Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow...

This Christmas was the best ever!  Having a baby to share all the joy with was such an incredible feeling.  And seeing Christmas lights glistening in his little eyes...awww, melts my heart!  It was such a different experience having little ones around; but now, I can't imagine it any other way!

My mom & I were really on top of all our Christmas shopping this year.  There was no last minute running around or Christmas Eve present wrapping; it felt good to be so prepared!  I thought that all the shopping would be pretty difficult with a baby, but thanks to my Baby Hawk it was a breeze!  I put Liam in that carrier for all of our shopping excursions, and he absolutely loved it!  He gets to be close to Mama but can check out everything that is going on around him.  I can't even imagine trying to navigate through small stores or busy malls with a stroller.  Baby wearing is so easy!

I usually have an emotional breakdown a rough time with change, especially when it comes to holiday traditions, but now that Liam is in our family I am beginning to look forward to the changes and to developing our own traditions.  Christmas Eve morning was spent relaxing over a delicious breakfast of sausage fondue casserole (a Simpson tradition) and gin fizzes...a more recent Conor & Laura addition.  We then went to an early afternoon Church service, so we had plenty of time to prep for Christmas Eve dinner with all the extended family.  I was in my happy place that evening: snow falling, fire crackling, Christmas music playing softly, and glasses clinking as we all celebrated together.

If you're wondering if this is the same dress I wore at Thanksgiving, you're right!  
It's practically impossible to find a nice dress that I am able to easily nurse in; 
so, this little gem made a frequent appearance throughout the holidays!  I was
 able to rock it with heels as well as my black hunter boots!

That Christmas Eve night Liam sat up by himself for the first time, at exactly 5 months old!  I could not have been a prouder mama! I was really hoping to get a picture of him sitting in front of the Christmas tree...perfect timing!  And of course, I was excited to have a red diaper for such an occasion!  Using cloth diapers takes "dressing" the baby to a whole new level with all the color and print options!

I couldn't wait for Liam to go to bed so that Santa could come!  We read How the Grinch Stole Christmas, made sure all the whos lay asnooze, and ever so gently placed Liam in his crib.  Conor & I had assembled Liam's jumparoo in the present wrapping room and put some red bows on it, then we went to put the jumparoo under the tree...  Rule #1: all gifts that need to be assembled should be done so in the same room as the Christmas tree!  We realized this when trying to move his jumparoo downstairs; luckily, with some maneuvering we were able to squeeze it through the doorway, phew!  Christmas crisis averted!

This year we had many more stockings with the addition of grandkids and my new sisters-in-law!  With all the stockings hung, I was ready to hit the sheets too! Yes, my Mom still fills my stocking  :-)  Conor is slowly taking over that job, but I'm in no hurry for that to happen.

Christmas morning arrived, and I felt the same way I did when I was 5 years old.  Pure excitement!  We take things slow in the Simpson household, so we started our morning with the annual Simpson Family Christmas walk!  I love getting some fresh air in the morning and enjoying the beautiful scenery after it has snowed.  The trees were absolutely breathtaking.  I also love seeing families inside their homes all gathered around their Christmas trees opening presents.  This is something I dreaded in high school, but now I so look forward to it!

Back at the house we enjoyed my Mom's homemade cinnamon rolls, Conor's quiche, & mimosas!  After the walk, we are all ready for a morning feast!  Then it's straight into present opening.  We start with our stockings and open gifts one at a time starting with the youngest.  I love this tradition because it makes the whole experience last longer, you get to see what every one gets, and it teaches patience to the little ones.  All of our stocking gifts are wrapped adding to the excitement!  Liam was loving all the wrapping paper and ribbon, but we had to keep our eye on him because everything was going straight into his mouth!

Now that both of my brothers each have their own families, everyone is extra busy!  My brother Ryan and his family stopped by for some present opening midday before spending time with the inlaws, and then my brother Jon & his family joined us for our Christmas dinner of Prime Rib!  I have to say, I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the day.  Liam keeps me pretty busy these days, and with all the excitement of Christmas he didn't nap much the entire day!

A huge thank you to my parents (Nana & Pops) for giving us another wonderful Christmas!  Although I had been very stressed out about our impending move and pretty much living out of a suitcase with Liam, they still made the whole holiday so special for us.  Maybe we will be hosting them at our house sometime in the next few years... ;-)

We went to bed early that night, because the next morning we packed up 
and drove to Montana for Christmas with the Keenan Family! Christmas blog Part 2 is coming up next!


  1. Hi I've been following your blog since I was pregnant and it's very cute. I just wanted to share though that because I had so many physical injuries with my birth, I have barely been able to hold and carry my baby and when I do it is very painful and can only be done for a matter of seconds. I have not gotten out of the house much over the past 7 months since giving birth, but when I have I usually come home in tears over being so jealous of the other moms who can carry their kids around in carriers and wishing I could do the same. Some of us aren't as privileged to be able to carry our babies around like that and would give anything to be able to. I just wanted you to be aware of how hard it is for some of us and that we don't all get to do what you can. The doctors who delivered my baby almost killed both her and I in the delivery and I will live the rest of my life with injuries.

  2. Sorry I didn't finish that, but just wanted to say it's not easy for all of us to use carriers. I hope you understand my sharing and know I don't mean to be rude. I do love your blog and all of the great Christmas photos. :)

  3. Kristen,
    Thank you for your response. I am so sorry for my comments about carriers, as I can imagine this is a sensitive subject for you. I need to remember that each person has their own story, and I am not here to judge. Thanks for that reminder and bringing this to my attention! :-)


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