Molly is almost 8 months old and thus carrying her in the infant seat has become no easy task. Add in steady rain (just short of "downpour" status), a little wind, a wily 2-year-old, two Halloween costumes, a tupperware container of cookies for the Halloween party, and a backpack with bottles in it (oh yes, that definitely spilled during the hubbub of transit), and you've got a crazy ten minutes of life.
Juliette: "Imma ride under the umbrella, Mommy!"
me: "Not enough hands today, baby!"
Meanwhile...just look at this turtle. I love her.
And my here's my shark:
Re: the shark costume, we had to do a little cajoling when it first came in the mail (via ebay). When we first pulled it out, she said, "Daddy, I don't like that. Put it back in the box."
Eventually (this is probably awful to admit but we're not above bribing at times), Jonathan said, "I will give you two M&Ms if you put this on." She immediately countered with, "How 'bout three."
By the time trunk-or-treat rolled around this past Sunday night, she was all warmed up to the shark, and yesterday, for the school party had totally embraced it. Last night, she didn't want to take it off, and asked me this morning if she could put it back on. (It's now nice and covered with candy drool, mainly from her beloved "lollipops," which probably need to disappear now.)
Here's a pretty awful/awfully blurry family shot from the "parade" yesterday at the girls' school. but it seems that when it comes to family shots, it's a take-what-you-get sort of situation?
In other parenting-toddlers news (if you're interested), this blog post on tantrums (and subsequently this post) have been sorta rocking my world. Juliette really hasn't been a tantrum-thrower until the past several months and I've sort of been clueless on how to handle it. These posts are full of practical, godly advice and have totally resonated with me in an extremely helpful. The not-letting-them-collapse-on-the-floor thing has been huge. If you are in the dealing-with-tantrums season of life, may I encourage you to give these a read!
Here's a little nugget for you (source): When your child erupts into a tantrum, God has given you a BIG moment where you can teach your child to listen to you, to trust your instructions over his/her feelings, and to have self-control in the midst of disappointment, frustration, rage, or uncertainty. This is an investment in your child's future-- you are teaching him/her to be emotionally stable and not fly off the handle into rages or controlling emotions because of life's disappointments. You are training him/her how to respond to challenges and difficulties.
Whew, I digress. Ha! It was a great Halloween! Can't believe it's November! My niece will be here so SOON! Can't wait.