This Halloween was Mini Dh's second Halloween and boy let me tell you, it was so much more enjoyable than last year. Mini Dh was just about a week and a half old last year, was already confirmed to have colic, and I had some serious post partum depression due to everything that happened, and Doc Handsome being deployed. Mini Dh hated his bumblebee costume last year and screamed for hours on end.
This year he wore his cowboy costume and never once tried to tug it off. Doc Handsome was a cowboy too and I was their Indian. We took Mini Dh trick or treating around our neighborhood. He sat in his stroller the entire time while Doc Handsome strolled him to door after door and we held his bag open for him. He was babbling to everyone which was pretty cute because even though he wasn't saying the right words, we knew he would if he could. It was such a peaceful walk, watching all the kids so excited, and even Mini Dh just staring in amazement at everyone. After we got home from trick or treating we ate dinner, took pictures, and then got Mini Dh's things ready for the sitter. Our awesome friend was going to watch him for a few hours so Doc Handsome and I could have a night out, which is always way overdue by the time we get around to it. We went to a bar and watched a band. It was kind of a bust since it was Sunday but it's always nice to have some adult time.
On our way to pick up Mini DH, we talked about setting patterns for our family. We agreed that everything we do like taking Mini Dh to Disneyland or trick or treating, or even to the beach are all things that set the pattern for how we will always be as a family. Because even though he will hardly remember any of these trips later in life, this is the type of family we will be. The ones that go out on random adventures and make the most of every trip, trying to create as many memories. We know that's what we want our children to look back on when they're grown up. "Remember when mom and dad took us here...." It's similar to the same patterns we set in his eating habits. What he eats now sets the pattern for the rest of his life. Isn't it scary how we as parents influence our children so much?!
Anyways, we picked Mini Dh up and apparantly he was just a doll. They said he was so easy to watch and he even got a "he's so smart" compliment. We drove home and tucked Mini Dh into his bed before heading there ourselves.
It was a great Halloween and I don't think I'll ever forget that our first Halloween together as a family was actually our second.