Beacember Advent Calendar Day #23

The countdown to Christmas continues, hope yours is going well! We’re pretty much set here and looking forward to Beatrice’s first Christmas Eve!

Obviously, she’s going to need something to protect her Christmas outfit from any potential Christmas dinner material (I promise to stop using the word Christmas as often!), so today’s Beacember items are (as correctly guessed in the comments) some appropriately themed bibs!

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Today we went out for a walk to the beach, picking up a very important item for our final day on the calendar. As you can see in the picture, we had Bea facing out on the baby carrier for the first time, which is great for her as she can see out (she loves being curious and nosy). However, it does mean you can’t see her at all, a bit of a problem when she’s wearing a hat under her hood with a habit of falling over her eyes! Still, the sea air took it out of her and she had a nice long nap!

Tomorrow is going to the end of a long blogging journey, and as tradition has dictated so far, I’ll end this post on a teaser… (it’s a two for one!)

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Beacember Advent Calendar Day #19

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!sam_9355

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…

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Tomorrow is another unknown…

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See you for day 20!

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 # 17

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.

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I will let Bea show you what’s coming up tomorrow…

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