Halloween with Bat Boy

Halloween was busy for us this year.  We ended up getting a ton of use out of Jack’s bat costume.  First we went to the Goblin Jamboree at the Bay Area Discovery Museum where Jack rode a pony for the first time, met up with chickens and rabbits and goats at the petting zoo, got his face painted, and experienced a kiddie version of a haunted house.

When we got home I did a little decorating around the house, including trying out these decals I got from Stampin’ Up! (yes, that is self-promotion right there – I am a demonstrator) and putting together these treat bags for Jack’s daycare buddies.

My employer invited all the employee parents to bring their kids in on October 28th so Jack got to pal around with me at work for a bit.  He had been begging to go to work with me instead of daycare each morning, so I was happy to finally be able to oblige him.  He was very excited, but he got over it pretty quickly and by the second hour he decided to hide under my desk.  He did leave me this drawing on my whiteboard (and asked me to write the names of each alien).

Halloween itself was pretty chill.  All of Jack’s parents got together to take him for a spin around the block.  I think Jack likes seeing the other kids in costume more than anything else – he was done with Trick-or-Treating after a block and a half or so.  He then said he wanted to go home and finish his dinner.  We handed out candy for a while and then Jack went to bed right on time.  It was surprisingly easy…how’s that for eerie?

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A New Take on an Old Obsession

Jack was asking me where his “little blue bug” was the other night and I had no freaking clue what he was talking about.  To distract him, I pulled one of his monsters (aka Poe from Ugly Dolls) out of his toy bin and handed it to him.  He gasped as if he were coming face to face with his long lost best friend! (At first he said Poe was an alien but then we decided it was a bat, or maybe an alien bat.) I also brought out Wedgehead because it was apparent that the monster obsession was going to be starting again. The two monsters slept with him that night and protected him from…uh, monsters, I guess.

Yesterday when I picked him up from daycare, Jack’s provider told me that Jack had insisted upon being called Batman all day. He would not go to the table for lunch unless he was called Batman. And his bat, who he has named Sharp, accompanied him everywhere.

Today is a bit overcast so I asked Jack if he would like to wear a hooded sweatshirt. He was not going for it at all so I told him, hey, guess what! Batman wears sweatshirts and suddenly he couldn’t get his arms in that hoodie fast enough. Once the hoodie was on, Jack realized the great possibilities that it opened up for him. We slid the hood on his head and suddenly Batman had his cape.

Now if I could convince him that Batman doesn’t wear diapers and only uses the potty…