Last Halloween LO was too young to go trick or treating so we stayed in the house and gave candy out to everyone. Don’t get me wrong – I love trick or treating; I just didn’t think it was nice to take our 6 month old around and trick or treat just for DH and me.
LO was dressed as her favorite character, Minnie Mouse. She had the pink and white Minnie dress and white tights. She wore her pink and black sneakers because I’d rather her be comfortable walking around than fashionable. 🙂 Unfortunately, she didn’t get to wear her ears because someone took them out of our stroller at a Halloween event last weekend. So I did her hair in little tufts at the top of her head and it still looked adorable.
We took her to my in-law’s house first. We had to show her how to put out the basket and say please and then they would put candy in the basket. Wow did she love that?
Then we took her to the neighbors. When they have her candy, I said “say thank you” and she said “more?” Not quite what I had in mind. And of course people were so happy to oblige; they thought it was hysterical. I was mortified. Lol and then after they have her a little more, she said thank you. At the end of the night she didn’t get any candy she could actually eat, but she didn’t care. She played candy basket fill and spill to her heart’s content when we got home.
Can’t wait for next year. Though we definitely need to work on saying please and thank you a little more consistently.
Recently, LO has been very interested in my old purses (she is still in fact, a girlie girl). The other day she grabbed one of them, took my keys, and walked to the front door while saying goodbye to DH, to me, to the dog, to the couch. Anyone or anything she thought would listen I guess. I got soooo excited and said to DH, “She’s learning imaginative play. She’s figuring out how to play pretend. It’s a new milestone!” He looked at me a little confused. Guess it’s a teacher thing.
She does it all the time now but I love that we were there to witness the first time.
Somehow LO has become an absolute girlie girl. She loves purses, makeup, and jewelry. The other day she was playing with my mom’s makeup bag and when she found the lipstick, she opened her mouth as if to show her that she wanted it on her lips.
This week I found pasta that resembled pony beads. I cooked up some spaghetti and threaded some bracelets with her. I put the “beads” on for her and she wore the jewelry and ate it all. I think next time I will dye the beads for her too.
LO and I like to take walks after I pick her up from daycare. She walks down the street and points in front of her at everything she finds. She has pointed to the fire hydrants, cars, dogs, plants, etc. and has recently discovered her shadow. She likes to walk and talk to the “baby” (i.e. her shadow). She gets annoyed if I walk too close and my shadow covers the baby. SO funny!
I stumbled across this blog post today… http://www.babble.com/toddler/toddler-development/toddler-memories-of-childhood/
DH and I often talk about this topic. How much does LO really remember? How much will she remember when she is older? Will she remember making banana cream pudding with me yesterday, the lemon jello we made and ate at a picnic in our backyard, the sugar cookies that got all stuck together when we put them on a plate to cool? Will she remember going to the park with daddy and me for the pony and train rides? How about the trip to the zoo and the aquarium? What about the time she and I went to the butterfly sanctuary or the day we picked strawberries and ate them from the fields?
The answer… maybe. But she will definitely remember the family time, the laughing, and the loving arms of mommy and daddy… She will know she means the world to us… and that’s enough for me.
Impromptu game with Daddy today!
DH came home and LO was so excited to see him. We recently bought a set of foam tiles with textured tops to go outside on our back porch. That way LO could play outside and not have to crawl around on the concrete. We haven’t set it up yet so we had a pile of the tiles by the door. LO kept going over there and pushing the tiles into a messy “staircase” and then trying to crawl on top of all of them.
So DH started a game of “Lava” with her, modified of course. For those of you not familiar with the game, Lava is where you set a rule such as “you can only step on the tiles and stay off of the carpet.” The carpet is now the lava. So DH set up the tiles and had LO crawl on each tile as he pointed to it. He would jump onto one of the tiles and then call her to the one next to him, saying the name of the color. She kept crawling off of the tiles in the beginning so we started to clap when she got to the correct tile. After a few tries, she figured out that she liked the clapping and DH wanted her to come to the one he pointed to and stay there. A new game was born! It was the perfect game before bedtime… she was so tired afterward and went to bed.
It was a teachable moment – we used the resources we had and the items she was currently interested in. She learned a new game today and who knows – maybe she will learn her colors soon too!
Unfortunately, the dog stepped into the “lava” too many times. Apparently, she also needs to learn her colors. Oh well, she tried.
We had a great day indoors yesterday. We made lemon jello and created a “marble run” on our refrigerator. We discovered that LO really like to watch the “marble” go down the chute, until it gets to be eye level and then it’s time to grab it! I used a round water bottle cap as our marble and toilet paper rolls as our marble run. I think next time we will have to stick it on with magnets instead of duct tape, because after a while, the pieces of our chute started falling apart.We had 7 or 8 toilet paper rolls and by the end, between the duct tape failing and LO getting excited, we only had 4. DH came home and asked why we had made our own version of Where’s My Water? (For those of you not familiar with that app, it is completely addicting!)