Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!

Some pics from our Fariytale Halloween Celebration. Unfortunately our neighborhood's Halloween Parade had to be canceled because the police department couldn't spare the personnel due to the storm. However, for the first time since we've lived here our building sent around flyers to put up to welcome trick or treaters so we took the kids around the building. They had a great time.  Here they are: Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf!

Combo Picture!
Little Red! She wasn't a huge fan of the cape, so the pics were a little hard to get. I made the cape out of fleece to keep her warm at the parade, when we ended up with all indoor activities it wasn't such a hit!
Hood up. The pinafore was my favorite part of the costume but I didn't think to take a picture with the cape off!
I was surprised how many people had trouble figuring out her costume! I thought this was a pretty well known character!
She ended up wearing her dress shoes that I bought for Christmas. Her feet are growing fast so I'm a little worried they won't fit her by Christmas so we at least got one use out of them.
The Big Bad Wolf! He really enjoyed his costume.. I didn't make the nose obviously, but I was hoping it would help make it obvious that it was a wolf. One person thought it was a dog, but most people got the big bad wolf thing, even without getting little red riding hood.
Poor guy was sweating like crazy by the time we finished.
Family Photo Op! My mom was visiting since Sean had been in Boston, so we had an extra set of hands to take a picture of all of us.
In the elevator between floors. Meghan loved picking her candy then blowing kisses to the home owners.
Colin had a great time. Unfortunately there was only about one or two people per floor participating, but Colin had a great time searching for the fliers. Since he has been out of school this week we made our own Treat Bags. He did most of the web (I drew  it out and he traced it with paint, then I added a second coat), we did the spider together.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Meghan is 14 months old!

The kid's Halloween costumes are mostly complete so I can finally get this post published. I took the pictures on time but Meghan was super cranky that day so they didn't come out all that well, which made me even less motivated to get this published. Meghan is full of changes this month so there is lots to report, lets get to it.

Sleeping: She is slowly transitioning to one nap a day around 11 am, but it seems like she will do one nap and then the next three days she will go back to two then down to one again. It basically just makes it so I can never get anything (laundry in particular) done because I don't know when she is going to nap. Overnight she is still ok. She occasionally gets up at 4 and is hungry but mostly her daily wake up is around 5:50. She will sleep in until 7 maybe once a week just as a tease.

  • Books. I fight a daily battle with the book shelf. Meghan likes specific books and is happy to remove 10 or 20 until she finds just the right one.. still working on teaching her how to pick them back up again.
  • Bottle caps. Put it on, take it off, put it on, take it off...while mama prays she doesn't put it in her mouth... she loves to dig through the recyclables to find her toys these days.
  • Buckles. put it together, scream until I open it, put it together again...repeat.
  • Feeding the cats. She learned the sign for cat just so she could tell me she wants to give them treats. She also tries to "call them" by making the kiss face sounds.
  • Music. The girl likes to dance! Her best moves are dancing in a circle and the one foot stomp. So cute.
  • Super hero capes and masks. She likes to pull these out and have us put them on her. It is adorable.
  • Stickers on her shirt apparently! She was not pleased that I was trying to keep this sticker on her.
  • When the bottle cap or buckle won't come off/apart. Whoa, she pitches a fit if no one comes to her aide.
  • Barrettes. She isn't much of a fan, but her hair is getting longer so I keep trying to get her to tolerate them, before it becomes a big problem.

New and Notable.

  • Words: Hi ("eye"), bye("aye"), eye, cheese (sheese), Sadie (ay-ee), 
  • Waving and blowing kisses, she loves to say hello and goodbye to everyone, she blows kisses when she waves goodbye. She even preempts Sean's departure in the mornings and as soon as he has his work clothes on she starts waving to him.
  • Signs: I'm not sure I can name all the signs she knows at this point. She basically knows every sign in the three videos she cycles through. Here is my best attempt at a list. Dog, cat, horse, bird, fish, apple pear, carrot, more, wash hands, share, brush teeth, bath, sleep/tired, eat/food, go, all done, stop, wait, rain, snow, wind, game, I'm sure there are more but they aren't coming to me right now.
  • Her hair has gotten pretty long in the past month. Very curly in the back, but straight on top. 
  • Teeth. All eight in the front are in, and she is pushing her two bottom molars right now. She isn't too bad about it, we notice that she is fussy, but she has only required medication to help her sleep a couple times. 
  • She (and Colin too) had her tongue tie released this month. They put her under general anesthesia to do it and she came through the whole deal really well. She began testing out her new tongue only hours later.