Halloween

Yesterday was a big day in our household. We had two big things going on… my inlaws arrived at 2:30 at the airport (yay for other grownups to help out!) and Trick Or Treating. We did not have Grey’s Halloween costume ready to go before Thane arrived (I know — poor planning!), but my husband did Yoeman labor and pulled together an amazing robot costume.

I angry robot!
I angry robot!

Just one problem. Grey refused to wear it. Oh well.

We’d been invited to our neighbor’s house to meet our other neighbors and get all our kids together before (maybe) trick or treating. Given the time constraints, I hadn’t actually, you know, told them that I’d had the baby. I just showed up with him in his pumpkin costume and watched to see how long it would take them to notice. It was pretty funny, actually. It took about 5 minutes. I got major points for being capable of being out and mobile so quickly post-partum. (The new neighbor I met is also pregnant. She said I gave her hope!) I was offered a glass of wine. Amazing! To be able to have an adult beverage! The menfolk took the boys out to get candy, and we women-folk did an impromptu tour of each other’s houses. It was very fun. We also discussed doing some babysitting swaps. Would that rule or what? Anyway, that was a lot of fun!

Thane is a wonderful child and extremely easy to deal with, compared to both my memories of Grey at that age and Grey now. Grey is actually being really good, but he’s very prone to big meltdowns (understandably). He really, really, really likes his little brother. He wants Thane included in all activities and often wants to hold and hug him, which he does very nicely. I love watching that.

Thane’s only issue is that he is apparently nocturnal. I know this is not unusual for 4 day olds, but he didn’t sleep AT ALL for the night hours last night. Moreover, he wasn’t even happy awake, even when he was being held by mommy. No, he was grumpy-awake. (Maybe he had gas?) Fortunately, there were three adults taking turns with him so by this morning, I think we had all had nearly enough sleep. (I, for one, got up at noon. But in fairness to me, I’m also the only one who has to be present every 2 hours or less to feed him, and I took at least two of the “long shifts” with him last night.)

So far, this is all working out. I’m enjoying it, even. I love both my sons dearly and devotedly. I do wish that my eldest was less ‘splodey, but it’s only to be expected. At least he’s currently getting spoiled devotion from his grandparents!

And here’s the littlest one in his Halloween getup:

The boys on Halloween
The boys on Halloween