Mad loves books. One of the best things that happened before she was born is that my coworker asked me what sort of shower I'd like her to throw. I asked for books. Heck, by then we'd already had one impromptu shower from a class I work with and one given by a woman's group I am in. And I knew we were having "the" shower after the baby was born, so I wasn't worried about clothes by then. Just from that shower, Mad received almost 50 books. They have just kept coming since then.
These days she has a few favorites. Two in particular are "Aliens Love Underpants" and "How to Potty Train Your Monster." (Notice a theme here? Mama might be working on something.) At this point, I could recite them to you, but I won't.
Most of our friends either do not have young children or they have children Mad's age or younger. But one of my friends has a granddaughter who is just enough older than Madelyn that we have recently started receiving hand-me-downs. I don't know how you feel about it, but since Mad went through about a year where every three to four months she was in a new size, I am thrilled to be getting them. (And I'm not too disappointed that her growth rate is slowing down. I think we might make it through winter in 3Ts and 4Ts. *fingers crossed*)
Jaylah's mommy has been sending over all sorts of stuff lately. Most of it entirely usable; some that has gone to Grandma's house "just in case"; and a few things that have been donated (where, yes, I'm sure they'll toss it... I just can't do it).
One of the things Mad won't be using herself, but which I have kept is a bunch of little panties. She's getting ready to figure out the putting on and taking off of clothing. Why not practice... and encourage the use of panties instead of diaper? Fortunately, most of the panties have been too small anyway.
We got another batch on Tuesday. In it was one rather large (for Mad) pair of Blue's Clues panties. I'd washed everything Wednesday night and was in the midst of folding it on my bed yesterday morning when Mad awoke. We frequently dress her on our bed, even if there's a laundry project in progress. Needless to say, she found the panties, exclaimed, "Unnoopaaans" and proceeded to work to get them on over her pants. She needed a little help, but together it was a mission accomplished.
And then we went about our day. At Grandma's house she proudly lifted her shirt to show off her unnoopaaans. When Daddy arrived to pick her up, she did the same.
Last night was one of those nights. She was tired, I was tired and lazy. I'd taken her up to get ready for bed, already knowing that there would be no bath. When I opened her pyjama drawer I realized that all the long-legged, long-sleeved ones were in my bedroom... and that the door was locked... and the key was downstairs. So I did something I might have done one other time in Mad's life: I put her to bed in the same clothes she wore last night.
The downside is she didn't get changed. The upside is I got this