Thursday, November 3, 2016

Atlas's First HALLOWEEN!

Last week started HALLOWEEK, and Monday was HALLOWEEN! But I honestly barely remember what I did, besides dress Atlas up in Halloween outfits every day. All my days run into each other anymore.

Atlas seems to be in a much better mood when we go out and about, so I have been forcing myself to get ready every morning and find things to do, even if it's just aimlessly walking around the-money-sucking-black-hole-otherwise-known-as-Target. He seems to behave when he's not stuck inside. It gives him new things to see and hear.

Last Monday, I had lunch with Kristin and Katie. Atlas woke up right before we got our food, of course. He was okay in the stroller for awhile, but then I had to put him in his carrier. I stood and bounced him around while I picked at my food. I also managed to change him and feed him, so I felt pretty good about my multitasking mothering abilities that day. Besides that, I got pumpkin beer from TBC, went to New Moms group, met a new friend at an amazing coffee/juice shop (with a ton of diary-free options!), stopped by to see Aunt Sarah and Uncle Rob (and my not-so-little-anymore buddy Alex <3), and went to the Arrow fall festival to introduce Atlas to Eric's coworkers.

Atlas and I were very active last week, and it was good for us.

This week, not so much. He has been TERRIBLE napping recently. He only slept for 30 minutes TOTAL yesterday, and was incredibly cranky. But last night, we got a whopping SEVEN HOURS IN A ROW (I slept for almost four!)! Then, another three and a half after he ate at 3am! Incredible.

Halloween was the most hectic day ever. We went to a Halloween play date in costume with other moms and babies. We dressed up as rock star/bikers/something with tattoos and lots of black clothing (yes, I dressed up too, because I LOVE HALLOWEEN and I just had to wear my normal clothing and do some tacky glam makeup). The other babies were SO CUTE. There were pineapples, Peter Pan (you know I love me some Pan), a bee, Waldo complete with drawn-on round glasses, and a whole zoo including a lion, tiger, monkey, and LOBSTER! It was amazing.

We rushed home to finish our costumes for the night. They weren't done yet, because I still have no clue how to manage my time with a baby. I suck. But we got them completed and headed over to Kristin's for our Alice in Wonderland themed Halloween celebration!

Rock stars! His "leather" pants were so slippery :/

The Ace of Spades, the Cheshire Cat, and the Caterpillar complete with hookah!

I made this myself. I worked very hard on it. Wish I had more time to make it perfect, but it didn't look too bad.
Kristin and I with our bad babies who wanted nothing to do with taking pictures, clearly

The whole crew: King and Queen of Hearts, Alice, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum (I'll leave who is who up to you ;) ), Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar butt, and Ace of Spades

I didn't get to walk Atlas around for Trick or Treat with Chloe because he started melting down. I was able to get him to sleep before everyone came back, so I got to enjoy a couple hours of beer and games with friends. Despite the trouble it takes to take a baby out somewhere for bedtime, it was worth it.

For those of you who think I am batshit crazy for loving Halloween so much, let me explain.

First of all: I AM batshit crazy. So you are correct.

But besides that, when I was growing up, my mom always did it up big for Halloween. I remember the decorations made everything feel so spooky and magical, like anything could happen. I swore I would find out I was a witch when I turned 16, like Sabrina the Teenage Witch (still waiting...). And she always helped me put together fun costumes. Even if I was something typical, like a flapper, she made a unique costume for me. Halloween is the one day a year when you can be whoever you want to be without fear of judgment, and if someone judges you, shame on them. You can express yourself however you want, and no one can say a damn thing about it, because you're SUPPOSED to be something other than your typical self. It's a completely care-free day, an excuse to have a good time, and a chance to eat treats without feeling guilty (not that you should EVER feel guilty for eating a Reese's Cup here and there ;) ). I can't think of any other day of the year where the sole purpose of the day is to just have fun.

So... expressing yourself, no judgment, eating treats, and having care-free fun? Sounds like society today is in dire need of some Halloween spirit year-round, if you ask me. :)

A different outfit every day! He LOVES his pumpkin butt pjs <3

The cutest pumpkin in the patch! Nym acts like his mommy. Always looking out for him. It's adorable.
Monster/dino feet.

Eric will kill me for posting this, but it's so cute.

Chillin' with Ryan at the Arrow party.


Dancing to The Beatles' Abbey Road album with Daddy.

Pumpkin beer with pumpkin spice rim. Noms.
Will I be able to enjoy mine before he wakes up? The answer is NO. He woke up like ten minutes after this was taken. He just wanted some pumpkin beer for himself I bet!

Jungle time in dino pjs. He's so happy in the morning!

I found dairy-free cold brew PSL at Target. Basic level = 100000000. No shame.

Sewing the caterpillar costume. I had to dye the onesies, cut the arms off of two, split the seam on one, and sew the arms on. I made the hat out of leftover onesie. I'M SO DOMESTIC AND CRAFTY, RIGHT?!

Halloween love from family!
Nym being Nym <3

Jack o lantern.

Makeup done while Atlas was crying for attention... the contouring would've looked way more awesome if I had time, but not too bad for a slapdash job.

Slept for maybe a total of 30 minutes all day... so we decided to play since he wouldn't sleep!

That look of concentration lollllll

Drool. SO MUCH DROOL. All the time.

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