Madeline Lately

Oh, hello.
I believe I promised a post.  Here you go.

Wilde family pictures happened.  Here's Grandma and Grandpa with their grandkids:
The three of us.
 Neither Mike or I really look that great in most of the pictures.  But Madeline is really cute.

Madeline is the funniest eater.  She still would rather nurse than eat real people food, but the real food that she does eat is highly atypical.  She hates all the normal bland things that most babies eat (bananas, rice cereal, bread, etc.) but will happily eat things with flavor, like shrimp and burritos and curry.
And, we've recently discovered, sushi:
She really wanted these dill pickle chips.
 Berries are Maddie's favorite food.  All berries are great, but raspberries are her favorite.
 She has the most hilarious concentrating face.  She furrows her brows and puckers her lips and stares super intently at whatever she's focused on.  It's really hard to capture on film, because as soon as she sees the camera she gets distracted and her concentrating face goes away.  I finally got it, though:
 She's always sticking her feet through the bars of her crib.  Always.
 So cute.
 She fell asleep on me.  This NEVER happens.  Never.  It was so sweet to just hold my baby while she drifted off to sleep.
 She learned to drink out of a straw.
 We went to Cornbelly's with some cousins!  It's great having older cousins who will hold you whenever you want.
 Will did not want to share Uncle James with Madeline.
 Lucy and Emma on the cow train.
 ...which was way too fascinating to smile for the camera.
 Baby's first corn maze.
 This shed thing was full of corn.  Madeline thought it was interesting until some older kids started throwing it around.
 Carving pumpkins!  Mike put the pumpkin in front of Maddie and just carved wherever she pointed.  It turned out very avant gard looking.  I think Madeline will really get into this tradition in a couple of years.
 Must. Reach. Grandpa's. Glasses.
 Three generations watching the Notre Dame game.
 Playing with Dad is the best.  I'm so sad about all the back light because this picture is so cute of Mike and Maddie.
 Daddy tickles.
Maddie smiles.
 We had a hard time getting Maddie to smile, or even look at the camera, but here she is with her uncles and her cousin, Sam, who is giving a fantastic photobomb here.
 Obvs these photos are out of order.  We got the pumpkins before we carved them.  Here we all are at the pumpkin patch:

 I never get enough of those sweet little sleeping shots.
 Mischievous Madeline
 She was DETERMINED to get the phone.
 Google hangouts with Dad is the best.
 Correction: reading with dad is the best.
You can just tell she's giving one of her fake laughs here.  Cracks me up. 
So, yeah, life is good.  Madeline is fun and sweet and so full of life.  Mike is busy doing all his Mike things.  I'm loving my baby, hating the imminent cold weather, and loving the B Drag, as we affectionately refer to it around here.  We're all looking forward to Thanksgiving.  Especially Mike.  That man loves his turkeys.

Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving next week!


Happy (belated) Halloween!

From Evil Mike, Evil Melissa, and Evil Madeline.

Apparently Evil Madeline's goatee tastes delicious.

In case you have yet to experience the darkest timeline: