Christmas seems to have come around so quickly this year, and it feels like I've spent the last week frantically rushing around trying to get everything done. But finally the presents are all wrapped, the food is in the fridge, the house is all clean and I'm looking forward to celebrating with our families. As always, we are visiting both families on Christmas day; mine at lunchtime and Tom's in the late afternoon. We usually do it this way, and this year we don't want to deprive any grandparents of the opportunity to share in Giles' first Christmas. Of course, we will spend the morning together at home, opening presents and I imagine taking lots of photographs!
And then on Boxing Day my parents are coming to us. I'm not cooking another roast dinner, but we'll have cold meats, salad, pasties, that kind of thing. As we live near to town, we'll probably take a walk together and then just spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Giles turned six months on Monday, and over the past few weeks he has suddenly become able to do a lot of things that he couldn't before. He can say ba-ba and da-da, and we're getting close to a 'mmm', but it seems to be more in annoyance than anything else! His bottom two teeth have come through, he is eating finger foods, pulling himself up on anything he can get his hands on and he has started crawling. At first, he went backwards for a few days, but now he has mastered the forward motion too and nothing in our house is safe! It also makes changing him particularly tricky as he tends to crawl away when you're in the middle of things.
I hope everyone has a great Christmas, and gets to spend some time doing whatever you enjoy most over the holidays. I'd love to hear what you have planned, or any traditions you have in your family.