Phoebe’s First Christmas

She awoke early, ready to tackle the day. The morning was still black outside. And the tree glowed colorful and quaint in the living room.

We laid her gifts out, unwrapped, to make it easier to identify & explore them. And also because I didn’t want to spend a ton of energy fishing wrapping paper out of her mouth. 🙂

Mama & Papa helped with the new instruments.

Only a few minutes into Christmas, and she already started to get overwhelmed by all the new things. Precious little baby.

After a little infant pottying (we do “elimination communication” with Phoebe), it was nekkid baby time! So much easier to explore the world without jammies in the way.

Hey, Mom! What’s going on???

The crinkly wrapping paper from Aunt Sara & Uncle David was a real favorite.

We put some clothes back on her, and it was time to enjoy the stockings. Phoebe was enthralled with her stocking stuffers: a stone giraffe & a fabric mirror, both from World Market.

Some happy family snuggles on the couch.

Excitedly flailing her arms up & down is Phoebe’s seal of approval.

After awhile, we moved into the nursery, a more familiar and calming environment. And we brought one toy: the new ragdoll Mama made out of a sock. It has button eyes and arms, and a bushy head of orange yarn.

These arms are great for teething!

Relaxing now with Mama & Papa. Out first naptime will be soon. ^_^ Overall, an exciting and heartwarming morning.

(We spent very little money on Christmas, and had just the right amount of stuff for an exciting morning. The doll was made with craft scraps. The World Market stocking stuffers were bought with a gift card & “$10 off total purchase” coupon. And the three Melissa & Doug toys were also bargains: the Shape Sorting Cube we bought at a “Borders Going Out Of Business” sale with store credit; the Stack & Sort Board is from, purchased entirely with a promo credit; and the Band Set we got from, on sale, and discounted further with promo credit from making previous purchases. Overall expenses under $20!)

By ekwetzel

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3 Responses to Phoebe’s First Christmas

  1. Sherri Erickson December 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    What a very merry Christmas!

  2. Carolyn February 3, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Found your site searching for good quality cheese from Costco. (Thank you so much for the list and reviews, btw!!) I love the rag doll!!! My little one is just a few months younger than yours and she would love this! Did you follow a tutorial or just whip it up yourself? I figured I can do most of it, except the button arms and hair. How did you do those two things?

    • ekwetzel February 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      Carolyn – I’m glad you liked the Costco cheese post. I should probably do a new one…I think their cheeses have changed a bit since I wrote about them last. They still carry Yancy’s at our local Costco, and all those cheeses are excellent quality.

      I whipped up the doll without a tutorial, and I’ve been meaning to create one to share my process with others. I’ll have to get that done!

      <3 Erin