Santa Baby

The baby could have cared less about Santa. He didn’t even wake up during the visit. At two weeks old he wasn’t even the youngest Santa visitor this year. {The youngest was only four days old.}

The toddler was super excited to see Santa and didn’t want to wait our turn. {A whole five minutes.} Once we walked inside those ropes, his story changed a little. He didn’t want to make eye contact with Santa and he definitely did not want to sit on that man’s lap! I tried to carry him over but he was moving around like only toddler’s can do. I finally had to put him down so he didn’t hurt me. I put him on the step in front of Santa and thought he could at least look in the general direction of the camera and we’d have a crying toddler Santa picture. That didn’t happen so we all sat down with Santa. {This whole time Santa was holding my newborn and swaying back and forth with him.}

Bryan and I were not super excited to get in a picture with Santa. Nor had either of us expected to be in a picture with Santa. {Thankfully I had done my hair before we left the house and put on real clothes.}

Visiting Santa

When Maximus gets shy he won’t make eye contact with anyone. This picture is an improvement over him looking towards the right, which was opposite Santa and with the back of his head facing the camera. I tried to get him to look at me, but he got sidetracked with Santa. He’s checking him out pretty good! There wasn’t anyone in line behind us so Bryan and Maximus talked to Santa a little. Maximus didn’t tell him what he wanted for Christmas, but he did tell him “Ho Ho HO!” Good thing Papa taught him what Santa says. He did think that was pretty cool when Santa did it back!

Not that I have a lot of experience with mall Santas but this guy was awesome! He rocked my itty, bitty baby like he loved little babies. He talked to my toddler like he cared and wanted him to not be scared. And he told my husband he enjoys malls over “other” stores he’s done that give out tickets and push people through. His wife was equally awesome. She gave Maximus a coloring book before we left and he waved bye to both of them.

In the car, Maximus asked for his coloring book. I said something about the coloring book Santa gave him. “No, Santa’s grandma.” And then Bryan had to pull the car over so we could both laugh hysterically. Yes, she was older. But so is Santa.

*It’s a picture of a picture.

Christmas 2012 recap

Christmas 2012

Christmas wasn’t as hectic as I thought it would be. Sure, one day Maximus went to bed at 9:45 instead of 8 and the next day he skipped his nap all together and went to bed at 8. There was also that first day that people {my family} kept feeding Maximus cookies and he was literally bouncing off of people and shouting for hours on end and helping everyone open their presents. Then there was the next day when he barely ate his lunch, probably because of all the sweets he’d eaten the night before. So it wasn’t much different from what I anticipated. He didn’t have any major meltdowns and had a good time with family.

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Opening presents

Concerned with his little cousin stealing his gifts

Quinten didn’t really care where we were. As long as he had his mommy, little else mattered. He stuck to his eating schedule and woke up every two hours to squeak about food. Then promptly fell back asleep after his belly had been filled. We had our first baby wearing experience on Christmas day. I plopped him in the Moby Wrap and he was content as could be nestled into a warm, cuddly ball of newborn-ness. And I was immediately taken back to an earlier time with a baby Maximus turned non-walking youngin. We’re past toddler wearing days because he’s just too busy. I’m hoping that Quinten enjoys it and lets us wear him for a good two years!

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Mommy, Quinten, Maximus

Bryan and I exchanged a few gifts. Nothing extravagant, but the fact that we did was different from previous years. I got him a new Iowa State basketball shirt and a new thermos for his tea. He got me Flickr Pro for my photos, a new MomAgenda planner, and some super cute legs warmers. {I guess I’m not linking to anything today. Thanks, WordPress.}

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Grouchy old man baby

Santa came and brought Maximus some new puzzles and a new water bottle. Santa skipped baby Quinten this year. Even though he was extra good and arrived early, he’s too little to get gifts. We didn’t explain Santa, but Maximus knows who the big guy is and we visited him at the mall.

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Running out to see what Santa brought!

Maximus was so much fun this year. I knew it would only get better each year, but we all loved the joy and excitement that he brought to the holiday. Although I’m sure the sugar can be attributed to it also! 🙂

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Assessing the situation
From our family to yours, wishing you a happy holiday season and a blessed new year!