So, last week was Halloween. Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I had been dreaming about this moment. Baby’s first Halloween is obviously not for baby. Can baby eat candy? No. Will baby remember any of this?? No. Does baby even enjoy being toted around in a head-to-toe felt costume??? Most likely not his favorite thing. But you know what? I make sure this baby stays alive every second we’re together. I wake up in the middle of the night to feed him (let’s see J get up in the middle of the night to make me a sandwich after I’d been crying for several minutes.) I change diapers and I cuddle when he wants (OK, the cuddling part is for me too.) I do all these things and I think I should get a little something in return. And that little something comes in the form of a Halloween costume for this nerd mom.
Even before I became pregnant, I dreamed of the perfect family costume. It would likely be something nerdy of course, but it had to be perfect. I was jealous of great creative baby costumes I had already seen, like this fantastic Aliens costume:
The big blockbuster hit last year was Guardians of the Galaxy. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it. Like, right now. Probably my favorite comic book movie yet. It was fun, funny, and, ummm, Chris Pratt. There is a character, Groot, that is basically a walking, talking tree (although all he can say is “I am Groot” which with the correct inflections, can really say a lot!). At a point in the movie, there is a baby Groot in a flower pot. Oh! Surely if you’ve been reading my blog, you know all about Baby Groot because that was my unborn son’s nickname! Anyway, baby was Baby Groot, mom was Rocket Racoon, and dad was Star-Lord. And I like to think the costume came out pretty damn good (not quite as impressive as the Aliens costume though.)
Credit to the actual Baby Groot costume goes to my mom, and the flower pot goes to J.
So we wouldn’t look weird carrying a baby door to door that can’t even eat candy yet, we tagged along with some friends that have kids that are appropriate trick-or-treating age. We got a lot of compliments, but we also got a lot of “Awwww, he’s so cute! What is he??” Ugh. C’mon people. One girl asked what we were and I asked if she had seen Guardians to which she proudly responded “twice!” So, I mentioned that baby was Baby Groot and she goes “Oh! are you Zoe Saldana’s character?” Ummm, I’ve got furry ears, whiskers, and I’m not green. No, I’m not Zoe Saldana’s character. Also, in the movie, the bond is really between Rocket and Groot, so the costume worked out well.
Now, if only there was a comic con coming up that we wanted to go to, we’d fit right in!