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Halloween 2014

Last Halloween Boo was just about exactly one month old. He was still in that slightly weird looking old man newborn phase. And he had colic. Terrible, terrible, colic. If he wasn’t sleeping or nursing – he was crying:

Boo Boo's first Halloween

So we didn’t really have much fun with him for Halloween. Though I considered it, I didn’t dress him up and we didn’t do any visiting. Instead of doing those things, he cried. I probably cried a little too. Those early days of colic were pretty rough.

This year, however, was a very different (and far happier and busier) story.

First thing Halloween morning, after our usual traditions of nursing and looking out the window, I put Boo into his costume so that Dada’s very first view of his little man was as a dragon. We spent the morning playing in costume, until it was time for breakfast:

Boo Boo the dragon and his walker

Boo Boo the dragon at play

Boo Boo the dragon crawling

Boo Boo smiling with his dragon hood down

After breakfast we got back in costume and headed to the grocery store. Then, in keeping with my childhood tradition of visiting my aunt in costume, we packed a lunch and headed to Boo Boo’s Great Auntie Dorothy’s apartment:

Boo Boo the dragon and Auntie Dorothy

Once back home we met up with Dada, packed up yet another meal, and headed out to see Grandma, her decorations and some trick or treaters:

Boo Boo and Grandma look at Halloween decorations

…Of course Grandma had a few treats for Boo, too:

Opening Boo Boo's Halloween present

Family photo

The next morning we headed to Kemptville – not for anything related to Halloween – but considering the timing I couldn’t resist bringing Boo’s costume and showing it off to his Nana and Gramps:

Boo Boo the dragon smiling at Nana

So all in all Boo got some pretty decent mileage out of his Halloween costume. And though I was fighting off a cold (which I ultimately failed to do…sigh.), we had a fantastic and fun-filled couple of days pretending* to be a little monster and visiting with family.

* Yeah. Boo wasn’t pretending anything.

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A (very) late post about Thanksgiving

So I’ve been meaning to get this post up for a while. But apparently a baby that doesn’t sleep = a mama that doesn’t blog. At least it’s still (just barely) October.

As mentioned previously, we went to Kemptville for the Thanksgiving long weekend. Besides going for the BIG FAMILY DINNER, we were also there to celebrate Boo Boo’s first birthday with my parents. As expected, my mom did her part to continue with the Sesame Street theme:

Sesame Street and One year balloons

Boo playing with his balloons

Boo enjoyed his first ever experience with helium balloons…I don’t think he could figure out how they stayed afloat!

Cookie Monster puppet

Boo Boo’s Nana bought him a handmade Cookie Monster puppet. It’s been a big hit.

As for Thanksgiving dinner? It was delicious!

Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving table detail

The table setting was lovely. Unfortunately, I wasn’t seated at it – this was the “Over 50” table – and I was at the “everyone else with kids” table.

It was also hectic. There were 4 littles present (another on the way for my cousin!), so the husband and I spent a large majority of the time running after, or tending to Boo, as he crawled through people’s legs, “ran about” with his walker, and played alongside (if not with) his cousins:

Boo examine's A's dress

Boo was pretty obsessed with A’s dress – the stripes and the flowers proved irresistible. A was a VERY good sport about Boo Boo’s grabbiness….we felt like he might be coming on a little too strong, but A’s mama was of the opinion that it was good preparation for a little brother!

Boo Boo staring intently

Though you can’t see him, Boo is staring intently at his cousin O who’s far more skilled with the Mega Blocks (I love the look on his face!).

Dinner was equally hectic. Though Boo had his turkey before everyone else (the little guy gets so so so distracted, and with only 3 stubby little teeth, we didn’t expect him to eat from the table anyway), he still sat with us while we ate and practiced with his sippy cup:

Boo Boo holding his sippy cup

His older cousin O – already a master at drinking from a cup – thought he’d give himself a challenge and try a wine glass instead (which he’s also clearly mastered….we got that glass out of his hands before he managed to drink any of its contents!):

O tries to sip from a glass of wine

And since it was a birthday celebration, we of course had another Sesame Street birthday cake for Boo Boo – this time it was an Elmo cake! I’d made it about two weeks earlier, at the same time as his Cookie Monster cake, and then kept it in the freezer until Thanksgiving. I was worried about freezing a fully frosted cake, but it turned out just fine. The key was to fully freeze it (for about 4 hours) BEFORE wrapping it in cling wrap and aluminium foil….and then, of course, to unwrap it immediately upon removing it from the freezer to prevent any damage to the icing.

Me and my Elmo cake

Me and my masterpiece!

Elmo cake and other deserts

It was just one among many, many deserts. Obviously, it proved most popular with the littles. Not so much with the over 50 crowd ;)

Elmo cake

The Elmo cake in all its glory!

I’d really hoped that the red icing, combined with Boo Boo’s obsession with Elmo, would prove more enticing than the Cookie Monster cake. But nope. Boo couldn’t have cared less about my masterpiece. I trust I’ll get a difference reaction to cake by the time his next birthday rolls along.

So that was our Thanksgiving…as I’m obviously seriously behind on my holidays, you can imagine that my post on Boo Boo’s Halloween will be………..coming. At some point.

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Restoring my faith in humanity

So there’s this story that went kind of viral last week about a guy in green on a Toronto bus who wouldn’t move his bag for a woman to sit down. You can learn a little more about here and here if you’re interested.

While discussing this event with my husband he got going on a rant about how awful people have become and that stories like this – and the behaviour he sees on a daily basis – causes him to question his faith in humanity. Sure, it was all a little over-dramatic….but not wrong. It’s not too difficult to find people being jerks and generally being inconsiderate of their fellow human beings. You see it in drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, public transit-takers, at the office, in the news, online, everywhere.

And yet…

Lately I’ve been getting out with Boo a lot, and the two of us have experienced the exact opposite of people being selfish jerks. A few examples:

I took Boo on the metro for the first time, wearing him in my ErgoBaby to avoid the hassle of hauling him up/down the many many stairs in his stroller. On our way downtown the metro was practically empty, so I had no trouble getting a seat. On the way home though…..not so much. Immediately upon seeing me and my little man walk onto the train, though, a young woman gave up the last available seat and left it for us.

At the very (VERY) packed and busy closing sale at the Chapters bookstore on Ste-Catherine’s there was about a 1 1/2 hour wait to pay for purchases. After waiting about 10 or so minutes I finally made my way upstairs where staff saw me with Boo in the ErgoBaby and immediately asked if they could help carry my books and ushered me to a priority line for pregnant women and parents with young children. Five minutes later I was on my way home.

During the beautiful weather last week I took Boo down to the canal in his stroller. As we paused at the picnic area to look at the fish jumping in the water, I suddenly heard a young man calling “Madame! Madame!” He wanted me to know that he’d been smoking a joint and that he’d put it out and stop if I planned to stick around with the baby.

….which all leads me to believe there’s still some hope for us….at least so long as we’ve got a cute baby on hand.

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