My sister Ashley had her baby today!
Logan George was born at 11:16am today, on November 1st weighing 7lbs. 4oz. and is such a sweet, handsome little angel!
I have been with them all day and don't have much to say about it yet...I am overwhelmed right now with happiness, excitement and it's too early for me to write about such a beautiful thing as my little sister having a beautiful baby boy, my nephew, Stella's cousin!
I am going back to be with them in the morning! I love him so much!
Yesterday being Halloween (and my Aunt Lisa's Birthday, "Happy Birthday Aunt Lisa!") I ran into one of my first kind of "road blocks" in parenting. I didn't know how I was going to handle Halloween. I know that I don't want my daughter to collect a huge bag of candy on Halloween every year and be on a sugar binge for a week following.
After having a little time to think about it, I still don't know EXACTLY how it will go, but I hope it goes something like this...Stella carves a pumpkin, eats apples, goes on a hayride, sings songs round a bonfire, and dresses up in a handmade costume of her choosing, designing and planning (and Mommy's sewing), we celebrate the season, the Earth's harvest, and all the mysteries surrounding Halloween, but...I somehow keep her away from the candy aspect (which seems to have somehow become the main focus in this country!). And when she's old enough I explain to her why she wouldn't want to scarf down loads and loads of that junk and that Holidays are a joy of life, but that the junk foods involved are not the main point. That's my resolve for now...
That all being said...I didn't have a costume prepared for Stella yesterday because I wasn't going to dress her up. I figured she would just be miserable in a costume, and I was stalled by my feelings on the candy issue, which wouldn't really even be an issue until next year, right now she just wants booby, (and that's all she's had besides a few nibbles of avocado). It was kind of depressing. Then, I decided that I wasn't going to let the idea of some miserable candy ruin Halloween for me and Stella! And, at the last minute I got caught up in the spirit of the day (because I really do LOVE the costume part of Halloween!) and just a couple of hours before the festivities got to borrow this cute black cat costume from my friend!
I would have preferred to make Stella's costume if I was going to dress her up at all. But, it's okay, this will remain a good lesson...I will always remember how the Fat, Hyper, Scary, Sugar Grinch almost stole Halloween for Stella, until Mommy stole it back at the last minute!
So, we dressed her up in this very cute, probably Made In China, but still very lovely costume and you can see Stella here receiving her first piece of the "special candy to leave outside on Halloween Night for the Gnomes" (That's a good one huh?) from Grandma...that Mommy threw away as soon as we got in the car! After we got that out of the way, we had such a great Halloween. Stella really seemed to catch on to the excitement...and she really enjoyed inspecting and chewing on her costume.
Trick or Treat!...I'll take the trick!