Baby’s first Chrismachannukwanzstice!

We are still a bit puzzled about why baby’s first <insert your favorite holiday celebration> is so exciting. Elliott doesn’t seem to care about holidays… aside from being abnormally fussy due to the change in his routine and a fair dose of overstimulation.

All puzzlement aside, baby’s first holidays are, of course, exciting because having children around puts the sparkle back in the Universe for us jaded adults–kids renew our sense of wonder, awe and fun with which we experience and approach life.

In other words, baby’s first ___________ is about the grown ups. :)

Elliott’s first winter holidays were no exception. We had a blast–after Mama’s vacation started on December 23, we packed up the car and had a wonderful and delicious dinner with Mimi, Poppi, Auntie A and Uncle B. We had a sleepover at Grandma’s house and breakfast with her, Mr. D, Auntie A and Uncle B. From there, we drove through eastern Tennessee and western Virginia to Lynchburg to see Grammy, Grandpa and Uncle E. We spent a few days there, and Elliott got to meet his honorary aunties, S and B, and their families too. (As an aside… it’s hard to believe that S and B have been Mama’s good friends for over 20 years!!)

On the trip, Elliott did very very well, considering that we were in the car for 8.5 hours each way. He has been coming up on a big developmental milestone AND he seems to be working on cutting his first two teeth, so Mama and Daddy were especially proud of him. The weekend before Christmas, the ‘Burg got their biggest snowstorm in about 15 years, so Elliott also got to see his first snow! We have also been experimenting with more solid foods, and E got to try avocado for the first time. It was not as big a hit as sweet potato and apple, but we’ll keep trying. :)

We also received lots of wonderful and generous gifts on our trip. Elliott has been *very* helpful with reading the mail recently, Mama was not surprised that he was very excited about tearing open wrapping paper and tissue paper and bags and all sorts of other rippable objects. I’m sure at some point he may come to appreciate the objects that wrapping concealed. :) Among his favorite new toys are a drum, a set of tambourine-type percussion instruments, a singing Pooh bear, a rolling alligator and lots of new books. Mama has already updated the “Elliott’s Library” page that you can find on the right hand tool bar of this Web site. He also particularly enjoyed Mama and Daddy’s new marshmallow shooters. Apparently it’s hilarious to watch your parents shoot marshmallows at each other, even when you aren’t even 6 months old.


One Response to “Baby’s first Chrismachannukwanzstice!”

  1. Barbara Says:

    I am so glad you had such a wonderful first Christmas Elliott–but I am even more glad that I finally got to meet you!

    Much love,
    Aunt B

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