October 17, 2006

War of the Costumes

I've spent the last frustrating hour or so struggling to get my hyper toddler into a costume so his Daddy can snap his annual Halloween photos.

Sadly, I wasn't successful.

Slipping my capricious child into a complete new ensemble is a gargantuan task in itself because my mighty mite has the physical strength of ten tots. (This is why I do not worry about him being kidnapped; he can kick, bite and pommel the hell out of any abductor.) After much yanking, howling and cajoling, I was at least able to achieve this Herculean feat.

However, keeping him ensconced in a strange outfit for more than 10 seconds is another impossibly death-defying stunt altogether. (Where was Big Dave Batista when I needed him to assist me with some wrestling pin-down tactics?) I tried presenting my bundle of hard-to-contain joy with a variety of colorful get-ups plucked from the vast closet of our studio, bribing him with toys, performing a song and dance number that would put the annoying Barney and his friends to shame, feeding him forbidden candy...anything to make him stay in his splendid livery a little longer. Nothing worked. He simply wasn't into it.

Sigh! I cannot help but wistfully reminisce and hark back to last year's Halloween when my docile angel serenely permitted me to encase him in different costumes and oh-so-obediently posed for the cameras.

Why oh why can't he be this way again?





At present, the loony stage mother is left with no resort but to give up the costuming battle and try again next time.

Hopefully, the reluctant model will be in a better mood and allow himself to remain dressed up for at least 5 minutes.

Otherwise, I'll be forced to take him trick-or-treating like this:


BWAHAHAHA!

51 comments:

brian said...

LOL. He is the cutest little boy. :)

Kris said...

I absolutely love the lion costume. Does it come in adult?

Irene said...

Bloggerfriend Brian: He is, isn't he? :p

Thanks, dahling!

Lioness Kris: I'll find you the costume if you promise to post your picture wearing it. :p

Have a rip-ROARING fun Halloween!

mysti said...

Awwwww how sweet! I just love all the costumes! makes me want to reach out and hug him! Thank you for sharing this.

I hope you do not mind but I added your link to my page. :) Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Irene said...

Magical Mysti: I do not mind at all! I'm linking your lovely page to mine as well. So now we're bloggerfriends. Woohoo! c",)

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Wow. Those are some cute shots. I love the piglet. I love them all...he's a beauty.

Kyels said...

He is cute! And I like the lion costume!

You must be a proud mom, definitely.

XD

Manhi said...

well irene ,i can understand your plight,but sometimes children also dont give their parents hard time on purpose....these days even i'm givin my parents a tough time.kids want things d way they want,only thing changes is the issue...
have started writing about the love of my life,do read...
manhi..

Annika Rose said...

i like the pumpkin one. his expression is so cute!

Irene said...

WonderMom Janet: Thanks! The piglet is my favorite, too. c",)

Kyels: Thanks a lot! (",)

Manhi: I hear you, child! :p I'll check out your blog in a bit!

Annika Rose: As early as then, he already looked quite the mischievous imp! :p

jeannie said...

What a little cutie! And those costumes are perfect. Aren't kids fun? Even when you are pulling your hair out with frustration they are still adorable.

Christina_the_wench said...

Oh my, blackmail photos for his teen years. bawhaha

Irene said...

Jeannie: In my case, it is my son pulling MY hair out of frustration. But, as you very rightly said, little kids always find a way to stay so irresistibly cute in spite of it all! :p

Irene said...

Wench Christina: My gosh, you're right! Blackmail... why didn't I think of that? Thanks for the tip. :p

Again, Happy Birthday! Don't worry. I'm not mentioning your age here out of kindness....and fear. BWAHAHA!

CrimsonKing said...

I'm naked, alright? that's my costume. Gimme candy.

thethinker said...

He is so cute. I bet he gets a lot of candy.

MerapuMan said...

Thanks for visting me. btw, i've been here a few times already from princess shin.

At least put a diaper on. he might pee everywhere. LOL

-Princess Shin- said...

Haha.. so cute..! =) bad mummy.. bring your lil boy trick a treating without any clothes on!!! haha.. he looks so adorable and angelic! even with the naked picture! tho he looks a bit mischievous!

“mummy is letting me not wear clothes! hurray! No more weird costumes! =)”

Irene said...

CrimsonKing: Sure. I'll be waiting for you on my doorstep. BwaHaHa! :p

The Wise Thinker: Last year, he got candy AND a commercial! He was hired to model for Kimberly Clark and his billboards and posters were splattered all over the country. But that was last year. Now, it's just too difficult to have him sit still and pose for the casters. Sigh! But the loony stage mother refuses to give up! c",)

Merapuman: He did pee on the studio floor after the shoot. My husband was aghast.

Pretty Princess Shin: HaHa! You're right. He was happiest posing in the buff! :p

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I love the photos! :)
I have 4 kids, so it's always like Halloween!

Saira said...

Hi irene!!
Thanx for a visit to my blog.
and i like the kid a lot...he is so cute...but he doesnt seem to be that naughty..;)

samuru999 said...

Nice to have you visit my place!
What a precious child!
Hope you are feeling better!

Margie

Susan Abraham said...

Oh, what a darling cutie-pie!
Maybe he wants to go in the buff this year.
Anyhow, Irene you wrote this post superbly.
I so enjoyed the tickles.

love

ian said...

Save that last picture...it'll be like gold for you when he's a teenager and starts misbehaving. I have my own little folder of blackmail pics for my own kids...

Ian

Irene said...

J Andrew: Wow! How do you get them ALL into their Halloween costumes year after year? :p

Oh, but it must be awesome having four kids - 4X the headache but also 4X the joy and laughter. Keep enjoying fatherhood!

Saira: Believe me, he can sometimes be a real menace. But most of the time, he is a real sweetheart. c",) Feel at home here, dahling!

Poetess Samuru: I'm a tad better now, thank you! I'll catch you again soon. c",)

Sweet Susan: Your comments never fail to brighten my day. Thanks, lovely! (",)

Irene said...

Irresistible Ian: You haven't seen the photos where I put my little baby boy in a blonde wig. Now those could serve as very powerful parental leverage someday! :p

trueblue said...

Hey there..Thought I'd drop by your blog. Thanks for dropping into mine :) Am still wondering how you got there in the first place.

P/S: He's such a cutie

SilverSabre said...

Awww , I see adorableness runs in ur family :)!!!!

Hi Irene,

Those costumes are the cutest!!

Thanks for dropping by me blog :) I actually looked at urs a while back I think from Lizzas Blog, cant remember if i dropped a comment or not :)

Anywho, I shall be stopping in regularly for a cup o tea and cookies :)

SS

Rauf said...

Adorable little fella Irene, The pictures are beautifully taken with seamless backdrops

Thanks for stopping by Irene.

terra shield said...

Adorable little kid, and awesome costumes too.

ShadowFalcon said...

I know its wrong but they looks so cute!

Irene said...

TrueBlue: I am always discovering new and interesting blogs from my friends' bloglinks. I'm glad I found yours. c",) Catch you again soon!

Silversabre: Woohoo! I am highly looking forward to your visits. I can never resist tea and cookies! :p

Rauf: Thank you! You are always welcome here. c",)

TerraShield: It's nice to hear from you again. Hope all's well on your end. (",)

ShadowFalcon: So, what are you wearing for Halloween? :p

Alicia said...

He gives the same little impish looks that Aidan gives me when I'm snapping pics of him!

I think he likes "au naturel" as much as my baby boy does. LOL

BTW, I've added a link to you on my journal. :)

Irene said...

New Bloggerfriend Alicia: I'll link you to my site, too! Yipee!

ExoticPrincess said...

Awww, He is so adorable. I love his facial expressions.

Irene said...

Exotic Princess: You should see him when he bats his eyelashes at people he likes. :p

Solace Cai said...

Now those are some cute photos.
I don't know how your neighbors are, but I know mine wouldn't take too kindly to going trick-or-treating in his birthday suit!
But that would be a great costume, wouldn't it?

SC

mreddie said...

Great photos - reminds of my two youngest grandsons about that same age. Thanks for stopping by the 'patch'. ec

polona said...

what a sweet little boy! and great costumes, too.

thanks for stopping by my blog. i've enjoyed my visit here. :)

Tim Rice said...

Definitely a cute toddler. Loved your storytelling though I'm sure the events weren't fun at the time. But at least he has determination and life demands that at times. :)

Kiyotoe said...

That's hilarious. Although, be prepared for the wrath in "ump"teen years when he catches you showing these pictures to friends.

It could get ugly, just ask my mother...........

Neila said...

OMG!!! What cute pictures!! My son had that exact lion costume for his second Halloween!! That's a great one!!

We are currently in the costume nightmare as well. We had to choose something for our daughter that didn't have any sort of hat or a head piece because she won't leave it on. That really limits the choices!

Irene said...

Solace Cai: Haha! Nice to see you here. Have a Happy Halloween!

Mreddie: Hope you don't have as much of a trouble getting your grandsons in their costumes! Have a fun Halloween!

Polona: Thanks for stopping by! I'll catch you again soon!

Tim: Yes, he really is quite a fiesty and determined little creature. I cannot even begin to imagine how it will be when he's a teen-ager! Arrrrrgh! :p

Kiyotoe: Uh-oh. You're scaring me...

Neila: Good luck to us then! Looks like we will have incompletely costumed children with us these Halloween! :p

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

I would do the same if I become a millionaire or even more. There's no harm in dreaming anyway is there? It's for free and it's fun.
Thanks for coming.

Irene said...

Friday's Child: Thanks for the lovely message. Keep dreaming! c",)

Pam said...

Ahahahaaaa!!!! This entry made me laugh and coo so much!!! I can just picture you doing your showbiz antics and Niccolo giving you his dead serious looks with those adorable eyebrows!!! I just wish someone had taken a video of both of you! Ahahahaaaaa!!! You just made my day, Irene!

Irene said...

Culminologist (HAHA!) Pam: It wasn't so adorable to Allan. He says I should just stop inflicting torture on our poor child by forcing him into those ridiculous outfits. But really now, how can we have Halloween without Niccolo in a cute costume? Isn't that what babies are for? HAHA! You have to side with me...you're my friend. HAHA! :p

wolfbaby said...

my daughter is going through this phase in the begining of winter no less *slaps hand on head*...course she loves to dress up so costums shouldn't be a problem for at least the first three min LOL.. your little one is adorable!!!

Irene said...

Wolfbaby: I am getting more nervous as Halloween approaches. I really hope my son will allow himself to be slipped into a costume for cuteness sake! :p

I wish you all the luck with your own costuming challenge! Let me know how it turns out. c",)

Penny said...

How precious! I was going to get Charlie in his costume (a cowboy) and take pics so I could send Halloween cards to the relatives but I haven't gotten it done yet. It took me about 20 min. to get it on him just to see if it fit. That took a wrestling match! I guess I'll just take some snapshots on Halloween!

Irene said...

Penny: Looks like we're on the same (sinking) boat and losing the war of the costumes. HAHA! Let's just hope our kids have a fun Halloween - costume or no costume! :p