Sigh, another terribly late letter. I think it’s easy to see that it hasn’t been the easiest fall for us. The extra work that mommy has had to put in for longer work days has really made getting things done hard for us, but things are looking up because at the end of last month it was announced that we were getting a big raise! There’s no way to shorten the amount of time I’m working, so it’s nice to at least be compensated for it.
Last month’s letter was also late, and that’s because at the start of October you were really sick. I’ve almost never seen you as sick as you were. You had an on and off fever for eight days, and you hardly ever run a fever. You were so sick that you were too miserable to be cranky. Now that’s bad! You stayed home sick for almost the entire week. Every time I sent you to school, thinking you were on the mend, you’d get worse. Our best guess is that you had a bad case of the flu, but except for extreme exhaustion and a fever you showed no actual symptoms. We were all very glad when you started feeling better.
Even though you were pretty sick we had a big exciting day at the start of October. Uncle David was home for a week from Colorado and we all took you to your first hockey game! We went to the University of Michigan’s first exhibition game of the season. Sick or not you were so excited to go. Sadly you’re still really sensitive to loud noises and we ended up with seats right across from the band. It was so bad that you screamed when they hit a loud note during the national anthem! We held you on our laps and covered your ears to try and make it better for you. Some of the staff noticed how upset you were, so they ended up moving us up to a box so that you were farther away from the band! We still had to cover your ears, but you were then able to enjoy the game. Your favorite part of the game might have been the first intermission when a little kids team came out to play. It was the first time that you realized that kids can play hockey too. For a long time you kept saying you were going to play hockey when you got bigger, but we didn’t realize that you were saying that because you thought only adults could play. In the end you did have a good time and you said you want to go see another game some time.
You spent most of the month of October being excited for Halloween. You couldn’t wait for Halloween to get here! This year you went as Buzz Lightyear. We got you a really cool Buzz hoodie when we were at Disney in April and we bought you some blowup wings to wear with it. You loved the costume, and it was really nice because we could put layers on underneath the hoodie. Halloween in Michigan can be so annoying when you have to cover your costume up with a coat to go trick-or-treating!
Of course who wouldn’t be excited for Halloween when it was an entire weekend ordeal! It started with your school party the day before Halloween. I took the day off of work so that I could go with you to the party. You loved that of course. Then that evening we had Trunk-or-Treat in town, or as you kept calling it Trick-or-Trunk. The weather is always so nice for that event. You had a ton of fun and got a lot of candy! What was really fun this year was that Grandma and Grandpa got to come with us. They were delayed in heading to Florida, so they were around for Trunk-or-Treat night. Of course the day after was the big day, and the weather wasn’t so great. It was rainy and kind of cold. We were lucky in the end because we didn’t get more than a few sprinkles while we were out trick-or-treating, and we weren’t too cold either. You were still done after about a half-hour, but we did manage to hit our entire road during that time. When we were done we came back to the house and you spent the rest of the time passing out candy which you may have liked even more than getting it yourself.
School has still been going well. Although we had a problem with a certain staff member taking issue with your picky eating, but I believe that we have finally gotten it all worked out. There is no denying that you’re a picky eater, but you eat well when it’s food that you like. A lot of what they feed you at school though is stuff that you don’t like. I will say that you are starting to tell me that you’ve tried different foods and that you’re starting to like them. I’m glad your palate is starting to get bigger. I just wasn’t happy about how that certain person was trying to go about it. It started to make you hate going to school, but luckily that is all passed us now and you’re happy going to school again.
It’s kind of amazing how fast October went, and the fact that we’re already in the second half of November is blowing my mind. We have so many fun things going on during the next few weeks. The next few letters, the one after December especially, are going to be a lot of fun for me to write!