I expected that by now, a year later, we would be pros at this parenting thing. We would’ve had our babysitter booked and would be all set for a night on the town sans kid! Whoo hoo, baby! What an idiot. First of all, no one wants to babysit on NYE, and second of all, my son is still nursing, going through separation anxiety, and is just not baby-sittable. And….to be honest….a night on the town sounds fun, but it’s a little “been there, done that.” So this year we’re getting together with some friends, making fancy food, and drinking and eating our way into the New Year. It’s a bring-the-kiddos-and-stay-in kind of NYE. So now, my big dilemma….what do I wear? I need to be comfortable (and be able to nurse), but it’s NYE darn it!! I need to feel festive! There are two options I’m toying with……
When we moved out, Mom gave us all of our ornaments. And each year at Christmas, I get out my big box of ornaments and spend a little time traipsing down memory lane. It always makes me feel close to my family (who are so far away), and now that I’m a mom, it is much more personal. I can almost see my mom picking some of the ornaments out – practically giggling to herself when she found a good one, one that really reflected who I was at the time. These little ornaments are a reflection of my childhood, and a reflection that my mom understood who I was, what I liked, what I thought was cool, and showed me, each year at Christmas, that she loved who I was becoming. As my own little man grows, I can’t wait to learn more about him. I will certainly keep my mom’s tradition — it’s one little way to show him how amazing I think he is.
To kick things off, I want a really amazing First Christmas ornament. I haven’t decided if it must say “First Christmas” or if I want to go with something less traditional. There are so many to choose from, but here are my favorites: