October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Nate has been trick or treating since Friday. He must think Halloween is this new way of life where he gets to wear his Elmo costume every day and ask strangers for candy. Either way, he has it down and he loves it. He even told someone that the Reeses Peanut Butter cup was for daddy...since it is daddy's favorite candy.

We are trick or treating with best buddy Ben tonight. I am sure Nate will be over the moon excited. I will post some pictures of tackiest Elmo costume ever soon. Not my favorite costume, but Nate sure is popular with his peers. Everybody recognizes Elmo!

October 11, 2011

Big Boy Bed

The big boy bed has been a very popular topic at our house for the last couple of months. We ordered Nate a full bunk bed that came ages ago, but we told him that he had to wait until he was two to move on in.

So then he turned two and we realized...it was time to take the plunge. Nate's nursery is directly adjoining to our bedroom, so this was a big step for us too. We used to be able to pop our heads up out of bed and see him in his crib. Not so much anymore since he is on the opposite end of the house. We thought the transition was going to be super tough, because that's what we have heard from just about everyone...So we braced ourselves for the worst.

At dinner before his first night in his big boy bed (last Thursday), we let him open his big boy bed present...new Batman pajamas. Then we got him ready for bed, read him a couple of books and closed the door. And would you believe it...he was sleeping in 5 minutes. The next morning at his usual wake up time (way too early) we heard him through the monitor, "momma pick you up." Someone had told me to drill into his head that no matter what, he does not get out of his big boy bed. I guess we have a rule follower (you could have fooled me!) because so far he hasn't. Last night was night four of operation big boy bed and though it took him a little while to fall asleep, he still hasn't gotten out of bed. Is it really going to be this easy? Obviously, we'll take it.

October 6, 2011

The Birthday Weekend

My baby turned TWO last weekend. He was so excited for his birthday party that he was literally talking about it for weeks. We would wake up to hear him listing off all of the people he could think of that were going to be coming. It went something like this - pa pa Jerry, bamma, pa pa, mimi, gunkle sean, nina, caitlin, tyler...and so on. No offense to anyone he left out - he would randomly remember certain people (brian) and get very excited that they were coming as well. The morning of Nate's bday brunch he actually seemed a little overwhelmed, but once we were set up, he walked right on over to the food table and grabbed himself a cupcake.

Then he plopped himself down on a blanket and proceeded to get started with the feasting.

Not long after he started on his cupcake, he helped himself to a donut. Followed by some Cap N'Crunch. What can I say, it was his birthday...

He loved hanging out with all four of his grandparents and his aunts and uncles...

Nate and his buddy Ben just crack each other up. They had the best time. Here they are rolling the Thomas pinata over on the grass.

Nate's friend Casey came too! The kids table was actually a total hit. I thought the kids would be at the playground the whole time, but they were pretty content to eat and play with playdough. Nate's new Thomas tent was a big winner as well.

Nate figured out his first pinata pretty quickly. Wait, I get to swing my bat and then I get candy? This is awesome...

Here are some close up shots of my table and cereal bar. I can't really take much credit. Most of my ideas were stolen from the blogsphere.

We had to wrap up the party for naptime, but us grownups retired back to our house for more eating (oink, oink, I know) and some football. When Nate woke up he got to open his presents. He is just like his mom...he HATES opening gifts : )

We wrapped up the birthday madness with Nate's actual birthday on Sunday. Mimi came over to make Nate chocolate chip pancakes and I made him a smoothie. He really really loves smoothies.

We also took him to the park. I think he had fun, but he needs a playmate. Good thing he is going to have a little brother in two months!

What a weekend. Happy birthday to my not so little baby.