Re: December Infants and Toddlers
posted at 12/27/2012 11:31 AM EST
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I just caught up on here and loved reading about everyone's traditions. IPW, the gingerbread houses sound so fun! Lissa, I LOVE your Christmas Eve tradition with DH - yum! KAM - I can't wait until DS is old enough to pick out presents. My SIL always lets her kids pick out a present for family birthdays, etc. I remember when our nephew was about 3, he gave his 85 year-old great-grandmother a kickball so she could play with him. Might have been impractical, but it was sooooo sweet!
We stuck to tradition as much as possible this year. My mom and I went to visit our old next door neighbors like we do every Xmas Eve, though this time DS was the focus of the visit. Then, we dropped DS off with my dad for naptime and had a girls lunch. DH and I usually hit 2 different family parties at night and stay out super late at my aunt's, but that part was replaced this year by going home at 8 after party #1, putting DS to bed, and DH and I watching Muppet Christmas Carol and drinking holiday cocktails while wrapping presents. I want to go back to the old traditions eventually, but this one's a good one so long as we have kiddos who need to go to bed early :-).
As is the case every year, we're still not done with Christmas. We have 2 things with DH's family on Saturday and we have to find a time to exchange presents with my parents b/c we somehow failed to even though we saw them twice! I'm so exhausted!
I recall a discussion earlier about dealing with family members who just don't get it during the holidays, so I can't resist sharing this: Yesterday, we were at DH's parents' house for a reunion with his hometown friends. My BIL and SIL are visiting from Florida, and staying in the room where they keep a crib set up for DS. Since we were planning to leave before any adult bedtime, we figured we'd be all set -- BIL and SIL knew the deal with DS napping, etc. So, shortly before DS was supposed to go down for his nap, BIL comes in and says to me "SIL and I are going to go take a nap, but feel free to put DS down in there whenever -- we'll be quiet." MIL tried to run interference by suggesting they nap in another room, but BIL just said "Oh, no, we don't mind." Now, besides the awkwardness of bringing my baby (who goes down to nap awake and babbles a lot while doing so) into a room where another couple is in bed, I knew DS wouldn't fall asleep with them in the room, and basically told them so with no reply from BIL other than a good-natured "It'll be fine." Long story short, BIL didn't get the hint so we had to search the house for an old a pack n' play and set DS up to nap in a different room.
On top of this, when our friends came over at night, our good friend brought his daughter who is just a few weeks younger than DS. Since we were staying until 9 or so, we were planning to put DS to bed and then move him to the car to head home. Shortly before DS's bedtime, our friend comes to me and tells me he noticed the room with the crib and put his daughter down in there and, oh, we weren't going to use that room for DS, were we? So, rather than disturb the other baby, we hauled out the pack n' play again and had to take over my in-laws' room this time.
I guess the upshot is that DS slept fine, but I found myself wondering how we got booted out of the space MIL keeps for him to sleep in TWICE in this one day basically without being asked. Argh. Other than that, it was a good time though, just had to share the annoyance with those who "get it." :-)