Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween!

The weekend started off promising enough with many Halloween-y events in the making.

Like, for instance, this costume story time/parade at the library.
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But then things turned kind of.... scary?  While I'm not completely sure, I think Will caught a small cold recently because his nose has been yuck-o.  He also bit the c-r-a-p out of his tongue on Saturday.  And the Halloween party at Daddy's work was a no-go because of rain.

By far the scariest event was Mike's attempt at cooking.  He decided to make chicken wings for football Sunday.  However, he NEVER cooks, has no idea what he's doing, and somehow managed to start a fire.  This prompted Will to begin singing 'Happy Birthday to You' and led Mike to a state of panic.

Luckily the only casualties were some sippy cups sitting in the sink.  What are the chances I might ever convince him to cook again?  Ah, well, it's probably for the best.
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Amidst the crazy, we did manage to do some normal Halloween-y things like carving our gigantic 36 pounder.  
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Will mustered some initial excitement, but after the top was cut, he was done.  He went down into the yard to play with his lawn mower.
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And finally, the main event.  Will's new normal is skipping naps entirely, but I still gave it a try hoping for the best.  Sadly, there was no nap.  I fully expected Will to make this a very terrifying Halloween evening since he can barely function past 7 pm without a nap.

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Candy?  Let's do this thing.


Will started off by helping himself to the candy bucket I left out for fellow trick-or-treaters.
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Will's first house.  He was so excited.
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We practiced saying 'trick or treat' for weeks, but when it was finally showtime, he wasn't talking. Though he did like telling people they had pumpkins, and lights, and that he had a pop pop.
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After each house he would say, 'More candy.'  I think he'll be disappointed the next time we go for a walk that he won't be able to knock on random doors for treats.
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Yes, Little Monkey is a huge fan of Halloween.  Huge.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another pumpkin patch post

We went to another pumpkin patch the other day.  There's not much to say, but we met Nadine and Claire and had a pretty good time.

Will chased a chicken.
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And he loved playing in this big box of corn!  Last year he wouldn't stop trying to eat it.
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Anytime Will can pretend he's driving a ride-on mower, tractor, car, or any other large vehicle, he's a pretty happy fellow.
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Will was totally terrified to go into this moon bounce without me, but he reallllllllly wanted to jump.  He finally gave it a try and loved it.  I was so proud.  Some kid that was there on his preschool field trip kept telling me Will was too little (because the moon bounce was at capacity and he didn't feel like waiting his turn).  I ignored him for a time, and finally told him to go pick out a pumpkin or something.  Confession: I don't always like other people's kids.
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Will showed Claire his pumpkin and Claire showed Will her pink blob (supposed to be a heart).
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Yeah, it was a fun time.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yooooooooooooo Gabba Gabba

Subtitle: The night Will's little mind was blown...
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Last Thursday afternoon I discovered that Yo Gabba Gabba Live was going to be in Richmond over the weekend.  I took a few hours to think it over and realized we had to go.  HAD to go.

I told Mike on Friday evening that I had a special surprise planned for the following evening.  He was excited.  But not as excited as Will when we arrived at our special outing...
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Ok, momentary tantrum aside, he really was excited.

And popcorn makes everything better.
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Will, of course, had no idea where we were or what was about to happen.  When all his favorite friends came on stage, he was fixated.
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He didn't want to dance.  He didn't want to sit in 'Will's chair.'  He stayed on my lap (or on my hip when it was time to stand) and just watched everything.
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It's Biz Markie!

I think Mike and I loved the show as much as Will.  It was so fun and I was so glad we went.
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Who has two thumbs and loves Gabba?

This guy--
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He insisted on wearing his Muno shirt again today.

Post edited to add this lovely family picture taken at the event that I was forced to 'like' Kia Sorento on Facebook in order to retrieve.  Lovely.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

A bed for a big boy

That whole Will-doesn't-climb-out-of-his-crib-unless-I'm-in-the-room thing officially ended the other day when I heard "Mommy!" being called from the top of the stairs.  Will not only climbed out of his crib, but he opened his bedroom door (!), and apparently decided 'nap time' was over.  This threw me for a loop.  While I knew this day was coming, I didn't expect it quite so soon.  And I had NO idea he could open doors.

So instead of taking naps, we went to Target --  for a video monitor, door knob cover, and Yo Gabba Gabba bedding.  I called Mike and told him 'today's the day' and 'be ready to work when you get home.'

That night, we converted Will's crib to a toddler bed.

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At bedtime, we read some books, gave some kisses, and placed Will in his bed.  We expected him to climb out in a matter of seconds, but to our surprise, he laid down, and was asleep within minutes.
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Yesterday was a different story.

At nap time, he wandered the room, smeared himself with Vaseline that I mistakenly left in the diaper baskets (not sure how I missed that on the video monitor), and fell asleep on the floor in front of the door.

At bed time, he again wandered the room.  He placed approximately 50 books in his bed.  He threw diapers around the room.  He pulled clothes out of his drawers.  About an hour later, he scaled his dresser and began messing with the camera for his monitor.  I went up there, cleared out his bed, put him in it, and gave him a firm 'it's time to sleep.'  He was asleep in 5 minutes.

The above scenario just played out again for nap time today.

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I hate that we're doing this transition with him now.  He still seems a bit young and clueless.  But maybe I'm just being dramatic?  Either way, there's no turning back.

No longer a baby.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Moments like this...

Today was a tough day.  For more specifics you'll have to tune in to tomorrow's (or Thursday's) post.

But then there are moments like this that happen out of nowhere --
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Moments that are completely unprovoked by the mommies that stand back watching with smiles on their faces.

Moments that erase the hard stuff (at least temporarily) and let me know that mothering this little boy is the single greatest thing I will ever do in this life.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The park where the airplanes fly over

Last Saturday was an ahhhhh-mazing Fall day in the DC area and we decided to take full advantage.  There was some discussion on Friday night as to what our Saturday should entail and I suggested, "What about the park in Alexandria where the airplanes fly over?"  'The park in Alexandria where the airplanes fly over' is the unofficial name of this place because I can't, for the life of me, remember what it's actually called.  It's some park alongside the Potomac River next to National (that would Ronald Reagan Airport for all you non-locals).

So that's exactly what we did.  We went to the park in Alexandria where the airplanes fly over.
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Insert random picture of Japanese treats sitting in the grass...
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My dear friend Erin lives in Japan with her little military family and recently sent a birthday present for Little Monkey.  With tons of treats.  I find all the packaging to be soooo.... I don't know....  whimsical?  Yes, that's it.  Anyway, yes, Erin.  We ate the animal crackers.  I saw the 'cock.' You're so immature.

I love this age.  EVERYTHING is exciting.
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Especially airplanes that fly right over your head.
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Something else that's exciting?  That toy (in the picture on the left) I got from the dollar bin at Target.  I swear it's his favorite thing EVER.  Too bad he broke it today.
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Another thing that's kind of exciting right now?  Will sort of takes creative direction for picture-taking purposes.  Hey, Will, wanna play in the tree? 
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Oh, good.  Now smile.
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Mike, thinking ahead, decided to bring his bike so he could take Will for a ride alongside the Potomac.  Will loves going for bike rides with his daddy and I love that they have something special for just the two of them.  And, no, not just because I got to spend some time reading People.

A sleepy boy was returned to me a half hour later.  But sleep be damned, Will has decided that two year olds don't take naps.  I think we're on day 5 and counting.  I spend about an hour every afternoon listening to him play and talk on the monitor while I fight off tears.
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RIP nap time.  Believe me when I say you will be seriously missed.


It was a lovely Saturday spent at the park where the airplanes fly over, followed by a lazy Sunday of football watching.  A perfect weekend.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall

Not sure if I'm loving this edit, but I'm entering it anyway :)
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