Saturday, October 23, 2010

His real Halloween costume

Since we're talking dress up, I might as well show you Hank's *real* Halloween costume.

(devilish grin)

As mentioned last year, I am a major chicken when it comes to dressing up little kids in true costumes. I think this post (from 6 years ago!? Where does the time go?) by crafting superstar Hillary is to blame. I would be just the type to spend hours making a totally accurate costume (most likely a Star Wars figure as well - we almost did R2D2, aka "oky doky" according to Hank, before I remembered the no costume rule) to find out that the little munchkin would have nothing to do with it. So, it is clothing turned costume here for a couple more years at least.

(his Blue Steel look)

This costume was made in honor of the wonderful teachers at Hank's day care. You see - Hank is a problem child in his class, a bully if you will. He is not hyper or anything, and will sit and listen to stories, follow instructions, and the like. But, when it comes to playing nice with friends, he is not quite connecting all the dots.

(Lil devil butt!)

We have "conversations" about biting, hitting, etc., and can agree that these things are not nice and cause owwies. This conversation usually takes place as the baby duck is biting the mama duck in the bath tub (Baby bite, he'll say, as baby duck attacks the mama duck. Baby duck gets put on a time out, just like Hank does when he bites mama, his friends, etc.) We can also agree there are other ways to tell people you are using a toy, or if you are hungry or tired (the root of most biting incidents, we've found). But, the "incident reports" keep coming. We are hoping some of the issues are resolved once he moves into the 2-year-old class, and he is no longer the biggest boy in his class.

(Next year he will probably tell us what he wants to be for Halloween -- where does the time go...?)

In the mean time, I wanted to show the teachers at day care that I feel for them, and decided on a costume that reflects Hank's true personality. It is a red sweatsuit from Walmart ($10) with felt horn, wings, and tail added (I sewed some pipe cleaners into the tail so it is positionable). The red shoes are hand-me-downs from the neighbor kid. The treat bucket was purchased from Old Navy for $3.50. Pitchfork was a dollar store find a couple of years ago.

We will also be attending a Halloween party at school next week. I am very nervous. It will be the first time I have spent any amount of time with the parents at the day care. Will they shun me as the parent of the biter? Hoping I can make amends by bringing some Greek yogurt treats topped with dried apricots, blueberries, and rolled oats, and the cutest little spoons you ever did see.

(today's bribe - let mama take your picture, and then you can take mama's picture)

I'm all about bribing to make friends :)


Favorite of the day: Nothin' new

Working on: Baby shower favors


vilterietje said...

Love the costume and the little devil wearing it! Love, Riet

telfair said...

Costume is adorable...and I can relate. Lily has had issues with playing nice... pushing and not sharing. She's a bit of a bully, too. Oof. It's all about phases these days, though, so I think we can be sure they will grow out of it and become functioning contributing members of society...someday. ;)

Jenn said...

eek! He is too precious!