This time three years ago, I was enjoying a fantastic evening with my family. Everyone was excited and full of good spirits. This had nothing to do with Christmas, and everything to do with the fact I was getting married the next day! We’re probably going to spend tomorrow being soppy and looking at the photos and reminiscing about the day we became Mr. and Mrs. We’ve got a couple of other plans too which we’re really looking forward to.
Anyway, you didn’t come here for that, you came here for the reveal:
Truth be told, I don’t know what these actually are! They were a gift from Beatrice’s Grandma with instructions to leave until Christmas Eve…loving the mystery element!
Today we got to spend time with one of Bea’s great aunties who lives nearby. She’s added to the advent calendar pile in the nick of time so that’s rather spectacular! Whenever someone else (other than Lucy or I) see Beatrice they always comment on how much bigger she is. This is always a bit of a shock as we see the gradual change and don’t really notice till she starts growing out of things! We did have a little trip down a rather short memory lane though looking at old photos of Beatrice from the summer, and can’t believe how different she is now!
One thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned before is that Lucy never reads my posts until they go live. So, not only do I have to think through very carefully what I’ve written in advance (she is also quite good at picking up on typos quickly!), but I also get the chance to surprise her once in a while…
I’m doing a double teaser for tomorrow!
The first one is for her:
And the second is for you guys!
I’m going to try and schedule tomorrow’s post, so there’s a good chance it won’t work, but keep a look out- I’d rather spend my anniversary with Lucy and Bea!
Starting to really relax into the holidays now, which is great as usually it takes a while to switch off from a hectic term. I also got the chance to sort out all of Lucy’s presents whilst she was out with Beatrice today, meaning I can spend the rest of my week focusing on them rather than doing last minute panic wrapping!
And as I haven’t been able to see Rogue One yet, I put this on in the background…still got the second half to go too!
Had lots of cuddles this afternoon, and I think I’ve set a bit of a rod for my own back as Beatrice can’t get enough of grabbing the baubles and staring at the tree.
The Christmas film checklist continued too, with the obligatory viewing of Nativity. It came out the year I became a teacher, so naturally it stands out a bit. If you work in a primary school, it really hits home in a lot of ways. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a teacher who lies about putting on a big Hollywood style production, and is a very heartwarming film. Always makes me weep a little too!
Yesterday’s item was, of course, a gift bag. People have been so generous already towards us, that I’m still surprised to see gifts appearing from work colleagues! I’ve yet to open it as I think we’ll save it for the day itself. I’ve already heard on the grapevine that she will also be getting an identical gift bag from another very generous person, so perhaps there’s a market for ‘Baby’s 1st Christmas’ bags waiting for more designs…
Tomorrow is another unknown…
See you for day 20!
Yesterday, we finally put up our tree in time for Christmas! Before Beatrice, this would be an evening in with Home Alone/Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, some wine and nibbles. This year, the film was on, but no wine/nibbles! Beatrice had seen the tree minus all the decs, but got them in all their glory with the lights on this evening- she couldn’t take her eyes off of it! Occasionally she’d look in surprise to me or Lucy as if to say ‘How cool is this?’
Our tree, as is everyone’s, is full of memorable decorations – we’ve got ones from our honeymoon, our travels, and the wedding favours (one of which is pictured ). There are also a couple of ones you may recognise below.
Here is the tree in all its glory…
It’s so hard to take a decent photo on an actual camera (in about 5 minutes and without a tripod)…I daresay an iPhone would’ve smashed that, so sorry!
Today we went off to visit family for our first dose of Christmas cheer (with lots of people to meet up with, our Christmas festivities get extended, yay!). We had a great day with Nanny and Grandad, and Beatrice got to play with her cousins. She also proved to be a dab hand with opening her presents (well, she’s good at gripping stuff!), though I think we’d still be going till next Christmas if she did it all by herself! All that practice with the cushion obviously paid off…
It was a really nice day and we can’t wait for what lies ahead!
Speaking of what lies ahead…day 19 on the horizon!
Yesterday I thought I was running out of things to actually make it to Christmas Eve. Genuinely, I wanted to record the memory of us wrapping up a cushion as it felt so ridiculous, but equally I’d used up most of our baby-related Christmassy things. Thankfully, it looks like the situation has been redressed without me having to go and buy a load of stuff – in fact, if anything, I was incredibly restrained today! There is a lot of quite nice Christmas baby clothing out there that isn’t too over-the-top and I didn’t buy a thing!
I got an afternoon of daddy/daughter time, as Lucy had a nice afternoon out with her friends (well-earned too!). This meant I got a lovely bit of time with Beatrice, who made at least three random strangers smile, which means she’s living up to her name (‘she who brings happiness’). An old gentleman came up to us whilst we were having lunch and said “I gave her a little wave and she gave me a lovely smile back,” which I completely missed but she does have an infectious little smile so I can completely imagine that. #prouddaddy
Today’s item is quite a special one for us. Lucy and I got married around this time three years ago (if you follow the blog for the next week, you may just find out exactly when…), and for our wedding favours, Lucy and her mum made Christmas decorations for every guest. These are pride of place on our tree every year, and it’s awesome seeing them pop up in our friends’ and family’s houses at this time. We received a surprise this year, as my mother-in-law decided Beatrice couldn’t be without her own decoration. Liz, I cannot thank you enough! The decs will always hold a special place in our hearts, and now we can include Beatrice in that tradition too.
I will let Bea show you what’s coming up tomorrow…
Did you hear that? You know, the big overwhelming’aaaaah’? No it’s not the sound of parents cooing over their newborns. It’s teachers finally collapsing into sofas and sighing now that term’s over(that joke definitely works better when read aloud!). I love my job, but the mad dash to Christmas is exhausting! Can’t wait to recharge the batteries over the next couple of weeks (and hopefully catch a Star Wars screening at some point of course).
Yesterday’s reveal was a little bit cheeky. It’s Beatrice’s first ‘Christmas present.’
Basically, as I’ve mentioned before, she’s taking a real interest in different textures at the moment, and we’ve noticed a real shift in how she is actively trying to grab and interact with things (and importantly, not always with the intention of shoving it in her mouth!).
At one point, she started to get dangerously close to unwrapping a present by pawing at it (which of course, we as curious and naive parents- correction, I, as a curious and slightly stupid parent- allowed, sorry, encouraged her to do), we decided to quickly wrap something close to hand. So it’s here, on the internet, in front of tens of people (love to you all-I’ll be posting about the stats at some point!) that I will confess. Her first ‘Christmas present’ from her parents was a cushion. I mean, it’s a perfectly acceptable cushion, and she loves the bumpy texture of one side, but it’s not really going to place on the top 10 most wanted lists any time soon!
Back to more orthodox items tomorrow…
So, we’ve made it through to the holidays (in terms of the blog at least)! That takes the pressure off of these late night postings, so hopefully the last few memories of the run-up to Beatrice’s first Christmas will be easier to get documented. That is if I don’t spend the whole time having a giggle with her! She’s definitely a bit of a thrill-seeker already. A sure-fire way of getting a chuckle is to swing her (carrying her a bit like a rugby ball) towards either myself or Lucy, or as I found out to my detriment, being held and then dropping down to a squat from standing (and naturally, back up again and repeated to get more giggles!).
Anyway, the day started off with something I hope isn’t going to become a Beacember tradition with the car refusing to work. Silver lining of that was I got to see Bea awake before I left, and I also got a lift in with the awesome duo! It also meant I got to see them earlier as usual as I got picked up as well, bonus!
Onto day 15 then, what was that tissue paper all about? It was in fact this stunning bauble from Bea! Lucy had been making secret trips to Dotty Pottery, which is a local ceramics studio and gave this to me about a week ago. It’s so cool and shiny! It’s also a way better handprint of Beatrice than any of the ones I’ve tried to do (I’ll explain more once the Christmas rush is over and done with). I was totally surprised, and can’t wait to put it on the tree!
Tomorrow is the first one where I’ve felt a little underprepared, so here’s the photo to get you thinking!
Today was one of those weird days where Bea is asleep when I leave, and asleep when I get home. I was very proud to be involved in our annual school panto, where we get outstanding performances from some brilliant children. Wherever she ends up at school, if she gets a chance to be in a play like that, we’ll be some proud parents indeed. It did mean getting home around half past nine though, which is not ideal!
So it’s a quick post from me tonight, after leaving Lucy alone to the duties mentioned yesterday.
I also got a taste of what the day job is like for Lucy, as a video of them both dancing away at a Christmas party was great to see despite the grainy quality!
Today’s advent calendar reveal is, quite frankly, I’m not sure. But it’s cute and looks Christmassy! Is it a Ms. Santa dress? Probably. Either way, it fits the bill!
What’s that? You only come here for the teaser bit at the end? Fine, I’d hate to disappoint…
We’re at the halfway point of celebrating our first Christmas with Beatrice (well, via the blog anyway!), and thanks to everyone for following us along our little journey.
Today’s item is a suitable shiny bauble to celebrate the halfway point! This was a beautiful gift from one of Beatrice’s baby friends (I’m sure their parents had a part to play in it too…). Big thank you from me as I haven’t had the chance to do so in person, it’ll look great on the tree once it’s up!
Mondays are always the day I want to get home from work the quickest, after having a fun weekend with my special duo. So when the traffic gets in the way on the route home, it’s a little frustrating! Made the most of it when I got home though, and found out that Bea is becoming somewhat of an adrenaline junkie (she loves being spooked and jiggled about). It’s always fun to find out what things Lucy has discovered during the day, even if Beatrice doesn’t always want to play along when I’m there!
Anyway, enough waffling for today, you’re here to find out that the film was…
She’s clocking up the festive film hours already!
Tomorrow’s item? Guesses more than welcome in the comments! And if you’re responsible for it, then sssh!
Sorry for the slightly later update today, laptop was needed for things!
Tonight was one of those mixed evenings where I stayed a bit later at work, meaning less time with Beatrice when I got home. It was slightly bemusing to see her sat in her Bumbo on the floor of the kitchen with Leo curiously sidling up to her though! The customary welcome smile and giggle soon followed and we fought the battle of the syringe for the umpteenth time. She genuinely doesn’t seem to want to even look us in the eye for a few minutes afterwards (“How dare you even do such a thing to me?!”- note, this has now led to me having a range of possible future voices for Bea in my head. Not sure which one I prefer yet).
Thankfully, that moment passes soon after, and after a short ‘daddicure’ normal routine was observed! Cutting a baby’s fingernails is one of those things that they don’t really warn you about. On more than one occasion (in the morning) her face looks like she has decided to clamber through a rosebush! My hobby (which I’m unlikely to do anything with for the forseeable) involves small intricate things, so cutting the tiniest of fingernails is quite relaxing, until Beatrice decides that moving that entire arm at an alarming speed is absolutely necessary just as I’m about to snip.
Back to advent calendar duties…
Day 8 is this sleepsuit:
Is it to early to send a letter off to Santa? Probably…
Day 9 features this little chap! See you all tomorrow!
One of the strange things about doing this advent calendar is that I’ve totally forgotten to have my own! Thankfully at this time of year, being a primary school teacher means that there is no shortage of chocolate in the staff room so I guess it’s slipped down the priority list!
I also learned today that going solo on giving the medication is a definite no-no! Thankfully it was all in the bath (she has a very secure bath seat before people start panicking), so no major mess!
So here’s today’s item, a top from Sainsbury’s that was given to us by a friend who couldn’t resist it on their normal shop run! I always think that on first glance these sorts of clothes will never fit her – I guess in my mind she’s still smaller than she is! They always seem too wide and long. I have no idea if that feeling will ever go away!
She’s currently sleeping in what waits behind door number 8…
See you tomorrow!