It seems like just yesterday we were still waiting on Magnolia (Maggie) to join us. Much has happened in the past couple of months around the house such as the custom cot ben built and the fireplace makeover, which I’ll be sure to blog in due course sometime in 2019. First, I thought I’d share a couple of snaps from our first month together and write just a little about our festive season.
Before I do I’ve been asked if I’ll share Maggie’s birth story a few times and no, I won’t be. I don’t think she’d appreciate her mum sharing those details when she’s old enough for the internet to play a part in her life. Though she isn’t absent from the internet we both enjoyed a relatively private upbringing with photos only shared between family and friends (and mostly not via the internet) so we’d like to give her some of the same respect. I’m still always happy to answer questions privately especially about our IVF journey.
Now that I’ve gotten some photos out of the way let’s talk the festive season!
It’s been a Christmas of firsts…
Most notably it’s been the first Christmas in our new home and the first Christmas with our daughter, Magnolia (Maggie). So, we thought we’d start a couple of traditions! My favourite being that every year we will find a living tree to use as our Christmas tree. After the holiday is done we can plant the tree in the paddock so that we will always have a little (well not so little… this years tree is a Cedar Duodena which will get to 20ish meters tall) reminder of the Christmas’s we’ve celebrated here.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
We didn’t actually get this year’s tree decorated until just a few days before Christmas but we still enjoyed a couple of nights of twinkling lights and an almost white Christmas atmosphere in our living room (I think that has something to do with the enormous fireplace that dominates the space). Given we have a newborn we celebrated especially quietly this year with just a couple of people dearest to us with wonderful food and a relaxed atmosphere.
Dozens of toys and books but only the twinkling lights really held her fascination…
Maggie decided she didn’t want to miss a minute, and who could blame her with lovely folk and a little golden retriever puppy to watch, so another day was spent without our newborn napping!
We made sure the furry family members didn’t miss out with special toys and treats for each of them.
Ben played the role of Santa Paws…
Favourite toys were happily fought over!
We’ve spent today (boxing day) still in some sort of food coma while Maggie catches up on some of the sleep she missed yesterday and while the hounds recover from the intense exercise their pint sized guest gave them yesterday.
Perhaps tomorrow, when we’ve recovered, we will plant out the first of many Christmas trees.