I didn't mean to take a little blogging break, but I will say it's been pretty nice. I've been soaking up the holidays and seriously enjoying the time off that Nick has from work, because baby back up.
We had the BEST Christmas. Now that we have a baby, it's important to me that she wakes up in her own bed on Christmas morning. So for the first time in ten years, that meant no holiday traveling for Nick and I. No packing, no traffic, no crowded train stations, no worrying about the weather, none of that. And it was really, really nice. Although that also meant we didn't get to see ALL of our families so that was a little bit of a bummer, but we'll figure out a better solution for everyone next year. But for Hadley's first Christmas? It was super special to make those memories at home.
Christmas Eve, we went to our church's evening candlelight service and that is hands down my favorite thing of the entire Christmas season. We sat by our neighbors and Hadley hung out with us for the service (she was entranced by the lights) and it brought tears to my eyes at the end of the evening when all of the candles were lit and everyone was singing. It always does.
Afterwards, we made a last minute to decision to stop by our friends house for appetizers. It's so great when friends become like your family, especially when you don't live super close to your own fam. We got home around 8, put the babe to bed, whipped up a little steak dinner and played Santa, getting the presents all ready. The first of many, many Christmas Eves spent putting together toys!
Christmas day highlights: Hadley being scared of the wrapping paper, having my family over for brunch, making our own homemade spaghetti & meatballs (amazing), Hadley's epic 3 hour nap which allowed us to take a couple of our own and being able to finally finish this book, Brady digging into his bag of toys (we got him a water buffalo horn and he is obsessed), Christmas jams and Nick surprising me with the MOST gorgeous ring to add to my wedding stack. A little belated birthday/baby/anniversary and Christmas present all rolled into one!
On Wednesday we took a day trip to Chicago which - to be completely honest - kind of sucked. Hadley is super chill and almost always so go with the flow, but Wednesday was just not her day. We should have known when we were 20 minutes away from home and realized we forgot the stroller that the day might be a bit of a bust. So yeah, we forgot the stroller, our lunch wasn't super great, a crazily over crowded mall, and a couple of interrupted car naps made for one cranky girl (actually two cranky girls). And let's not even talk about the drive home. In case you are wondering, YES it is entirely possible for a baby to cry (scream) for almost the entire two and a half hour ride.
But hey, by the next morning she was back to her happy self. And just in time because mom and dad are almost off to DALLAS! Our alma mater made it to the Cotton Bowl and this is literally once in a lifetime, so we're headed down there with all of our friends on New Years Eve. Hads is staying home with my family, so wish me luck leaving her - and GO BRONCOS! See you in 2017!