger – but they seem to have an impact on Maddie’s general disposition.

Once a couple of quick kisses are delivered to the cheek – she looks up quizzically and seems disappointed if a few more are not close behind.

Let’s move on to raspberries. (Not the fruit!)

The definition of a raspberry (verb) is to deliver a rude noise by putting your tongue between your lips and blowing. This causes ones lips to vibrate and produce a noise reminiscent of flatulence.

However, if you put these same vibrating lips against a ticklish area like the tummy – the baby seems absolutely delighted.

I must admit that my initial motivation was to wake up the baby when she kept falling asleep in the middle of her feeding time. However, since the discovery that Maddie loves it – It is now used to entertain the baby when she is feeling a bit fickle.

Finally, we move on to monkeys. (Yes, the furry mammals)

We have no idea if Maddie really loves monkeys or not. We have them on her clothes, her shower curtain and even her swaddle blankets. What we do know, is that when Maddie is swaddled inside of her baboon blanket – Maddie starts chewing on the chimps. This always triggers Gina’s now famous saying for the baby, “Don’t eat the monkeys, Maddie!”