Sweet Madalyn. What a joy she is in our home. Maddie is whimsical, playful, empathetic, obedient, tender-hearted, cheerful, and imaginative. There isn’t a mean bone in her body, she’s completely selfless, and she’ll do anything to make someone else happy. She is a happy, playful little girl and she is always deep in some whimsical, imaginative fantasy. Maddie is eager and enthusiastic in everything she does. She loves to learn, she thrives on hugs and words of praise, and she talks and sings constantly. Maddie is new to cheerleading and she absolutely loves it. Cheer has been so great for her confidence and sense of self. Maddie cherishes her family and is very affection. She cries when even one person is absent for even a moment and she prays daily for us to have “100 babies.” Madalyn is very sweet and obedient and she tries so hard to do everything right. She is such a sweetheart and we are blessed to have her!
And now she’s six! Yes, the tiny six-pound infant I held such a short time ago is now a beautiful, happy, growing six-year-old princess. It’s hard to believe how fast she’s grown over the years. I hold firm to this, however: Madalyn will always be my baby girl!
Maddie has been looking forward to this birthday with great anticipation. Every March, when the older kids begin their birthday plans in earnest, Maddie must wait. She waits through birthdays in April and May. She waits clear until July. And then she still has to wait until the end of the month!
This year Maddie really wanted her ears pierced and her hair cut short. She talked of those two things constantly and I figured that her upcoming birthday would be a great time for a mini makeover. While we were visiting family less than two weeks before the big day, I arranged a makeover day for our princess to celebrate her birthday.
I found a salon catered towards little girls and arranged for several cousins, a few aunts, Nammy, and Grammy to be there. This place was a little girl’s dream and I think we delighted all the girls that day!
Maddie got her hair cut first, a cute short cut that suits her face nicely. It really accents her beautiful, brown eyes and her delicate chin. Maddie was thrilled! Then all the little girls picked out dresses and shoes and accessories from the big dress up closet. Maddie chose a green tinkerbell outfit with wings.
The girls got their nails painted, hair done (complete with glitter and the colors of their choosing), and makeup applied. It was a thrilling experience for them! Maddie chose orange and green highlights in her hair and green eye shadow. I do hope her tastes subdue a little bit before her teenage years! Everyone said she looked like a little woodland fairy and that is so fitting considering Maddie’s fun, impish personality. Brenna chose a more grown up look: a long purple dress, fancy up-do with sparkles but no color, and subtle makeup. Once they were all fancy, the girls settled around the table and enjoyed “pink sodas” with whipped cream and sprinkles on top.
At the end, Madalyn was ready to get her ears pierced. She sat bravely on the chair and claimed she wasn’t scared at all, but I could see that she was nervous. Her poor cousin, Kate, sat nearby with her hands clamped tightly over her own ears. “Does it hurt yet?” she kept nervously asking Maddie, before anything had even been done.
Madalyn requested a hug, but then held onto me so tightly that I knew she was scare. I stood behind her, hugging her tight, while her ears were pierced. They did both sides at the same time. Maddie didn’t even flinch and then she began to giggle with relief.
“How did that feel?” I asked her.
“Awesome!” she declared, and I chuckled at the adjective she chose. “It only tickled,” Maddie assured us all. She was beaming, a beautiful smile covering her face. She ran to inspect her new earrings in the mirror and she was even more excited when she saw them.
After several hours of fun at the spa, we all went our separate ways. Aunt Michelle, Kylie, Taylor, Nammy, and Grammy all went home. Aunt Elaine and cousin Kate took Brenna, Maddie, and myself to buy new earrings for Maddie to wear once her ears are done healing. Maddie got to pick out three pairs of earrings and Aunt Elaine bought a pair for Brenna as well. The girls picked out matching “best friends forever” necklaces. Then Elaine treated us all to yummy ice cream.
It was that evening, when I went to clean Maddie’s ears, that I realized that her left earring was positioned completely wrong. It was way too high on her earlobe, looked uneven with the other side, and was completely above the blue mark that we’d agreed upon before her ears were pierced. The next morning, I took Maddie back to the salon and explained the problem. The earring was far enough away from where it should have been that we were able to simply remove it and repierce that ear.
Maddie was obviously nervous, but put on her bravest face. She claimed that the piercing only tickled again, but I saw little tears in her eyes. I felt so bad, but I was glad that we got it fixed early so that she wouldn’t have to grow up with crooked earrings.
As we left the salon, Maddie asked, “Mom, which day should I remember forever? Should I remember yesterday because I got my ears both pierced yesterday? Or should I remember today because I got this ear pierced again?”
I thought it was cute that she was concerned about this, about which day should be remembered forever as the day she finally got her ears pierced. I told her to remember yesterday with all the fun and excitement of her cousins and her makeover.
“So I should forget today?” Maddie clarified.
I chuckled and told her that she could remember both days because not every little girl gets one of her ears pierced twice. That seemed to satisfy her.
Madalyn loves her earrings and her hair cut. She looks so adorable! Her earrings make her look cute and grown up. Her hair cut is perfect for her face and she loves how easy it is to take care of. She can wash it and brush it with minimal help. It’s super soft and she tells everyone that she’ll cut it short again as soon as it grows out. She loves it!
Today was Maddie’s actual birthday. We spent so much money on her spa, makeover party that we kept today fairly simple. On his way home from work in the morning, Rick bought her an enormous bouquet of flowers and a singing “chipettes” birthday card. She was absolutely tickled by this little surprise! The flowers are on our kitchen table and she carried the card with her all day.
We ran errands for most of the morning, stopping at several stores for last-minute party supplies. I bought Lunchables for a special birthday lunch. We never buy Lunchables so this was a real treat for everyone. I let the birthday girl pick out a fancy Lunchable with a sandwich, jello, cookies, and juice and she was thrilled.
We woke Daddy up in the late afternoon. Maddie opened her birthday presents… a big, cozy, Princess blanket (homemade) from Grandma and Grandpa, two baby dolls sets complete with a carseat and a bathtub from Nammy and Papa, a Snow White doll from her siblings, and a baby set with a doll, bath supplies, slippers, diapers, ducky robe, and terry towel from Mommy and Daddy. Maddie was thrilled that she could take this doll in the tub as well. Of course, she also had the earrings from Aunt Elaine and the ear-piercing from us as well.
(I see my Mama in this beautiful face!)
Maddie requested pizza for her birthday dinner. She wanted her favorite pizza, which she calls “meat monster” and was excited when I let her have the piece with the most meat on it. We drank raspberry pop (also at Maddie’s request). I made Maddie a chocolate fudge brownie cake with marshmallow topping and chocolate chips on top (all at her request). She picked out ice cream to go with it. She wanted fresh fruit too (bananas, peaches, and cherries) so we ate that for her birthday dinner as well.
The kids then had a three-part movie night to celebrate Maddie birthday. That’s right, we started at 6pm and I let them watch three entire movies of Maddie’s choosing. Earlier in the day, I bought giant old fashoined lollipops that were literally as big as the kids’ heads. They slurped and sucked and licked and chewed on those during the movie night. Somehow, the biggest suckers they’d ever seen and three entire movies all in a row made it a really special and exciting night!
I think our sweet little girl had a very happy birthday. She certainly deserves it!