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Highlights from Babys First Christmas

Hazel's first foray into solid foods

Hazel's full-body cringe. Photo by Bill Holman

Well, we survived the flight to my in-laws’ house. I nursed during most of it, which worked well to keep Hazel quiet. Now we’re getting ready to drive back, because our flight this afternoon was canceled because of the storm in the Northeast (couldn’t be rescheduled for another three days). But before we left I thought I’d post the highlights from Hazel’s first Christmas–including a cute video.

1. Christmas Carols: When nothing else soothes my five month old, singing does the trick. And this week we found out that one song in particular makes her freak out with joy: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Particularly that refrain. Hazel was lying on her back on a blanket when her grandmother sang that carol. At the chorus, she smiled and moved her head back and forth, like she was keeping up with the rhythm. She did this just about every time. Her aunt Kathy called her “Little Stevie Wonder.” You can see a video of it here.

2. Wrapping Paper: At first, Hazel didn’t pay much attention when we were opening gifts; she pretty much slept through the first half of the gift exchange. Then suddenly she woke up and realized she could rip at the paper and try to eat it, too, which is pretty much nirvana for a five month old. Oh, and the adorable baby clothes and fancy baby gifts? Those were nice too.

3. Eating Real Bananas for the First Time: Despite what I said after the pants were scared off me at my infant CPR class, I finally decided to risk disaster by feeding her solids. Yesterday we fed her real bananas, mashed up. Hazel winced with every single bite–I’m talking full-body cringing, like she’d just downed a shot of whiskey–but then she’d open her mouth up again for another. I chalked this up as a success. (And, hey, we haven’t had to give her CPR yet.)

4. Sitting Right Up to the Table at a Restaurant: Hazel’s aunt and uncle gave us a handy portable baby “caddy” seat that attaches to the side of any table. We tried it at a restaurant, and Hazel seemed to love being able to see everyone and not be slumped or held on someone else’s lap. At one point, she grabbed a napkin and started meticulously wiping the table in front of her. I had to stop her before she licked the table. If the caddy turns her into a little cleaning machine every time she’s in it, just think of the potential!

5. Lots of Love: Best of all, she was surrounded by many sweet relatives who all competed to hold her, love her and tell her how adorable she was. She smiled even more than she normally does. … Her father and I were smiling, too, as we handed her off to her grandparents and saw a movie for the first time since she was born. (True Grit; I recommend it.)

Overall, this was a pretty great first Christmas. Too bad she won’t remember any of it!

More posts from Esther:
‘Is Santa Real’ Should You Lie to Your Kids?
Tips on How to Fly With Baby
Is My Baby Too Fat?

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