This was our very first Halloween with a baby. I've been waiting on this for months. Before she was born, I had her costume planned. A pea pod. I wanted my little girl to be a pea pod. Well... all of the cute pea pod costumes are homemade. Hahahaha, that wasn't going to happen. Not until I master a sewing machine at least. Ultimately, we decided to go with a lamb costume.
After searching near and far, I finally found cute lamb garb and ordered it (2 months in advance). My husband even helped pick it out. It was the perfect costume, and we were excited. We invited a friend over to pass out candy with us and planned to grill up an assortment of meat. We had even planned to do some pumpkin painting with the neighbors and their little ones. In case your not getting my point here, I NEVER get out of the house or converse with other adults, so I was really looking forward to today.
Then... it happens. On Wednesday morning, I notice my baby breathing a little funny. It wasn't a big deal; she just sounded a little stuffy. Thursday comes, and it's a tiny bit worse. Friday... we cancel our plans to go watch her dad coach his last football game of the season because I don't want to risk her getting sick. Why? Because I care about her..... And because I want to use the costume. Well, the stuffy nose is still here. In fact, it has only gotten worse.
The selfish, young woman part of me didn't want to tell the neighbors about the baby having a cold. That part of me just wanted to go over there and paint pumpkins. However, the parent part of me wouldn't want someone bringing a sick baby into my house, so we stayed home. Emma had to miss out on the pumpkins. She did wear her costume though. For a baby who wasn't feeling so well, she was a trooper. She let me torture her with the ridiculous hat for the sake of some cute pictures. She also entertained the droves of candy seeking children (and adults) without even the blip of a cry.
Even though we didn't get to do everything I had hoped, this was a great Halloween. It was a nice change of pace from what had been an all too predictable few days. It gave me the kick in the butt I needed to get out of a temporary slump. We are truly blessed to have such a sweet little girl.