Friday, November 9, 2012

My morning routine - 0 to 60

When Nathan wakes up in the morning, he is on. From the second his eyes open, his day has officially begun and I'd better keep up or get out of his way.

In those first 20 minutes when I am half asleep/half awake, I can change a diaper, find a missing Pooh Bear, brush a set of teeth that more often than not do NOT want to be brushed, whip up breakfast and put on a Barney episode that will hold his attention long enough so I can brush my own teeth, pour myself a bowl of cereal (which he will most likely eat half of even though his breakfast looks just as tasty) and if I'm lucky, pop a coffee pod into the Keurig.

A friend of mine, who does not have children, recently spent the night at our place and when Nathan came charging out into the living room he started up a full conversation with her. Her slow, hesitant response, eyes half open, was "Wow, you are a morning person!"

There are days when I miss taking a long hot shower, drinking a cup of coffee, half listening to what Matt and Al are talking about on The Today Show while I dry my hair, choose my outfit and put on my makeup while I get ready for "work." But then there are other days when Nathan does something adorable or says something hilarious over a bowl of cheerios and I remember that none of my morning meetings at work were ever this much fun.

People say children keep us young but I don't know about that.
When I compare the amount of energy I have to the amount he has... I'm feeling pretty old!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rock the Vote

Today is Election Day!!

Nathan hit the polls bright and early with my mom and dad.

And baby #2 snuck in with me right before closing.

We start them young around here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

For Nathan's first Halloween, he was only 6 months old and of course had no idea what was ever going on. We dressed him up like an adorable dragon and he happily obliged.

Last year he was a year and a half. Fully aware of costumes and but not sure how he felt about them. My first attempt was a semi-homemade family costume. Nathan was a hot dog and Will and I were Mustard and Ketchup. I thought this was great, Nathan was not quite on board.

So a last minute run to Target the day before Halloween and we were lucky to find a suitable alternative. Much more comfortable, Nathan trick or treated as Superman. 

This year, he picked out his own costume (he's had an obsession with frogs ever since my dad got him a little stuffed one a few months ago). He loves the costume and has happily worn it to more than one Halloween playdate, two Halloween festivals and even got his picture taken for our town's local newspaper wearing it. (We definitely got our $20 worth!!)

He had been practicing saying Trick or Treat for days before the big event. Trust me, he knew those were the magic words that would get him lots and lots of candy! Halloween night was definitely a success. We trick or treated in my parent's neighborhood and although he usually forgot his line by the time we got to the door, he was very good about saying Thank You each time he got a piece of candy.

We put him to bed at 8:30 and for the next 2 hours listened to him jump up and down in his crib singing the ABC's..... signs of a well deserved sugar rush. He finally crashed around 10:45 and when he woke up this morning he immediately asked where was his costume and when were we going to do trick or treat. So aside from the cruel reality that Halloween only happens once a year, and he's now got 364 days to wait for his next one, I would say our 3rd Halloween was our best so far!