Thursday, February 11, 2016

Christmas 2015

Finally starting to catch up on our blog! Having a baby and a toddler is no picnic! I will start with Christmas, my favorite time of the year! I thought, no better time to have a baby right? Hahahahaha.
I did finish school (earned my bachelor's and everything), so as soon as that shin-dig was over, it was time to start the festivities!

This year's Christmas card. Joey refused to look at the camera.
I went to the River of Lights for the first time this year. It is so beautiful. I was SO sure I would go into labor that night that we had our hospital bags in the car. At least the exercise was worth it for the sights. Thank you Grandma Hobbs for the tickets!

I forgot how big I was! So glad not to be pregnant anymore!
I see I already lost weight in my face as well!
Got to see our friends play in the bell choir! My friend Samantha
had her baby almost two weeks late. I shouldn't complain about 4 days!
Where Joey would have been all night if we let him. He loves his trains!

The next weekend we went to see Star Wars! I didn't think I would be around to see it having a newborn, but my body was stubborn! Later that evening we went to the Ward Christmas party to have Pop-eye's chicken and see Santa Claus! We needed our annual screaming photo!

To ensure I wouldn't spend Christmas in the hospital, I finally decided to have my waters broken and Eli joined us on the 23rd. 

Our hospital stay. Sam hates it every time, but this time was harder.
Harder because we had Joey! Siblings can now visit
 babies at Pres, and we wanted our family together.
Being in the hospital during Christmas is a special time:
Eli got a stocking to fit in and KOAT 7 came to film all the babies.
Click here to see the little clip and see if you can spot him!
 We came home on Christmas eve and had some company over. We saw Jacob and Shauna, my parents and Heidi's family, and then had Sam's parents over for dinner. A little crazy coming home from the hospital, but I wanted family to meet Eli, so there you have it.
Following in his brother's footsteps? 
Joey opening his Christmas PJ's. 
No pictures of the actual big day, but we set up a huge train track with new trains for Joey to enjoy on Christmas morning. We went to my parents, but stayed home the rest of the day (between a new baby and a bad rash Joey had on his face we felt it best). My dad gave us his White Elephant gift from that evening: a Gingerbread Train Kit. We thought we would give it a try:

But Joey liked it (for the candy).
 Lastly, our gift basket we got from Sam's grandma. It seemed pretty awesome until you opened it and saw how skimpy the company was on the goods. We loved the thought and there were still some good things in there. Thanks Grandma Pitcher!

I swore to myself I would never have a December baby again. Shortly after having him both Sam and I got the flu, then I immediately got mastitis after that, and Eli is rough on me in terms of nursing. This and it being a really busy time of year I was pretty frazzled for a while there. Thank you to family and friends who thought of us during this time!

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