Madeline loves learning. She loves to sing, read books, color, sing and play with her toys. She is becoming a creative independent player. As long as I’m close by she will play with her toys without me having to play with her. I love that she is learning how to play independently. She loves to line up her toys whether that is blocks, people or her doll house furniture. One of her favorite toys is her dollhouse. She loves to put all the furniture in the house and does a pretty good job putting them in the correct places. She loves the little baby and will sing to her as she puts her in the tiny crib. One of her other favorite toys is still her Little Einstein people and the big rocket. Quincy is her favorite one of the kids. By the end of the summer she was calling all of them her kids. This summer Madeline learned how to do the simple puzzles. She loves all the puzzles with the animals but particularly likes the puzzle with the doors you can open. She likes to find the cat.
Madeline loves animals...especially cats. She can recognize most major animals and tell us what sound they make. She also loves her soft elephant and sheep (which she calls sheepie) and sleeps with them in her bed. When it’s time for bed she lays them down in her crib and when she gets up she wants me to take them out of the crib for her. They travel with her to wherever she is playing.
Madeline is still a great eater and will eat most anything we give her. What she loves more than eating is bath time. Sometimes she will not eat all her dinner just so that she can have a bath. She never forgets to tell me that it is bath time after dinner. She loves to grab her towel off the hook and then turn on the faucet in the tub. She is always quick to remind me to put bubbles in her bath. She loves bubbles. After I take her clothes off she puts them in the laundry basket. Then she sits on her little potty. She got her first little pink potty this summer and loves to sit on it so that she can flush the silver handle and hear the flushing sound. She doesn’t have any patience for actually doing anything on it but that’s ok.
Towards the end of the summer Madeline developed a love for cooking with me in the kitchen. She always grabs her apron and makes me put mine on as well. She loves to help put the ingredients in the bowl and turn on the mixer. At first the mixer was a little loud for her and she would cover her ears every time it was on. Then she would tell me we were all done when she turned the mixer off. It was cute. She loved making cookies and eating the cookie dough at the end. I would only give her a little bit and she would keep asking me for more so I had to be quick getting the cookie dough on the baking sheets.