Now that Ellis' newborn belly button has fallen off she gets to enjoy every girls' favorite thing, a soak in the bathtub! I wasn't nearly as scared this time as I was with Vince. He felt so slippery to me like every time I touched him he was going to slip right out of my hands. Ellis loved the bath and the warm water. Too bad for her tiny little babies only get a bath once or twice a week because I'm sure she could use a stress relieving bath after a long day of watching her brother. I know it makes me tired and it must wear her out!
Click here to see all the sudsy pictures of our little bathing beauty.
November 1st turned out to be even scarier than Halloween. We spent half the night before up with our very sick dog. They don't get a lot of blog space but our dogs Kayle and Lil keep life very interesting. At almost 10 years old they are more like little old ladies instead of energetic little puppies. We rushed Kayle to the vet that Monday morning to find out there was a brillo pad in her stomach (We have no idea where she got it. I can't even remember the last time I used one of those) and her kidneys were failing. The doctor prepared us for the worst and all day while Vince was at school Matt and I agonized over what to tell a little boy whose dog is probably dying. We cried and worried all day but in usual Vince fashion when we told him that Kayle was very sick, had to stay at the dog hospital and we didn't know if she would ever come home he just said, "O.K. It's going to be O.K." And like that the conversation was over.
Over the next three days slowly but surely Kayle got better and her kidneys started functioning again. Her liver has some permanent damage, but that's not a huge deal according to the vet. Wednesday the 3rd we finally got to bring Kayle home. We're all back where we belong two exhausted parents, two darling children and two spunky little dogs... hmmm it's starting to remind me of Noah's Arc around here everything in twos!!
The trick is that there's one more Halloween post. The treat is that it's the last one... for this year. Sunday night Matt took Vince out to trick or treat in our little neighborhood while Ellis and I stayed home to hand out candy. The girls got the easy end of the deal because by the time we finally got Vince out the door we had already had our yearly 8 trick or treaters and there was nothing left to do but eat the leftover Reese's peanut butter cups.
Vince wasn't really interested in the trick or treating and Matt basically had to beg him to go but once he got out there man we wasn't interested in stopping at the 6 houses we had picked out. He made Matt go through the whole neighborhood stalking homes that dared put on their lights.
Click here to see all the photos. There aren't too many because even Matt was sick of Halloween by then!
I'm lucky enough to belong to a mama group with some great ladies started by my friend Kenzi. Every year they have a kids Halloween party so everyone can catch up and see how much the "babies" have grown since last year. Since it finally felt like fall we decided to break out Vince's real Halloween costume. The skeleton costume was an emergency backup to our original plan. Vince told us he wanted to be Brobee, his favorite character from the TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. I went online and found the most realistic Brobee costume I could. Well it turns out I wasn't being super Mom, I was being super stupid because Brobee is completely covered in fur and so was the costume making it way way too hot for Georgia. I was so stoked Halloween morning when the temperatures dipped into the 40s and Vince could finally wear his costume.
Ellis and I got into the mood with a skeleton t-shirt and baby carrier. We had a great time partying it up with a dizzying 40+ adults and 23+ kids at the brunch/lunch time party.
And for the record even though it was cold outside the costume was too darn hot and Vince was sweating bullets by the time we took it off and headed home for nap time. Oh well if we ever get a massive snow avalanche in Georgia I know what Vince will be wearing! And now looking back at the costume he sort of looks like the Grinch, maybe I can trot it out at Christmas time and make it really worth my money! Click here to see all the pictures from the party.
You didn't think we were going to just one party on the 30th did you? Nonsense! We partied all morning and then after nap we were at it again. I just keep telling myself that all this pre-school partying is preparing my kids for the corporate world and all the schmoozing they will have to do... I know it's a lie but darn all this partying sure does make them nap well!
After the birthday party and a nap we suited back up in our skeleton costumes for the Grant Park Halloween party and to meet up with the Smiths and the Crosbys. They just happen to be two fabulous families with sons in Vince's daycare class. I know I'm a little biased but the pictures of those three in their costumes was so stinking cute. We're talking I'm going to put this in your senior yearbook and cry about its cuteness at your rehearsal dinner cute. Well you can judge for yourself... aren't they the cutest skeletons and robot you've ever seen?!
After a couple of hours partying in the park we went over to East Atlanta to have dinner at Holy Taco and to take advantage of the EA business trick or treating. Dinner was a riot because for some reason the boys were way more interested in playing with the restaurant's pumpkin display than they were in eating. Ellis was not at all interested in the pumpkins but she did decide to majorly spit up all over me... twice. Thank goodness we were in a big crowd of friends with many helping hands!!
All the businesses in East Atlanta village had someone designated to hand out candy so after dinner we walked the kids from business to business and they got some good loot while we got to walk off all those yummy tacos we ate. Click here to see all the party pictures... don't worry I was in charge of the camera so there aren't that many.
With two kids I have the feeling we will be going to twice the birthday parties in the coming years. October 30th we got to celebrate the first birthday of one of our favorite sweet pumpkins, baby Isaac. Our neighbors Amber and Paul have helped turn our little neighborhood into a wonderful place for our kids to grow up. Their daughter Olivia is 7 months older than Vince and their son Isaac is almost exactly a year older than Ellis (don't worry Matt has already warned him about dating our daughter).
They were kind enough to invite us to celebrate Isaac's big first birthday and even let Vince help the birthday boy open his presents (as if we could stop him). Vince loves to play with Isaac which I'm convinced is going to take years off my life. Vince is so much faster and rougher that we have to chase him and watch him like a hawk to make sure Isaac makes it to his second birthday!
Ellis is turning into quite the party girl at only two weeks old she was already going to her second party. Click here to see all the fun party pictures. Warning! There are a LOT of pictures. Matt was in charge of the camera that day and I'll just let you in on a little secret, Matt loves to take pictures of our family. If ever I feel like I'm too obsessed with my cute kids I can feel confident in the fact that there is someone even more fanatical than me.... my husband. I don't mind; he can take all the pictures he wants because I get to edit them!
Ellis made one huge leap forward towards precious little girl status on Friday October 29th... her alien baby belly button fell off!! Our friend Joe teases me that I gave birth to this child, she was in my body, yet the thought of her belly button stump grosses me out. Here's our little beauty and her new belly button. I think she's going to have an inny belly button.