Well, Rose’s first Christmas was wonderful! It started rather early, at 6.40am. I tried to eek out a bit more sleep by breastfeeding her and putting her back down, but she was having none of it. Clearly the late bedtimes and excitements of the last few days have messed up her routines a little. So Chris and I got up; Chris gave her breakfast, while I got started on the lunch preparations. Then we started unwrapping the huge mound of presents under the tree, interspersed with long-distance calls from family in New Zealand and Melbourne. I have to say that Rose had the biggest haul of presents by far; she got so much that we haven’t actually unwrapped everything. She loved pulling the paper off, and she’s been having a lot of fun with the gifts she got.
At 11.30am we went over to Stephen and Delwyn’s place for lunch. We had a great time there. We laughed at how we had store-bought Christmas pudding and commercially prepared custard, but we all agreed that it meant we were all really relaxed and no-one was stuck in the kitchen. Rose had a lot of fun sitting at the table with us, and managed to eat quite a lot of finger food (as well as the odd plastic camel).
After lots of eating we came back home; Rose had a sleep while Chris and I started tidying up. After Rose got up we went out for a nice long walk to a park near us – it was great to work off some of that heavy lunch! This evening we had a low-key dinner and Chris and I have been watching a DVD I gave him for Christmas (“Summer Heights High“, in case anyone is interested). As I’m writing this Chris is catching up with his Aunt on the phone in NZ, and his brother in Denmark.
Merry Christmas to you all!