The title says it all. Pumpkin Carving from Halloween and Play Group.
I got the bright idea that pumpkin carving with our toddler would be fun. I forgot to factor in the little hissy fits throughout the day though. Our daughter is right around the corner of 2, and the tantrums have begun.
We ended up buying a small pumpkin to decorate and a larger one to carve. Our daughter loves Tinkerbell at the moment, so I went online and printed off some Tinkerbell stencils.
We ended up choosing this one:
We got the newspaper all layed out on the floor and everything ready, our toddler and I marked the stencil onto the pumpkin and then it was carving time! I figured it was new and our daughter would explore the weird texture of the pumpkin seeds and goop inside the pumpkin..... thought it would be fun and we could watch her expressions as we cleaned the pumpkin out.... I was wrong. She grabbed a small handful and wiped it on my sweater and proceeded to have a mini meltdown, until she wanted to go to her room. So my husband carved the pumpkin and this was the end result :
We ended up taking our daughter out trick or treating for two hours. She went as Rapunzel off Tangled.... so cute! She got a bucket full of candy and then her great aunt made her up a Halloween bucket ( with Timbits, and a pillow pet and chocolates. )
It's safe to say she had a good Halloween, she slept that whole night after getting home.
Now for play group.
At our daughter's last check up a month ago or so, our doctor suggested we put our daughter on the list to see a speech therapist since she's only saying a handful of words. ( She understands us, she is extremely smart and outgoing, just she chooses her words lol.)
I got her name on the waiting list... of 8 months.
I started looking into some things and came across a local play group, that is 15 minutes from our house, and it's free! Wednesdays and Friday mornings. Drop ins welcome.
We were both hesitant at first, but figured "what could it hurt?" This way maybe she'll open up, and talk more being around other kids her age.
She loves play group. The new toys, the other toddlers, she loved it. They have snack time around 1030 ( which is right around her nap time ) so the first couple of times she had meltdowns. The last time was good though. It's also something they can go to when I work.
She sits at the table for snack now with the other kids and drinks from a big girl cup... I know it's the little things that make us parents happy.
She ate most of her snack yesterday at it ( snacks are also included ), and she came home saying a new word " uh, uh, uh, uh, oh!!" It's so adorable.
While we are on the wait list for the speech therapist, we are going to try play groups and see if she's talking more by the time her appointment rolls around.