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post #1621 of 1860
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Merry Christmas everyone! We did the ultimate crazy Christmas Eve and actually made it to two services at church yesterday! 4th Sunday Advent and then Christmas vigil... So crazy....



We are celebrating Christmas with the fam, my mother and sister, and my nephew today; we do the ils this coming weekend... dh only has today off so we didn't want to go down and have to come up the same day... Cute presents though! C got a kitchen last year for Xmas... He loves it. I was freaked about how much it cost at the time, but it is definitely a good buy...



Yeah! So good to be a mama... And yes, this year went by so fast... Beautiful Christmas card by the way... :



Yeah Kaya! We are still on 3 teeth ourselves and are mastering our crawl. Having issues with clothes right now though.. Too big for size 9mo too small for size 12 mo... *sigh* gonna have to do some after Xmas shopping...



We did the full tree and everything cause C is starting to understand the whole thing now. Kind of neat to actually have a kid finally be able to understand... Harper's greeting card was awesome as well! Thank you!!! All professional looking and stuff... J got a couple gifts, he got his robeez (which um, got broken out early cause I needed help keeping those dang socks on..., like one activity toy and the goodnight moon dvd set (which I am sure C will watch more but needed to put something with J's name under the tree...) and then we needed to refurbish his wardrobe which we will be doing this week I guess...



I had issues finding xmas PJs for the boys too! It was so crazy out there...Finally found something at Old Navy~ C loves his--he spilled water on them while brushing his teeth and actually didn't want to instantly take them off! MY SON!! He usually spills 2 drops and needs a new wardrobe... And J got some in 12-18 months and they aren't even that long on him... : I am so not used to this big baby thing...



I am so going to have to switch the car seat soon. I am avoiding because then it means I have to invest in like 2 or 3 new ones so I don't have to pass the seat back and forth... *sigh*

We do the movie thing on Christmas eve normally. This year we did it on Saturday though. It so much fun to just sit around and veg with family...



This almost 4 age is pretty funny. Conversation with C and Mom:

C: Christian has a chachi (note: korean word for penis~we use it instead of penis)
M: Yes, C has a chachi
C: Jonah has a chachi
M: Yes, J has a chachi
C: Daddy has a chachi
M: Yes, D has a chachi
C: Mommy NO chachi:
M: No Mommy doesn't have a chachi...

Then next day
C: Mommy doesn't have a chachi????
M: No, Mommy doesn't have a chachi
C: Mommy chachi GONE!?!? :
M: Well, Mommy never had a chachi
C: Mommy NO chachi???!!
M: Mommy no chachi....

He was so devastated by it.

Anywho we are doing our dinner now so Merry Merry Christmas to those celebrating. And to those not, enjoy special time with family and babes. :


Oh so funny!! Thanks for the smile I needed that!
post #1622 of 1860
Just have a second...busy with the holiday stuff!!

Happy Holidays to all who celebrate!!

William got his two front teeth for Christmas...funny because I was singing the song to him the other day, and here they are. Thank goodness, now maybe he will sleep again.
post #1623 of 1860
happy christmas to those celebrating today Ruby is down for a long (hopefully) nap and Ry and I are enjoying a quiet moment. Later we'll have my dear friend Lyn over for dinner (her mom died in feb) and hopefully all toddle off to bed early.
It's been a good day.
post #1624 of 1860
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Pop Beads from her brother, and some clothes and odds & ends.

All in all, a great morning. DS and DH are playing at his kitchen right now, and DD is playing with a ring/teether that she got. I'm picking up a few more hours this afternoon. Feliz Navidad, etc. to everyone - I'll be back tomorrow morning, maybe post a few pics!
I used to have those same kind of snap beads when I was a baby. LOVED 'em!

We had Christmas brunch at a friend of the family's house this afternoon. We've been doing Christmas dinner with their family since I was about 4, so it's a big deal and a long-standing tradition.

Did presents this morning with the girls. Victoria is getting better about saying "thank you" instead of "oh. okay." and Sydney is still a total ham with the "it's just what I ALWAYS wanted!!" every time she opens a present.

Of course this morning I dropped the girls off at their mom's house, and the first words out of Victoria's mouth upon seeing the haul under D's tree were, "WHOA! That's SO many more presents than at Daddy's house. COOL!" I know it's not about the stuff and not important how much we get them as long as they happy and healthy and loved and respected, but just once I'd like to have the option to spoil my kids, KWIM? The jammies I got them got tossed aside, the scarves did too, so did the personalized mugs their grandparents sent, and even the new purses from their grandparents with the $10 in it wasn't that great, because they each only had 6 presents under our tree, and like 30 each under their bio-mom's tree. :

I remember Christmas morning taking HOURS at my parent's house growing up, and it took about 10 minutes this morning.

Sorry to be a downer. Being broke this time of year, and knowing it's not going to measure up in our kids' eyes is tough. :
post #1625 of 1860
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I remember Christmas morning taking HOURS at my parent's house growing up, and it took about 10 minutes this morning.

Sorry to be a downer. Being broke this time of year, and knowing it's not going to measure up in our kids' eyes is tough. :[/QUOTE]


I thought the same thing too, my mom would wrap everything,stockings overflowing. The boys mostly got clothes (despiratly needed) but they like new clothes since most of their stuff comes from friends.

Well my family has way overdone it again this year, my dad is one of nine and they all broght something for each oh the kids:

and my mom just went wild as usual after telling her not to.she does not listen.

;tf gv hgx xzbbbbbbbbbbbbbbhh mmmmmmmmmm! Olivia says Hi the Babies!
post #1626 of 1860
Well, Christmas was fine... we made it to my parents' house before anyone woke up -- including my 4YO nephew. Wow! But... meant we were up and out early after a late night last night, so I started the day a little "behind" on my nerves. Then I just got grinchy and crabby 'cause my Mom did her annoying "ask you for what you want, then go out and ALMOST get that, but get something just less than that", as well as make a production out of saying "I know it's not exAHHHctly what you wanted... it's not that [insert snooty-fied pronunciation of object here]..." making me feel like a snobby jerk for telling her exactly what I wanted in the first place. Hello, returns and store credit! 'Though I'd prefer cash.

BUT, I'm kind of over it. I just wish she hadn't been a 'tard about it. She's just not a good gift-giver, sad to say. Narcissists probably can't be. My Prime Rib turned out really well (hah!), so I can just mellow out now.
post #1627 of 1860
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Sorry to be a downer. Being broke this time of year, and knowing it's not going to measure up in our kids' eyes is tough. :
Aw, hon. You know - everything we had yesterday was from EVERYONE, not just from us - the kitchen was from great grandma, the train set from gram & gramp, and the tonka and a bunch of outfits from my parents...let's see - we bought the tunnel and the bop bag, and a few matchbox cars, that's it. They're so young....it might seem like now all they care about is quantity, but it's sinking in where things REALLY matter, and as they get older they'll "get it".

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and my mom just went wild as usual after telling her not to.she does not listen.

;tf gv hgx xzbbbbbbbbbbbbbbhh mmmmmmmmmm! Olivia says Hi the Babies!
Hi Olivia!!! You know, I am actually really surprised that my family actually listened to me and did not go overboard this year...in fact, I told them if they had a dollar amount they wanted to spend, to just get a few "things" and then a savings bond or contribute to their 529 or investment account. I still have half his toys in rotation from last Christmas.....: I think this year went really well. Have some returns to make clothes wise (a few not my style - yay for gift receipts!) and we're thankfully not overloaded with toys this time.

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Then I just got grinchy and crabby 'cause my Mom did her annoying "ask you for what you want, then go out and ALMOST get that, but get something just less than that", as well as make a production out of saying "I know it's not exAHHHctly what you wanted... it's not that [insert snooty-fied pronunciation of object here]..." making me feel like a snobby jerk for telling her exactly what I wanted in the first place. Hello, returns and store credit! 'Though I'd prefer cash.
Ummm...I don't think you're the grinch in this situation...
post #1628 of 1860
Yay its the 26th! We dont go overboard w xmas since the kids also receive from the grandparents etc. My mom also likes to go nuts as well.

We received from both sets of parents- checks. I told my mom flat out that I dont need anything, dont want anything and MAggie being perfect was enough gift for me this year. So a depostiing I go. But we still havent done my bday so who knows what is next.
post #1629 of 1860
To all you preemie mamas...I want to share with you this picture:

My 35 week, IUGR, severe jaundice, blood disorder, epileptic, thrice tranfusioned, many resussitations baby at age 5


THought that might show how amazing these sickly babies really are...
post #1630 of 1860
Caroline= a beauty! You have a new issue soon- keeping the boys away and that might be harder!!
post #1631 of 1860
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Originally Posted by sehbub View Post
I remember Christmas morning taking HOURS at my parent's house growing up, and it took about 10 minutes this morning.

Sorry to be a downer. Being broke this time of year, and knowing it's not going to measure up in our kids' eyes is tough. :
We purposely asked family to do 3 gifts or less. She doesn't need stuff. stuff is just .... stuff
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I told them if they had a dollar amount they wanted to spend, to just get a few "things" and then a savings bond or contribute to their 529 or investment account.
Yep... that's what we asked for also.

we lucked out. My MIL bought Ruby like 3 toys (all wooden) and so did SIL. my family always makes gifts... so that's always good.
post #1632 of 1860
Oh no, our families were great. They got the girls things they actually needed, like clothes, or only got a very few "extras" like coloring books, activity books, the kitchen set, and their chairs.

It's just tough because we have absolutely no control over B's ex, and in her mind (I know because she's told me) it's important to get the girls a LOT of stuff to make sure they have a happy Christmas. Of course then she turns around and complains that they have too many toys that never get played with. : It's monumentally frustrating to constantly be turning around to see new shoes, or clothes, or toys and then having to listen to the griping about there being "too much." WELL THEN STOP BUYING IT. Sorry.

I'm just in a crap mood. My car broke down again today. Mechanic thinks it might be the fuel pump.

This cyclical financial devastation garbage is getting really old. And of course we have to get a new vehicle in the next few weeks, as Jackson is due to arrive in about 6 weeks. :
post #1633 of 1860
Sarah, that sucks. I know what you mean. But I hope you know you're doing S and V a favor by not going overboard. When they get older they WILL understand. And the best you can do to counteract their mother's throwing money at them gift-giving style is to live by example.
For example, this year we just got W a few things for his bike. DH's parents and brother got him a few things too. W's mother threw money at him, buying him video games, etc. The thoughtfulness of his gifts meant something to him.
But at a certain point, there's nothing you can do, because they are a product of their mother AND you and B.
Maybe that doesn't help at all. I have BTDT, and the worst you can do is replicate her behavior!
I know that wasn't your point, but know you did a great job by your kids.
post #1634 of 1860
Our Christmas went well. Typical IL drama (small, but pervasive) but we got over it. This was the first year I can remember that DH's brother (youngest) got us something. We were caught unawares He ended up with, from us, a death bag of beer and cigarettes.
P got some soft Haba blocks, two cloth books, and several teething toys, plus a rubber ducky. He also got this really cute shirt, I'll post a picture on my blog as soon as I can.
W got a telescope (!) and a lego model. We got him stuff for his bike-- new tires, bike shorts, a bike computer, and a $20 bill we thought he would enjoy spending. DH was concerned he didn't spend enough. Guess what? W loved the gifts. We couldn't fit everything in our car so they have to pick up the telescope today.
I got a french press coffee maker, yay! and new baking pans.
All of the gifts were so thoughtful.
Dinner was good, I think the afternoon stretches on a bit. I'm not totally comfortable at the ILs house, and with a baby, it was more complicated too. But generally the day was good. It was nice to get home. (on the way home, P cried, good thing it was not far. we pulled over to console him. i hate when that happens)

Things have been good. I have been off since Friday, and that's nice. I have a feeling the next week with W here will drive me a bit crazy, but that's ok. Next year DH and I hope to be in our own home (not apt) and have christmas there. Plus all of my holidays.
GTG, must go to library, and shower, and grocery shopping, ugh.
post #1635 of 1860
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Sarah, that sucks. I know what you mean. But I hope you know you're doing S and V a favor by not going overboard. When they get older they WILL understand. And the best you can do to counteract their mother's throwing money at them gift-giving style is to live by example.
For example, this year we just got W a few things for his bike. DH's parents and brother got him a few things too. W's mother threw money at him, buying him video games, etc. The thoughtfulness of his gifts meant something to him.
But at a certain point, there's nothing you can do, because they are a product of their mother AND you and B.
Maybe that doesn't help at all. I have BTDT, and the worst you can do is replicate her behavior!
I know that wasn't your point, but know you did a great job by your kids.
I know, it's just a matter of waiting until they're old enough to realize that we got them the few things they've each been asking for for the last 6 months.

And like I said, the double standard drives me batty. She spent her entire child support check for December (again, she tells me these things...WHY?!) on toys for the girls. That's almost $1,000 worth of stuff for two kids ages 6 and 4. And she (bm) will spend the next year complaining that she can never find anything in their room because they have too much stuff. : People drive me crazy.

On a positive note, BubbaDoo looks particularly adorable today in one of her new outfits from a Holiday helper. She's in a pink thermal long sleeved onesie with little purple and blue flowers on it, and olive green overalls with pink stitching. Adorable.
post #1636 of 1860
Maggie had a grand total of 6 outfits to wear on Xmas eve and then on xmas day. We had her in the cute xmas outfit and 30 seconds later, she chucked up on it and Bob's new fresh shirt. As BIL said, clean fresh clothes make a baby sick

We only buy 3 gifts since that is what Jesus received plus the kids get plenty more. I try to encourage the grandparents etc to give it before or after the actual day to spread it out and then she dosent get overwelmd as well.

Maggie got plenty of 12 mo clothing. Geez, if you would have told me on Feb 16th that she would need 12 mo clothing in a year I would have never believed it.
post #1637 of 1860
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To all you preemie mamas...I want to share with you this picture:

My 35 week, IUGR, severe jaundice, blood disorder, epileptic, thrice tranfusioned, many resussitations baby at age 5


THought that might show how amazing these sickly babies really are...

She's beautiful
post #1638 of 1860
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Maggie got plenty of 12 mo clothing. Geez, if you would have told me on Feb 16th that she would need 12 mo clothing in a year I would have never believed it.
YAY for Maggie! I told B I never thought I'd be so happy to say that one of my kids was average growth-wise. But it's a HUGE relief, isn't it? I know big babies don't equate health, but it's still in my mind that if she's the same size as her peers, she'll be okay.
post #1639 of 1860
Which reminds me ladies, anyone need some winter clothing for a girl in size 6 mos or 9 mos? I am not going to need them in a few weeks and MAggie out grows them!
post #1640 of 1860
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Which reminds me ladies, anyone need some winter clothing for a girl in size 6 mos or 9 mos? I am not going to need them in a few weeks and MAggie out grows them!
We could use the 9 months. Sam should be in that size for at least another month or two.
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