Halloween

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.

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Imaginative Play

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.

Toddler Parent Rules

Rule #1 – Do not start a game with a toddler that you don’t plan on repeating over and over again at least twenty five times. Also, do not start a game that you will be too tired from after the first fifteen times. Then you’ll be tired and have an angry toddler on your hands.

Rule #2 – Do not give toddlers any food you cannot wash out of the carpet and/or feed to the dog.

Rule #3 – Do not give toddlers anything in the car that can be used as a small projectile.

Rule #4 – “That” is always more interesting than “this”. Once they have “that”, “that” becomes “this” and is no longer what they want. Now they want some other “that”. Then a different “that”. Then maybe they will go back to wanting what they had before. Which you can no longer find because they used it as a small projectile. Repeat.

Rule #5 – Whatever bedtime routine you thought you had will change. Over and over again.

Rule #6 – Clean clothes will always wind up on the floor. Especially when your toddler is in “Fill and Spill” mode.

Rule #7 – Don’t try to tell your toddler to stay put anywhere. As long as they can move somewhere else, they will.

Rule #8 – Hairstyles will always look best right after you have finished. Three minutes after that (if you are lucky and they last that long), it is all fair game.

Rule #9 – Everything is more fun with a bubble machine.

Rule #10 – Big kids can entertain a toddler. Some adults can also double as big kids.

Do you have any rules you would add?

Girlie girl!

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.

Saving money early!

LO found where DH keeps his spare change today (read: where DH tosses the coins when he gets home). He kept walking around the house showing me the coins she found. We have a huge coin bank that we usually will put our coins in so I decided to turn this into a learning opportunity. It’s never too early to learn how to save money, right? I walked LO over to our coin bank and took it down from the shelf. I showed her how to put the coins in and she went back and forth from our room to the coin bank. She got so excited when she put the money in the right way and it went in!
I think when we are ready to potty train, a piggy bank might be a good incentive for her!
And at least now I have another partner in the quest for collecting coins around the house. She can pick up DH’s coins when he leaves them on his nightstand again!!!

Sorting!

It’s so fun now that LO can walk. There is so much more she can do. (Read: So much more she can get herself into… Thank goodness for childproofing!)

Last night, she went into my room and took DH and my shoes off of the floor. She came into the living room with the different shoes in her hand and started giving us the shoes. The interesting thing was, she gave my shoes to me and DH’s shoes to him. She was so proud of herself and we were pretty impressed too. She kept doing it. Then, she brought out her shoes and made herself a little pile of her shoes (she only has her sneakers and a pair of party shoes).

Baby!? (Not what you’re thinking)

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!