The Reality of Baby’s First Christmas!
Ah baby’s first Christmas and all. Isn’t it lovely. I had such high expectations for our first Christmas with the little man. Smiles, giggles, cuddles under the tree. Instead, I ended up covered in vomit on Christmas Day, had to wear my mother-in-laws jeans and ended up in A&E later that night. My image of baby sleeping, Downton Abbey Christmas special and a glass of champagne was but a dream. And let me be clear, MILs jeans were not the reason I ended up in A&E! The little man had a high-temp and what with the projectile vomming…well I guess we had a case of new-parentitus.
Happy vomming Christmas
So anyways back to the point of the post, if you are a new parent this Christmas, don’t expect much and don’t put too much pressure on yourself! You won’t enjoy a Christmas meal in peace EVER again. And long gone are the post-Christmas dinner naps in front of the telly. Here’s my round up of things that were different for us once bubba came into our lives:
1. The run up to Christmas. As I was on maternity, I didn’t find it too stressful. I’m fairly organized and I managed to do a lot of shopping online. Plan ahead though as before you know it, it’s Christmas Eve.
Sure Visit Santa…
2. Visiting Father Christmas. Don’t expect anything mega. Ours was a complete let down for a few reasons. This was a moment I had in my head that should have been perfect. Instead the little man didn’t have a clue what was going on and looked completely aghast when I plonked him onto the big man’s lap. And we were ushered in to see Father Christmas with a load of other kids. I really wanted it to be just us. It was all rushed and I didn’t overly enjoy it. And every photo I got was shit. See.
3. “Hand and foot print” everything! Christmas cards, salt dough – you name it, you can stamp it! Expect to dip bubbas hands and feet in paint all December haha!
4. Christmas Eve is now a quiet night in. There’s no point getting sh*t-faced anymore. You’ll be up super early and hangover+baby or toddler = trouble.
5. You’ll have more stockings to hang than you’ll ever need. For some reason people like to give you stockings, and lots of them, in the run up to baby’s first Christmas. We have enough for about five kids now.
No More Binge Watching Christmas Telly!
6. Christmas lunch will never be the same again. Well at least this has been the case for me over the last four years. Year one, I was pregnant and couldn’t enjoy my glass or three of champers. Year two, b was six months and we were in the throes of early weaning drama. And he puked all over me just before lunch. Yay. Not. Year 3, he was 18 months and thought it funnier to launch his food all over the place. I spent most of the meal trying to either pick up bits of food or coerce him to eat food. And last year – well I honestly don’t really remember. I had a bad case of IBS and didn’t eat any Christmas dinner. Sob.
Here’s a pic of me when b was 6 months and decided to nap after Christmas dinner. When he woke, he then projectile vomited everywhere. Brilliant.
7. No more post-Christmas dinner TV bummin’ about. Nope, baby will need feeding, rocking, changing. There is always something to keep us parents busy and on our toes. And if your baby is a bit older, expect tears and tantrums over toys and presents.
Baby’s First Christmas Crap
8. You’ll get a lot of
crap lovely presents. Without sounding completely ungrateful, there are only so many “Baby’s First Christmas” teddies, socks, decorations, bibs, hats, mittens, blankets, vests etc etc etc that parents need. Maybe it’s just me?!
9. Present-wars. If you have an older sibling or cousin, they will want to open the presents for the baby. When b was six months, I really didn’t mind, but when he was 18 months, I really wanted to watch him at least try to get into a few pressies. Instead his cousin was very eager to “help” and we had to keep reminding her to let him have a go!
10. Travelling. I’d love to say I could avoid travelling over the Christmas hols but unfortunately we can’t if we want to see my family. Things that have helped ease the trips – planning, stopping regularly and getting a DVD player for the car once b was 18 months. Oh and a truck load of snacks once b was 12 months plus! For some car tips, take a look here and then one on travelling with a potty training toddler.
So there you have it. Are you a new parent, looking forward to your first Christmas with your little one?! Or are you a few years in and know what I’m talking about?!