It’s January 13th and only now am I grabbing two minutes to sit and record Tiggy’s first Christmas. Christmas is always a magical time of year made more so by having children and Tiggy has 3 older brothers who are aged 6, 4 and 3, the ages where excitement reaches fever pitch on Christmas Eve! This excitement coupled with it being Tiggy’s first Christmas made it all the more exciting and one we were very much looking forward to.
The run up to Christmas had all the usual hallmarks of a young family Christmas; decorating trees, Tiggy was fixated by the lights and had a real passion for trying to grab hold of each and every decoration, the boys all had school trips to see Santa, school concerts and Christmas discos and this year (last year now) we even squeezed in a trip to Lapland (post to follow) and Tiggy went too!
Christmas Eve a few years ago we started a family tradition of baking our own shortbread cookies to leave out for Santa and it must have been quite late in the evening when I remembered as I was trying to get a million and one things done at the same time while trying to keep the cookie making thing a big deal for the boys. The results were edible, just.
The boys went to bed, Santa visited and up we all got in the morning to race down to the presents under the tree, save for Tiggy who having been awake most of the night slept through to mid morning and missed the whole thing! Her Dad and I did debate whether to wake her but figured it more enjoyable to watch the boys open their presents in the absence of a grizzly Tiggy as despite her being quite happy waking us through the night, she’s not one to be disturbed once she’s asleep.
By the time Tiggy woke and opened her presents it was time for Christmas dinner. Having recently began the weaning process with Tiggy she was able to join in. We put one together for her and popped it all into a blender resulting in a wonderful almost liquid version, yummy eh?! Despite what it looked like and the thought of eating it turning my stomach, she polished off the lot and seemed to enjoy, even keeping her party hat on for the duration.
The rest of the day was spent in the usual wonderful chaos of Christmas movies, playing with new toys and generally enjoying until early evening when the boys were falling asleep on their feet exhausted from the excitement of the day. Tiggy, having woken later than the rest of us and having had a little nap in the afternoon was going strong well into the early hours of Boxing Day!
I know it’s some time away but given how lovely this Christmas was I can’t wait until her next Christmas when she’ll be up and running, well walking at least….