This was Colby's first Christmas... all in all I think that it went well. She mildly freaked out from the number of people and was a definite momma's girl for the two days. But, overall, she was a great kid and all told us how cute and wonderful she is. The dress was a hit and stockings really aren't as hard as I thought. Christmas Eve was my mom's side party at my parent's house. For that party, she embraced her Polish side and ate a whole piece of keilbasa. Christmas day she slept in and missed doing the Christmas stockings. Mason on the other hand was wide awake and in our room to I'm sure wish us a Merry Christmas at the lovely hour of 8am. He had a blast opening up gifts and immediately dug into each toy. From gifts with my immediate family, we left to my Aunt's house for my dad's side of the family's party. Tomorrow we will round out the Christmas parties with the in-law's.
In other news, Colby is walking more and more with a max of 6 steps at once; she seems to be slowly easing into this walking thing. She has also learned to climb stairs (first time today). Not so much how to get down, but she has up. Also, she is running a bit of fever and not too happy about napping. I'm hoping it's just her molars coming in. Of which one molar has broken thru and the other side seems soo close!
Mason has learned the fun of the hopper- his Christmas gift from Colby. Most of the afternoon was spent hopping from one end of the house to the other. (Toys like this make me feel less guilty about not making it outside as often as I'd like.) He is also doing a better and better job of drinking from a glass. He's known how for awhile, but recently we've started to encourage it. Today is really the first day that he has done it without complaining; the child prefers the sippy cup. Also, Mason received a couple of workbooks that he is doing really well with. He's really getting into learning to write letters and form words.
We also want to congratulate the Balcerski's on the arrival of their new little one not too long before 8am today. Check out his blog for the story and couple of pics!
Now for Christmas pics... I remembered the camera, but not the charger or extra battery that was plugged into the wall. So, no pictures. However, if there are any nice folks out there that can send us CD of Christmas (marnie & meg, mom & dad) I would VERY appreciative!!
It's hard to believe that it's really been 10 months already! Colby continues to progress and grow. Her crawling is still odd. It's been said that she looks as though she has a broken leg. I kept thinking that as time passed she would progress to "normal" crawling, but alas, she has just gotten better at this crawl/scoot thing. She still however prefers to cruise furniture to get places which leads me to my next exciting news... She's walked! Not too much, but this past week she has done 3 steps in a row! Of course, nothing today. This is her norm. She likes to do things and then not do them again for a month. Silly kids apparently run in our genes. As far as food goes, she'll eat just about anything. She actually gets angry when you don't share the food on your plate with her. Also she can sign more, drink and I think eat. However the last is hard to tell for sure as her hands are always by her mouth lately. In fact, I think that she's teething again. There is a lot of munching on her fingers and her drooling level has increased. The most remarkable news, I actually bought her a dress for Christmas with tights! Though, I'm still not quite sure how this whole tight thing works with babies.
As always, Mason is doing well. He really enjoys all the Christmas stuff! We bought him an advent chocolate calendar; for some reason he's really good at knowing the date. =) Today he helped me wrap Christmas presents. His favorite thing, he got to play outside in the snow. So cute! And, as soon as we had the tree up he was bugging us to decorate it. The next step for him is to add some decorations to his room; I have some extra lights. In other news, he still loves school and is doing a really great job writing his name. Also he keeps trying to read, though so far, I think that it's just books that he's memorized.
For the rest of us... I've almost finished my Christmas shopping. Work is work. I have had some good calls on the ambulance and have gotten good assignments at UM. I feel continually behind in house stuff and sleep. I think that Kevin is ok, at least after a bottle of good wine. =)