It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I love Christmas. I’ve always loved it, but it’s so much more fun now that I have a little one. Honestly, I don’t even care about exchanging gifts with Joe this year (although, I think we’ll be getting each other something small). I just want to throw everything I can into getting things for Lucy.

Part of me feels like I might have gone a little overboard but, considering I’ve only spent $30 on her gifts, I really think I did a great job getting some great deals.

Her “big” gift is a drawing table with chairs. We found this Dora the Explorer table at Wal-Mart that you can actually draw on with dry erase markers and then erase everything off. It’s $10 cheaper in-store, which is awesome. She is going to LOVE this.

I don’t really do the Black Friday shopping thing, but this year on our way home from my parents, I stopped by our Kmart to see if they had any of the Mega Bloks that were on sale for $9.99. I think they usually run around $25 or so. I got the last bag (which happened to be the pink set I wanted), and we were in and out in about 10 minutes. Score! However, I accidentally left them in the kitchen when I brought them in a few nights ago, and Lucy found them. We let her play with them and were going to put them up and hide them after that, but she loves them SO much that we decided not to. At least I know it was a good choice!

Since Lucy unintentionally got one of her gifts early, we wanted her to have something else to open under the tree. I had read another blogger’s post about magnetic dress up dolls and how much her 2-year-old loves them, so we decided to get a set for Lucy as well. I think this will be great to take to restaurants and to church to keep her quiet. I used some Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks to get them from Amazon, so that cost me nothing out of pocket!

We also got her a magnetic hide and seek board because she is big into puzzles right now, which I also used Swagbucks Amazon gift cards to pay for, and an alligator xylophone, which I got with my Huggies reward points.

It’s not too shabby of a haul for $30. Pretty much all the gifts I bought this year were either through awesome daily deals (on Black Friday, I got 4 $80 necklaces for $1 each, which will go into the stash for next year) or with gift cards from Swagbucks. The less I spend out of pocket, the better!

A Visit to Santa’s House

Did you know that Santa lives in Cherokee County, Ga?

Well, he does, and this weekend we took Lucy to see him and Mrs. Claus. We were amazed from the moment we drove up and saw the light display in Santa’s yard. It was incredible, and little Miss Lucy didn’t want to leave when it was finally time to head home.

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We had to coax Lucy to go into Santa’s workshop by telling her there were lights inside. However, she tried to make a run for it when we got to the door, so we had to force her to go in. She calmed down when I told her she would get a treat after she saw Santa (because he was giving out candy canes), but when it was her turn to sit on Santa’s lap, she L-O-S-T it. I wish we hadn’t already printed our holiday cards because this picture is a winner.

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We took two other pictures. Want to see them?

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Yep. Not much different. I’m hoping next year will be the magic year when she won’t cry when we go to see Santa.

After we left Santa, we went back outside to see the lights again and then had to try to coax Lucy into the main house to see Mrs. Claus. That went just as well as the visit with Santa. Lucy was pretty calm when we were watching the train circle around the village that was set up, but Lucy wouldn’t go anywhere near Mrs. Claus. On our way out, though, she had fun looking in the different rooms.

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At the entrance to the main house was a Christmas countdown clock.

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We had a lot of fun, and Lucy cried when we left. She wanted to keep looking at the lights. I can’t wait to take her back next year!

Lucy’s 2-Year Stats

Lucy had her 2-year checkup this week. She is still a t-i-n-y girl. Tiny and tall. She weighed 23.6 pounds and was 34 inches tall. Her doctor said that you can determine a person’s height by doubling their height at age 2, and that puts Lucy at a predicted height of 68 inches, or 5’8″. I find that hard to believe because neither Joe nor I are tall, but there are some tall people on my side of the family, so I guess we’ll see.

She also had to get two shots — her second flu shot and her last Hep A shot. 🙁

Before we were called back, I had to fill out a questionnaire, which I later was told was an autism screening. One of the questions asked if I thought my child might be deaf. That’s not really a fair question since what child listens??

Lucy’s appointment went well besides, you know, the 2-year-old tantrums. Luckily, the nurse said that it’s normal behavior for these appointments. That didn’t help me feel much better, but it is what it is. I am just thankful we don’t go back until her 3-year-old checkup.