Well, it is that time of year!
I decided a couple of months ago that I wasn't going to get carried away with the holidays this year. I knew I didn't have the energy and with Wes being away so much, decorating just seemed to have lost its luster. I've realized that a lot of the things I normally do, I do for Wes and when he is gone I just loose the urge to do them. I know I need to change this mind frame, especially since I have the most precious little baby girl that I could do them for instead, but I don't think I was really aware of this until recently. So I almost became the Grinch and it was completely by accident.
Fortunately, my husband put his big Georgia Boot-ed foot down and said no. He told me about five times how sad he was that I didn't decorate for Fall this year (Fall is my favorite, but like I said - the urge was lost). This sort of shocked me, I had always thought I was the only one that appreciated my holiday decor. It was so much fun to realize how much he really loves all of the hard work I put into making our home festive each year.
There was no way I was getting away with not decorating for Christmas. I even tried to talk him into letting me get a fake tree this year... all kinds of crazy ideas sprung out of my pregnancy induced attempts at self preservation. All I could think about was the fact that Christmas will come a week after Knox is born (to the day) and there is no way I am going to be cleaning all of that up with a toddler and a brand new baby ALL WHILE recovering from major abdominal surgery.
So Wes laid it on the line - we were decorating for Christmas AND we were going to get a real tree and he would do all of the post-holiday cleaning. I was not going to deprive our daughter of her first real Christmas experience.
I love that man. I love even more how he calls me out on my foolishness and my horribly selfish attempt to unwittingly steal Sofia's first real Christmas. I wasn't looking at it that way, but now that the decorations are up and the tree is lit, the joy and wonder that I see on my little girls face makes me not even care about any of the other stuff. I can't believe I didn't think she would notice. I can't believe I almost stole her Christmas. Pregnancy makes you do and think crazy things.
I fell in love with the ribbon garland my friend Brittany made for Knox's baby shower so much so that I re-purposed it for our tree. She had made it out of green, yellow and cream colored ribbons and I removed the yellow and replaced it with reds & golds. It isn't quite long enough for the tree but I just love it so much that I don't care! I plan on making another for our tree next year so it can wrap around twice. I love the idea of making it out of the fabric ribbon from our gifts so that it holds meaning and history for our family.
Sofia is in love with all of our Santa's, she just can't get enough of that jolly fat man!
Another of Brittany's shower creations that I just had to re-purpose, especially since this will be such a special Christmas for our little family.
Our front door (baby gate and all).
Daddy and Sofia cuddling while Mommy decorates (Sofia just loves to look at all of the pictures that Wes takes on his phone).
All done and my feet still aren't swollen. With less than three weeks until I give birth it is hard to believe I haven't even started to swell! This sweet boy has been pretty easy on my body (except for the feeling that my pelvis is going to crack in half). Haha.
Well, Merry Christmas! We so look forward to this special Christmas with our children. It's hard to believe we are going to have two kiddos by Christmas day!