Catch up #1: December/Christmas 2014
I guess I’ll aim to catch up on what we’ve been doing since the last posts. I’m really slacking here on my job as family historian… And since the blog should (someday, in my (haha) spare time) get put into a book for our family, I think I’d like these memories, even if they’re not very thorough since my brain is currently shrinking. (Seriously, your brain shrinks during pregnancy and then gets bigger again postpartum).
So. My mom drove back with us after Thanksgiving, and helped us cut down and put up our Christmas tree. Jason was suffering from some really major back pain and we were worried it was something serious (thank goodness it wasn’t!).
Christmas 2014 in New Jersey.
My favorite memory of the week was probably watching Lilly with her cousins. It’s so cool to see her in social settings where she is playing along with other kids or holding her own as the kids negotiate different play scenarios. I had also rarely been in a situation to see her really interacting with other kids while completely ignoring me, so it was fun to be a fly on the wall in her little world. She had so much fun. She has so much love for her cousins, and I love how easily she seems to be able to play with any of them.
Eleanor, at Christmas, was still having episodes of what I think was reflux (lots of it caused by dairy, I think?). We didn’t bring the pillows to elevate the mattress that she was sleeping on, and she went back to daily vomiting while we were there. She was also a bit clingier than usual. I thought it may have been that she was shy/overwhelmed by all of the new faces, but actually, this little one is now so very very outgoing that I doubt that was the case. It’s actually strange to think of El at Christmas – she has changed so much in the last 7 (7!!!) months – she’s now eating great, she can walk, talk, and she’s pretty much a full-fledged kid, no longer a baby.
We were in NJ for nearly two weeks, and had a great time swimming at the hotel we were staying at, playing up a storm with cousins, and visiting with extended family.
We even brought a tiny Christmas tree to decorate our hotel room. Santa brought the kids 3 presents each Christmas morning, and we thought Lilly might be even a little surprised, but she was like “oh yeah” like she had been expecting it all along. Santa brought Lil the pink Ariel dress that she’d been eyeing for months, and some accessories. The girls each got a book and a small pool toy, too (for use in the hotel pool).
And of course, they were spoiled rotten by Grammy and Poppy Christmas Day, too.
This is my favorite ever family photo… thanks, Lilly.
New Year’s was eventful because both kids got sick and were throwing up a bunch. We delayed our trip home by a day because we didn’t want anyone vomiting in the car. Not a great way to start the New Year, but it’s looking like this year will end on a better note than it started on!