It's the holiday season over here at the Friedbaby household. After nine holiday seasons of me requesting that David take me to see Zoolights, we finally made it! The tricky part of Zoolights with a toddler is...everything. The crazy crowds, the limited parking nearby, the hour - creeping really close to dinner and bedtime, and did I mention the crowds? Colin wanted to run and chase, and it seemed like everyone in the city was in his way. He didn't care one bit, but it made keeping track of him quite the challenge (clearly that is a daddy job, since I am waddling pretty darn slowly these days. I stayed on stroller/stuff duty). Also, Colin wanted to hug all the lit-up animal displays, which is tricky since touching the lights themselves is frowned upon. Still, we managed to get some really cute pictures.
This year is the first Hanukkah that Colin is truly understanding. He has been reading Hanukkah books all month, and they are learning all about it at preschool. So when the first night came, he was very excited to play dreidel (especially since I found SPORTS dreidels at Target - toddler mind blown) and light the menorah (even if he tries to blow out the candles...still working on this...). And he has been requesting chocolate gelt quite a bit since he tried his first one.
Colin still seems genuinely surprised by the idea of presents, and isn't super materialistic when it comes to "wanting" and "needing" them, so it's all-the-more exciting to watch his face light up with the excitement of gifts. We got a $20 coffee table and converted it into a train table, which I am hoping will keep him occupied during the long winter months with a newborn in the house.
And finally, I am one day shy of 35 weeks pregnant. To say that I'm feeling large and in charge is an understatement. I am huge and uncomfortable and feeling like starting a countdown to my due date, even though I know that there is quite the chance of being late again, and I learned my lesson last time. Sometime before February 6th, this baby has to come out, so I'm exercising my patience skills. This baby is having a grand old time learning how to bounce around and stretch in utero, so my stomach is in all states of weird these days - you can feel (and often see) little hands and feet and tush bulging out on all sides. Happily though, the midwife double checked and his head is just where it is supposed to be - down - so hopefully we'll see it in person sometime soon.
|How I'm really feeling most of the time|
And finally, another Friedbaby note regarding a big milestone. Colin is officially potty trained (or at least training - I think this is a process, more than a completed accomplishment). We brought out the big guns over Thanksgiving weekend (mini-marshmallows and chocolate chippies), and Colin has really impressed us with how awesome he is doing in big-boy underwear. He is happily going #1 and #2, and will even hop on the potty in public or at other people's homes. No accidents at preschool yet, and only one every few days otherwise with us. I feel like he is just less and less our little baby, and more and more a big kid. I'm embracing his little speech quirks ("mines" and "brefkast") that remind me that he is still a learning little dude, because before I blink, I feel like he won't need me so much anymore.
|Cutest tush ever in his big boy Spiderman underpants!|