Let me start by saying I am taking next week off on the blog. At least, that’s the plan. If I happen to have time with traveling and get the urge to post, I will, but for now…have a great rest of the year and a merry Christmas if you celebrate. If not, I hope December 25 is still fabulous for you.
Here we are again, another flight back to Maryland. Once again, we flew nonstop, and once again nap and sleep schedules would be toyed with in the worst possible ways. But, there isn’t much you can do when you live across the country from your closest family members. As you get bigger, some parts get easier and some get harder. Since the last time I wrote to you, you have dropped down to one nap, which makes planning around your sleep schedule a bit less crazy, but at the same time, that one nap is longer and more important. Of course, you still have days where you don’t nap or do a short one. It is a bit easier to keep you entertained and happy than last Christmas when we went home. I am also happy that we don’t have to worry about spit-up like we did then…not to say you don’t get your clothes dirty, because you do, but it is usually from enjoying peanut butter too much, or playing outside, versus excitement over a new toy, or just having an overly active stomach.
Speaking of Christmas, I have been excited to introduce you to more traditions each year. Last year, you liked the tree with the lights and ornaments, but weren’t really aware of much. This year, you actually point at the tree and say “tree!” Opening presents will be tricky since you had a present for your birthday that made noise as you opened it, and ever since you have been wary of packages and wrapping paper. Maybe you will be less scared now? We also started a tradition last year of doing our small family celebration after we return home. New Year’s Eve is our Christmas celebration in Seattle, which made NYE a bit more fun (staying up to midnight is sooooo not happening). Your dad is really excited for you to open a toy he bought you. He did some research (as he always does) and picked a toy that he hopes both of you will love. Since I know you won’t be reading this before you get the present, I will let you know…it is a Duplo set with cars, since you love building blocks and cars, and of course your dad loves Legos. I, of course, bought you a book since I am the bookworm of the family. We’ve been keeping your presents simple since everyone else spoils you, haha. Besides, it’s not just about the presents. I’m always excited to have more family time, both the three of us, and with the grandparents and other extended family. It’s nice to see you surrounded by so many people who love you.
For this Christmas, I hope you get to spend time with many people who care about you, and that your excitement continues. You’ve been struggling a bit with being left alone with people who aren’t your parents, so hopefully we can give you some more practice with that, too. Maybe while we are there you will get to see some snow. We had a little snow in November here, but at night when you couldn’t watch the snowflakes fall.
As the end of this year arrives, it marks another half year (or so) of life for you, which means we are getting closer to when you turn 2! Time is so fast for me now, but I am happy I get to spend each day with you. Here’s to the new adventures in 2016 and the memories from 2015!