Beacember Advent Calendar Day #18

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…

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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!

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Beacember Advent Calendar Day #14

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!SAM_8994.JPG

What’s that? You only come here for the teaser bit at the end? Fine, I’d hate to disappoint…

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Beacember Advent Calendar Day #13

I’m looking forward to the weekend now, can’t wait to spend the Christmas run-in with Lucy and Bea. We’re putting the tree up and currently have no other plans, so I can switch off from work completely.

Bathtime is a fun challenge at the moment, well, the ‘afterbath’ is anyway. We basically have to apply 3/4 different creams, at least 2 of which need to be nowhere near her mouth. As I’ve previously mentioned, she’s quite adept at shoving her hands in there at the moment. She also has started recognising her knees, and when lying on her back she will rest her hands on them (like some kind of wise old sage sat on their throne).

Essentially, this means she drags her hands from her knees, right through the steroid cream en route to her mouth. Brilliant.

We’ve been tag-teaming this since we got the cream, but going solo is not recommended!

Imagine, if you will, somehow keeping hold of both of her hands/arms whilst trying to apply the cream, then following that up with the usual nappy routine, all the while panicking that if you/she lets go, she’s going to scoop up a handful of delicious steroid-filled cream and shove it right in her gob. Oh, and she’s hungry and tired and not responding to the usual variety of songs!

Sorry, I know that goes against my usual stance of focusing on the positives – like the way she holds onto my hand with both of hers if I rest it on her tummy, but it was quite a funny (if not a bit stressful) moment this evening! She settled fine after all that though, and the cream is working at least. It’s still easier than the bloody syringe!

Back to the Beacember routine…yesterday’s teaser was of this gorgeous decoration made by a team effort of my nephew and Bea’s Nanna. Yet another reason why I can’t wait to get the tree up!

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Time for tomorrow’s sneak preview…

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Beacember Advent Calendar Day #12

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!SAM_9090.JPG

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…SAM_9104.JPG

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!

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