On Saturday we celebrated Christmas with the family. Sean's brother, wife, and nephews came up Friday night. It was great to spend some time with them, since we hadn't seen them all in a year. My mom and sister, as well as Sean's parents, joined us Saturday morning. There were plenty of goodies to snack on and Sean and I prepared a Spaghetti dinner, complete with home made bread. After we ate, we exchanged our gifts. As you can see from the picture, we were all very spoiled!
From grandma Bev and grandpa John, Liam received a huge, and I mean HUGE, red wagon. It is the Hum-V of all wagons. Liam had so much fun being pulled around in it. He even opened the rest of his presents in his new wagon!
Liam received a neat play grocery store from Aunt Shelly and Uncle Brad. It counts and talks in English and Spanish. His Aunt Rae gave him a cool electric piano. Liam's cousin Jack had a lot of fun showing him how to play it and talk into the microphone. Grandma Kathie gave Liam a bunch of play food and a toy mail box. Liam loves mailing letters and learning how to "cut" fruit.
My big Christmas gift was a new camera. My one has been ailing and is six years old. Here are a few of my favorite Christmas pictures from the new camera.
Liam with cousin Jeremy.
All tired out from opening gifts.
Sadly, everyone had to go home all too soon. Only grandma Kathie stayed till Sunday afternoon. Liam and I did a little shopping with grandma Kathie on Sunday. Then we had to say goodbye to her too.
Monday afternoon I was at the hospital for several hours getting a HIDA scan for my gall bladder. The doctors failed to warn me that the test requires an injection of radioactive isotopes and that I couldn't breastfeed for 48 hours after the scan. This was definitely not welcomed news. The last thing I wanted to do to my son on Christmas eve was deny him nurses. Luckily we were able to make it through the evening just fine. He was in pretty good spirits before bed...acting silly and walking around with the laundry basket on his head.
We made it through a rough night. Liam was rather tearful in the morning because he couldn't get any milk from me. But we were able to distract him with the celebration of Christmas. Even with everything that happened last week, I was able to finish up the play kitchen that I made for Liam. He went straight to it to check it out. I think it looks pretty nice, especially stocked with all the great play food from grandma and that I made. The other big hits were the Tonka tractor and magna-doodle toys that we got him.
Later in the morning, our friends Alissa and Ashtyn came over to play. Liam and Ashtyn had fun playing with his new kitchen and finger puppets. They got so excited that after lunch they were running around surprising each other and screaming at the top of their lungs. They got themselves good and tired for nap time.
Though after Liam's nap, things went bad for him. He really wanted to nurse and was inconsolable. He cried and tantrumed for nearly an hour. Eventually we were able to distract him with his new tricycle from grandma Kathie (it was also what grandpa Mike wanted to get Liam before he died). Daddy put it together yesterday. Unfortunately it is a little too big for Liam to peddle. But Liam is so agile that he had no problem climbing up on his tricycle and pushing it around the living room. He also figured out how to ring the bell too.
Liam is doing better now, but we still have a long night ahead of us...wish us luck and we wish you a Merry Christmas!