The Cave Triplets’ second Christmas was much more interactive than their first. We had just brought them home in time for Christmas last year, and they weren’t exactly mobile. In fact, their eyes weren’t fully developed yet, so they probably couldn’t even see what was happening around them.
It takes planning to get out of the house. We have to start at least an hour in advance. The party started at 11 AM, and we made it there by 11:30 AM…not bad given what it takes to load them in the minivan.
This year, we ventured to my sister in law’s house 1 mile away. This was great for a variety of reasons. For starters, it is really close in case there was a meltdown where we would need to go home. Also, being so close made it easy to run back home should we have forgotten anything important. However, with their impressive haul of gifts this year, Angelique’s brother made a separate trip to our house with all of the gifts as there was no way they’d fit in the minivan.
They got everything from more toys, a wagon, more clothes, lots of stuffed dolls, and things to ride on.
They are all walking now, with Emma joining her siblings on the fun just before Christmas. It’s still a strange feeling seeing them walking around now.
Grandma got them their own remote controls for Christmas. They were more fascinated with those than all of the gifts they received. I’m sure next Christmas they’ll be even more aware of all of the gifts and the excitement will build. They are a lot of fun to interact with.
I’m not sure where we will put all of this stuff they are accumulating, but it’s not a bad problem to have!
They all had good naps at some point during the party, and we packed it up and headed home later that afternoon. It didn’t throw their routine off too much.
It may not make much sense to folks when we tell them we don’t really need Christmas presents, as the kids are the best Christmas presents we could ever ask for. Before they came into our lives, there were many Christmases where we wished for a baby – if only it were that easy.
Next year they’ll be even bigger, and they’ll want to be more independent, so we all need to cherish these precious moments while they last. Soon, gone will be the days where they don’t mind being held, there will be no more warming of bottles, let alone diaper changing. So in some regard, they still need us. It feels great to be needed for those things, by the way. Before we know it, they’ll be grown, talking back, bickering with one another, and telling us how they can’t wait to be on their own. I’ll laugh when I hear that one – if they only knew what it took to have them!