To say that the first three weeks of Easton’s life were a whirlwind would be an understatement. In between feedings, diaper changes, doctor’s appointments, and just the struggles of a first time Mom at times I forgot what time of the year it was. One thing that I was looking forward to the entire time though was his very first Christmas. I mean you only get ONE first Christmas right!?
I always love Christmas and it’s my favorite holiday; however, there is something about being able to experience Christmas with your child that just makes it that much more memorable. Of course, this Christmas was one we will remember and he won’t, but it still was a very special time.
I know I am a few days late (no surprise there these days), but I wanted to recap the special weekend. You can go ahead and excuse the millions of pictures that are about to come your way.
We have always been blessed to be able to visit both families during Christmas since we moved back from Pennsylvania. We headed to my husband’s families home on Christmas Eve to start our celebrations. However; I can’t go without sharing that the day started with my first postpartum run!
It was a slow 2 miles, but it felt so great starting the day off with a run! I’ll go into more detail later.
We spent most of the day visiting with family and letting people meet our newest addition.
We took some time to take pictures and get our first family photo (aside from a few taken in the delivery room).
We had a delicious meal and just rested most of the night. I was a bit nervous on how Easton would do with a change in his schedule a bit, but he really did amazing! I tried to keep him to his somewhat normal schedule, though with newborns some days you really never know what you are going to get.
Christmas morning we all woke up and waited for my husband’s brother to come over to celebrate. Wes got in his run while I spent time drinking coffee and getting lots of baby snuggles. We had to get a few obligatory first Christmas pictures. The adorable santa hat was actually a gift I received in the hospital and I couldn’t wait to get a few pictures.
After we had opened gifts, enjoyed time together, and eaten breakfast we slowly packed up our things and started to make our way about an hour away to spend the afternoon and evening with my family.
My family has always had a tradition of having our extended family over on Christmas Day night so we helped my mom get things ready for dinner. I also pumped and had some bottles ready so that I wouldn’t have to disappear every few hours.
After we had finished and everyone had left from dinner, my family did our Christmas. I loved having a stocking for Easton hanging on the mantle this year!
We got some wonderful gifts, but this one was one of my favorites that had the most meaning behind it. This is family legacy quilt that goes back 4 generations. My Mom made it for me and it was so thoughtful! I look forward to using this one for many years to come.
The rest of the evening was spent catching up with family and passing around the baby to get lots of love and snuggles. I know one thing is for sure no matter what Easton is going to be well loved! It was so wonderful seeing all the love and joy he brought to so many.
You only get one first Christmas and while he might not remember it, it was such a special time. I look forward to many more to come! So, even though it’s a few days late I hope each and every one of you had a very Merry Christmas and the greatest New Year to come!