No one is really sure what little Madeleine is training for. Her workouts are becoming more intense with a sprinkle of intensity and a dab of ferocity. She blows out of the gates every morning making her first run at the stairs.
She swings around the corner laughing manically and hits the stairs at full speed. One by one she knocks them down as if there’s an invisible stopwatch in her head logging each passing second.
Sometimes she slips or stumbles, but that seems only to reinvigorate her drive for the top. Finally the triumphant giggling starts because once again, Maddie has grabbed the gold and conquered another stairwell.
The only problem is that there really isn’t much to do once you get to the top of the stairs except pick up the baby and go back down. If you don’t block the stairwell immediately, Maddie is back on them in a flash – ready for another shot at stair climbing glory and immortality.
Maddie is up to five climbs a day now and there’s no telling how many she would do if she had unlimited access to the stairs. Since Maddie has mastered the art of climbing of the stairs, we must now make strides in teaching her how to go down. It’s a daunting task, but we have little choice in the matter.
It was all pomp and circumstance as Maddie’s relatives made their way into the New York Metro Area for the baby’s very first birthday party. Maddie’s countdown is on as Olympic Committee Officials continue to fret that the baby’s big day has already completely overshadowed interest in the games. Word of last night’s punch drunk interpretative history of the UK during the opening ceremony still has Maddie scratching her head.
As Maddie was returning from her late walk yesterday, she was probably anticipating a little dinner and bed. However, she knew that when she walked into a room full of aunts and uncles, her agenda had been amended.
Aunt Joni had a game on the computer all ready to go for the little princess. It was called “Sharks in a Pond,” and everyone was drawn to the screen. Maddie fearlessly plunged into the game wondering how these salt water predators ended up in a pond in the first place. She worked the touch screen furiously trying to unlock the mysteries of the game.
After 15 or 20 minutes, Maddie became a bit overwhelmed by the all family and sharks in the room. She got more than a little cranky and decided to skip the opening ceremonies and go to bed. We all should have been so lucky!