Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Halloween 2016

Now seems like a good time to join the masses and say, I can't believe Halloween is over, and it's already November! We are deep into my favorite time of year, and while I didn't think it was possible to love fall more, I have found that I do now that there is a baby to share it with. Everything is more fun with kids!

I'll be honest: I wasn't going to get the baby a Halloween costume. Like, at all. He goes to bed at about 6:30 every night, so it's not like he was going to be out and about on Halloween. But at the insistence of my coworkers who showed me pictures of their babies' first Halloweens (some of them many years ago!), I found myself at Target shelling out $20 for a lamb costume (it was that or a terrifying-looking bluebird - the only ones in his size the day I was there!). And truly, I'm SO GLAD that I did, because he was SO CUTE and it was well-worth the $20. Plus, we dressed him in the costume several times and will likely use the same costume again on kid #2 whenever that is so.... whatever. It's fine.

We kicked off Halloween weekend with a trip to another pumpkin patch with my sister-in-law and my niece, and let the babies run around and touch pumpkins until they were sufficiently worn out. C2 didn't care about the pumpkins very much but he did think the dried, hollow gourd was really cool. Whatever floats your boat, my love.


On Halloween night, we fed the baby a quick dinner, then wrangled him into his costume and popped him in his wagon for a pre-bedtime trip around the neighborhood. He was fascinated with the neon plastic pumpkin and the pack of Sour Patch Kids that we let him hold. It was crinkly and amazing and why do I buy toys?! But anyways...


He was the cutest sheep I've ever seen. Truly. Have you ever seen anything better?! Even though we were about an hour too early for trick-or-treating, a couple of neighbors were outside and ready, and they got a kick out of letting the baby "pick" candy. (Mama picked Reese's at every house... not mad about it!) Then we sat on the porch for a few and said hello to the first little kids out making the rounds before heading upstairs for bedtime. Per usual, C2 was tuckered out and promptly passed out, not to be heard from again until the next morning. We handed out candy for a while until our bucket was JUUUUST about empty, and then we headed inside and turned off the porch lights. We had easily over 100 trick-or-treaters again this year - I love that our neighborhood has such a good turnout and has so much fun! 

I'm super glad that I didn't "skip" this holiday because the baby is too young to remember it - we got some great pictures, and C and I definitely made some good memories that we will share with C2 years from now. It was so fun to watch him smile and laugh and try to figure out what the heck was going on. I am giddy with holiday excitement at this point, and can't wait for Thanksgiving and then Christmas! (Though I don't want to talk about the fact that will mean baby boy's first birthday will be right around the corner..... wahhhh). I may or may not have ordered matching Christmas jammies for the whole family yesterday. I CAN'T WAIT.

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