To be honest, our December really wasn’t that fun.
This was the first time we have ever had Christmas with just our family and I really wanted to make it special. We bought a real tree, lights, ornaments and listened to Christmas music about everyday. It was magical until the middle of the month when we all got a tummy bug.
Blakely threw up in the middle of the night and Dad (MVP) helped her clean up and change the bed only to have her throw up again about 30 minutes later. The next day it was Dads turn to not feel well, and that night it was me. So we all took turns having our “not doing so well” time. Soon after, Ben had a sinus infection that seemed to linger. I thought my immune system was rocking it until I got sick to and it was worse for me. One night I was lying in bed and my ear started hurting. I tried to clean it out but over the course of 2 hours it completely closed off and even started to hurt my jaw.
So in addition to being 8 months pregnant and uncomfortable, I had a sinus infection and an ear infection. To make matters worse, I was also dealing with crazy restless leg syndrome at night. This is common in pregnancy and your body adjusting to the extra weight and stress. The best thing to do is to take it easy and to stay off your feet. Easier said than done!
It all came to a head on Christmas day. I didn’t sleep at all Christmas Eve and I was miserable. I tried to keep myself together for the morning while opening presents and making cinnamon rolls but I didn’t even go to church. Luckily, there is a lady in our ward who offered to give Blakely a horse ride which was pretty magical. It was actually a really nice day. B and Ben had a really great time and mom actually got a rest.
I decided to take things more seriously and conserving energy and staying off my feet. Since then things have gotten better and I have actually been able to sleep and recover from a cold. However, the sinus/ear infection took about a month to get over. So annoying…
Now onto the fun stuff!
Besides stay in bed, we did do a few fun things.
Blakely decided she didn’t love dance, so we switched her to Gymnastics which she is really thriving in. The teacher says “lets try this” and B will do it without hesitation. We also signed up for Swimming lessons up until May.
We went to something called Waco Wonderland. It was a Christmas themed fair. There was a tree lighting and fireworks! We figured fireworks in December was a much better idea than fireworks in July. In December they start at 6:30, and in July it’s about 10:30. It was pretty magical for B. She enjoyed herself.
We also went to the Zoo lights. We have a membership but for the zoo lights, they extend their hours and charge. It was a little expensive and a little underwhelming but this is coming from someone who grew up in Utah going to the temple lights every year. Again, B enjoyed herself.
We successfully avoided the Santa Clause conversation. And we really didn’t focus much on gifts. We got Blakely some swim goggles, toys, and that was about it. Ben got me a puzzle subscription which I am really enjoying. So satisfying for some reason. I got Ben an adjustable Kettlebell which he is using. So all in all, a successful Christmas season besides feeling so sick.
Next month is my 9 month mark and I am ready!