Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010 was a lot of fun.  We all went to a pre-Trick or Treat party at a neighbor's house for some music and food.  Around 5PM, I took Dillon, Jason and Adrian around the neighborhood for trick-or-treating while Angie took Cameron back to the house for feeding and diaper changing.  (Already sounds like a hoot, don't it?)

The boys and I hit quite a few houses while we made our way back home.  They had only been out for about 30-40 minutes before I started hearing complaints about their feet hurting, or "I want a drink of water."  So when we got home I asked them if they just wanted to stay in and help give out candy or go back out.  They said they would help with the candy.

A couple of days earlier I had decked out the garage with a ton of bright-colored posters and cutouts, old Halloween costumes, pumpkins, skeletons, etc.  I went to Home Depot and bought about 4 or 5 black light bulbs to hang in the garage.  It turned out pretty cool (see photo).  Dillon enjoyed it until I turned on the sound effects CD and cranked it up.  He couldn't take it and asked Angie if they could go back out and trick or treat some more!  So she took them around to a few more houses while I held down the dungeon with Cameron.

Adrian wore a Superman costume this year, which didn't really fit the "haunted garage" theme, but Dillon and Jason had these costumes called "Unknown Phantom" that were pretty neat.  They reminded me of Jawas from Star Wars.  They were all black costumes with hoods and a mesh-front mask so you couldn't see their faces.  Underneath the hooded mask they wore special glasses that had red-glowing LED lights in them.  It looked great at night.  After trick or treating the second time, Jason became my dungeon master and would help escort our "guests" into the garage.  I wore the weird-looking ghost mask you see in the photo (it's on the table on the left).  It looked great in the black light.

We had trick-or-treaters coming to the house up until about 9PM, I guess.  As the night went on, I would say the age group got older.  Some kids weren't even wearing costumes.  I mean, c'mon!  Put forth some effort, at least.

The kids made out like bandits and we actually gave out about 80% of the candy we purchased for the trick-or-treaters (which is good).

Hope everyone else had a nice Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Valley Forge

Had a great time on Sunday with Angie's family at Valley Forge.

Here are some pictures:

Valley Forge Pictures


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cameron - One Month Update

Cameron is enjoying his new home.  He is such a good baby.  I mean, we don't really hear from him unless he's hungry or has a bad case of gas (which is more often than we'd like).  We really haven't had any bouts of uncontrollable, inconsolable crying (knock wood).  He's on a regular feeding/sleeping schedule of every three hours, but he still seems more like a night owl because he sleeps more soundly during the daytime hours.  Occasionally, we'll get him to sleep about 4 hours at night, so if we feed him at 11pm, he might last until about 3am (but it's rare).  Typically, he gets up around 2am for a feeding and then again around 5am or so.  Angie is the trooper that has been handling all the late night duties and then managing the rest of the clan during the day.  Fortunately, Dillon and Jason are in 1st grade this year so they get the bus at 8am and return home around 3:15pm, which lightens Angie's load a little bit.

Cameron officially turned one month old yesterday, so maybe we're getting closer to him sleeping 4-5 hours routinely...  That would be awesome.

He eats about 3 ounces per feeding now (up from 2.5 ounces about 10 days ago).  I'm assuming that if we can push him to 4 ounces soon he might sleep a little longer.

For his gas issues, we were using the little dropper-style bottle of gas drops (I forget the brand name but it came in what looked like an "eye drops" bottle), but we ran out a few days ago.  So on my way home from work one day I stopped off at Shop-Rite for a few groceries and remembered that we needed the gas drops.  I couldn't find them anywhere in there, but I did find something called Gripe Water.  I was skeptical at first, especially because the bottle costs about $8, but it said it was for "colic and hiccups" (which he has had a few times).  It says it's safe for babies and contains natural herbs that aid in digestion.  He seems to like taking it and it appears to work well.  I guess we'll stick with it for now.

His big brothers all love him very much.  Dillon and Jason ask to hold him all the time (we usually stage this on the couch while they are seated).  I always catch Adrian getting up real close to Cameron and kissing the top of his head. [I'm just waiting for the time when he bites his ear or something!]  Jason asked to help feed him this morning, but I opted to feed him the bottle myself.  We have let them feed him before, but they usually don't have the patience to sit there for 10-15 minutes while Cameron slowly guzzles his 3-ounce bottle.

I don't know when his next check-up is, but the last time Angie took him to the doctor he weighed 7 lbs. 14 ounces, and measured 21 inches long.  He was born at 7 lbs 10 oz, and 20.5 inches long, so he's growing nicely.

-More to Come-

Monday, October 4, 2010