There are two words I’ve been waiting to hear from Madeline for the past couple of months, ever since she clearly strung together the words, “Hi, Daddy!”

She says those two a lot, and usually says them to Dan and me, interchangably.

But, today I was in the kitchen making cupcakes and she was watching me from the living room. With Dan’s prompting, she finally said it – “Hi, Mama!”

Such a cutie patootie. I just want to squeeze the stuffings out of her. I won’t, though. She needs her stuffings.