From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

A New Year January 2, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 6:51 pm

Well it’s now 2013. I got my yearly roundup from WordPress on how much I published in 2012 and there was a significant decline compared to the last year. Yes, I was at home full time for 2011 and had a lot to write about. I still have a lot to write about but I find my days are so full, that by the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is fight with my crappy/dying laptop about photo placement. I think a lot of the blame falls on my getting an iPad at the end of the summer. That thing is so convenient for quickly looking up stuff and facebooking, emailing however it’s not the best for blog updating.  Anyways, one of my resolutions was to take full advantage of my blog in 2013 and that’s what I’m doing.

We had a fairly hectic Christmas holiday. We’re always scrambling around from one house to another wanting to make sure we see everyone. I haven’t seen my extended family on my mom’s side for a few Christmases now and it’s kind of got me bummed. There’s just too much immediate family to visit that it’s harder and harder to squeeze in additional trips. If anyone from my Clairoux clan is reading this though, I want you to know that I’m always with you in spirit at Christmas and that someday I’ll get to visit you (here’s also my plug for you guys to maybe push the Clairoux Christmas party to the 26th in the evening… just a thought! 🙂 )

Henry, as usual, got spoiled rotten. I broke out the camera for Christmas Eve at my mom’s then forgot to bring it with me on Christmas day. It kind of worked out though since I did the opposite last year. It was so fun seeing Henry play with his cousins and grandparents this year. He didn’t quite “get” what was happening, but he enjoyed himself immensely. Actually, the least fun he had was Christmas morning at our place. We couldn’t bribe him to open his gifts. He wanted nothing to do with unwrapping. I think partially it’s because we didn’t use wrapping paper this year. We were trying to go for an eco friendly approach and so he didn’t get to rip stuff to shreds. He loved receiving wrapped gifts at other places, so I suspect that’s what was going on. Maybe next year Chris and I can purchase some brown butcher paper or some recyclable paper.

One thing I’m happy for with the end of the holidays is the return to routine. These late nights and travels have been rough on the little guy. As the holidays progressed, his moods were more and more volatile where he’d be giggling one minute then crying the next, followed by bouts of hitting. I can’t count how many times we had to make him say “sorry” to either us or his cousins. Having Henry back at daycare where his days are scheduled will be very beneficial.

Me trying to explain to Henry about opening presents on Christmas morning.

Me trying to explain to Henry about opening presents on Christmas morning.

What Henry would rather do on Christmas morning, rearrange the fridge magnets.

What Henry would rather do on Christmas morning, rearrange the fridge magnets.

Christmas morning, trying to convince Henry to pull the toy out of the bag.

Christmas morning, trying to convince Henry to pull the toy out of the bag.

I need a break from all this activity

I need a break from all this activity

Niko being one sly dog

Niko being one sly dog

Chris causing trouble with Henry and Logan

Chris causing trouble with Henry and Logan

Goofing around Christmas Eve before heading out to visit family

Goofing around Christmas Eve before heading out to visit family

fascinated with the tree up until it came down on January 1st

fascinated with the tree up until it came down on January 1st

I've been very good this year Santa, I promise

I’ve been very good this year Santa, I promise

 

 

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