Thursday, November 20, 2008

Carter turns 5!

Happy Birthday Carter! I can't believe my baby is 5 years old today. Carter started off the special day with a trip to a local donut shop for a special breakfast treat with Daddy. After which, he was off to preschool with birthday treats to share with his friends. Since you can only bring store bought treats on birthdays (school allergy policy) we went shopping the day before and Carter perused the grocery store's bakery. We looked at cupcakes, cookies, banana bread, etc. But Carter finally decided on batman fruit snacks! We don't regularly buy junk snacks (that's what we call them) so taking them to share with his friends was a big deal. Carter's class sang happy birthday to him and he was presented with a birthday crown. His teacher was very proud of his very original birthday treat idea and I have to agree- what a funny kid!

After preschool Carter gave me a birthday 5 year old took a nap! Ok, so that is a normal occurrence at our house but it made me stop and reflect a little. Oh how I appreciate my Carter! There are so many reasons he was meant to be our first child!

Drew came home from work early and we celebrated his birthday with a few neighborhood friends and his pal Zoe from church. We played a few games, played with toys, bashed a pinata, and ate birthday cake. Carter requested a motorcycle cake so this is what Tay and I came up with- it is supposed to be motorcycles driving up boulders and dirt. I didn't have chocolate frosting so it didn't turn out like I was hoping it would. Oh well! The crushed oreos were well worth it!

We opened gifts in the evening and Carter was in heaven! He was very enthusiastic about all of his gifts. Tay, on the other hand, was not. She didn't quite understand that it wasn't her birthday too. Here is Carter trying out his new "soldier gun". As you can see, Tay has already shed some tears at this point. We finally got out her squirt gun from the summer so she could have a "soldier gun" too.

Happy Halloween

Halloween was super fun! Carter and Tay were both Spiderman and just adorable. I just love that Tay wanted to be what Carter was! We headed out with my dear friend Kelly and her three cuties. We pushed the kids in the stroller over to the single family houses and from there they ran from house to house.

Tay wasn't sure what to think of it all until after the third house or so. Then she was running as fast as she could to keep up with Carter. Tay would get so excited at each door that she would mix up all the words we had practiced. Instead of saying "trick or treat" and "thank you", she would say "thank you, icky eat". She also insisted going up and down all the house steps herself, even after she was tired and had two little wobbly legs. Carter was just so happy to be out and about. He is such a people person. I don't think he stopped smiling until it was bed time.

After their treat bags were full, we headed back to our house for yummy apple-raspberry pie with vanilla ice cream. Between the candy, pie, and ice cream, our sweet tooths were very sore! Luckily during the night, we had a Halloween spirit (the Switch Witch) visit out house and exchange all the candy for yummy cinnamon rolls. The kids were happy for the cinnamon rolls and I was happy the candy battle ended before it started.

Big Girl Bed & Baby Yuck

Tay's becoming such a big girl. In October we moved her into a big girl bed and the transition went beautifully. I was a little surprised because for weeks Drew and I would talk about it and she would get really upset...she just loved her bed (the crib). Since the new baby will be in our room anyway for a while, we weren't in a hurry to move her out, especially if it meant ruining a good thing...a happily sleeping toddler. Anyway, I thought we should at least start rehearsing for when the change would be made. Well one day I was curious how she would react if I took one of the horizontal crib sides off, making her little IKEA crib like a toddler bed. She thought it was great! So after a week or so I took the entire crib down and put it away. And again, she did great! Over the course of two weeks (including the week in her "toddler bed") she only woke up a few times during the night and never got out of her bed during nap times. In fact now she sleeps even better in her twin bed at night because she has more room to wiggle around and stretch out.

We also got rid of her pacifier which she called her "baby yuck" (there is a really good story behind that name by the way). This was a little trickier! Like Carter, when Tay turned 2 (way back in June) we clipped the tip off her pacifier so that she couldn't suck on it as well. Over a few days, little by little, we clipped a little more until it was no longer usable. After that she would hold it in her cute little hand when it was time to sleep. Back in the middle of September, Carter was helping me clean out a closet when he found one of Tay's pacifiers that had been misplaced before the ceremonial pacifier clipping month of June. Carter immediately took it to his little sister as if he had found a lost diamond. She was ecstatic and he was very proud of himself. She immediately put in her mouth and was on cloud nine. We decided to let her have it for a couple of weeks for naps and bedtime again. It just wasn't a battle that I wanted to fight- not yet at least. Finally in October, after the transition into her big girl bed was complete, we again clipped the "baby yuck". Fhew! It actually went pretty smoothly and instead of holding a broken pacifier, Tay now sleeps with several of her babies, stuffed animals and a favorite blankie. I really need to take a picture- it is hilarious.

The only thing left is potty training and she will officially be a big girl!