There’s just something about Christmas with little ones that is extra special. I was never super big on Christmas before I had kids, but now that they’re here it’s like I want to make everything extra magical for them. With the busy-ness of this season it’s easy to get overwhelmed with to-do lists, but there are definitely some simple ways to make this time of year a big more magical. Here are some things we’re doing to capture some Christmas magic in our family…
“When I’m rumbly in my tumbly, then it’s time to eat” – WINNIE THE POOH
Since I happen to have a baby who would love nothing more than to nurse 24/7, I figured our always-hungry, little pooh bear would be a big fan of food once we started solids. First steps first…decide which food to introduce first. We decided to keep it simple and go with mashed up avocado and this is how it went…
Baby feet. There’s just something about them. Impossibly tiny toes that can’t help but curl themselves around an outstretched finger…ridiculously chubby insteps…it’s enough to make a mom go weak at the knees.
And they signify so much more than just another body part…we watch them grow and change. At first, they just kick in the air while Baby lays on his back. After a while, they start stretching out to help support our little ones as they try to launch into a crawl. They are the same chubby feet that will later pad around on the living room carpet in a precarious “first steps” wobble. And then, before you know it, they are the same feet that will be running across a soccer field, having a first dance at high school prom, or carrying them off down the path to their college dorm one day.
Admittedly, I’m more than a bit sentimental when it comes to baby feet, and because I love those little baby toes so much, it’s a rarity for me to cover them up with shoes. BUT…if I do, they have to be comfy, cozy and cute like these.
When I take a good look at my first-time parenting self versus my second-time parenting self, the differences are pretty obvious. The first time around, I was a bit of an over achiever who wanted to do everything just so. But, now that I’ve added another babe to my brood, I’ve loosened up a bit (for better or for worse!) and I definitely parent a bit differently this time around. Here are just a few examples…
“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”
- Mary Poppins
I know that Mary Poppins was teaching Jane and Michael Banks the importance of cleaning up their nursery when she bestowed this nugget of wisdom, but I like to think the advice is extra pertinent to parenting. Lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed as a mom. With a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old, things get a little crazy from time to time, and there are definitely days where this feels like the hardest job in the world…actually, I think it really just might be. But, lately I’ve been working on reframing things and changing my perspective and looking for the elements of fun to be found in parenting.