Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Better Christmas Recap

After my post the other day you would be forgiven for thinking that our Christmas was a total write-off. It wasn't though. Up until the incident with Sean's Aunt it was actually a really great Christmas day.

I was awake really early on Christmas morning (4am) feeding Lincoln and then I couldn't get back to sleep because I was so excited for Max. He really got into Christmas this year and understood what it was all about, so I was really, really, really looking forward to him waking up and seeing all the presents under the tree and in the stockings.

After Lincoln went back to sleep I climbed into bed with Max and tried to gently wake him up. He was sound asleep and I kept saying things to him like 'It's Christmas!' 'I think I just saw Santa!' 'There's a reindeer on the roof!', but he stayed sound asleep... Eventually I fell asleep and then woke up around 7am when Max *finally* woke up.

As soon as I realised he was awake I asked him if he knew what day it was. He looked sleepy and confused so I asked him if he thought that anyone special had visited us in the night. That clicked for him and he got sooooo excited. He yelled out 'It's Christmen Day!!' and jumped out of bed to go and see if Santa had been!


This was his 'crazy excited' face once he saw all the presents!

We got straight into the present opening and we started off with the Santa presents in his stocking (handmade by my very clever Mum). Max had so much fun opening his presents and loved every single one of them!





While we waited for Sean's brother to arrive we checked out the plate of treats we'd left out for Santa and his reindeer. He laughed and laughed when he saw that Santa had eaten the cookie and drank the milk, he thought it was so funny! I showed him the teeth marks in the carrot from the reindeer and all of a sudden he got serious and asked me where did the reindeer do their poo. Turns out he was worried that they had pooped on the roof. Too cute!!


The rest of the morning was spent opening more presents, playing with new toys, swimming, snuggling (with Lincoln) and eating Christmas lunch.










The next morning when we were back in Brisbane I came out of my bedroom about 5am to change Lincoln and found Max standing next to the Christmas tree crying. I hugged him and asked what was wrong and he said that the Elves hadn't left him a special treat (in the lead-up to Christmas the Elves had been leaving Max a candy cane on the tree each morning). I hugged him tighter and told him that Christmas was finished and that Santa and the elves would be back next year. The poor little thing cried even harder :(. I took him back to bed and thankfully he was much happier when he woke up later on. He did tell me though that he wanted it 'to go very quickly to be Christmen again'. So sweet!


Funny side note about the candy canes - after the third day of the elves leaving Max a candy cane I noticed that he was asking me to unwrap them, but then wasn't eating them. I asked him if he was happy that the elves were giving him candy canes and he said 'oh yes!'. Then I asked him if he liked to eat candy canes and he said 'ummm no, they taste like toothpaste'. I love that he was excited to get them even though he didn't like to eat them!

Because we had a rather traumatic end to our Christmas day I spent a lot of time on boxing day talking to Max about all the fun things that had happened at Christmas in the hopes that he would only remember the good stuff. I took this little video that evening and it makes me think that he still did have a good day :)



So although it wasn't the best Christmas I've ever had, I think Max thought it was a very special day and that's what it's all about :).

I hope you all had a really great Christmas with your loved ones too!!




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  1. I am glad that (most of) your Christmas was good. I just love the expression on Max's face when he saw all of his presents!! Priceless. Such a cute video too :) Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Sophie! He was sooooo excited :)

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  2. I'm so glad you found the silver lining.
    Max is so cute I can't stand it.
    I'm going to have to show this video to my Maksi tomorrow .
    xxxx

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    1. I hope Maksi enjoys it :). Did he understand what Christmas was all about this year?

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  3. That video is the cutest and your baby smiling in his sleep is adorable! I'm so glad it didn't ruin Max's day :)

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    1. Thanks Bec, I love that he has started to smile now :)

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  4. I'm so glad that he remembers the good part of his Christmas! The candy cane story is too cute!

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    1. Isn't it just! I hope Ramona had a really fun Christmas too :)

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  5. I LOVE that first photo of Max! So glad your Christmas had some redeeming moments :o)

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  6. That crazy excited face is gold... Max completely made my morning. :)
    It's so good to be able to look back on Christmas and remember all the little special moments amongst the meltdown or busy, kids are just so adorable and innocent!
    xx

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    1. They absolutely make Christmas don't they!!

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  7. Christmas with young children is golden. The looks on their faces are fantastic when they discover stuff left for them. Max is no exception... =)

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    1. It's so magic isn't it Melody! I hope your girls had a fantastic day too xx

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  8. The rest of your Christmas was perfect! Let's just cut out that first part like it never happened and remember this! Max is so completely adorable! I could just eat him up! I wanted to give him a big hug while watching the video :) I love all the cute little things he says {like the reindeer pooping on the roof, awesome!}. I also think candy canes taste like toothpaste. Although it broke my heart when he was crying by the tree because the elves weren't coming anymore! And little Lincoln... melts my heart! I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year because my little one will be about Max's age and it's going to be so much fun! Thank for sharing your special Christmas with us, I had a smile on my face through the whole post! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Britni, he really is such a sweet toddler :). I'm so excited for your Christmas this year too, to see Max so excited about it all was the best present I could have ever wished for! xx

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