Baby’s First Christmas

I know, I know, it was over a week ago, but here it is.

My 9-month-old Siena really enjoyed her first Christmas. In a mad rush, I pulled it off. Here’s how it went.

We made it just in time to visit and take a picture with Santa (on the Friday before Christmas), download the picture, put it on a card (Saturday), address 80 envelopes (Sunday), and mail them out (Monday morning). People got their cards on Wednesday (the day before Christmas Eve). Oh, and the Santa visit went especially well considering that Siena had her 9-month checkup and shots right before going to the mall. We had to wake her from her Motrin-induced nap just before putting her on Santa’s lap. Then my husband, Siena, and I spent the rest of the day shopping. She was a good sport for that.

Meanwhile, during those last few days, I scrambled to finish up all the Christmas stuff (shopping, wrapping, baking, etc.) with the help of some babysitters. Note: with the exception of decorating the house (which I did the day after Thanksgiving), I did everything at the last minute because I was finishing up a very trying grad school semester until then. So, by Christmas Eve afternoon, I was finished. I beat the clock (despite making a time consuming appetizer to take to my mother-in-law’s house Christmas Eve, decorating cutout sugar cookies, and putting together several cookie plates that day).

That evening, we celebrated at my mother-in-law’s house. Due to teething-related fussiness, we didn’t bother putting Siena in her party dress (beautiful deep red taffeta number given to her by my mother-in-law last Christmas when I was still pregnant). We had a nice time even with the teething and fussing.

The next morning we drove down to my mom’s house in Covina for Christmas with my side of the family. We got a really late start despite my intentions and my getting up at 6 a.m. and packing up and putting everything we needed to take (per the checklist I’d written the day before) by the door – camera, video camera, presents, cookies I made, ingredients for side dish I would make there, dog food, bowls, leash, diaper bag, etc. It doesn’t matter that it’s just an overnight trip and an hour and a half away, packing and getting out the door is a major production. We finally got there at 1 p.m. Already exhausted, I trudged on with the day. Siena was adorable, sitting in the middle of the floor opening presents (aka, tearing pieces of wrapping paper), clapping and cheering. The rest was a blur of visiting with family, appetizers, wine, making a side dish, eating dinner, and dessert. Then, it was over. Wiped out and ready to go to bed by 10:00 as I was, it wasn’t going to happen yet. It took great effort and time to get Siena – still teething, and in a new place – to go to sleep. By 11:00 p.m., my baby’s first Christmas was complete.

Happy New Year!!!

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