What could be better to a nearly four year old than free candy? Wearing a princess “dress-up” out of the house!
Halloween actually meant something to MG this year. She doesn’t remember much from our life in our old neighborhood, but the flower costumes definitely made an impact on her. This year, she finally figured out that she got to choose her costume and of course she was all over that. “I want to be a Princess!” (without hesitation). Well, which princess? “I want to be Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel, and Elsa, and Snow White! Can I do that, mommy?”
Ultimately she chose to be Elsa for our church’s harvest party and then selected Sleeping Beauty for Halloween night. (funny side note: she’s actually still not seen Frozen, but those darn princesses are EVERYWHERE and by now MG knows their names and the names of all the characters in the movie. But when people would say catchphrases to her about the movie, she would have no idea what they were talking about!)
The Harvest Party/Nursing Home party both landed on Wednesday evening. Unfortunately, Bea was running a slight fever that day which grew worse as the evening wore on. I could tell she wasn’t feeling well when all she wanted to do was be held at the party. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the costume either.
When we told MG that the party was at church she kept talking about her friends in her little Sunday school class. There are only two other friends in the class and she kept mentioning them by name saying, “I hope they like my dress” <batting eyes and all>. She did run into one of those friends, who did indeed, like her dress 🙂
The next day, the same viral sickness that was making Bea miserable hit N like a ton of bricks. So much so that he came home from work early (I think he’s done that once?) and slept the entire afternoon. MG and I took turns tending to our sick patients.
Finally, it was Friday. Bea seemed to be feeling a bit better and so did Daddy. We did have plans to go hang out and do some trick or treating with friends (who live in a neighborhood, because we don’t live in a neighborhood anymore—weird! And we didn’t have a single trick or treater this year—weird!!). But due to the ongoing fever we decided to bow out, knowing I could just take MG to some local festivities. I took Bea to the doctor in the morning just to rule out anything serious. I let MG wear her costume to the office and for errands later since it was Halloween and all. She was over the moon!
Later that day, during her quiet time she told me she was going to take a nap (which she rarely does and it is NEVER announced) so I thought, “great, she’ll be well rested for our fun tonight!” I was so excited to wake her up and help her get into her costume which she had picked out hours before. Only, she woke up with a fever and feeling terrible. Shaky, achey muscles, no appetite, and all she wanted to do was lay down. She even said, “I don’t think I want to trick or treat tonight!”. How pitiful is that?
At least she got some candy from the previous parties and our neighbors said they would save her some treats too.
Admittedly, I’m starting to get frustrated at how sick we’ve been this year (and really in just the past three months) and how many fun things we’ve had to sacrifice because of it.
Here’s to hoping for healthy immune systems this winter!