Baby's First Big Fat Greek Christmas
I have always loved Christmas, but there is just something about "baby's first Christmas" that really added to the excitement this year. We visited Santa and many Christmas events around town. I think Perry and I were definitely more excited about it than Lennon was, partly because he still doesn't understand what is happening but it was good to get practice for next year!
Our Christmas morning started out with just our little family of three waking up in our matching onesies and Skyping with the in laws in England. We had a lot of fun with Lennon's stocking and found the cutest Christmas card for him. We thought it would be appropriate to fill his stocking with breastmilk seeing as he is not eating chocolate yet:
Lennon, Perry and I opened a couple of gifts at home before loading the rest into the passion wagon to bring to my sister's as my family wanted to be a part of his gift opening. We decided we wouldn't get Lennon many presents as he is only 4 months old and does not have a clue as to what is going on (and we have already acquired so many clothes and toys) but somehow there were about a dozen gifts from "Santa" alone for Lennon under the tree on Christmas morning. This didn't include gifts from family and friends. Most of the gifts were practical: teething toys, eating equipment seeing as he will be starting solids soon, books which, in our opinion, a child can never have too many of, and some bath toys. I guess we got carried away with the excitement of this holiday but we know all his gifts will be well used (and many already have been, just one day after Christmas, especially the teething toys...ahem Sophie the giraffe and chewbeads, I'm talking to you)! I must admit I felt extremely guilty for the gift giving this year, more so than in the past. As much as I love giving gifts, I feel like we are already so fortunate and am planning on donating the money we normally spend on Christmas to a charity (or a few) instead next year.
We had one stop to make before heading to my sister's and that was at the nursing home where my Yiayia lives to pick her up and bring her along. We (well...I) decided it would be fun to dress Perry and Lennon up like Santa to do the pick up. This was a riot, especially when we had to stop and get gas...Not so much fun for Perry BUT the seniors at the nursing home really loved it and Perry was a real trooper for playing along. I secretly think he loves dressing up as Santa as he "forgot" to pack a change of clothes and was stuck wearing the Santa pants all day, along with my amazing ugly Christmas sweater. It was definitely a great outfit!
Unsurprisingly, Lennon was spoiled by my family when it came to the gift giving. Again, there were many practical items and books as per our request. They were just as excited for "baby's first Christmas" as we were.
What I really loved about Lennon's first Christmas is the family time that was had. My parents and my older sister and her family live about 40 minutes away. We don't see each other as often as we would all like due to the distance, busy schedules and me not driving (although Santa also gifted me with two hours worth of driving lessons which means this could all change soon). Even though he doesn't see his cousin Michaella often, Lennon always seems so happy and content when she is present and this is always so fun to watch. His eyes follow her around the room and he smiles non stop. Michaella also loves to spend time with Lennon and was really sad when he couldn't sleep over last night. Lennon also seems to be really fond of people, especially as of late, whether they are familiar or not, and loves when people interact with him. My family will take every opportunity that they have to hold Lennon, play with him and interact and bond with him in whatever way they can (including diaper changes, woohoo). This makes Lennon happy and my family happy (and Perry and I happy, especially when the diaper changes are involved) and yesterday provided a perfect opportunity for everyone to bond. As loud as my big fat Greek family can be and as unrelaxed as our family gatherings sometimes are, spending time with them is important and I hope to do this more often than we do (hello, New Year's Resolutions)! Seeing the little ones together and the family love that they emit is really heartwarming and definitely brings us closer together. This was definitely a highlight for me.
Lennon is definitely the best gift we could ever have and this Christmas was definitely a special one with him in our lives. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and if you don't celebrate Christmas, hope you had a lovely day anyways!
I've always been a sucker for anything matching or coordinated. My wardrobe is full of kitschy and cheesy attire. One gander at my closet or high school photos and you will understand my style (or lack thereof). Since Perry came along, I love matching my outfits to his when there is an appropriate occasion to do so. Having a couples costume at Halloween is a must and I definitely enjoy coordinating our outfits when we go to a wedding or special event. See for yourselves:
Last Christmas, onesies seemed to be all the rage. There was one that I saw around town that I really wanted to see Perry in. It was the plaid Bear Cheeks onesie by Lazy One which is part of their FlapJacks collection. FlapJacks are what the company refers to as a "modern take on the classic long john" and that is a very accurate description. I ended up gifting him a pair kind of as a joke gift (and also cause I secretly think longjohns are sexy) but he has ended up loving them and wearing them all the time (hooray for me). I find the butt flap to be hilarious and a total selling point, don't you agree?
Part of the reason I was so excited about these pyjamas (besides the butt flap) is because they are made in various sizes, from infants to adults, and I knew that when we eventually had kids, the coordinating outfits would include the little ones as well, wherever possible. This year just so happened to be the year that our Lennon entered the world (he just so happened to be created at Christmastime....hmmm, I wonder if the Bear Cheeks had anything to do with it?) and I wasted no time in dressing us all up. Here was Lennon at 2.5 months old, dressed up as, none other than, popcorn! Ridiculous, I know! But I loved every moment of this!
From the time Lennon was in the womb, I knew that I would want to make a cheesy Christmas card when it was time and I thought that it doesn't get much cheesier (and awesomer) than matching family pyjamas! In preparation, I bought myself a pair of Bear Cheeks while I was pregnant to match Perry's and, before the Christmas craziness, I acquired a pair for Lennon. The smallest size that these onesies come in is 6 months old, which is the one negative thing about them BUT we made them work on our 4 month old (who, being 5 weeks premature, was about the size of a 3 month old at the time). They fit his torso well but were a little longer at the feet. It just seems like a sleeper without the enclosed feet. Lazy One does advise to wear the onesies snug fitting as they are not flame resistant but we felt confident that Lennon would be okay wearing his pair momentarily, and he was. And this was the result:
As you can see, the Bear Cheeks did fit Lennon pretty well except for they were a little long at the feet so if you have an at term 4 month old, there is a chance they would fit the 6 month size snuggly (Lennon was about 11 lbs at the time, if that helps).
Now, there are plenty of matching parent and child options out there, but they seem to be more for mothers and daughters and fathers and sons, not so many for mothers and their sons or fathers and their daughters. Lazy One has done me proud with making the FlapJacks onesies a unisex option. Heck, they even have a pair for your dogs! How fun is that?
They definitely feel durable and well made and are extremely cozy. They have kept us nice and warm in our basement suite, which can be chilly at times. For you breastfeeding mamas, they work well for breastfeeding as they button down! Bonus! And they are simply fun! What started out as a novelty gift for Perry has definitely turned into a functional and fun piece of attire, perfect for this time of year!
Check out the rest of the FlapJacks collection (and take a look at all the funny, and dare I say punny, butt flaps) and other fun sleepwear and clothing by Lazy One, and find your pair at a Lazy One retail store near you. Lots of great ideas for gifts and Christmas jammies! They can also be found at many gift shops and, of course, online. For those in Vancouver, I found a pair at the Vancouver Aquarium gift shop and have seen them at gift shops in Gastown and also at Exposure Home on Commercial Drive.
I leave you with my little family sporting our Bear Cheeks around our home this holiday season. Sending you all warmest wishes this holiday season!