Doing: listening to Christmas carols and typing this one handed whilst cuddling my sweet babe. I thought about putting him down in his bassinet but these cuddles are so very sweet. I’ve become acutely aware of just how quickly time passes since Charlie joined us. I just want to freeze time already, he’s just growing so much! My baby isn’t a newborn any more.
Hearing: see above… Christmas carols. O Holy Night is my very favourite carol.
Making: whilst Charlie took a nap in his bassinet a little earlier today I quickly sewed him a stocking, well a sack to be more specific. I grew up with a Santa sack rather than a stocking and honestly presents fit much easier in them so sack it is.
Cooking: very little at present. I lost my interest in food when I was about 8 months pregnant and it is even more lost right now courtesy of an infection that stole my appetite when Charlie was about 10 days old. Whilst I no longer have to force food down eating is still such a chore at times. We hosted Christmas lunch for our families and I didn’t cook a single thing. Nothing. And I’m totally okay with that, which is perhaps even stranger. It’s like I don’t know myself at times right now. Charlie is teaching me all sorts of wonderful things. Previously I would have had a really hard time not cooking anything for Christmas lunch. But now I can let that go and focus on him and taking it easy instead. He’s good for me. When we planed the lunch before baby was born I was really excited as I’ve always wanted to host and cook a Christmas feast. Maybe next time hey? Thank goodness for lovely husbands and family who cooked us a lovely meal. I did make a loaf a gingerbread for morning tea with friends this morning and it was delicious. I couldn’t let the festive season pass without preparing any holiday food!
Drinking: lots and lots of water, breastfeeding is thirsty work. Smoothies are also a favourite breakfast or snack. Just like at the end of my pregnancy, I’m finding them to be the perfect way to fit in all the fruit, veg and energy I need. I do have a milk supply to look after.
Craving: I was going to say nothing, then I remembered my desire for cherries. There are some sitting in the fridge ready to be enjoyed tomorrow.
Reading: I got this beautiful cookbook from my parents for Christmas and am enjoying reading it. I was recently reminded of the plans Alex and I made earlier in the year to each read a new book every month and laughed. Neither of us have finished the first book we bought and that’s something I’d like to work on in the New Year.
Wanting: I can genuinely say nothing. I am so very content right now. Our healthy baby boy is here. We’re spending Christmas in our new home, just the three of us. We usually spend a lot of time around Christmas driving to see both sides of the family. This is the first year we’re staying put and I’m thrilled.
Buying: we need to pick up a lemon on our way home from church. I’m fully expecting to come home empty handed given the shopping storm that seems to occur on Christmas Eve but we shall try.
Looking: Out our living room windows at the lightning and rain. It’s storming right now and we’ve just had a heavy pour of hail. Oh I do love a good afternoon thunderstorm!
Playing: I intended to learn to play one Christmas carol on the piano this year. I laugh at the things I thought I might do in the time after he was born. To be fair, I could have gotten to a few more of them but I’ve been perfectly content putting my wants aside, or perhaps re-framing my wants and priorities, and snuggled my sweet babe instead.
Planning: the next 10 days or so. In a sweet surprise Alex now gets the days between Christmas and New Years off. I’m excited to have him home for those days and spend time with us and really see just how much Charlie has changed in these short weeks since his birth. Sure we’ve had weekends together but they’ve been filled with visitors and celebrations. We’ll enjoy the everyday together and that makes me so very happy. We hope to get out for a hike or two, get stuck into the blue room renovations, de-clutter the house and visit the pool.
Enjoying: swimming again! I went for a swim twice this week. It was glorious to stretch out in the water. I enjoyed those post exercise endorphins too. Walking is lovely but just doesn’t give me that same feeling. I’m not quite feeling back to normal just yet so I’ll leave running for a little longer. I’m itching to get back out though.
Loving: my baby ever so much and the family we have become. It’s been hard but so incredibly wonderful.
Pondering: the wonderful weekend we just had. We had our families over for Christmas lunch on Saturday, which was also our fifth wedding anniversary. We celebrated our anniversary in the evening cuddling our beautiful son, munching on cheese and sipping on a little red wine once bubba was tucked in for the night, well till 2.30am which is he’s pretty standard time to wake up. On Sunday dear family and friends gathered for Charlie’s baptism. It was a wonderful afternoon and deserves it’s own special post so that’s coming soon. Our hearts are so full and blessed right now.
Watching: Offspring and terrible Christmas movies on Netflix. We shouldn’t really waste time watching crap but we haven’t found a new series to watch on Netflix yet (recommendations welcome) and it’s nice to tune out to something before bed. But this habit won’t continue, I think my resolution to do some more reading will be a better use of time and good for my mind. And the Big Bash has started so we’re watching that most nights now, I do love a game of cricket.
Wearing: Much to my delight I think for the first time since starting these posts I’m not saying warm clothes. Summer has made it’s appearance so it’s dresses and shorts and tanks and I’m loving it.
Feeling: content. And tired, man am I tired but that’s to be expected. It also feels so special to be celebrating Christmas with our little babe. I’ve been reading him Christmas stories every morning. Today I said to Alex that all our babies should be born close to Christmas because it just feels so wonderful!