Our tiny family of three was consumed by the holiday spirit and spent the last few weeks with family and friends from all over. We were finally able to make it to northern Ohio for the T's annual family Christmas party, which allowed Pearyn to meet many of her aunts, uncles and cousins for the first time. It was nice to be around the entire family ... and Ry's niece has officially turned me on to the idea of cloth diapering (now we'll just see how long it takes me to actually follow through with it).
After spending the weekend with Ry's family, we had about three days to settle back in at home and complete a cleaning spree for my family's arrival. My brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew stayed with us for five days, which gave me a new respect for mothers with multiple children. After watching my brother and sister-in-law struggle to both discipline and pay just the right amount of attention to their three-year-old son Eli, in addition to meet all of their 7-month-old daughter Evee's needs (she happens to be 15 minutes younger than my daughter), I've realized there's never really an "easy" time to add another child to the family. Regardless of how old your first born is, it's going to be difficult for them to understand why mommy and daddy have to divide their attention now.
Eli and Evee did manage to have some fun while they were here and I even caught a moment of quality time on camera.
I'm also completely blown away every moment I spend with my daughter and niece. It's absolutely amazing to see two babies, born on the same day, in a room together. What's even more baffling is to see how different these two girls are. Evee is much more patient, much more easy going and an overall pleasure to be around, meanwhile Pearyn, a pleasure to be around as well, is a little more nosey and a little less easy going. It was truly a blessing to be able to watch the two relate to each other, as well as experience things through each other.
In addition to a little cousin bonding time, I also got to spend some time getting to know Evee. She's completely different from my daughter, and it makes me completely envious and thankful all at once. Nothing like something different to make your realize how great what you have already is. Don't get me wrong, I love that Evee is so much more laid back and likes being held and cuddled, but I'm also incredibly thankful that my daughter is sleeping through the night and conquering first-times at lightning speeds.
The kids seemed to have a phenomenal first Christmas (or fourth for Eli), the babies were of course much more interested in the crinkly wrapping paper and shiny bows than the actual gifts inside.
All and all, our first Christmas as a family of three was a success. Delicious cookies were made (sugar nog and mocha mamas with caramel drizzle) and lots of Silk nog was consumed ...