The terrible twos are called terrible because suddenly your sweet bundle of joy develops an opinion.

Three is just as bad because not only do they still have the opinions, they also suddenly have the desire to do things ALL! BY! THEMSELVES!

Then there’s four (almost five.) Complete with the opinion plus desire to do things ALL! BY! THEMSELVES! only now having the ability to actually start doing things ALL! BY! THEMSELVES! comes into play.

the moosh can do so much.

Calling her the moosh seems so juvenile compared to the real person that spends her days with me. In the past week I have had to get her bigger clothes, no longer can I shop in the toddler section. 5T is a thing of the past. Her feet grew two sizes over the summer which meant bigger shoes and bigger socks. We had to get her a bigger bike, her knees were hitting the handlebars of her old one. She barely fits in her toddler bed. We even had to get her bigger underpants, she’s been without diapers for almost two years.

She’s starting to read. She can write “I love you mom and dad.” She knows what prosciutto is. She knows how to make toast and how to frost a cupcake. She can brush her own teeth and sings along to Hannah Montana. She knows the difference between dark and milk chocolate. Her head comes up to my chest. She no longer fits in shopping carts. She can swing in the big swings all by herself. Last week she washed her own hair during her bath.

Post Swim Swirly Curls.

She hasn’t fallen asleep in my arms in almost two years.

She has 16 freckles besides the dozens sprinkling her nose.

Her name is Mary Adelaide and she is named after my grandma.

Everyone who loves her dearly (and there’s hundreds) just call her Addie.

There’s nothing baby about my baby anymore.

the moosh.

Except that she will always be my baby.


  1. I remember when I first heard you call her Addie, and I was thinking “Who’s Addie?” And then “Duh…”

    She’ll always be the Moosh to me. But she’s perfect no matter what. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

  2. I’m listening to Pandora as I read your post. What’s on? U2’s “The Sweetest Thing” — seems kind of appropriate don’t you think? Love the name. It’s no surprise she’d have a great name, considering her wonderful mama. Yes, it goes way too fast. My oldest started kindergarten this year.

  3. I’m listening to Pandora as I read your post. What’s on? U2’s “The Sweetest Thing” — seems kind of appropriate don’t you think? Love the name. It’s no surprise she’d have a great name, considering her wonderful mama. Yes, it goes way too fast. My oldest started kindergarten this year.
    BTW I love your blog!

  4. She is so beautiful!

  5. I have always wondered what her name is. I love “Adelaide.” Super cute.

  6. Aren’t they just SO amazing? Day after day I find new things that dazzle me about my children. Things that shock me, words that come out of their mouth that sound so…grown up.

  7. She will definitely ALWAYS be your baby! Such a cutie and growing so fast.


  8. I adore the name Adelaide. What a great post, I’m sure it’ll be one for your daughter to love in future years.

  9. I call my niece (Jenna, who is 7 going on whatever age Hannah Montana is) Pumpkin. The other day she corrected me, “IT…IS…PUN…kin.” So sorry kid, so sorry.

    They grow too fast.

    As everyone else has said, I could never imagine a name perfect enough for the moosh, but I think Mary Adelaide (which, I tend to think Adelaide is one of the most beautiful names on earth) is perfect. And “Addie” is such a sweet, spunky nickname for what appears to be a sweet, amazing kid.

    Kim Reply:

    And apparently I lied. I asked her last night. She rolled her eyes and said, “It’s PU-kin.” Which might be worse. She agreed I could call her pumpkin.

  10. I have a VERY independent (just turned) 6 year old. It went SO fast. You turned me into a puddle of goo.

  11. I always wondered what the Moosh’s real name was…and Addie it is. How sweet and perfect.

  12. 🙂

    Made me smile today!

  13. I wondered if you would ever reveal her real name… I’m so happy to see that you spell Addie the same way as my little Adelaide! Its always been my favorite girls name. I’m in the same “fertility boat” as you right now, and I constantly wonder if my Addie will be my only one… thanks for always making me feel like I’m not alone!

    and, p.s. I love the baby picture… its priceless!

  14. She is a very lucky little girl. And cute as a button, as they say.


  15. Her name is wonderful! 🙂

    She is a beautiful child. (Those CURLS!)

  16. Her name is BEAUTIFUL. I love it!

    We are thinking about coming to Indy for my bday next weekend, you have a recommendation on fun things to do? 🙂

  17. This post is so timely for me. My only child started preschool this week and hasn’t fallen asleep in my arms in probably two years as well. You’re lucky you haven’t heard “I hate you yet”. My son has already gone through that phase once.

  18. What a very, very sweet post. So nice to meet the grown up Moosh. I love her name. But I think she might always be the Moosh to me 🙂

  19. Is it weird to feel so emotional over knowing her name? Like I’ve been invited into an exclusive circle of trust…along with the rest of the world. I cried. She’s beautiful and so are you and so are your words!

  20. THOSE CURLS! She is beautiful.

  21. That’s very sweet – Addie is definitely adorable. I hope to meet her someday.

  22. I don’t think I’ve seen any of her baby pictures. I love it. She is just as adorable back then.

  23. Love this post. It made me tear up. So much about her is beautiful. You are lucky to have her. (:

  24. Her baby photo looks like a baby on an old-time soap commercial. You know those adorable Victorian cherubs? One of those.

  25. I have only ‘outed’ my Giggles once. The Chicken has always been The Chicken-I call her The Chicken. I just don’t know if I am ready for their friends to google them or they google themselves and find themselves reading about my facial hair and arguments with Karma. Although Giggles has googled Giggles and landed herself at my blog.

    I have always loved her name since we talked at Blissdom last year. And that she is named after someone else, that just makes it even sweeter.

    LOVE the photos!

  26. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

  27. Addie is perfect! What a beautiful girl!

  28. Teary! I love that sweet baby girl. It’s a real shame she thinks I’m creepy like Halloween though.

  29. I’m one of those hundreds. Give that little lady a smoosh from me. Love this post, Casey. love.
    Also, frosting a cupcake is a serious skill. awesome.

  30. She has THE. MOST. PERFECT. RINGLETS. EVER. And I’m glad you call her Addie. Mary is a lovely name, but somehow seems… I dunno. Un-Moosh-like.

    And you closed the comments on your temple post, but I’m so glad to know you found answers and peace there. I think I need to make time to go. Gotta good babysitter you can send to Georgia?

  31. Her name is out…whata? I am a little slow these days. Love this post, it makes me tear up. I know this feeling, the baby moments are all too fleeting. Praying for you with all my being.

  32. I never knew her name, but now that I do I know that it is perfect! <3


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