Last year Devoted Daddy, my huge pregnant belly and I carved a jack o lantern called Clari (short for Clarinet, Lu´s nickname while in my belly). My memories of that day are pretty vague but I remember the excitement of thinking that next year this family tradition would include a new member.
This year our little almost one year old had a blast putting her hands inside pumpkin goop and scaring her mommy by putting pumpkin seeds into her mouth again and again. She also handed out candy dressed as a pink skeleton (ok she wouldn’t let go of the candy but she grabbed it all right ), bounced excitedly every time she saw kids in costume and tried to follow them into the elevator when they left. She then had spaghetti for dinner, took an extra warm bath, cried like crazy when I gave her the damm flu medicine and went to bed. Then Devoted Daddy and I worked on finishing our work of art: a Lu jack o lantern with a carved flower pacifier and everything. We really enjoyed the whole ritual in which I trace, he carves and I detail. But our favorite part was actually new and meant tiny hands delightedly grabbing seed and goop and trying to eat them again and again.