Archive for August, 2011

Puppy Talk Chicken

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

This is a new one: Maddox having his toys interact with each other! Just another sign of him growing more and more into a little boy.


Phrases of the Week

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Maddox has been using new words and phrases non-stop for the past few weeks. Here are a few of the most popular recent ones:

Three more minutes

Instead of just saying no to things now, Maddox tells us “Three more minutes!” He’ll say that to pretty much anything: getting changed, going to the car, eating dinner. Of course, he really has no concept of a minute, but he’s figured out that if he responds this way he’ll usually get to continue what he’s doing longer than if he just says no. Smart kid.


Leanne mentioned this earlier, but whenever we get in the car now, it’s pretty much “Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!” the whole way now. This is, of course, in reference to the truck named Mack in Cars. It doesn’t even matter if we’re seeing trucks or not on the road, though that usually does lead to a few extra “Maaaaaaaaaaaaack!” exclamations.

Wow, Pretty!

A lot of things are pretty now, including music, the outdoors, and even his dad every now and then. But what I really get a kick out of is the way he says “Wow”, with such wonder and astonishment, as if this is really the prettiest thing on earth.


Monday, August 15th, 2011

Any parent who walks into the Disney store with their kid is a sucker. If you leave without a bag o’ loot, you’re a mean, mean, mean, mean parent.

So, Jon and I bought Maddox a set of 3 little racing cars, from – you guessed it – Cars.

He loves these cars. He pushes them around tables, on the ottoman, the walls, the counter, and on the Ikea floor mat with the map design. Needless to say, we watch Cars pretty much on a daily basis.

Now, when we drive places on the highway, Maddox calls, “Mac? Mac?” like Lightening McQueen does when he’s lost in the movie. It’s good to limit tv, but the adorableness of hearing Maddox whisper in an awed voice, as he’s drifting off to sleep, “piston cup…wowwwww” is irresistible. (The cup is the prize for the big race.)

Mads has also learned the words: fire truck, tire, oh no, mean green car, and I think neon. When they do the panoramic view that the blue car is so into, he goes “ooooh, pretty.”

The only thing I’m not so keen on is that when he races the blue and green cars, he makes these demonic growling noises because the cars in the movie are pretty aggressive when they race!

The Emotions of a Two Year Old

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

It can’t be easy being two. You have all of these emotions, but no experience or understanding of how to handle them. Maddox definitely went through a phase where he found the best way to express those emotions was physically, by repeatedly hitting us.

Thankfully, that phase is past, and the current one is more entertaining than anything else.

Maudslay Family Day

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Every year, Newburyport has something called Yankee Homecoming, a week of summer activites, many of which are great for kids. One of those is Family Day at nearby Maudslay State Park.


Last year we went, in what was a good example of a phase we went through where we went to anything remotely kid oriented even if it really wasn’t geared towards one year-olds. Well, Maddox was two this year, so I figured there had to be something he would find interesting.


After we walked through the whole fair, past 45 booths or so, can you guess what he found most interesting? That’s right, a rock. To give him credit, it was a pretty interesting rock as far as rocks go.

Luckily, on the way back they had started another activity: Gymanstics demonstrations. Maddox found this fascinating. Whenever someone would finish their routine, he would yell “More jump!”. After a few minutes he actually sat down and would clap whenever someone finished.


After watching demonstrations, the gymnasts came out and let the kids run around on the pads. One of the girls came up to Maddox, and he gladly held her hand as she led him around on the equipment.


He even surprised me when he asked for my hand as he approached the balance beam. I have no idea when he learned to walk a balance beam, but after holding my hand he slowly walked across it, putting one foot in front of the other.