Saturday, December 27, 2008

Faith's (almost) first Christmas

Although this is technically Faith's 2nd Christmas, holidays spent in hospitals just don't count, so in many ways this was our first Christmas as a family. We had a pretty low key day- no tears were shed or tantrums were made(we're not just talking about the 22 month old either...) overall it was a great Christmas!

Brian's mother is here from Buffalo, and my Uncle came from Georgia. Yesterday we went to see Marley & Me (one of my favorite books) which was very relatable (we have two beyond-trainable labs of our own). It was nice to get out and do something "normal." Faith stayed at home with our nurse, who apparently makes holiday house calls (have I mentioned how much we love her?).

We are enjoying just lying low and hanging out. It's nice not feeling chronically tired for a change. Not many jobs will give you two weeks off around the holidays so we are very appreciative for our profession!

I'm absolutely terrible about taking pictures, so I only have a few Christmas morning pictures. I guess I am better about documenting Faith's life with words. ;)

Here are some snapshots from the day:

Faith LOVED her life sized Elmo doll (and I'm glad because I stood in line for 2 hours at 4am on Black Friday to get it!) She thinks he's real.

How in the world did Santa fit you down that chimney?

Peek-a-boo! I see you!

For the most part Faith was a spectator, hiding behind the ottoman and taking it all in. She sure loves her new toys now! In this picture Aunt Kristen (Brian's sister) helps her open a tambourine toy. Does that come with Guitar Hero? I'm ready to rock!

Hmm...and what do we have here? Word on the street is that Grandmas always bring the best presents.

Ok..overload! Make it stop!!!! (Faith is not a fan of wrapping paper)

And what do we have here? What a minute...I think I like this Christmas thing!

Boy, all that openin' was exhausting! And hey, what's with all the people around here and those books? Does that come in a kid-friendly print? (Yes, that's my sister-in-law reading a Twilight book (it's an epidemic I tell ya) and I'm sure she'll be mad at me for posting this. :P But I just had to show the world that I'm not the only one who couldn't put them down.

Our Christmas Miracle, a.k.a our nurse, Dee (who will also be mad at me for posting this but I cannot get over how lucky we are to have her!) Can you tell how much Faith enjoys her?

I know look-at-my-child Christmas pictures can be a snore, (blogs are the new wallet pictures) so thank you for allowing us to gloat.

Happy New Year!
Brian & Jen


Marissa said...

I love how she looks at Big Elmo. Too precious!! Looks like a fun time, minus the wrapping paper!

It was so good seeing you yesterday and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.


Rachel Marini said...

It is so good to see Faith without the ventilator! Even more, I am so happy you all spent Christmas at home. Wishing you a wonderful, healthy new year!

Dana said...

She is very cute with ELMO. She has a wonderful smile. Hope your year is nice and quiet as well.


Michelle said...

I'm new here, sorta tracked you from Marissa and then Gabe's sites. Your little girl is so cute. I'm assuming we are miles apart but I'm thankful to have met a fellow trach baby Momma.

Hope said...

I'm so glad you all had a good, quiet Christmas and are rested up. You both needed it. Faith looks so happy, her smile is contagious. I didn't know she could stand, wtg Faith! And ventless!?!? Wishing your family a healthy and happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Wishing your family a happy and healthy new year! Lauren's second birthday is tomorrow, so I know Faith's is coming up! Hugs to you all, Kaia, Grant, Lauren and Connor

Anonymous said...

Your photos are great! Thanks for sharing!
(That's the biggest Elmo I've ever seen.)

Anonymous said...

WOW LOOKS LIKE YOU LOVE THIS CHRISTMAS THING!!!! Aunt Susan is behind the power curve and have not sent you your present yet! I do knw someones 2nd birthday is coming up in a month!!!! I would have LOVED to be there at Christmas!

Aunt Susan