I’m dreaming of an illness-free Christmas

Posted on January 11th, 2008 by Kymberlie.

It’s a darn good thing that we decided to stay in Austin over this holiday season because we all got sick again (you might remember that we were all deathly ill over Thanksgiving, too). I can’t imagine what it would have been like waiting in airports, hauling around bags, and sleeping in strange beds while we were all running fevers and feeling nauseous. And the never-ending snot in Elliot’s nose ran out at such speed and in such great quantity that our dear friend, Josh, who came to visit over his holiday break, affectionately declared his time with us “Booger Weekend ’07.” His love for Elliot far exceeds any disgust he has for baby mucous as he let Elliot repeatedly slather slime all over him while they played for three days. Poor Josh called me on Christmas to let me know that he, too, had taken ill…surprise, surprise.

Despite feeling achy and exhausted, we dragged ourselves out of bed to celebrate our first Christmas as a family together, and it was worth it. Elliot had a fantastic time tearing paper, climbing in boxes, chewing on his stocking, and marking all of his new procurements with a fresh layer of baby goo. Although he has delighted in all of his gifts, the most entertaining ended up being the catnip toys that my mom sent for the cats. The cats went bizerk over them and Elliot sat and giggled for a good half hour as his furry friends wriggled and meowed like maniacs.

With Elliot out of daycare for two and a half weeks, we spend a lot of nice family time together. Winter in Austin is pretty mild, so we were able to be outside a lot. His Auntie Andee and Uncle Nick Hill gave him a Fisher Price walker for Christmas that we have enjoyed taking to the park to let him “run” free. There’s a great video here of him testing it out in our kitchen.

When we couldn’t be outside we spent many hours climbing the stairs and playing in the bathrooms. Elliot loves to open all the drawers and cabinet doors and empty the contents. As such, I spent many evenings re-folding towels and picking up combs, deodorant, toiletpaper, etc. off of the bathroom floor. Needless to say, we also did a lot of baby-proofing over the last month.

Last year at this time, I was as round as a yoga ball and we were counting down the days to my estimated due date. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been parents for almost an entire year and that Elliot is on his way to leaving infancy and becoming a toddler. Sometimes I wish I could speed up time to the point when we can take walks hand-in-hand, have conversations, and sleep soundly through the night. Other times I find myself mourning the early days that I barely remember anymore, when he was all wrapped up in a fleece swaddle with just a tiny little head peeping out the top. He could be craddled in one arm and we would lay in bed together for hours, drifting in and out of sleep, and gazing in amazement at our little person. Looking at his newborn pictures I marvel at how different his face looked and how small he was. It seems impossible to me that so much time has gone by and he has grown so much. Babies are just amazing.

See the newest photos of our precious baby here, and stay tuned for the birthday edition, coming up February 2nd!  Also, there is a cute gallery of Elliot playing with his friend the “other” Elliot here (on Thomas’ personal site).

One Response to “I’m dreaming of an illness-free Christmas”

  1. Brenda Turner Says:

    These are some of the best pictures yet! He is so precious and I can tell that you had a wonderful first Christmas as a family. I send my love to all of you. Great Aunt Brenda