First Halloween

Before Lillian arrived, we wondered whether her first Halloween would be this year or next year. It seemed to be about a 50/50 chance either way, based on the possibilities I charted out in my Guess Baby’s Birthday post. But she definitely came along in time for Halloween 2011, and is exactly one week old today.

We thought it would be cute to get her some kind of little Halloween outfit, but finding one in a newborn size on such short notice turned out to be pretty difficult. (Not that we were trying very hard, what with having a newborn to take care of and all.) But while we were in Babies R Us picking up some other stuff, we spotted these little pumpkin bibs on a clearance rack for $3.00 and couldn’t resist.

Lillian's first Halloween.

Of course she’s too young to know anything special’s going on today, other than her crazy mom dressing her in a pumpkin bib and taking pictures while she’s trying to sleep. But it’ll be awesome in a few more years when she can pick out her own costume and go trick-or-treating.

Speaking of trick-or-treating: since this is also our first Halloween in the new house, we didn’t quite know what to expect, but it seemed good to be prepared. So the last time we went grocery shopping, we picked up four bags of candy to have on hand for trick-or-treaters, figuring it would be more than enough. (And that we’d have a good excuse to eat leftover candy later.)

But wow, there are a lot of kids in this neighborhood. For a while there, it seemed like the doorbell was ringing every two minutes, and it was funny watching Joe run back and forth passing out candy while I fed Lillian. We actually started to worry that we’d run out of candy, although luckily by the end of the day there was still some left in our giant bowl:

The leftover Halloween candy.

Hopefully this is a sign that our daughter will have lots of playmates in the neighborhood as she gets older.

In other Halloween news, it probably goes without saying that we’ve had too much going on lately to do any Halloween decorating. The most we could muster was to slap this old electric jack-o-lantern in one of the front windows:

Lonely old jack-o-lantern.

Better than nothing, right? But I guess there’s always next year for decorating and pumpkin carving and all that, not to mention hayrides and haunted houses down the road as Lillian gets older. I must admit I’m looking forward to being able to do those kinds of “kid” things again!


  1. Awww, she is just so adorable!!!! Yes, you are going to have an absolute blast getting to do all the fun things with her again. The most wonderful thing about doing all of it over again is seeing the wonder and amazement in her eyes and the pure joy in her face. I miss those days with my two older children, and I am thankful to still get to experience them with Amy. Make every effort to be there for anything and everything you can and treasure every moment. I know you will. Love to you all!

  2. She is just too adorable!! I didn’t think it could happen, but she gets cuter every day. Of course, that’s a biased grandma’s thinking, anyway. It might just be a trick of lighting, but her hair looks a little reddish… You’re both awesome parents and I love you! Hugs!!

  3. I think Lillian’s hair looks a little reddish, too! And I recognize the firm set of that little mouth! Only thing is, I think all of Lillian’s female family members have that same mouth set! LOL

  4. I hope she loves Halloween as much as I do, and as much as it seems you do, from your writing, Sarah! It’s not just about the candy, it’s about dressing up and making cool displays (she might want to consult her great-uncle Dave about moving, moaning ghosties and aliens!) and friends and family! Happy Halloween!

  5. Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s not just the lighting in the photo — her hair does seem to have a hint of red in it. It’ll be really interesting to see what happens when it grows in thicker instead of just the baby fuzz though. :)

  6. Sarah and Joe, she is the most beautiful baby I have seen in a long long time. Beautiful coloring, just gorgeous. Congratulations to you both.

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