Archive for November, 2012
Darius has been mentioning to me for months that our Little Prince’s hair was too long and it should get cut. I kept protesting (and making some sort of “against my religion” claims…which are
only partially not very not at all true). However the other week I actually pulled the start of a dred out of it. And it was starting to look straggly and get pulled easily.
I finally consented that it needed some trimming and a shaping. So after asking some of my local mommy friends, two weekends ago we took LP to Pigtails and Crewcuts for his very first professional haircut (instead of a mommy hacking at his bangs after a bath cut). There was a long wait when we got there, so we added our name to the list and then played around in Half-Priced Books for a while. LP pulled a Star Wars book off the shelf, which made mommy proud, but it was an Episode I book, so I had him put it back. After a while we went back to the hair salon and he played with the train set for a bit.
When LP’s name was called, we got to pick the seat. We went with the Taxi seat. As soon as the stylist put the robe on him, he got upset, and instantly there were bubbles and toys, The Jungle Book on a TV, and snacks offered. We were really impressed at how well they were able to calm him down. The stylist cut his hair and then asked me and I said it was okay to cut a bit more, but we wanted to leave the curls, just get a good shape. She was awesome and did a very good job. We got the “First Haircut” package, which included a picture and a lock of his hair as a keepsake.
After the haircut we went out to lunch. I’ve been really happy with how his hair has looked since the haircut. It still has the curl and some of the wildness, but the shape is so much better. And he doesn’t get mistaken for a girl quite as often now. We will totally bring him back there the next time he needs a haircut.
With the moving, the changing rooms at daycare, and Austin ComicCon, Halloween sort of snuck up on us this year. Also, I just couldn’t come up with a good family costume that would “read well” (James, Lily, and Harry just doesn’t read without the scar and if James and Lily are alive then Harry wouldn’t have the scar…).
We did make it to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin. On Tuesday before Halloween, we set up in the kitchen to let Little Prince help pull all of the seeds and guts out of it. We thought that he’d have a lot of fun with it. Instead he decided that he didn’t like the texture of the pumpkin guts and kept trying to put the seeds back into the pumpkin. At least we got some cute video of that:
On Halloween I just put Little Prince in his Star Trek TOS Engineering onesie. Darius said it doesn’t count as a costume if you’d put him in it on other days, but I didn’t care. I also had him in his awesome skeleton hoodie that his Tante got him.
That evening I took him trick-or-treating around the neighbourhood in the stroller. At first he didn’t have much of an idea of what was going on, but by the end of our time out, he kind of did. He’d hold once piece of candy in his hand, and then we’d come up to the next house. He’d sort of say “trick-treat” and then when the person went to give him a new piece of candy, he’d give me the old one and hold onto the new one. I also made sure he signed “Thank you” after being given the candy. He didn’t really eat any of his candy, except for a few small bites over the past week. He’s not really a huge fan, yet.
Over the weekend, Little Prince, Darius, and I volunteered for the Austin Browncoats at Austin ComicCon. LP and I helped out on all three days and Darius joined us on the weekend (hurray for Volunteer Time Off Days). The first thing he did when we got to the Browncoats booth is pull the toy Cylon Raider off the table, followed by Bad Horse :). The three days were awesome and exhausting. I’m super glad for babywearing and that the Ergo has a hood because otherwise I don’t think I’d have ever gotten LP to sleep at all. As is, there were a few times where he’d just have passed out and something happened (like them blaring “Gangnam Style” over the PA system) and he’d wake up.
Here are some of the Con highlights:
1. Someone was auctioning off huge D20s. LP had just learned “die” and “dice” at D&D earlier that week. So he would see one being carried around and yell “DIE.” A 17 month old yelling “DIE” at a D20 is super cute (and also disturbing if you don’t know that’s what he’s talking about).
2. At one point we were thisclose to Wil Wheaton, but LP was more interested in the car on the floor – a Delorean tricked out all Back to the Future style.
3. On Saturday my milk-daughter, E (the daughter of the heads of the Austin Browncoats), was totally passed out in her father’s arms when her mother wanted to get an autograph and needed her father’s help. I had LP on my back, because he was over tired and I was trying to walk him to sleep. So now I have a passed out 11 month old in my arms and a screaming because he’s overtired 17 month old on my back. Dean Cain notices I have two and is impressed. We chat for a bit about babies. I mention that LP just grew out of his Superman onesie (I know this cause I tried it on him that morning) and Dean Cain says that he still fits into his. I like Dean Cain, B gets her autograph, and LP finally passes out.
4. Talking with all of the geek parents of geek babies or soon-to-be-geek parents who are expecting geek babies. Darius going out of his way to make sure these soon-to-be parents know how awesome breastfeeding and babywearing is.
5. Leaving the Con for lunch on Saturday and discovering Turf N Surf. Dear lord it was delicious. And they gave us a grilled cheese for LP for free, but he was much more interested in the sweet potato fries. That boy LOVES his sweet potato fries.
6. The crowd being thin enough Sunday morning that there were no lines at most of the ST:TNG cast booths. First we went up to Marina Sirtis. She thought that LP was super cute and noticed instantly that he was dressed like Wesley Crusher. Then I pointed to one of her Deanna Troi glossies on the table and asked LP who that looked like. He said “Mommy.” Marina just melted asked if he wanted to take a picture with the woman who “played the character who looked like mommy.” So of course I said yes. Little Prince also got to tell LeVar Burton “books” and give him a fist-bump. LeVar noticed how LP’s eyes light up when he says/signs “books.” And we said hi to Gates McFadden and I got to show her our Labyrinth costumes from last year.
7. We were really worried that Wil Wheaton wouldn’t show up on Sunday because he was tweeting that he wasn’t feeling well. We really wanted to meet him, especially since Darius had made Little Prince a Sparks McGee costume. But as I was walking to find food, I checked twitter and saw that Wil was at his booth. So I called Darius and told him to get LP and get over to Wil’s booth. We stood in line and LP flirted with the girls in our line. When we got toward the front of the line, Wil saw LP and totally squeed! When we finally got to talk to Wil, he was just as awesome as we’d thought he’d be. I had him sign my Munchkin box cover that I got at w00tstock Austin that he wasn’t able to come to. LP wouldn’t put on his Sparks cowboy hat, so Wil said that he already had the Sparks attitude down. I told him that he could take a picture of LP. He did and he even tweeted it! LP is once again famous on the interwebs. We talked with Wil for probably 5-10 minutes, even though his line was long. It’s really awesome that he’s willing to really take the time to talk to his fans (of course afterwards Darius and I both realized there were like 20 million things we wanted to mention to him that we forgot).
8. Next to the Browncoats booth was the 501st (Star Wars peoples). They had a life-sized R2D2 with them that was remote controlled and could beep and dance and play songs. Little Prince was fascinated by R2D2, but was also afraid of him at first. He kept wanting to go over and see him, but then would say “no” and cling to me. It was great on Friday when our booth wasn’t very staffed because R2 was almost like a babysitter, keeping LP in the booth. By the end of Saturday, LP was able to touch R2 while in my arms and by the end of Sunday he was willing to hang out with him without being held. LP can also say “R2D2” and if I ask him to say “Space Station,” he says “moon,” which just cracks me up.
The only really sucky part was when we were packing up the booth on Sunday and security came by to tell us that no children were to be on the floor anymore. We were like, “umm…we need to pack up. What if we wear them?” But security decided to be jerks. So I took both E and LP and with P-the 10-year-old’s help went out to the lobby where we let them run/crawl around and get out lots of energy. The upside to this, LP fell asleep in the car, went back to sleep when we got home and stayed mostly asleep (with his normal night wakings) until about 7:30am on Monday.