There is nothing quite as special as baby’s first Christmas. Or at least that’s what I thought last year. Because this year is all about second Christmases, and I feel just as excited – if not more excited – than last year. You see, at just turned 18 months, Baby Lighty is already his own little character, and I can’t wait to see how that character reacts to this Christmas.We’ve already seen more wonder in his eyes this year from the likes of Christmas lights. Last year when he was tiny, I really thought he’d enjoy seeing all of the twinkling and sparkling available in the likes of shopping centres, garden centres and Christmas grottos (after all, it’s a cheap Mum’s version of baby sensory, right?!), but actually, he was pretty nonplussed. Pretty twinkly things that only come round once a year?! Pfft. Who needs those when there are much more important things to think about like milk and napping?!
Well, this year, he’s definitely more interested in them. We can’t walk through a shopping centre at the moment without him pointing and exclaiming, “Mummy! Daddy! Wow!”. As you can imagine, on the back of his reaction to the lights he’s seen on shopping trips, his little face lit up just as much as the lights did at our local Christmas lights switch on…even a free glowstick that he was given was a wonder!He’s also much more able to get stuck in this year. It feels like there’s a lot of learning to be done when it comes to second Christmases, and the likes of Christmas crafts are a prime example. I know that most Mums dread craft sessions (glitter and paintbrushes and glue, oh my!) but as someone that’s always loved crafts but is notoriously rubbish at them, I couldn’t wait for Baby Lighty to get stuck into making masterpieces. Well, this year as we approach Baby Lighty’s second Christmas, we’ve given it a good old go. Baby Lighty still isn’t keen on getting his hands dirty, but will tolerate it once he’s seen just what he can create with his little hands, and as a result we’ve got some – erm – lovely presents to give to family and friends. We even had a go at our very first attempt at baking, and have been making fudge for all and sundry!
He’s also enjoying his first advent calendar. We’ve gone for a bog standard chocolate one this year, just to see how he reacts, but in years to come I really want to get a wooden or fabric one that we’ll fill ourselves. In an ideal world, I’d love to sew or create something myself, but we’ve already spoken about how rubbish Mrs Lighty is at crafts!
Then there’s the likes of all the Christmas music. At 18 months, Baby Lighty loves a good little dance, and all of the classic Christmas tunes and funky music on the Christmas adverts are capturing his attention. I think he thought baby group had come to our house when we had our little NCT get together and all of the Mummies broke into nursery rhyme in an attempt to get the little ones to sit still for a photo!
What’s more, Mrs Lighty actually thought her heart was going to melt when Baby Lighty sat on the stage and joined in with the bigger children during the nativity story at baby group. He was as pleased as punch to be sitting there like a big boy and joining in the singing and dancing. Between that and seeing how mesmerised he was by the puppet nativity in the church at our other baby group, quite how I’ll react when he’s actually starring in a nativity play of his very own when he’s bigger, Lord knows!!
Yes, it’s true that when it comes to second Christmases, he won’t know or understand as much as he will next year, on his third Christmas, but I still wanted to take him to see Father Christmas. I was excited to see his reaction to the big man! And as usual, it didn’t disappoint: he was completely suspicious of him and couldn’t wait to get out of his grotto, waving a cheery “bye!” over his shoulder as we left! Ok, so it wasn’t the peaceful reaction we had last year, but the comedy photo really tickles Mr Lighty and I, and when we later asked Baby Lighty if he had enjoyed seeing Father Christmas and replied with “yeah!”, we did have to laugh! And then, of course, there’s the big day itself. How will he react this year? Last year I must admit that even Mr and Mrs Lighty felt a bit overwhelmed by the end of Christmas day, with a 6 month old that had missed his naps because there was too much going on, trying to follow some sort of routine when it came to weaning and opening a mountain of presents for a little boy that was well and truly spoilt.
I have no doubt that this year will probably be similar – and may be harder still if we have a toddler that misses his naps this time and now knows how to throw a tantrum – but I just can’t wait to see the wonder in his eyes when he tucks into what will be his first proper Christmas dinner and when he realises that if he tears off all of that coloured paper, there may just be some exciting toys underneath!
So that’s why, in my opinion baby’s first Christmas is special, but this year, it’s all about those second Christmases.
And with this post, Mrs Lighty is blogging off for Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone, and thank you for all of your support of All Things Spliced this year! Without my lovely readers, there would be no All Things Spliced, so thank you all for continuing to read all about our adventures. I wish you all a very happy and healthy Christmas, and may 2017 bring all of the good things that you deserve! xxx