After a lot of begging (and a little bribing) we finally got Brandon to put on his costume to Trick-or-treat tonight. Our friends Katrina and Lance came over with Brandon’s best friend Caleb. After a quick dinner we took the boys out and they enjoyed it for about 5 houses. Caleb and his parents had to go to a church event, so we took Brandon to a few more houses. He did really good and said trick or treat and thank you at all the houses until we got to one that had a barking dog in the backyard and that was enough for B. He wanted to “go to my house and see Toby.” So we called it a night and by 7:15, Brandon was out of his costume and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Halloween is not quite as exciting when you have a toddler, but it is definitely worth it…you get all of the candy without being the embarrassing teenager who still trick-or-treats.
I don’t have much to say, but felt the need to purge. Let’s see…I took Brandon to get his haircut today. Even though he still cried, it was not nearly as bad and we had a huge breakthrough. He actually climbed into the airplane chair by himself! I have always had to force him in and it is not pretty. He was easily distracted and set still for most of it. Now that I have been taking him to the same girl for a while (Tammy is a God send) we can talk about how much better he is getting and everything feels like a victory. It is kind of fun! The fact that the second she is done cutting Brandon starts smiling and being his usual adorable self, helps me remember that I am not hurting him by making him cut his hair. Our next hurdle is to get him to wear a cape, especially as the weather gets colder. He usually leaves the salon with no shirt on, but we won’t be able to do that much longer. Some people have suggested having someone else take him, because he tends to be so much more cooperative when I am not around, but I can’t seem to relinquish my power. SO, if you ever hear me complain about Brandon being too clingy or only wanting me to do things, don’t feel too bad…I have come to grips with the fact that it is all my fault. That’s why I am convinced that with the next baby we should have a full time nanny from the beginning, so I don’t make the same mistakes. Hmmm….do you think Joe will buy that? And does anyone know a nanny that will work for fudge and pumpkin cheesecakes?
Brandon just came into the guest room and decided to color on the carpet with crayon…I don’t even know what to say about that. It is something new every day! Well, since that effectively broke my concentration and I now have to go clean the carpet, I will go. By the way, sorry I have not had many pics lately but we have had a suprisingly un-photogenic couple of weeks. I am having professional pictures taken next week and will post those or the link to the photographers site as soon as I can. Thanks for reading!!!!!!!!
We went to the pumpkin patch yesterday to pick pumpkins (obviously) and tomatoes and one illegal apple. Joe was off work for Columbus Day, so he got to go and ended up being the Pied Piper of Pumpkin Patches. The kids all stuck to him like glue and he ended up carrying several of their pumpkins. We mom’s thought it was great! And since he was one of the only dad’s there, so I figure he won’t ever go again, I might as well use him while I got him! Brandon also got to see some chickens and roosters that he thought were pretty cool and he enjoyed screaming (with Caleb) at them as loud as he could. We went and had pizza after and then went and bought Brandon a horse costume (pics to come). Brandon got lots of Daddy time this weekend. Saturday he helped Joe mow the lawn and went to MacDonald’s and Daddy’s work. You could tell he really enjoyed the special attention and even asked Joe to get him dressed this morning (which I ended up doing, but at least he didn’t scream “No Daddy” like he usually does in the mornings).
Okay, sorry I haven’t written in so long and I hope I still have some people checking in, but I discovered that my life is pretty boring and I only have so much to write about. But, since it has been so long, I have a reserve of updates and anecdotes now!
First, I went to the doctor last week and all is well. The babies heartbeat was about 140, which is good, but lower than Brandon’s used to be. There are several differences this time around (some that shouldn’t be mentioned on a co-ed blog), so I am hoping that means one big difference in the pink vs. blue category…I don’t want to jinx anything! I have my sonogram in a few weeks and hopefully baby will be cooperative.
Brandon doesn’t seem to care one way or the other if he has a baby brother or sister (and I am going to be thrilled either way, just for the record). I’m not sure how much he grasps. We talk about the baby and last night, when I was reading him his book, he jumped up on my tummy and I said “ow, you sat on the baby” (it didn’t really hurt, but I wanted to see what he thought). He turned and patted my tummy in a “you’re fine, get over it” kind of way and went back to his book. It was kind of funny. I know one thing, Brandon is going to make sure this kid can take care of itself.
Part of the reason I haven’t had time to write is the fact that Brandon has become a new child in the last two weeks. I don’t know if it’s school, or being 3, or he has developed ADD, but he is berserk most of the time. He will go all the way to Joe’s nightstand, run through the house, throw his body on the bean bag chair, then jump onto the ottoman to the couch, where he gets one of Toby’s toys and begins chasing him…then he repeats this about a thousand times. If he is not playing this game, he dances and dances, whether music is on or not. He also, has conversations with, what I hope, are imaginary friends and he uses different voices which is really cute and shows a good imagination, except it can be kind of creepy. For example, in the car this morning he kept saying “No, my pants” in alternating high and low voices. And the other day when he was supposed to be napping I heard him playing Duck, Duck, Goose by himself. Crazy kid…just like his mom!