The Best Big Sister Gift Ever!

The Best Big Sister Gift EverWhen our new baby is born, he has plans to present Madeline with a generous big sibling gift (purchased in advance by yours truly), to say “thanks for letting me be born into your limelight!” The theme of his gift to her is Too Busy To Be Jealous with a touch of Just For Funzies thrown in. It’s very thoughtful of him, if you ask me — showering his older sister with personalized trinkets to make her feel happy and loved in a time when all eyes will be on him.

Madeline’s Big Sister Gift:

  • Big Sister Shirt — A long sleeved tee, in her favorite color (purple) proclaiming Madeline the “best sister ever.” This will make for some super sweet photo opps. (Nana picked this out for Maddie-girl.)
  • Kid Made Modern Wooden Bead and Fuzzy Sticks Kit — I found this kit at Target (no longer available) in the arts and crafts aisle. I picture Madeline sitting down with her grandparents for some sure-to-be-coveted one-on-one time and creating some beautiful jewelry!
  • Frozen Color Wonder Pad — I picked up a mini Color Wonder pad (similar here) in the Dollar Spot at Target to add to the big sib gift. A mess-free, one-player pass-time? Yes, please.
  • Melissa and Doug Happy Handle Stamp Set — Weekly trips to story time at the library have treated us to not only songs, books and bubbles, but to a weekly hand stamp. This is Madeline’s favorite part. Well, can’t have too much of a good thing, I say. So she’ll be bringing home a whole stamper kit to cover our walls hands in.
  • Woodland Animal Sticker Book — Much like hand stamps, you can’t go wrong with stickers in our house. Found this in the Dollar Spot at Target.
  • You & Me Doll Playard — Little Mommy Madeline’s baby dolls have been taking turns in the baby’s swing and bouncy seat lately. So I figured they needed a nice place to nap when her brother is occupying their spot. This (purple) doll pack-n-play will be perfect for them. Plus, can you just imagine Granddad trying to set up the pint-sized version of the real thing for her!? I’m hoping for video…
  • Dress Up Shoes — A big sister should feel like a big girl and what big girl doesn’t like to wear heels? I purchased Madeline’s first plastic pair in the Dollar Spot at Target (similar here). High fashion over here, I’ll tell you what…

Did your new baby come bearing big sib gifts? What was the biggest hit with your older kiddos?

#1 Parents In The Pumpkin Patch

Mommy Daddy and Maddie at Gross Farms Last weekend, we ventured out into the pumpkin patch on a rather fall-like Sunday. We were on the hunt for some pumpkin pies (as Madeline calls them — better known to the rest of the world as pumpkins). We decided that at 36 weeks pregnant, it wouldn’t be that fun for us to drive the two hours up to Hillridge Farms for a repeat of last year’s festivities (wonderful though they were), so we stayed local and headed to Gross Farms. Along with the rest of central North Carolina. The farm was packed full of families clinging onto what little we have in the way of autumn weather and festivities down here in the South.

We waited for about 15 minutes in line for some pumpkin flavored ice cream and then snagged a wagon and headed into the patch.

Let me tell you, pumpkin patching with a two year old is much different than pumpkin patching with a one year old. Gone are the days of adorably posed shots and sweet smiles. This year Madeline was all about pulling the wagon herself — “MY do it!” She even yelled at a few passers by who apparently threatened her — “NO tata, girl! Dis is MY wagon!” Girl’s dad looked at Andrew and me and said, “Really!?!” At that point I looked over at Andy wide-eyed and then proceeded to “discipline” my child. “Madeline that little girl doesn’t want your wagon and there is no reason to yell at her. Please be respectful and kind.” Madeline responded with a look of incredulity (how could I not understand all the unspoken fighting words girl had spit at her and that she was just defending what was rightfully hers!), turned on her heel and pulled her wagon away while muttering “no” under her breath. Super fun. #1 parents in the pumpkin patch.

As our time at the farm wore on, the South began to rear it’s ugly head and everyone started sweating at the suddenly sky-high temperatures. Not to be dissuaded, I forced my sweet family into taking some obligatory photos — “These will probably be our last photos as a family of three!!!” And though there was tons of push back and even more sweating, I’m glad I insisted.

This year, we brought home one huge orange pumpkin for carving, a weird squat pumpkin, a white small pumpkin and some gourds. We also brought home some of my most favorite memories of our final days as parents of just one little punkin. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us at the pumpkin patch next year!

Pumpkin Pie

Wagon Full of Pumpkins

Night Night Sleepy

Two Little Pumpkins

36 Weeks Pregnant


Daddy and Maddie in the pumpkin patch

Mommy and Madeline in the pumpkin patch

The Wilhelms at Gross Farms

Can Your Two Year Old Do This?

Madeline’s in training to be a Starbucks barista. Start ’em young, I say!