We are very grateful that we’ve been able to create some beautiful Christmas memories with James. Each Christmas has been the ‘Best Christmas Ever’ at the time. Here are a few of our favorites.
James was still in the NICU for his first Christmas. ‘Best Christmas Ever’ because, against enormous odds, he was here! Made even more special because I fed him for the first time Christmas Eve, and Daddy did Christmas Day. We didn’t know it at the time, but we’d be bringing James home in just two weeks.
James’ first Christmas at home was the ‘Best Christmas Ever’ because our sweet boy was home. We were grateful to celebrate his first Christmas in the NICU, but nothing beats waking up in your own home Christmas morning, with your little guy right there. We were able to experience a few Christmas traditions together, like decorating the Christmas tree and having photos taken with Santa. He was definitely not a fan the first time he met Santa, but Santa won him over in the end.
Christmas 2012 was the Christmas of Trans Siberian Orchestra. James saw them for the first time in Grandma’s room while we were decorating the house for Christmas. He was captivated right away and always signed “more” when the dvd ended. When James ended up in the hospital a couple of weeks later we played TSO for him, trying to bring some comfort any way we could. It’s been one of his favorites ever since. ‘Best Christmas Ever’ because Christmas Day was the day they finally told us, after three long weeks, that James was going to be ok. Doesn’t get any better than that.
We were so thankful to be home and healthy for Christmas in 2013. James loved the tree and the lights, and was starting to get interested in things like decorating sugar cookies and the gingerbread house. His Granny spent the night Christmas Eve, and we had a peaceful, quiet Christmas day at home. James wasn’t too interested in anything that showed up under the tree. The whole experience was a little overwhelming for him. Still the ‘Best Christmas Ever’ because James was healthy and home. We definitely don’t take that for granted with this guy.
This year was our first Christmas in Tennessee. ‘Best Christmas Ever’ because James truly enjoyed Christmas morning for the first time. His smiles, excitement, and curiosity were so precious to see. He loved having his Uncle Dennis, Aunt Tracy, Cousin To-Tie (Kendra) and Cousin Aiden all spend the day with him. The excitement continues….Cousins Kaleb, Gabe, and Addy are spending the week with us (and Aiden and Kendra joined us again yesterday)! Little munchkin won’t know what to do when they all leave next week. (Doctors’ appointments and his first day of school will be a good distraction!)
Many wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!