He was only four months old, and as new parents, we were very excited for this momentous occasion. Shockingly, it didn’t go quite how a new parent might think. Enjoy!
Baby’s First Christmas
My husband and I were very much looking forward to our first Christmas with our first child. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but it went a little something like this.
6:00 am – Wake up to a hungry, screaming baby
6:01 am – Stumble out of bed, trip over hungry cat circling my feet
6:02 am – Feed hungry cat while hungry baby continues crying
6:03 am – Get to hungry baby and commence feeding
6:45 am – Finish feeding, change diaper
6:47 am – Hope and pray that baby wants to go back to sleep
7:15 am – Give up trying to make baby go back to sleep
7:16 am – Eat breakfast while baby rolls around on the floor
7:45 am – Clean up house so baby’s first Christmas pictures give the illusion that you are Super Mom
8:45 am – Get camera and baby ready to start opening presents
8:46 am – Realize that you’ve lost your window of “happy time” and it’s time for baby to eat again
8:47 am – Commence feeding
9:20 am – Finish feeding, change diaper, hurry up and get camera ready for present opening time
9:22 am – Sit baby in lap and open presents, narrating what they are and who they are from while husband video tapes
9:23 am – Crumple and throw used wrapping paper far away from you as baby has started grabbing it and shoving it into his mouth
9:28 am – Baby stops paying attention to you and finds spot on the ceiling more interesting
9:29 am – Wave colorful presents in front of baby’s face to get his attention
9:34 am – Baby grows tired of this nonsense and begins fussing
9:35 am – Hurry things along and open all presents before baby starts screaming
9:36 am – Open last present and quickly turn camera off just before baby’s crying fit begins
9:37 am – Calm baby down
9:45 am – Make baby play with new toys for more video footage and pictures to send to family members who bought said toys
9:50 am – Baby grows tired of toys and begins fussing again
9:51 am – Quickly turn camera off
9:52 am – Baby passes out for morning nap
9:53 am – Mommy and Daddy pass out for morning nap
And with that, baby’s first Christmas was over.
That was the first of many occasions I’ve experienced as a Mom that didn’t go how I had imagined. I can’t even pinpoint how I did imagine it, but I know it wasn’t that. Since they were babies, my children have never reacted to things in the way I feel they should.
As a result, I have learned to go into almost every situation as a parent with little to no expectations. And also to take lots of pictures where it looks like everyone is having the time of their life and I look like Super Mom!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!