It's so funny to think how vividly I remember this time last year - being pregnant, counting down the weeks (only 8 to go!) until Arthur was due. And here we are now - this big boy who wants to walk so badly, who eats more than his brother sometimes, who talks and laughs and cries, and who loves to snuggle.
This past month was full of adventure as we all enjoyed cooler weather. We went to the Arizona State Fair (more fair pictures):
We've gone on some lovely bike rides and played at the park.
We went trick or treating on Halloween! We got one more use out of our Winnie the Pooh costume for Arthur, and Elmer was a robot. The two of them went trick or treating to a few houses in our neighborhood, and then Arthur went to bed. We let Elmer stay up as long as he wanted to hand out candy and hang out with us. We had a fire in our firepit outside, and were hanging out with some friends. About 8:30, Elmer started saying "Go home", so I figured he was ready for bed. Both boys slept in a little the next morning.
(More Halloween pictures here)
Since our last post, Arthur has slept pretty much all night most of the month, except for waking up early this last week. I think we're out of that again, though - this morning he slept until Elmer woke him up at 5:30. I keep thinking that someday, maybe in the next couple of months, we might actually get to sleep until 6 on a regular basis again. I dream big, I know.
Arthur is still very independent. He wants to feed himself, so we have started fixing meals that consist mostly of finger foods: lots of bread and toast, pickled carrots, pickles, bananas, apples, roasted veggies (he particularly loves Father's roasted broccoli), dates, cheese, pancakes, waffles, and eggs. We had to buy him his own water bottle because he gets so mad when everyone else is drinking from a water bottle but not him. Elmer insisted I buy a matching bottle, so my boys both have a dinosaur Camelbak bottle.
Both boys love being outside - they play in the sandbox and poke around the yard. Arthur is getting really adept at navigating around. He bear-walks on the sidewalk because he doesn't like his feet and knees dragging when he crawls. He can climb into and out of the sandbox by himself. And he loves to stand and cruise around the wall or the wagon. He's getting really good at standing on his own - soon he won't need to hold on to anything, and he'll be walking before we know it!