Sunday, October 25, 2009

Trick or Treat

Last night we attended the ward Trunk or Treat. Avey had a fun time going as Little Bo Peep, though to be certain she did not lose her sheep, she dragged it along beside her wherever she went.

It must be an odd experience to have one's first Halloween party as a two-year-old. I mean, this is her third Halloween, but probably the first one where she realizes that things are out of the ordinary. She gets to go out at night in a super-cool dress, take along her sheepy, hold a bucket and go get a bunch of candy from strange people while her own parents are giving away other candy. And her own parents are dressed very oddly too (well, Dad's not that different):Luckily Avey, being the girl she is, loves to play dress-up. For that reason alone, I think Halloween might be her favorite holiday (she wore her costume for hours before it was time for the party).
If nothing else, I think she's realizing that adults are just as much little kids as she is.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Costs & Benefits

There is a substantial financial cost to parenthood. Diapers, food, toys, clothes, books, videos, a crib, a changing table, and many other things have a clear dollar value (not that I'm keeping track to bill her when she's 18 or anything - we'll just move in with her when we're too old to take care of ourselves). Then there are the time and energy costs: the actual pregnancy would cost too much to put a monetary value on - at least that's the general message I got from Kira; the birth itself and the pain recovering from the c-section are worth a pretty penny; the sleep deficits are huge; the manual labor of feeding, changing, bathing, and cleaning up after her could employ a small team. Then there's the opportunity cost of one of us always being home with her. That's a lot to consider.

Of course, then there's the opportunity cost of not having her. Think of the countless hours of priceless entertainment we'd miss:

She thought her green shorts would fit on her head. She was right!
Then she thought her blue shorts would fit over her pants. She was right!
And here she is working out to an exercise video:
Yeah. I guess, all things considered, we're getting a great deal!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Murphy's Law

Friday night, Kira and I had a rare chance to attend a rock concert by one of my favorite bands, Marcy Playground. They were actually the first rock band I had ever seen in concert about 11 years ago, so it was great to see them again. The problem is that the concert was two hours away, and when we got there the concert started about an hour late, and there was an opening band, so we didn't get to see MP until about 11pm. Then there was a pretty good snow covering the highway, so long story short, we didn't get home until about 4am. My generous mother babysat for us, and Avey was good enough to sleep in a little longer than usual so we could get in about 3 hours of sleep. Of course, then came the part where Avey taught us a valuable lesson; she is in charge. She opted not to take a nap the whole day, meaning that Mommy and Daddy had to nap in shifts.
We're almost recovered now, after a good 8-9 hours of consecutive sleep, but what a rough day. It's a good thing the concert was so good!
Here's a brief video of Avey from yesterday. She emptied this drawer a little at a time and, after telling me I was welcome, she would remind me that she is "very so polite."
Life is busy otherwise. I'm sure you can all relate to that!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Leaps & Bounds

I am freaking out right now. You will all recall from last week's post that Avey is now officially two years old. I knew that was coming; we expected it since the day she was born. What we did not expect, however, was the exponential rate at which she would grow and learn after that day. I'm not kidding - the day after her official birthday I took her to the park and it was like I was with another kid! Every word out of her mouth was part of a full sentence, she used words I never thought she knew, and she learned how to climb up and sit down on a slide with which she had always needed help before! Then, Kira called me on my cell phone and I handed it to Avey and told her, "Say, 'Hi Mommy!'." Normally, Avey will greet a person on the phone, and then just sit and listen without responding much. In this particular instance, she said, "Hi Mommy! I'm going down the slide!" and continued to carry on a little conversation. She also seems to have grown another 6 inches or so, because she can reach all sorts of things she couldn't before. Like I said, I'm freaking out.

Here's some footage of her saying her new favorite word: humidifier.
Yes, she has also learned her left from her right. I think I was 12 when I finally got that one down. Now I'm scared that when she turns 3, she'll get a full-time job and put Kira and me in a home. Hmmm... that actually sounds kind of nice at this point...