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Carter’s First Halloween

November 2, 2011

After all my planing and thinking ahead of a family costume, Frank and I still ended up going as ourselves for Halloween. But Halloween, as with every holiday but our birthdays now, is not about us any more, and I’m okay with that. I had a blast dressing Carter up first as a monkey, then an elephant, then a monkey again. He peed on the monkey outfit. We washed it and it dried just in time to put it on again after he spit up all over the elephant costume. To be honest I didn’t even pick those costumes out. My cousin passed them on to me and they worked perfect! Why buy a costume when I had two that were adorable and fit?

We actually celebrated Halloween twice since it fell on a Monday this year. We celebrated Saturday all day with family and friends at Frank’s parents house. We ate, laughed, and played all day. Carter was surprisingly only minorly fussy despite the fact that he had just been diagnosed with an ear infection in both ears and was still cutting his second tooth. I think distraction was the key. There were 14 people at the Wilson household that night and it was loud! The extreme fussiness held off until we got home and then it was screaming time. I have tons of great pictures from this weekend coming.

The second celebration was Halloween day. We had our friends and their son over for dinner while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I have never been home on Halloween before and now feel incredibly guilty because we had so many trick-or-treaters. They all looked amazingly cute in their little costumes. Once again I dressed Carter up as an elephant. He doesn’t even notice the ears. This time the costume lasted about 20 minutes before he threw up all over it. 🙂

What if? My how my life is different now that I am a mother! Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays next to Christmas. My typical Halloween season would have been spent decorating my house, watching every non-scary Halloween movie, (think Hocus Pocus and Casper) spending days deciding on a costume, hours shopping for accessories, then hanging out with friends at a party or bar and taking tons of pictures. I did none of the following this year and surprisingly, I didn’t miss it. All those things were replaced by seeing how cute Carter was dressed up, actually being home to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, sharing how cute Carter looked with friends and family, reading him his first Halloween books, and spending every spare second I would have wasted, enjoying time playing with him.

LESSON LEARED: This Halloween I learned that it is best to have two costumes for baby’s first Halloween. And also that your entire holiday will change, but for the better.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Brittany permalink
    November 2, 2011 2:08 am

    Last year I didnt miss dressing up for Halloween but this year I kind of did :-/ but you are so right its all about the babes! What a cute little elephant that little Carter man was!!

  2. Helia permalink
    November 2, 2011 3:23 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun! He is so adorable in his elephant costume 🙂

  3. Meghan permalink
    November 2, 2011 12:41 pm

    we still missed you guys 🙂 Carter is adorable as a baby elephant!

  4. November 3, 2011 12:30 am

    Thanks ladies!

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