It’s currently boxing day and all’s calm… Lilly’s asleep, i’m on the net and T is playing with his new computer game.
We’ve had a really nice few days over Christmas. Unlike Lilly’s first, we were all in good health and able to enjoy ourselves, and it was lovely as Lilly was old enough to get a bit excited and have some idea of what is going on!
Up until Christmas Eve, Lilly was absolutely terrified of Father Christmas – she couldn’t look at pictures or cuddly versions of him even, and she kept saying “I don’t like Christmas!” But she started to realise there was some link between the dreaded FC and presents – so she soon started saying “I like presents!”.
By Christmas Eve, we managed to look at a few Christmas cards with FC on them, and Lilly was happy to point to it and say “Fah Chrismas!” And on Christmas Eve before bed the three of us read The Night Before Christmas, hung up the stocking and left out a carrot for Rudolph.
We’ve had plenty of snow over the past week, and although we didn’t have any fresh flakes on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, we still had plenty of it on the ground. It was ok to walk on on Christmas Eve, when Lilly and I walked over to Nana and Grandads while T was at work, but by Christmas Day and especially today, it has just become like compacted ice – I’m terrified to go outside because I don’t want to fall over!
Lilly walks to Nana's house in the snow on Christmas Eve
Lilly slept in until 7.30am on Christmas Day, then when she got up she found her stocking on the landing filled with presents, which she was really excited about and opened them in bed with us. She got a lot of stickers and crayons and other little Peppa Pig things, and was really happy with those and didn’t really want to come downstairs (where she didn’t realise there would be more presents!)
We got downstairs but Lilly was a bit upset at leaving her stocking stuff behind, so we watched a bit of Peppa to calm her down (Christmas special – she was terrified of the Father Christmas in it a few weeks ago, and cried so much we turned it off… this time she frowned at him a bit but said: “I not cry.”)
After a while she became interested in the presents under the tree so we turned the tv off and got cracking! Her main presents were a Peppa Pig camper van and a wooden Thomas the Tank railway with some additional trains to go on it. The first Thomas related item she opened was the Thomas engine, and she said: “Need tracks now… I open the tracks!” like as if she knew there was also a trainset under there!! I said to Tony, it was a good job there was!!
Well, one Thomas was opened and the tracks were out she wasn’t really interested in opening any other presents, so some of them only got opened this morning!
Safe to say, Lilly loved her trainset!
And, in the morning, while we were sitting on the sofa watching Lilly with her presents, I felt the first definite kicks from her little brother or sister! I’ve been feeling something for a week or so now, but nothing I could confidently say was definitely the baby moving – but this was certain! And yesterday evening I felt more – this time more like movements than kicks, and today too i’ve felt plenty of wiggling. A fantastic feeling, which makes me feel much closer to this little life inside me which I’m sometimes too busy to think about, and what a brilliant Christmas present for me from my littlest one too (at exactly 15 weeks)!
After that, we went round to T’s mum and dads, where there were more presents and Christmas dinner, which was lovely. The big present they got Lilly was a huge Wendy House, which is currently in their living room and taking up rather a lot of space, but will go outside once all the snow and ice clears! Lilly was absolutely over the moon with it, and even declared: “This is perfect!” so again, another hit!
All in all we’ve had a really lovely time and we’re thinking of taking Lilly to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor tomorrow as an early birthday treat, as if she hasn’t been spoilt enough already!!
Ooh, and I forgot to say – my morning sickness has gone!!! Whoop whoop! I reckon it disappeared about the 14 week mark. I’m feeling much more normal now and am even contemplating trying a cup of tea or coffee again sometime soon – well maybe in a few weeks time, don’t want to jinx it!
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