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It seems strange writing about Christmas when it’s sunny outside, but that is the point I am at in my Looking Back series, so we shall just go with it…
I have always loved Christmas, I love buying presents for friends and family and my favourite part is wrapping them up. Before I had children, it would be a Sunday afternoon tradition to put a Christmas film on with a glass of bailey’s and wrap all the presents I had brought everyone. I love it! Sadly since I’ve had children it’s now done in the evening and it just isn’t quite the same, but I still enjoy it.
The part of don’t enjoy is deciding where we are going to spend Christmas, before we had children it was easy we would spend half the day at each of our parents house and we didn’t mind spending the day driving around.
However this all changed once we had Alice, as everyone wants to spend time with their granddaughter and going from house to house, you have to think about eating and nap time for the little ones. We started to think maybe we should have Christmas at home and Alice can play with her toys.
But, with it being Alice’s first Christmas we decided to try and make everyone happy and carry on with seeing both our families on the same day. Plus at four months old she wouldn’t really notice her new toys, that will be in future years.
The plan was in place we would spend the morning and Christmas lunch with Andy’s parents. Then we would go over to my parents for tea and supper, which is my favourite meal of Christmas. Does anyone else have a Christmas supper or is it just us?
Everyone was happy, my brother and his family would be at my parents house all day and we would get to see them too, bonus!
Alice was four months old for her first Christmas and I was super excited, I mean I loved Christmas anyway, but surely with children it was going to go up a notch or two in the excitement level! Well, it did.
In the lead up my friend Caroline and I took our babies along to meet Father Christmas, admittedly just for the photo opportunity, clearly they had no idea what was going on. But they didn’t cry and we were happy with that!
Picking the perfect outfit for Alice to wear, I went with an obvious choice of a red dress. I couldn’t resist it when I saw it and she did look adorable.
Getting a letter from Father Christmas sent to her, knowing that really it was just for me to put in my memory box. I like to think she enjoyed me reading it to her.
When it came to presents we went down the sensible route. Andy’s parents brought Alice her first highchair, as we would be starting weaning in February. My parents brought her ???? and we had heard that the must have present for any baby was a jumperoo and so we brought Alice that, along with other small toys and clothes.
I got a Christmas stocking made for her, with her name on it. It was bigger than her!
I remember the day we put the tree up, of course I knew deep down that Alice probably would have no interest in it what so ever, but a little bit of me did hope that maybe she would. But, no she didn’t pay any attention to what mummy was doing and just led on her activity mat, while I decorated it.
By the time Christmas Eve arrived, we were ready. The presents were wrapped and under the tree, I had packed everything we needed for the next day. I was looking forward to a nice relaxing Christmas Eve with my baby girl asleep upstairs.
Then Andy received a call from his friend who was back in England for Christmas asking if he wanted to go for a drink. This was the first year that we hadn’t made any plans to go out on Christmas Eve, because with a four month old baby there was no where else I wanted to be, but home with Alice.
But, I told Andy to go and have a couple of drinks, he doesn’t get to see his friend that often. Aren’t I the best wife in the world…
The morning I woke up before Alice, honestly I am like a big kid when it comes to Christmas. I couldn’t wait for her wake up.
As you can imagine, Alice wasn’t all that bothered about Christmas when she woke up. She just wanted mummy to feed her like normal and couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about.
Because we were in a hurry to get to Andy’s parents, we didn’t have time to open her presents or ours and decided to wait until we got home and we could do it without rushing.
We arrived at Andy’s parents and Alice enjoyed seeing her grandparents. We all sat down for Christmas dinner while Alice was having a sleep. This is the things that you don’t think about before you have children, that actually their life just carries on the same regardless of the fact that it’s Christmas day.
Then we packed up and headed over to my parents house, my niece was two years old by now and she was starting to understand Christmas. It was lovely to be part of and see how excited she was about all the presents she had.
Everyone wanted cuddles with Alice and she happily played her role and gave everyone big smiles. My nan was there too and so we had four generations of woman in the house that Christmas, which was great.
The day went fast, as it always does and Alice was getting tired, so after tea we headed back home.
She perked up a bit when we got home and we sat down to open her presents. I would like to say she enjoyed it, but really she sat on my lap wondering what I was doing. We did give her ago in the jumper and she loved it. She didn’t jump in it to begin with, that came about a month later when she realised she could jump. But for now she was just happy to be upright with toys to play with and a bit of independence.
Looking back it was a lovely first Christmas for our baby girl, she got to see all her family who love her and at the end of the day that is all that matters…
Next week it’s all about weaning and Alice’s first food.