Seriously, whose great idea was it to have people dress up in the most terrifying Bunny costume imaginable and have children sit on their lap?  As if torturing Erin with Santa at Christmas isn’t enough, now at Easter she has to deal with the Easter Bunny.

My elaborate research for this blog post began approximately 5 minutes ago.  I wanted to know how the Easter Bunny became a thing.  In short, it’s from Germany and the “Easter Hare” aka Easter Bunny hops along and gives out colorful eggs to good children that have left out homemade nests in their yards.  In terms of some religious beliefs the bunny is associated with spring, fertility (eggs) and new life.  Hmm, so is this where the term “at it like rabbits comes from”?  Leave it to modern day America to completely Hallmark the crap out of this tradition.

Unfortunately for Erin I go with the hallmarkization of the Easter holiday.  Erin was 9 months old when her first Easter rolled around.  We went to the Town Easter Egg Hunt and waited to have her sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap.  If you recall from a previous post, when Erin was 6 months old she smiled and laughed when we had her sit on Santa’s lap, I assumed we would have a similar outcome with the Easter Bunny.  Boy was I wrong!  If I had to pinpoint it, I would say this is the exact moment Erin’s fears of anyone wearing a full body costume began.

On Erin’s first Easter Sunday we had her dress up as a Bunny and it was super cute and she wasn’t scared at all.

 

At the ripe old age of 1.5 I decided we would give the Easter Bunny thing one more go.  Again, Erin’s fears of the Easter Bunny still existed, but it made for a classic shot!  #assholeparent

After the above picture, I never had intentions of taking Erin back to the Easter Bunny again, which made my mom very happy.  Erin’s fear is real and as much as I love a good crying picture I decided to act like a responsible parent and not bring her within a 25ft radius of an Easter Bunny.  THAT IS until a week ago when I saw a post that there was a “Pet Night” with the Easter Bunny.

Erin liked the idea of Harvey going to see the Easter Bunny, she even agreed to get in the picture as long as she could stand next to Harvey and NOT sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap.  Perfect, we might actually get a really cute picture this year!

The outcome, Harvey loved it; Erin not so much.  Not even big brother Harvey could ease Erin’s fears of the Easter Bunny!

Erin just told me next year when she’s 4 she will sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap!  Stay Tuned 🙂