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Maddie Gearing Up for a Cold Winter

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The ears obviously provide added warmth!

Even without the ear accessories, it’s becoming more and more obvious that Maddie is part polar bear. Just like last year, the cold weather has come rolling in and Maddie still hasn’t noticed.

This is a girl that doesn’t like the warm temps at all – but once it creeps under fifty degrees, she is in her element. Today we were outside and the wind chill had to be in the mid-thirties. I kept wrapping Maddie up in her warm blanket and she kept snatching it off and waving it over her head.

Despite Maddie’s cold weather antics, we have made progress in one critical area. Maddie now realizes that if she wants to go outside, shoes have become a non-negotiable part of her life.

Now that it’s chilly, Maddie signals that she is ready to go outside by hand-delivering her bear jacket and then bringing out a pair of shoes. This is one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the history of clothing. We really believed that Maddie would be refusing to wear her shoes well into her teens.

But this is no time to celebrate – The next Herculean task on our agenda is to get Maddie into gloves or mittens before the temps dip into the twenties.

Some Things Just Never Change

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Stop me if you’ve seen this one before!

As soon as it got a little bit chilly, it was time to put socks back on the beast. Maddie has been wearing shoes for a couple months now, but all of our old sock issues have come back in full force.

The sock terrorist has once again declared a jihad against her infidel socks. The only difference now is that there is no struggle. Maddie grips it and rips it and the offending piece of clothing is gone in a flash.

It’s no longer any kind of challenge for her. The challenge now falls to her parents as the temperatures will continue to fall. Looks like little Maddie will be sporting high top shoes all winter long.

I’m pretty sure you only put one on me this morning.