The two full weeks of Daddy Time was so wonderful. I don't think CJ has laughed that much since she last spent time with Tom. While he was here, we did lots of organizing around the house, visited the park many times, played outside in the wonderful weather, and had a great time at home.
|CJ was elated to play with Tom on his first night back.|
|Claire, about to embark on a bike ride with Dad.|
|Playtime at the park.|
|I guess all it took for CJ to like the swing was to try it with her Dad. He makes just about everything fun.|
|Our family trip to the pumpkin patch. CJ zeroed in on the warty pumpkins right away.|
|Helping Dad around the house.|
Here's our awesome jack-o-lantern. This was a total joint effort by Tom and me. We were both extremely proud of this work of art. Ha! (But seriously, we love it.)
|Our little beast got tired and laid her head on Tom's back. So very sweet.|
|Ok, enough with the photos, Mom.|
Oh, and how could I forget? Tom and I took a short but blissful trip to New York for a few days while CJ camped out at Grandmommy and Grandaddy's house in St. Pete. We visited the 9/11 memorial, saw a movie, ate at some wonderful restaurants, and enjoyed our super luxurious hotel.
Another change around here - Claire is off the bottle! This is step one of our transition to life with New Baby. Hopefully being bottle free for four months will ensure that CJ doesn't try to steal her brother's bottle. We'll see... The next phase involves a switch to a new car seat, I think.
Ok, plus, I made this awesome lion costume for CJ for Halloween, with a lot of help from my mom, the expert costume maker. The problem was, CJ hated wearing it. It's primarily a big full mane made from felt, plus a tail that pins on a t-shirt, and a tan felt belly on the t-shirt. A perfect Florida Halloween costume, right? Well not only did CJ hate wearing it, but she got extremely sick on Halloween and we couldn't trot her around in the costume even if we could get her to wear it for more than three seconds. So CJ escaped having to don the lion costume for her mother, who is ridiculously proud of the thing. But don't worry! It should be good for next the next few years (adjusting the t-shirt size), so CJ or baby #2 will have a chance to wear it sometime. Someone is going to wear that thing if it kills me! Seriously, it's adorable.
We were sad to see Tom leave again, but this time was easier than the first - at least for me. I knew that CJ and I could go back to our routine that works pretty well for us. CJ is having a tough time adjusting, I think, but will hopefully get back into the swing of things in the next few days. The GREAT news is that Tom's next trip home will be in just seven short weeks. He was away for a full twelve weeks before this past visit, so seven weeks should be a piece of cake. It was super fun having him here for Halloween, and it will be even more fun having him here for Christmas. Let's all just keep our fingers crossed that there isn't another government shutdown, since that could delay his ability to make travel arrangements.
That's all for now. Hope everyone is having a great start to November.