Family Photo: The Rycroft-Strickland’s Bedrock Baby

11/01/2011 at 11:00 AM ET
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It’s Fred, Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone!

Melissa Rycroft, husband Tye Strickland and daughter Ava Grace dress the part at the 18th Annual Dream Halloween, held Saturday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

The event benefitted the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and Keep a Child Alive.

“There are times when I want to sit outside on my patio and scream going, ‘Oh my gosh!'” the former reality star, 28, told PEOPLE recently¬†of parenting her 8-month-old.

“But all it takes is one little smile from her and I go, ‘Well, there you go. It was totally worth that little temper tantrum.'”

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Lynne on

Could they be any cuter?!?!

poppykai on

Very cute outfits. I think it is kind of funny when a new Mom thinks an 8 month old or younger is causing them to meltdown a bit. I felt that way too with my first until I realized every age has maddening moments. Then I had my second and I had know idea how easy I had had it! I am sure 3, 4, 5+ children is even more that way!

It is all relative, but I think it is funny to know that she will probably look back on her 8 month old and think “those were the easy years” ;-) Most likely someone will take this the wrong way (that’s life) but I really do mean my comments in a good spirited way. Good luck to Melissa and her family.

Romy on

I agree, poppykai, but sometimes certain babies/kids really do test you at every age. My oldest was and is still the hardest. None of the other kids compare to her in making me want to scream!

Dee on

Mine is 16 months old today and he is putting us through the ringer….OMG!!!! Then he smiles and I feel like total ka ka for feeling the way you did.

So I can totally relate. But how cute are they all dressed up :)

gimma a break on

Just wait to the teen years, I can’t wait to drop my daughter off at college. smh

stacey on

OMG, this is unbelievably cute!!

Maria on

Very cute costumes! What a nice looking family. :)

Ali on

Totally cute costumes! I disagree though that an 8 month old can have a temper tantrum. Maybe I just got lucky with my three kids but I don’t remember any of them every having actual temper tantrums until they were over a year. I think my kids were always pretty laid back though. But, I feel like a “temper tantrum” is a more fitting way of describing a toddler or any child older then that acting out. Is that just me? My kids would scream when they were fussy or hungry at 8 months but I never thought of those moments as temper tantrums. Oh well! Just me?

Holiday on

No I Ali I totally agree with you! What she is describing is just a baby acting like a baby! I have an almost 6 year old and almost 18 month old.

Jillian on

Since when do 8 month olds have temper tantrums? Hmm… I have raised four children past the 8 month mark and none of them have had a temper tantrum at this age. They have them at a much older age. If she thinks at 8 months this is a temper age she is going to be shocked when they really happen. A 8 month old is acting like a baby!

Glad to see I am not alone in my thought process. Ali and Holiday, I agree with both of you!!

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