We were able to go to Chicago this year, and we had so much fun. Madelyn made so many new friends - especially her Uncle Dan. He couldn't get enough of her. Here is a photo montage of a typical Christmas at the Kopp house - opening presents, eating, decorationg the tree, spending time with grandparents, and shooting pellets at the geese.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Nothing says Merry Christmas more than give-aways! Rob's company had amazing prizes at the Christmas party: TVs, giftcards, XBOX 360, vacations, flight vouchers, snowmobiles, and many other gifts. And at the end of the night, one of the founders announced that he was giving away one of the other founder's car - unbeknownced to him! I guess he drives two cars, and they thought that was greedy! Sure enough - a girl named Kelly is now the owner! Rob and I didn't win anything big - but we had a great time with our friends.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Madelyn loves getting lost in our covers. She rolls herself up in blankets and tries to find her way out. Most of the time she ends up rolling over the opening, and trapping herself - which Rob thinks is hillarious. She then gets mad and cries. But when she is able to find her way out, she gets so excited. We played this game for almost an hour today.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Madelyn met her Aunt Lindy for the first time yesterday - and immediately fell in love. Maddie was showing off for her the whole time we were there - laughing, smiling, and showing Lindy all of her tricks. Lindy's son, Spencer, wanted to hold his new cousin. When we asked him what he thought of her, his answer was, "She's heavy."
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
The other day I was out running errands with Maddie. In the two hours we were out, there was a bit of a temperature drop. As I'm headed back to the car - all the perfect mothers out there are giving me the "Where's her coat?" glare. To make matters worse, Madelyn has learned how to fake cough. So now the "where's her coat?" has turned into "No wonder she has Pneumonia." I decided it was time to buy her a jacket.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
We are starting to see some kind of support system underneath Madelyn's chin. It appears to be a pole-like body part that connects her head to her shoulders. We don't want to jump to any conclusions as of yet, but it is possible that there may actually be a neck under all of those chins. This is, however, only speculation. We will update everyone when we have more solid information.
Now if only we could find her wrists.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
All day I was thinking that tomorrow Maddie would be four months. But as I sat down at the computer I realized that it was actually today. I've been planning on making a four month post with some great pictures, but Maddie is already asleep. It's amazing - she is so grown up. She is learning to sit up, and rolls all over the place. She loves to hold her spoon and her fake keys, and now that she's teething - everything goes right into her mouth. She is the most amazing gift, and I cherish every day I get to spend with her. I can honestly say that these have been the best four months of my life. Thank you Rob and Madelyn for making me happier than I ever thought I could be - words can not express the love I have for you both.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
That was pretty much Maddie's attitude about the bunny costume. She got really mad when I put it on her, and basically huffed and puffed the whole time she was wearing it. For the longest time she just glared at me, as if to say, "What were you thinking with this one..." Rob also laughed at the bunny costume. He said we should have saved it for Easter. But I thought it was cute, and so did everyone else. Now the more I look at it, the more I realize that it's just like the pajamas that Aunt Clara gave Ralphie in "A Christmas Story."
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Solid food is everything Maddie has ever dreamed of. I have read that it takes most babies several weeks to actually eat solid food. You try a little one day - and keep forcing a bit down - until they are used to the texture. Madelyn spit out two, maybe three spoonfuls, and realized that this was baby heaven. She even ate the leftovers on her bib after I had finished feeding her. But let's be honest...did any of us ever doubt her eating ability?
Thursday, October 13, 2005
There's nothing I enjoy more than a good baseball game - so Maddie and I have had a great time cheering on Rob. He is a fantastic fielder and hitter, and has really helped his team have such a successful season. Now that both summer and fall leagues are over, I'm not sure what we'll do with our Wednesday nights. Of course I'm talking about after the White Sox win the World Series...