Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Auf Wiedersehen, First Loose Tooth!

Baylor has had a loose tooth for nearly a month now.  It all started when we noticed his teeth starting to shift rather dramatically.  He developed an odd space between his bottom right front tooth and the one to the right of it, a space that ended up being so large that it looked like he had lost a tooth already.  Then, one night while I was brushing his teeth, I noticed that a brand new tooth was already coming in ... behind the open space!  (Yes, the parent in me instantly shuttered at the thought of braces now looming in our future.)  We already knew that bottom right front tooth was a bit loose, but now it was REALLY loose.  Still, he nursed that thing for weeks, and I was constantly convinced that today was the day it would come out only to end up disappointed.

Yesterday, with his tooth so loose he could bend it forward at a 90 degree angle with ease, he bit his tongue really bad.  After I got him calmed down, I asked him for what seemed like the hundredth time if I could pull his tooth out for him, but this time he said yes!!  (He had said yes previously but had almost instantaneously retracted it after he thought about it a second longer.)  He was a bit apprehensive about it, so I offered to let him watch a Wild Kratts episode while I did it, and he was completely on board with the idea.  One of his cub scout buddies had told him a bit about the episode we were about to watch and he wanted me to wait for a particular part, so I snapped a before picture of him while I waited.



And then ...

video

(The little "ouch" you hear in the video is because I accidentally pinched his lip against one of his non-loose teeth.  Rookie mistake.)

Ta da!  Super loose tooth gone!


Afterward he commented that it didn't hurt at all and that when his next tooth gets loose and I ask him if I can pull it out, he will answer with an enthusiastic, "Yes!"

Surprisingly, he did not want to write a letter to the tooth fairy (he wants to write a letter to him/her because he has been informed that the tooth fairy will only write you a letter if you write one first) so he could put out his tooth and get a reward for it last night, so I guess he's planning on doing that today.  We'll see!

No matter what, I am so proud of him for getting over his fear of the possible pain and letting me get that tooth out of there.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Halloween 2014

This year our Halloween was quite eventful.  With two children in school at least part time now, there was a lot to balance and coordinate.  Luckily, this year the kids ended up having a half day on Halloween, and, as a result, Mollie's teacher moved their party back to Wednesday.  This change meant that I would be able to help out at both kids' parties, and we were all really happy about the coincidence.

My mom made Mollie a beautiful Cinderella costume, and Mom and Christine found the gloves when they were out shopping one day.




I know I am totally biased, but I think she made a perfectly lovely little princess.



I helped make the bustle in the back, and then did some troubleshooting when the bustle wouldn't stay fastened.


After we dropped Baylor off at school, Mollie and I hurried over to her school and we started celebrating.  She has thirteen kids in her class, seven girls and six boys.  Before we arrived, I guessed that five of the seven girls would be princesses, and I was right!  There was Mollie as Cinderella, a Sleeping Beauty, an Elsa, an Anna, and a Sophia the First.  The Anna costume was actually pretty impressive.  It had a button you could press that would play "For the First Time in Forever" and light up the skirt.  Their teacher even turned out the lights to demonstrate!


There were four stations for Mollie's party: snacks, decorating cupcakes, a witch's hat ring toss, and an arts and crafts table where they made some ghosts out of paper plates and streamers.  I was in charge of helping the kids with the arts and crafts, but Mollie still was able to check in with me every now and then.  Her cupcake was epic, but it sadly got smushed in the baggie they gave them for leftovers and she cried a bit when it didn't look nearly as awesome as it did before.


In between events, their teacher, dressed as Olaf from Frozen, would read them a story, which I think helped them calm down just a bit even with the copious amounts of sugar coursing through their little veins.




Mollie had a great time at her party, and even stayed after the party was done so she could hang out with the kids whose parents hadn't come to the party.  It was a fantastic first school party experience!

Baylor, on the other hand, was a bit upset that his sister had gotten to have her party and he still hadn't had his yet.  So he came up with a grand plan to have a Halloween party on Thursday the 30th at my parents' house and asked/informed my mom of his ideas.  Usually he gets shot down or the moment passes and he moves onto something else, but this time, THIS time, my mom said, "Sure!"

So we had an impromptu Halloween party the day before Halloween!  My mom went all out with the food, too.  There were mummy hot dogs, gnarly chicken fingers, ghostly mashed potatoes, and fish eyes (which were really peas).


The kids LOVED it!  (The adults did, too.)



She even made dirt dessert!  It was beyond delicious and very apropos!


The next day Baylor got to have his class party and on a half day, no less!  There was a parade all around the school, lots of treats, a beanbag toss game, and an alien creation arts and crafts table.  He had a lot of fun and made a bunch of adorable little aliens.  It did start to rain/snow during the party, but even that didn't really dampen the kids' spirits.  It was a great time!


The principal, dressed as Gru from Despicable Me, stopped by to join in the fun as well, leaving his minions (the office ladies) behind to "get their evil work done".  But before long it was time to go home and rest up for a chilly night of trick-or-treating ahead.


After dinner we piled on the layers under the kids' costumes and headed out into a very, very chilly evening.  Though it was quite windy, at least the slushy precipitation had long stopped and our time outside was dry.  Baylor requested that my dad come with us, so Bryson stayed behind to help hand out candy and enjoy the warmth inside.


We had a bit of a rocky start when a full-size collie charged at Mollie, and the owner did barely anything, insisting that the dog was just fine and that the kids basically get over it.  After that ordeal, Mollie wanted to know whenever there would be a dog.


We were out for an hour and came back as popsicles, but we had a lot of fun.  Baylor actually said, "Trick or Treat!" at nearly every house, and Mollie did a great job saying, "Thank you!" and holding up her dress like a little lady when going up and down the stairs.


Of course, once you collect your major haul, you have to assess and count your candy.


Mollie was disappointed with the massive amount of Twizzlers she got, but Oma and Aunt Christine helped her out and switched out the offending sweets with candy from our bin.


While the kids ate their three pieces of candy (our limit for the night) we all enjoyed a little Jeopardy. 


Try getting kids to go to sleep after they've had candy and loads of fun.  It's nearly impossible.  But that's what we did.

And then the next night, our PTC held a "boogie night" dance in the gym at Baylor's school.  I, being a part of the PTC, was going to chaperon, and since they asked for the chaperons to dress up, I had to find a costume that would be easy to throw together and also not upset Baylor, who typically doesn't like people to wear costumes.  Then I asked him if he would be okay with me being an historical figure that we could research and learn about, and he was totally on-board with the idea!  So, Rosie the Riveter I was!


You can do it, you know?!


The dance was a success, and I think a good majority of the kids had a great time.

Hope you had a happy, safe Halloween!

That's What They Said: Honesty and Misunderstanding

(Upon realizing Baylor's tooth was suddenly very loose ...)
Me:  Baylor, are you excited about your loose tooth?
Baylor:  Oh yeah!
Me:  Yeah?  Are you going to write a note to the tooth fairy when you lose your tooth?
Baylor:  Yes.  I am going to write to her and ask her for a Tootsie Roll and a dime.  (pauses)  But I'll bet you she just gives me the dime.  So I can go buy a Tootsie Roll.  Then I'd have both!



Me:  Baylor, have you started typing yet?
Baylor:  Oh yeah, I do typing at school!
Me:  I mean with your fingers in the right places.  You don't do that yet, do you?
Baylor:  Oh, no.
Me:  I didn't think so.  Your hands aren't big enough for that yet.  You'll probably do that in ... well, I did that in ... hmm, well that might not be indicative of when you'll start actual typing.  I don't think we had computers at our school until I was in fourth grade.
Baylor:  (staring at me in disbelief)  What?
Me:  We didn't have computers at our school until I was in about fourth grade.  They just weren't around much until then.
Baylor:  Did you have electricity?!
Me:  Yes, we had electricity.  Thanks.
Baylor:  (after thinking for a moment)  Was electricity discovered when you were born?
Me:  Yes, thanks, honey.



(While we were on our way to pick Baylor up from school ...)
Amalia:  Mommy, did you know that some people are in danger from wolves?
Me:  Did you say "wolves"?
Amalia:  Yes, wolves.
Me:  Well, I suppose.  What exactly do you mean?
Amalia:  Well, it depends on what kind of house you live in.  Wolves like to blow things down.  Good thing we live in a brick house!


(While they were playing in the basement ...)
Amalia:  (with the enthusiasm of an aerobics instructor)  Baylor!  Let's get our wiggles out, okay?!
Baylor:  Okay!



(While they were playing Spartanopoly ... yes, Spartanopoly ...)
Baylor:  (visibly upset) If Mollie wins, I will be covered in tears.  (still upset, but trying not to be)  Tears of joy.



(After putting the outriggers on his Raingutter Regatta boat ...)
Baylor:  Mom!  I learned how to screw ... with wood!