Sorry for the blog silence! December was an ongoing adventure of sickness, Christmas preparation, and travel that left us with only time to just live life and not to stop and reflect upon it. Cooper kicked off the month with a stomach bug that killed his appetite and then caused him to throw up any food and milk he managed to eat. Call it optimism, denial, or naivete, but it took us two days for us to catch on that it wasn’t a reaction to food. We spent 5 straight days of changing bedsheets that were thrown up on, multiple wardrobe changes due to leaky diapers and vomit, syringe-feeding Cooper in one-teaspoon increments, and carrying and soothing a miserable baby. Once the stomach bug work its way out of his system, Cooper went for the bonus round and got another ear infection. This kid’s immune system will be made of steel once he hits preschool.
And because we are gluttons for punishment and insist that Maxon have an amazing experience day after day, we forged ahead on our plans for a zoo visit in the middle of December, despite a bitterly cold sunless day and what we thought was an “off-day” for Cooper who was actually in the midst of his stomach bug. Surprisingly, both kids did amazingly well and lasted the entire day without much complaint. We finally got to appreciate the indoor exhibits this time around, which we parents considered “warming stations”.
Even though we are not usually home for Christmas, and this year was no exception, it does not stop us from getting a real tree and spend a sentimental evening decorating the tree and the house for Christmas. This year, Maxon got to stay up a little later and help out! It was absolutely not efficient and seriously conflicted with my tendencies to have a very balanced-looking tree but Maxon had a blast.
Since we rarely celebrate any occasion on one single day, we started Christmas a little early and opened a few presents that the kids already received from some very on-time family members and friends.