Sunday, October 30, 2011
First, the annual trip to the pumpkin patch. It was a lot of fun this year since Evan is tractor crazy and he was very excited about the tractor ride.
Careful not to drop that cookie from Grandma though. We found an acceptable one and headed back in.
freak out but he did great - he even went off by himself at first but it made us all really nervous so Todd ended up walking alongside him.
My little firefighter -
I have plenty more to blog but it looks like mommy is needed in several capacities so it'll have to wait!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
With a little advice from my friends I decided to tell Evan a story about the Pacifier Pirate. The pirate visits when kids are no longer babies and are now big boys. The pirate exchanges the big boys pacifier for new toys and the pacifiers go to little babies that need them.
Evan was very excited and eager to pack up his bubba's to wait for the pirate. His enthusiasm gave me hope that the transition would be an easy one. I was incorrect.
The day after I told Evan the story it was time to get ready for the pirates visit. He excitedly put his bubba's in the envelope for the pirate.
We took the envelope outside and then all we had to do was wait!
After a little time (and major distractions by mommy) we heard the doorbell ring. That was the sign he had been there. At this point Evan was soooo excited. He ran outside to find his envelope with the paci's gone and in it's place was a huge Little People car track and two more envelopes. Luckily the car track was a birthday gift I hadn't gotten out of the toy closet yet. I also got him, I mean the pirate got him a Buzz Lightyear and Rex toy from Toy Story which he is WAY into right now.
He woke up about an hour into his nap (unheard of! He usually naps at least 3 hours) and he was inconsolable. It took Todd about a half an hour to get him to calm down. And we needed to leave for the zoo for trick or treating in about an hour. We eventually convinced him to get in his costume and we all had a nice evening at the zoo (I'll blog about that later). But after the zoo we decided to get dinner and for the first time ever Evan was so bad we had to leave the restaurant as soon as we got our food. He was under the table throwing a tantrum and kicking and whining. It was pretty brutal. But we remained patient since we knew he'd been through a lot that day. Bedtime did not go smoothly either, we got home at about 10 and Evan was up until midnight, off and on he would beg for his pacifier. And I admit we were at the end of our rope with the day and we gave him a paci - only we cut the tip so it was "broke". He was not happy about that either and he launched it across the room. The next day he napped without issue, but bedtime he again cried and screamed for his bubba for about 45 minutes. Last night was night three and he cried for maybe 20 minutes and fell asleep.
Tonight we put him down and he talked in his crib for about 20 minutes before falling asleep and NO CRYING! He didn't ask for them or even mention them, yay! I'm hoping he has mostly forgotten all about them and we won't have any more sleep issues. Fingers crossed! It was by far one of the most challenging few days as a parent I have had to deal with.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
To be honest I was extremely nervous about traveling with Erin being so small. Turns out she was a great traveller! Evan on the other hand didn't do quite as well with the car ride. He did alright, but we had a few "get me out of this damn car" tantrums. Luckily we were able to break up the drive and spend the night in Birmingham on the way down and the way back.
Evan did MUCH better with the ocean and the sand this time. Last year he would barely set foot in the sand, let alone play with it. He didn't mind at all this trip and he played and played.
Erin loved the beach too but what's not to like when you get your own beach chair, a cushy pillow and shade all day. Not to mention tons of grandma's oohing and awing over you all week.
We went to Gulf World one day just to try something different and Evan went crazy for it. They had dolphins, sharks, huge sea turtles and all kinds of other ocean life.
The dolphin show was pretty neat and he was mesmerized.
We had so much fun just hanging out as a family. I'm super sad to be going back to work Tuesday but so happy we had the opportunity to take this trip.
This is one of my favorite pictures. I took it from our balcony, you can see teeny tiny Evan and Todd on the beach. Nothing like watching the way Todd is with Evan even when he doesn't think anyone is looking, I just love it.