Madilyn is my little muffin, baby cakes, princess butt. AKA PITA, she tried to make her appearance at around 26 weeks gestation. I was put on bed rest for nearly 3 months due to incompetent cervix. It was on my leopard print sofa in Orlando, Florida that I gained 80lbs and ate myself into postpartum depression. After being on bed rest for that length of time, Madilyn decided it would be funny to finally float to a higher position in my uterus and stay put until 40 weeks gestation. At 6cm dilated and 75% effaced, the doctors induced me because they were afraid she would be born on the side of the highway in my husband’s new car, met with screams of horror from the unsuspecting dad-to-be.
Madilyn is the sweetest girl, the bossiest babe, and the mouthiest mama. I love her to pieces most of the time but by golly gosh is the girl defiant and bossy? Absolutely. She’s a great big sister, a fantastic little sister, and typical middle child. She is my little fashionista and is starting a web show of her very own that will be hosted right here at The Dirty Floor Diaries! Madilyn picks out her own clothes every day, and as long as they match the weather, I don’t care what she wears. This is one battle not only am I not willing to fight, I don’t want to fight. I love seeing what she comes up with each day. She struggles with a milk protein allergy that didn’t get diagnosed until she was almost 2 years old. We struggled with chronic constipation, cramping, and fissures once we introduced cow’s milk into her diet. Go ahead and ask her what milk and cheese do to her and she’ll tell you, “It makes my poop hurt.” We stay as far away from that nastiness as we possibly can.
Madilyn’s favorite things are her knee-high brown polka-dot boots, her My First Disney Princess Cinderella doll, ballet, doing arabesques all day long, and a pink giraffe blanket we had made for her when we FINALLY decided on her name.
I fear her teenage years, but I’m making enormous tweaks to how I parent her recently, and I see great changes in her little personality.
Do you struggle with your daughter? I do too, on so many levels. Look out for some hilarious, emotional, wonderful articles on how to effectively parent your little girl.