Kelsey’s First Christmas

It’s 70-something degrees outside here in Tampa, FL but I’ve been trying to get into the holiday spirit the past week or so. I have Christmas music playing now to keep me motivated. The past month or two I haven’t been feeling well and ended up having my gallbladder removed. Thankfully, everything is getting back to normal and I’m feeling like my old self again.

Unfortunately, I ended up in the hospital over Thanksgiving. I was so excited to have Thanksgiving dinner as our new little family and let Kelsey try turkey for the first time and take lots of pictures of food all over her face. (I was also all set to make that pumpkin pie. I’ll get to it eventually.) Thanksgiving ended up being in the hospital cafeteria, my husband eating cafeteria turkey and sides, Kelsey eating a jar and turkey and veggie dinner store baby food, and me “going rogue” drinking some weak cranberry-something tea. At least we were together and I wasn’t in the hospital for anything life threatening or even remotely close. However, I still felt bad that I had ruined Thanksgiving.

We had already defrosted the turkey so my husband cooked it and I was able to have a little once I got home but we never had a Thanksgiving “do over.” I was felling pretty down that I might not feel better by Christmas. I know Kelsey is never going to remember this Christmas but I still did not want to ruin it. I made myself got jolly and my husband helped. We got some lights put up outside, we taped the cards to the wall, and we put up our little tree with pink and silver ornaments I picked up last year to celebrate having a little girl this year.

It also got my husband and I thinking about the traditions we want to start in our family. What did we want Kelsey to remember doing every year? To an extent, some traditions just kind of happen over time – like my Mom and Stepdad’s side leaving Oreo’s and a wine cooler for Santa instead of milk and cookies – but what were the things we enjoyed and wanted Kelsey to experience? So far, we’re keeping it pretty basic, knowing full well that other traditions will come in time. I can’t wait to add in crafts and making treats with Kelsey as she gets older.

I’ve been excited to play Santa for the first time this year. I don’t think I went overboard, but Kelsey’s been a good girl and Santa is sure to be leaving her a few toys to enjoy. Of course, the boxes from relatives have been coming in and will be sure to give Kelsey some presents to unwrap.

I decided to “wrap” her presents by putting them in boxes with the flaps pushed in, wrapping the outside of the box for decoration and then covering the items with tissue paper. I’m hoping she’ll do what she does when she’s digging through the laundry basket and pull the paper out to uncover the toys. We’ll see how my plan goes. I also took advantage of a Vistaprint deal and got her a stocking with her name embroidered on it which I’m putting a couple of jingle bells strung together and a stuffed animal into. Thinking about it with just a day to go I’m getting so excited for Christmas morning!

I guess I really am feeling better because I’ve been taking some pictures for fun and even spent a chunk of this afternoon prancing around the living room with The Nutcracker on tv. I may have roped Kelsey in to it by dressing her as the Sugar Plum Fairy while she followed me around the house.

I’m happy to be a Mommy and this last year has had its share of ups and downs, but I love looking at Kelsey’s little face when we go look at the lights outside or when I plug the tree in. Priceless.

Holiday fun we’ve been having so far:

Kelsey checking out the beads she got at the Downtown Tampa Parade and Santa Fest

The mascot at our wrapping fundraiser

"Helping" to put up the Christmas lights

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