Monday, November 29, 2010

5 Things about Me

1. I am terrified of getting older. This is something that I am working on accepting. I'm convinced that I already have wrinkles.

2. I am so ready to get by body back to myself. Being pregnant and or nursing for the past 4+ years has taken its toll on me.

3. I am obsessed with the idea of chopping off all of my hair. I feel like I've looked the same for years. I'm thinking bangs and short to my chin. What say you?

4. My favorite movie is "Back to the Future". My favorite books are the Harry Potter series. My favorite TV show is Roseanne. All these things make me happy.

5. I hate being alone. Well, I take that back. I love being alone for very short bits of time in which I can either A. Take a bath or B. Read a book in peace. But after that I get bored and lonely very quickly. Good thing I have three boys and a hubby to keep me company.

5 Things about Brandon

1. He is very tall. 6'5". And I admit freely that that was the first thing that attracted me to him. At 5'8" myself, I hardly feel "small" but he makes me feel that way.

2. He is such a gentleman. I hope that our boys learn from him. He opens car doors for me and always concerned about my welfare before his own.

3. He is obsessed with electronics and the news. Oh and boxing. All of which I hate, but I put up with because I love him.

4. He calls me "Panda" and has a tattoo on his back that says "Panda" in Japanese lettering. Doesn't seem like a tattoo guy, does he?

5. He is the most accepting person I know. He accepts people and me for who they are. It is remarkable really. He doesn't ever get angry. He has raised his voice I think twice in the nearly 7 years we have been together (and not even at me). I aspire to be like that.

5 Things about Nathan

1. I may be biased, but sometimes, he takes my breath away at how handsome he is.

2. He loves Dora the Explorer now. It is cute to see him pointing to the TV along with the show. It keeps him occupied during the babies' naptime. Plus, I love how he pronounces "Dora". It sounds like "Door-ee-ya". It is sweet.

3. He thinks that school buses are the best things ever. His whole face lights up when he see one.

4. He can be so loving towards the boys. He really does try to show them affection. His little whispered "love you" makes my heart feel as if it will come bursting out of my chest.

5. He prefers to have all the toys out of the bins. But he mostly plays with toy cars.

5 Things about Kai

1. Kai makes the cutest noises ever. His little squeals and screams are so sweet.

2. He is really trying hard to walk. He takes two or three steps at a time before falling over. His little toes dig in to the floor as he tries to remain upright. He looks too little to be standing up all ready.

3. He will eat anything. He loves food to the point of crazy. And would eat all day if I let him. Brandon and I joke that he has a tapeworm.

4. He signals he wants to nurse by pounding his head into my chest. Needless to say, I feel bruised all the time. It would be adorable if he weren't so strong!

5. He snuggles up really close to me at night and his little snores are the sweetest. He is happy even in his sleep.

5 Things about Gavin

1. He often prefers Brandon or my mom over me (except when he is hungry). I love that he is so social. I love that he has these bonds with other family members.

2. He likes to play the "grunting game". He will grunt back and forth taking turns. He likes to be the loudest. He also grunts when he is really mad.

3. He is learning to give me things now. He likes to "help" unload the dishwasher by handing me one utensil at a time (after he chews on them first).

4. He loves giving open-mouthed kisses. He dives in like he is eating your face off. So sweet.

5. His blue eyes are so adorable. I never thought I would have a blue-eyed baby. They melt my heart even if he doesn't look like my child.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Getting ready for Christmas

Nathan with our tree
Our fireplace. I've always wanted a fireplace. I love that I can hang the stockings up there.
The star
Kai watching the events
Gav being adorable

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Daddy and his babies
Me and my mom putting up her tree
My mom and me
All my brothers and my mom
Brandon and Kai-bear
My mom and Gav
Nathan and his light
Grandma and Gavy
Daddy with the turkey

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The thankful post

It is so hard to put into words all that I am thankful for in my life. I am not a religious person in the sense that I think God had something to do with my blessings. Although I do believe in a God. When I say that I am blessed, I mean that I have been blessed by good fortune.

I am so thankful for my husband. He and I were meant to be together. I'm thankful that our friend Lauren thought so too. We have been together almost 7 years now and married for 5. He is an amazing partner who works hard to support our family. He is my best friend and we have fun together.

I am so thankful for my three gorgeous sons. They are an amazing blessing to me. All of them have such unique personalities and I am honored to be their mother.

I am so thankful for our home. This is our very first home and I love it. I will miss it when we leave. It keeps us warm and it is filled with love.

I am so thankful for our dog, Lucy. I have heard some horror stories (mostly in my family) about dogs and their behavior and I am so thankful Lucy is such a good dog. She is easy to take care of, great with the kids, fully trained, and so loveable.

I am so thankful for midwives. I'm reminded all the time with what could have happened had I had the babies in the hospital. Their birth was a real turning point in my life.

I am so thankful for my mom. She is a great woman and my dearest friend.

The Laundry Soap Incident 2010

The Laundry Incident 2010 will go down in history. It is a rousing tale in which Nathan Cole, age 3, dumped an entire bottle of Tide over one, Kai Nicholas, and one, Gavin Quinn, both aged 10 months. The parents of aforementioned children barely restrained themselves from throwing said 3 year old outside with the dog and proceeded to spend two hours cleaning up the two screaming victims and the laundry area of the home. Two calls were made to poison control for soap related ingestion and eye contamination. The parents of said children involved proceeded to drink heavily after the incident.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thank you... all who read my post yesterday and offered support and words of encouragement. It really warmed my heart to read.

I'm doing slightly better today. I have found some information on what adults with Asperger's Syndrome are like and it was comforting to me.

If anyone out there has any book recommendations for me, that would be wonderful! I learn better from books and tried to search yesterday, but I was overwhelmed by the number of books out there!

So for now, the plan is to just gather as much information as we can. I've written a list of questions to take to the December 1st meeting and I will ask for a referral to an autism specialist at that time.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Into the great unknown

I'm scared to type it for fear that it could be true. **If cursing offends you, move along**

We have known for a long time that Nathan was delayed in speech and communication. He started preschool and has already made some vast improvements, but he is still nowhere near where he needs to be.

Well, now, the school therapists, teachers, and resource specialists say that Nathan has a mild form of autism. They say it could be something called Asperger's Syndrome. My heart is breaking into a million pieces. I really know virtually next to nothing about this. Pediatrics has never been my forte and mental health ranks up there with pediatrics. But I can't help but fear for my sweet child's future. I hear the word autism and my whole world just shatters.

I want him to go to college or trade school or whateverthefuckhewantstodo school. I want him to meet a special person and have a lasting relationship with her or him. I want him to have a normal life god damn it. Haven't we been through enough? Hasn't our infertility been enough? Why us? Why him?

I'm angry today. I'm angry that I don't have all the answers right this fucking second. I'm angry that they think that there is something wrong with Nathan. I am angry that a small part of my mind is wondering if they are right.

The speech delay and sensory issues I could handle. Because I could fix those things. I could implement a sensory diet. I could handle speech and occupational therapy every day for a year. I could do those things because it was making my kid better.

What can I do know? I mean, besides sit in a little room on December 1st and listen to other people telling me what is wrong with MY son. December 1st is our case conference meeting to discuss the outcome of the evaluation. The evaluation that I received a copy of today. That clearly states that he has some of the markers for this diagnosis. SOME! What does that mean?! Is there a fucking gray area here? He either has it or he doesn't! And then I realized that autism is a giant fucking gray area.

There is NO cure for this. Sure, there a bazillion websites out there that prey upon parent's desparation saying "This IS THE autism cure!" and "pay a million dollars for the OFFICIAL cure to autism.". But there isn't a fucking cure.

I don't even know what to do right now. I can't even find what the prognosis is for someone with Asperger's syndrome (my fucking spell check doesn't even recognize that Asperger's is a word). Some websites say that kids do well with it and it just presents as some social delays. Other websites say that he will never be living on his own. And I just don't fucking buy that. My kid could survive without me here. I could drop dead in the morning and I know the house would still be standing by the time Brandon got home. He can get his own food and dress himself now. So it can only improve from here, right?! Or not, says the internet. Sometimes cases worsen over time. Well shit.

So there you have it. My sweet gorgeous child who I love more than the air that I breathe has this thing called Asperger's. And now I have to put on my mama boxing gloves and go to battle for him. You better fucking believe that he will have the best doctor in the state watching out for him. You better believe I will be getting him in every single therapy I can find. And you better believe that I will never, ever let this get him down. Fuck no. He is going to be president of the United States, ya'll. You heard it here first.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's the biggest sacrifice you've ever made for another person?

And was it worth it?

This question was a prompt on my NaBloPoMo website. And I had an answer immediately and that kinda scared me a little bit. So I thought I would write about it today.

My answer was: I sacrificed my career and my career path for my kids.

There it is. The harsh truth. It kinda reads a little self-righteous and entitled, doesn't it? Wasn't it my choice to have children in the first place? Yes. Did we or did we not spend thousands of dollars in fertility treatments to have children? We did. So really, if our children were wanted THAT badly, can I really call it a sacrifice?

I didn't know the answer to that last question. Then I looked up the definition of sacrifice.

Sacrifice: Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of something considered to have a greater value or claim.

And it fits. My career was something that I highly valued. I worked through college and am still paying off student loans (and will until I'm dead). BUT. My children have a greater value. So the definition does fit.

So there it is. My answer to that prompt. Is it the fate of every mother? Whether she is a stay-at-home mother or not? I think so.

The second question "Was it worth it?" Yes. Yes it was and it continues to be.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Potty Learning Tips

I recently posted about this on one of my parenting boards and realized that I should post it on my blog for everybody!

Nathan was out of diapers by 2 and a half.

I started by using his cloth diapers like underwear. Pulling them up and down like that. When I started he was completely non-verbal (remember I have a kid with speech delays). The only "readiness cue" he gave me was that he would hide when he pooped. When I saw that he was doing that I started sitting him on the potty for poops. Never pooped in a diaper again. To get him to pee on the potty, I used M&Ms. I took him every hour (set a timer if you need the reminder) and if he went pee he got a M&M. When he started doing good with that I took the inserts out of the diapers (cloth diapers come with inserts to change the absorbency). Then made the switch to underwear. Cloth diapers actually made it easy to switch to underwear!

Tips for outings:
1. Plan your potty learning over a long weekend where you have nowhere to go so that they get the hang of using the potty at home.
2. Get a folding potty seat insert like this one.
3. Be sure to potty before you leave.
4. Plan on some accidents. Take extra clothes.
5. When you see a good bathroom while you are out, stop.

I'm glad I started early. A lot of people say to wait and wait and wait. And in my opinion, I think there is a window of time when kids learn the potty the best. They don't all give those readiness cues that you read about everywhere.

Monday, November 15, 2010

On business trips and other nonsense

So I hate them business trips. Hate them. Loathe them with an intense passion.

Brandon has left for a short (2 days) business trip to Detroit and I miss him. It is times like these when I can really appreciate being married and having a partner to help with the responsibilities of running a household. Thankfully he is working at a company that doesn't send him on these trips very often. His old job was around 40% travel and that was tough and we didn't even have children yet!

Along that same line, the wives and husbands of our soldiers do NOT get enough credit in my opinion. Their spouses are gone for months, sometimes years at a time while they are left to manage the house and children alone. I can't imagine that hardship.

In other rambling news, I took a break from blogging this weekend because I was re-reading the Harry Potter series in preparation for the upcoming movie! I'm so excited to see it! I love reading those books and I don't think I'll ever not love them.

Also, my boob is finally feeling better!!! Praise all that is holy! I had no pain when nursing Gavin this morning. I am hoping that I NEVER have to go through something like again.

Well, that's all for today folks. Oh and Gavin is giving kisses now. Grandma taught him that. Cutest. thing. ever.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Letters to my sons

Dear Nathan,

Today, you are 3 and a half years old!! Time is going by so quickly and you have changed so much since my last letter to you.

At 3 and a half years old, you are 37lbs and 42 inches tall! You are off the growth charts for your height and in the 90th percentile for your weight.

You are making so much progress with speech. It seems like you come up with new things to say every day. Although you repeat a lot of what we say back to us. Per your evaluation you are about a year behind in your speech, but we are hoping that you catch up soon!

You have started preschool since my last letter! The first few days were a little iffy, but now you love it! You go 5 days a week. You love running into preschool. You love your teachers and are just beginning to make friends. Due to your speech delay, your social skills are a little behind, so it takes you awhile to open up to people. School has really helped you learn good communication skills and we think that is why you have made so much progress in your vocabulary.

You have gotten so much better with the babies too! You are a great big brother! You love getting toys for the babies and are constantly watching out for them. You don't want them to get hurt so you try to keep them out of trouble. "No, Kai!" and "No Gavy!" can be heard often around here. You also have taken over the task of kissing their boo-boos. It is so sweet. "Aww, Kai. Sorry. Here let me kiss it. There ya go. All better." It melts my heart.

You are learning more independence every day. You get your backpack and get your coat every morning. You put up your shoes and think it is important to dress yourself. You are getting pretty good at it!

Mealtimes aren't so much fun. Your picky eating has continued and makes things difficult for us. You have your favorites and you stick to those. Although with the babies around trying more foods, you seem to be interested in what they are having.

You still sleep in your crib that is attached to our bed. You really just love being next to us and we can't say no at this point. Someday, all three of you boys will be sleeping in the same room, so hopefully that makes you feel better. Thankfully though, you are so easy to fall asleep and you stay asleep all night. Although since school has started, it seems that you have had a non-stop cold!

Speaking of being sick, we had to take you to the emergency room a couple of weeks ago. You were screaming in agony saying that your belly hurt. We didn't know what to do! Daddy took you to the emergency room and they took some X-rays to make sure you didn't have a blockage. Thankfully it was just some gas built up in there! We were relieved. I hate it when you are sick.

And so, life just continues on. You keep growing up and changing and I keep wanting you to stay small forever. You have an amazingly kind spirit and I can tell you will be fiercely independent. I love you to the moon and back, my sweet Nathan Cole.




Dear Gavin,

November is here! You are 10 months old today! You look so much like a toddler now. Life is getting more fun around here for sure!

At 10 months old you are 31 inches tall and you weigh 20 lbs. My big boy! You are in the 50th percentile for weight and off the charts for height. Just like Nathan! You and I have had a rough month with nursing. Mama got thrush and mastitis on your side and it has been difficult to nurse you. I can tell that you knew something was going on. You would be really still and try not to move to cause Mommy more pain. Your big blue eyes would watch me with concern. It was really sweet. You are nursing about every 3 hours now. You still wake up several times a night. You are still crawling all over the house still and you seem to not want to change over to walking just yet. Although you have been standing up for several seconds without holding onto anything! So maybe soon? Even with your nursing schedule you are still wanting lots of solid foods. We have been giving you little bits of what we have been eating and you love it. You like crackers, chili, spaghetti, bread, cheese, and everything really! Although eating all of this and you still won't take a bottle! You seem to do pretty good with a sippy cup though. You are still taking 2 naps a day. They last about an hour to an hour and a half. Both you and Kai sleep on Mama in the rocking recliner. I love snuggling with both of you during this time.

The holidays are coming! Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and this is my favorite time of year because we get to spend it with family. I love you so much Gavin.




Dear Kai,

Hello sweet boy. You are 10 months old today! November has arrived and cooler weather is finally here.

At 10 months old, you weigh 19lbs and are 29 inches tall. My long and lean boy! You are in the 75th percentile for height and the 25th percentile for weight. You nurse every 2-3 hours. And can eat your weight in food any given day! You love food. Anything we give you, you will eat and demand more of! Your favorites seem to be banana and bread, but you'll take anything. I can't hide food from you anymore! You are sleeping still with Mama and you wake up every 2-3 hours or so. I have just resigned myself to the fact that I just won't be getting any sort of solid sleep anytime soon. You are still speed-crawling all over the house and don't seem to show any interest in walking yet. Although you will stand for several seconds at a time without holding onto anything. You stand at the door waiting for Mama while I put Gavin the car (I put him in first because he is crankier about being left alone in the house) and your little head peeping out the window is the cutest thing ever. I have determined that you make the cutest noises I have ever heard a baby make. You make these little grunts and squeals and screams and it is just so adorable. You did this when you were a newborn too. We called you little "piglet" for so long because you snorted so much! I miss you being that small and new, but I am so happy to see you growing up too.

The holidays are right around the corner and I am looking forward to spending time with family over the coming months. I think that you boys will love the holiday season (even if just for the food). I love you sweet boy.



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy birthday

to my wonderful husband.

You are amazing.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Been a rough day

But I love you Nathan. :) I took this picture of him today.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

So, you're having what kind of stuff do you need?

I thought I would help out some future twin moms-to-be. You will find a bazillion sites all over the internet saying what you MUST have for having twins. A lot of stuff though, you really don't! And there is always some things that aren't on those lists that I think that you should have.

So here it goes:

1.) You NEED three or four big bed pillows for positioning babies while nursing. There are some twin nursing pillows on the market, but honestly the one that I had (Ez-2-Nurse) was so stiff and unyielding. Whenever I would use it, I would always use two or three more pillows trying to get the babies in the right position. I finally just gave up on the special pillow and used three pillows while in my rocking recliner. It made it much easier to adjust.

2.) You NEED a rocking recliner. I spend almost 50% of my day in this thing. So make sure that it is a good one! The big arms allow for more support while nursing and the rocking action puts the babies to sleep nicely.

3.) You NEED some sort of swaddle blanket. I am still swaddling the babies at almost 10 months old because it is just easier to nurse them at night. They like to hit each other while they nurse, so at least I don't have to worry about that at night!

4.) You NEED a changing table. I actually moved our changing table in the living room. Sure it looks kinda funny in here, but it beats walking to the other end of the house 80 times a day when someone needs changed.

5.) You NEED plenty of cloth diapers. Do you have any idea how much disposable diapers are? You will be paying out the ass for those for two babies. Trust me, give cloth diapering a try! See my cloth diapering posts for more info.

6.) You NEED two bouncy chairs. You have to have somewhere to sit the babies down while you attempt to pee or shower. Granted when they get mobile, they won't sit in one, but for the first few months, they come in handy.

7.) You NEED two carseats (obviously).

8.) You NEED plenty of burp cloths. I just used prefold diapers, but be sure you have a stack of them ready to go.

9.) You NEED help. Get help from anyone you can! Especially in those first few months. Don't expect to do it all alone.

10.) You NEED a sense of humor. You will look at your partner several times a day while saying, "Are you freaking kidding me?!" It is best to laugh at these moments so that you don't cry.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Doctor Visit

I couldn't wait until Tuesday. I had to go today. I didn't see my regular doctor, but I saw his partner and she is always really nice. I have a very bad case of thrush and a very bad case of mastitis. Yep, that's right, both at the same time. This morning I started to get "flu-like" symptoms and had a fever, so I knew the mastitis diagnosis was coming.

So the doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics for the mastitis and diflucan for the thrush. I also was able to get more pain medication to make it through until I start feeling better. I am hoping I feel better soon. I'm already almost 2 weeks behind on my Couch to 5K (I'm thinking that I should start over and pick a race in January instead) and I'm neglecting my house. Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. I appreciate you all taking the time to listen to me complain!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It is getting worse

The pain is insane. It is literally making me insane. I start thinking scary thoughts about cutting off my boob. :( Needless to say, I am going to the doctor on Tuesday. I'm hoping he can give me something better for the pain and a prescription to help with the thrush. Although Google tells me, I could be dealing with this for weeks or even months. I can't do it. I'm trapped really. I would wean if I could, but I can't wean cold-turkey without causing engorgement, mastitis, and more pain. This is horrid. Truly horrid.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Nathan's New Haircut

The long hair was getting in his eyes and he wouldn't let me comb it before school. :) Doesn't he look so grown-up? I swear, he looks like 5 years old here. My baby!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

On my parallel life

I recently had a dream about my parallel life. "What is a parallel life?", you ask. Well, my definition of a parallel life is one that you would be leading had you not made the basic decisions that led you to where you are today. Clear as mud, no?

So in my parallel dream life, I imagine that I did not get married and did not have children. I dreamed that I lived in some swanky apartment in Chicago (which is actually where I would have gone, had I not got married). I was a lot thinner in this dream, which was fun, no baby weight for me! I even looked less stressed out! It was the weirdest thing. In this dream I was on the balcony of my favorite apartment, reading a book, drinking wine, and looking over the skyline of Chicago. It was pure heaven. Then the dream started to drag on. I just kept watching myself sitting there, on the balcony, alone. I remember that I started to get nervous, like when are the kids going to come find me? Then it hit me that they weren't around because I didn't have any! It was the oddest and saddest feeling. I wanted to wake up then to check on the babies and I was done with my parallel life. But I wouldn't wake. I started to get frustrated saying things like "Mandie, it is time to wake up! Now!" And no dice. I just sat there on the balcony, presenting a calm front, but inside I was sad and lonely.

Finally I woke up, and reached over to stoke Kai's hair. It was a nice moment. And I realized that while that parallel life would be nice once and while (hello, a book that someone hasn't drooled on?!) I would miss my kids too much. Oh and Brandon too. ;)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Treatment for Thrush

Did you know that there are 1,000 different treatments and opinions out there for thrush? You didn't? Well now you do.

So this is the plan for me:

Water/ White vinegar rinse after every nursing

Lotramin cream after every water/ vinegar wash

Gentian Violet applied once a day for 4 days


Diflucan because it can't hurt at this point

Hot water/ baking soda treatment to all towels and nursing tanks

Pain meds around the clock to function

And prayer to the gods, goddesses, saints, and whoever else

Yeah, so I'll be busy for the next forever.

And also...I promise that there will be far more interesting posts written soon. My boob is my life right now. *sigh*

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Thanks so much for the comments on my last post. After reading what you had to say (thanks Adele!) I am thinking that it may be thrush. I started on some anti-fungal cream and tomorrow, I will be getting a prescription for Diflucan. I am hoping that this brings some much needed relief, because today was horrid. The pain is just so intense and I can't escape from it.

Not to mention that I really want to get back on my Couch to 5K program! As it is, I am going to have to complete week 2 again so that I can build my stamina back up. I just don't want any more delays and it frustrates me that I can't run.

In other news, I am feeling as though my whole house needs cleaning which is a sure sign that colder weather is on the way. I get this way right before summer and winter because I know I will be spending a lot of time in the house. I may even deep clean some areas and declutter (gasp). I really want to know how one family of 5 has so much stuff.

Anyhoo, I will update tomorrow and hopefully I will have some good news about my boob. Ah, the things you share online...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pain of unspeakable nature

I've determined that I have pretty much gotten the raw end of the deal in regards to nursing these babies. I think the universe is punishing me for having such an easy time of things with Nathan.

Brandon and I went out for Halloween this past weekend. I was gone for around 6 hours. Upon returning home, I nursed the babies at 3am. And it was like someone stuck shards of glass in my right nipple. I cried all the way through that feeding.

After getting up on Sunday, I tried to do a little research. I thought that I might have the beginnings of mastitis again. But I didn't have the flu-like symptoms that usually accompany mastitis. Then I found what looked like a blister and thought it was a milk bleb.

Now, the blister looking thing is gone and yet I feel as if I may die every time I have a nursing session. I have no idea what is wrong at this point. I cry through every feeding and have started to take heavy painkillers (left over from my mastitis diagnosis). I have to take painkillers every 4 hours to just barely make it through.

So I'm giving it a couple of days. If it still hasn't gotten better, I'm going to have to see a lactation consultant or something. I would go to my doctor, but when it comes to breastfeeding, I am mostly teaching him about it.

This has really put a hold on my running for the Couch to 5K because I can't even let my boob rub up against my T-shirt. :(

I'm frustrated and in pain.

Probably more information that ya'll needed about my boobs, but hey, it's my blog.

Monday, November 1, 2010

NaBloPoMo 2010

I am participating in the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) 2010! I have committed to doing a post a day for 30 days! Sometimes, I will post about whatever, and sometimes I will follow the prompts on the NaBloPoMo homepage seen here.

It should be fun! Thanks for following along with me!


I went out Trick or Treating as cupid! I did have a bow and arrow but couldn't handle holding Nathan's hand, the camera, and the stroller! I need like 3 more hands to get the job done.
Kai-bear went as Kai-lion
Gavin was a pumpkin!
Mama and babies
Ref Daddy and babies
Nathan went as the UPS guy. Also known as "Box man"

They were excited!
So sweet.

We had a great Halloween! Nathan was awesome at Trick or Treating! He finally understands things like that now and is so much more fun! Now I just have to figure out how to resist eating some of this candy....