Wednesday, January 3, 2018

December Recap

Christmas break came and went in the blur that it always does, and now it's 2018. I'm seeing pictures pop up on my Facebook Timehop that are literally a decade old, and I'm in shock at how quickly time is moving. December was a good blur full of family, holiday cheer, and new fun with our sweet baby. Safe to say that I think Christmas with a baby is my favorite thing ever! Here's what we were up to this December.

Eli's Ten Month Update

I can't believe that I only have two more of these updates left! Over Christmas break, I truly feel like Eli was growing up before my very eyes. He is so so fun, and just when I think I'm really missing something from his smaller baby stage, he does something new and fun that makes me love this stage even more. Numbers-wise, Eli is weighing in at right around 18.5 pounds, and is around 29 inches long. He is the sweetest, happiest baby ever! How did I get such a chill kid?

Eli is squeezing into a few nine month outfits (especially pants), but is wearing mainly 12 month clothes at this point. He's in size 4 diapers, and is all sorts of on the move these days. He still army crawls most of the time, but lately he has been getting up on his knees and rocking. We've had to use the baby gate, as he is all over the house in a matter of seconds. This month, he also started clucking his tongue and eating his first crunchy puffs.

Eli attended his first Ugly Sweater Christmas Party, had his first Thanksgiving, and successfully went to see Santa (he even patted him on the arm). E loves fake standing, reading lift the flap books, playing "find mama", and messing with wrapping paper rolls. We are still nursing (almost made it to my one year goal!), and he is eating rice cereal, fruits, veggies, and even some meat everyday. He is just the best, and each day with his is such a precious gift.

Mommy and Daddy Getaway

The first weekend of December, Aaron and I took two days off and jetted off to California for our first baby-free vacation. Leaving a 9 month old at home meant that I had to plan ahead with lots of bottles and food, but Eli did so great and I have amazing parents who took excellent care of him. I really wasn't worried at all, which was awesome, and it wasn't as hard to be away as I thought it would be. I didn't even cry, though I did start to tear up when a baby cried while we were in line to board our plane. Mostly, it was nice to have time just Aaron and I- to remember who we were and how we started this all in the first place. It was fun to dream and plan and talk about our goals for the future. We really had a great time exploring the Napa Valley area, especially Calistoga, using our "Winter in the Wineries" pass, taking our first mud bath, and enjoying nice meals out. We even went to a lighted tractor parade, and visited Muir Woods, which were both super fun!

Parties and Wedding Fun! 

December was a great time to enjoy lots of celebrations with friends. We took Eli along with us to an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and a crazy gift exchange. We also enjoyed a date night out on the Plaza for one of Aaron's friend's birthdays, and we danced the night away at the wedding of our sweet friends (where Aaron was a groomsmen). It's always so fun to enjoy a little time just us this time of year.

Christmas (Eli's First!)

I am the biggest Christmas fan you ever did see, but this Christmas blew all of the others out of the water! Eli was SO excited about everything, so cute, and so happy that it just made everything better. He brought so much life to things I've been doing for years and years. I mean, just look at this joy!

And then he went to see Santa and he just patted his arm and my heart could just melt. 

I love it all- the decorations, the sweet time with family who we are blessed to have so near, the time off. It was a wonderful, wonderful Christmas and break went too fast! We also hosted a little New Year's Eve Party to ring in the New Year, and Eli was quite the party animal there too!

December was a wonderful month, and the perfect end to 2017. We are excited for all that 2018 will bring. Happy New Year!


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