This Christmas was one of many firsts.  It was the first Christmas for us in our new house.  It was also the first Christmas that we had a live baby.  Therefore, it was Corban’s first Christmas, period.  Well, not exactly.  His first Christmas was technically last Christmas of 2007 (Lori was 7 months pregnant with him at the time), but he didn’t unwrap any gifts, so it doesn’t really count.  This was the first Christmas that we didn’t have to travel somewhere.  Although we would have loved to have spent it with Lori’s mom and stepdad, I have to admit that it was nice not having to worry about packing up and driving somewhere.  We were able to just leisurely enjoy the holiday at home without thinking about when we had to leave.

Not counted as a first, Corban was sick on Christmas day.  It was his first Christmas to be sick, but his second holiday to be ill.  The only other time that he has been sick was on Thanksgiving day.  However, he had a fever over Thanksgiving.  At least this time, he was only feeling under the weather.  Snotty and coughing, but no fever.  That’s a good thing.

We were excited about Corban getting his big gift this year.  We got him a Radio Flyer Rock and Bounce Pony.  We ordered it from Amazon and it came in the original box (not in an Amazon box).   We had it sitting under the tree for a while without wrapping it.  Corban didn’t know any better.  He loved to go up to the box and kiss the kids on it.  That’s one of his things that he does now.  He loves giving kisses.  So, we finally got it wrapped and couldn’t wait for him to open it up.  We just knew that he was going to be excited about it.  Not only does he love to rip paper, but he loves to bounce up and down in his Jumparoo,  so it made sense that he would love the pony.

ponyNot so.  When it came time to rip open the pony, it was definitely an anti-climatic affair.  We had the video camera set up, and the Nikon ready to snap picture of an eccstatic baby ripping through his big gift.  Well, he showed pretty much no enthusiasm.  He did a good job opening it up though.  But once he got done opening all his gifts, he looked like he was ready for a nap, so we put him back in bed and opened our gifts to each other.   From us, Corban got the pony, a Leap Frog elephant that sings songs, a monkey, a book and calendar (both from National Geographic).  From Lori’s dad and stepmom, he got some books, a Baby Einstein DVD and some money to put in his savings account.

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monkeypony4While he was napping, we put the pony together so that we could have it ready for him to ride once he woke up.  We saddled up his new monkey and waited for Corban’s nap to be over.  We brought him out and tried to get him excited about his pony.  Poor guy had a stuffed up nose and just kinda looked at the pony, then back at us – all the while, his tongue was hanging out of his open mouth so that he could breathe easier.  (Yes, concerned parents, we did try using the booger sucker to clear him up.  It didn’t help much.)

smilepony1At least once we got him in the saddle, he did show a little more excitement.  We tried to coax him to jump up and down by saying “boingey boingey boingy!” (which is what we say anytime that he jumps up and down.  He wasn’t doing much though.  But it did look like he was enjoying it.  He still has yet to voluntarily go up to it and try to get on it.  About all he has done with it recently is push it around the living room.  He’ll eventually learn though.  I’m sure before we know it, we won’t be able to get him off of it.  I’ll be fine with that.  At least it’s not the one that makes noise or music.  For his birthday, we’ll have to get him a little cowboy hat and some boots to go with it.

Later on that day, we headed over to Aunt Roni’s house.  Her family was there and they showered Corban with gifts.  Again, he didn’t feel good, but we made the best of it.  He made out pretty good – with clothes, a new teddy bear, a couple noisy toys, a dog puppet, an octopus that speaks 3 languages, and a new “smart” potty for when potty training time comes around.  This new potty will play music and dispense stickers that he can put on a chart once he flushes.  They didn’t have that when I was a kid!  Judging by all the gifts he got from Aunt Roni, Aunt Dora, Grandma Marti, Uncle Art, Aunt Erin and Aunt Kandi, he’s a very loved kid, without a doubt!

All in all, it was a good Christmas.  He still has Christmas coming from his Mimi and Papa (Lori’s mom and stepdad) and GiGi (his great grandma).  They are most likely going to be coming in town for New Years.  He’ll be excited to see them!  I’ll post more pictures then.  Until then, I leave you with some more Christmas  pictures.  You can click on any of them to see them full size.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, Corban was sporting the new outfit Aunt Roni got for him.  He was the most stylin’ person at the party!  Watch out ladies, he’s gonna be a heart breaker!

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