Anyone wondering what Christmas will be like this year?

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Anyone wondering what Christmas will be like this year?

I know I may be in a little different boat than some of you since I am having this LO's 2-3 days after Christmas, but have any of you started to think what it will be like to do Christmas with a NB or being at the end of your pregnancy?

I am wondering how miserable it will be to travel from house to house to do Christmas when I am 39 weeks. Now I am hoping to go into labor around 38 weeks but as we all know - that's just wishful thinking, lol.

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I'll have a 3 week old if all goes as planned! I have already booked nb pics on the 14th, and plan to do very minimal decorating, and get all my xmas shopping done next month. haha. Definitely thinking about it....

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My dd was born in November so we had a newborn that Christmas. We usually travel to SC to visit my dh's family and we did that year. We won't be doing it this year though, because I just can't see traveling with a 3 week old nursing baby as fun at *all*.

We will go to my moms and to my Aunts on Christmas but hopefully it won't be so bad.

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"sugspop" wrote:

I'll have a 3 week old if all goes as planned! I have already booked nb pics on the 14th, and plan to do very minimal decorating, and get all my xmas shopping done next month. haha. Definitely thinking about it....

I had a dream last night that it was like Dec 24th and I had no gifts yet and was rushing around the mall. Ha. So I told myself this morning that I will start shopping in Sept. Dh does all our decorating so I am good there. Smile

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My dd was born in November so we had a newborn that Christmas. We usually travel to SC to visit my dh's family and we did that year. We won't be doing it this year though, because I just can't see traveling with a 3 week old nursing baby as fun at *all*.

We will go to my moms and to my Aunts on Christmas but hopefully it won't be so bad.

My DS was born Nov 11 and I didn't think it was hard at all to have a NB at Christmas. He was still in the "stay still in the carrier" stage and everyone wanted to hold him. So Christmas was a nice break for me actually.

However, you are right - traveling to SC with a 3 week old doesn't sound as easy.

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I've been wondering about this a lot.

The plans I have in my head:

-Christmas shopping done by Nov 1st, hopefully most of it online and directly shipped.
-Christmas decorations up the beginning of November (we usually wait till after Turkey day). No outside lights on the trees, just garland on the bannister and a wreath. Christmas tree inside and a few other decorations but I am going to try and cut back a little.
-Christmas is at our house this year, and anyone that wants to come can, but I will NOT be a hostess and I will NOT be cooking. If you want to eat, go out or use my kitchen and cook something for us all.
-Thanksgiving (36 wks prego) will only be a day trip to the in-laws instead of an overnight weekend.
-And taking down decorations will be someone eles's job while I nurse a newborn Smile

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I was going to post a thread like this!

I am guess-timating (based on my previous births) that this will be an early December, or even very late November baby. So here's my plan, lol:

1. Have all christmas shopping done by Halloween
2. Have christmas tree up by Remembrance Day (Nov 11, I think the US calls it something different?)
3. Get all gift wrapping (and baking, if I feel up to it) done before end of November

We'll see if I can stick to my plan! Blum 3 Fortunately we have no travelling to do, our family is all within a 45 minute drive. We usually do Christmas Eve with DH's family. I think we'll do Christmas morning just the 5 of us at home, open Santa presents and have breakfast. Then we'll see my family for Christmas day supper. I am going to claim the most comfortable chair in whoever's house we're in, park myself in there and nurse the baby throughout the day/evening while watching the big kids run around and have fun. Biggrin It will be a memorable one for sure!

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We had DS on 11/19, he was 6-weeks or so old. It was actually great! We had a wonderful excuse not to drag him everywhere and when we did, we brought his bouncy seat and he slept through the whole thing!

The only down side was everyone wanting to hold him. As a FTM I was quite a germ freak and I dreaded all the sniffly family members stretching out their germy hands to hold my baby!

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Nicole - Nov 11 is Veterans day. Also my DS' bday Wink

Fortunately we didn't have the best Thanksgiving last year so we decided that this year the three of us will do what WE want and not what our families want us to do.

Also - I can see me sending DS and DH to the families houses for Christmas so I can rest at home. That would be so nice!

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Fun thread!!!

I am excited beyond words for Christmas!!!! I'm due December 12th. Luke was 6 days late, so even if I go late again I WILL have a baby by Christmas! I'm really excited for that. Although I'm sure I will be a bit tired and still sore from delivery.

I'm wondering if we can get the baby baptized on Christmas.... I think that would be great.

I'm getting all my Christmas shopping done EARLY and mostly online. I want everything done and wrapped by December 1. We will probably get our tree that first week of December as well.

I'm working this thanksgiving... I will be a few days short of 38 weeks. Last Thanksgiving I ended up doing nearly 40 hours in 3 days :eek: There was a snowstorm Thanksgiving morning and we ended up with 18 traumas in 12 hours, it was a madhouse! And we still hosted Thanksgiving with a 5 month old. DH was amazing getting the cooking done!

I still want to do gift baskets for neighbors. We're in the middle of canning season. I think I will get 4oz jars and give everyone a jam sampler, and then I can make some muffins to tuck in with the jam.

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"fireflies11" wrote:

The only down side was everyone wanting to hold him. As a FTM I was quite a germ freak and I dreaded all the sniffly family members stretching out their germy hands to hold my baby!

I didn't even THINK of that!!!! I think I will be better this time too since it's my second. Also, Christmas will be with MY family, and I'm so much more comfortable with them! my MIL doesn't respect boundaries very well.

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At the last appointment I was told to expect them around the middle of November. I will feel more comfortable if we skip Christmas Eve with my boyfriend's family this year because of the whole germy mess thing and they'll get to see the babies enough anyway and it's rough schedule-wise to do an evening celebration and then drive up for a morning celebration with my family. Christmas Day (and a few more days) with my family should be good though since everyone has babies so I imagine I'll just pass them off and get my first SLEEEEEEEEEEEP (I mean in one-hour increments between whipping out the boobs, but still...)

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I was thinking about thus too since we usually host thanksgiving and christmas eve dinner at our house. I already told DH that I was not cooking thanksgiving he would have to and for christmas eve it will be simply a taco bar or lennys subs. I always like having christmas shopping done early and on standby. DH still insists that we will be able to go cut down our tree with a 2 yr old and newborn. HA HA!

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I've been thinking about this a lot. I want to have a tree, but we usually do it Dec 1 :confused: we will see how I'm feeling, but it might be a case where I lie on the couch and tell DH what to do, haha. We will probably go light on all the other decorations (I usually do a lot).

Christmas makes me a little nervous. We will have to go to both my parents' house and my inlaws too. I don't know how I am going to find the energy for it. I know at my parents' it won't be too bad -small, quiet family, no boisterous toddlers or anything haha, and it will be pretty easy. DH's family is a totally different story. Huge family, huge crowds every year, SO MUCH NOISE, and everyone want to hug you and be really touchy-feely :eek: I don't know how I will handle this with a newborn! I also don't want the germy hands and kisses and cuddles all over my baby.

Is it bad that I want to wrap baby up close against me in a sling, sit in a corner with my arms wrapped around him/her, and ignore everyone? Lol!!!!

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I have 2 "Christmas" babies (12/29/2001 and 12/23/2010). Christmas is chaos lol but it's loads of fun. DS was born last year on the 23rd and I went to my mom's only because she lives on the street next to me. Other than that... I wasn't going anywhere lol Shopping was done the day after thanksgiving, the tree went up 12/1 (and comes down in our house by the 27th since DD's bday is the 29th). I was completely ready to have a baby by the first week in December, that way I could relax and just let it happen.

Once they get older you have Christmas AND birthday's to figure out... and that's where the fun comes in Smile

Congrats to all you ladies Smile

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".hilary." wrote:

Is it bad that I want to wrap baby up close against me in a sling, sit in a corner with my arms wrapped around him/her, and ignore everyone? Lol!!!!

I want to add that this is what I did with DS this past Christmas. He was 36 hours old (I hate hospitals and didn't stay longer than 8 hours) and he never came out of his SleepyWrap. No one held him but they were welcome to look.... he stayed on my chest in his sling Smile

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".hilary." wrote:

DH's family is a totally different story. Huge family, huge crowds every year, SO MUCH NOISE, and everyone want to hug you and be really touchy-feely :eek: I don't know how I will handle this with a newborn! I also don't want the germy hands and kisses and cuddles all over my baby.

What works for us is that at times, I just stay home with DS on holidays while DH goes to his family's house. Like when DS was 1 he was sick and Dh went without us. But my family had all been exposed to DS that week anyway so I went to my mom's that evening with him.

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".hilary." wrote:

Is it bad that I want to wrap baby up close against me in a sling, sit in a corner with my arms wrapped around him/her, and ignore everyone? Lol!!!!

Not at all. You can do this or if you do decide to let people hold baby, make a big deal about hand sanitizer or washing hands first. Most of the time people understand this, but if they don't then they don't deserve to hold baby. lol

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I am feeling a bit anxious about the holidays. I have three kids counting on celebrations and I am not sure how I will be feeling about making a big deal out of them. I have started Christmas shopping. But I still have no idea what to do about family scheduling for the holidays. I think we will have the tree up Thanksgiving weekend, or earlier. and I would like stuff wrapped by Dec 1st, in case I am not here after that. I have so far carried my babies to my due date. But I am hoping to be a few days early this time. My mom will be staying with us....so that takes some HUGE pressure off of us for sooooo many things.

Also the part of my family that I am closest to is Japanese. So New Years is a huge deal. That is likely when everyone will meet this little man. I hope he is a bit early so we can still join in the New Years Celebration.

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I was actually just thinking about this today. My baby will probably only be 1-2 weeks old at Christmas, so the thought of trying to travel around to visit family while just learning how to breastfeed is kind of scary. I may just insist that everyone come to us. Also, my brother-in-law, as a "gift" to us, has decided to fly my mother-in-law up from Florida to visit us the week between Christmas and New Year's. So I will have house guests that week, which I am not feeling very enhusiastic about.

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Since our little guy is due December 26 I may be in the hospital for Christmas. I am also scared as DD birthday is the 28th. So I have alot of worries on my mind. I am hoping this baby is a little early so I will at least be out of the hospital for Christmas and DD's birthday so that we can at least celebrate the holidays. I don't want the kids to associate their baby brother with ruining Christmas....lol

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Well, I've already had a December baby before, but she was born on the 11th, so I didn't do any traveling or anything from place to place pregnant once Christmas day came. I actually didn't even leave the house. My parents came over and we did dinner and everything, but it was really nice! I know Trystan will be here by Christmas this year just like his big sister (as I'm due on the 1st!) so my plans are pretty much the same. Although, we have been kicking around the idea of going to Idaho for Christmas this year to be with DH's family. We normally go every Thanksgiving for the week, but since there's no way as I'll be in my 39th week that week, I suggested that we go for Christmas instead. It really all depends on the weather (the one road that runs through Nevada to Idaho is a two lane stretch that gets HORRIBLE winter weather) and if I can take that much time off of work.

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I am SO excited about Christmas this year! Smile

My mom lives 2 hours away, but ironically, last Christmas, we decided to have Christmas at my house this year. And DH's whole family lives locally so we only have to drive about 15 minutes. So, thankfully we won't have to do any major traveling.

I am also worried about all the germy hands being all over my brand new baby, especially since it will be during cold and flu season. I'm not sure how to get around this without looking like "that mom" that doesn't want anyone touching her baby.

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I'm not sure how to get around this without looking like "that mom" that doesn't want anyone touching her baby.

I know! I'm the same. My students already make fun of non-pregnant me for washing down my door frequently, forcing hand washing before anyone shares snacks, and I never touch a sick student's computer or pen. Blech. I'm forcing my boyfriend's entire family to get their TDAPs, so we'll have to caravan down to the drug store soon and get shot after shot before the babies arrive!

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I'm giddy. I never thought I'd be here in this place this year. Hobby Lobby has their Christmas stuff up and I'm dying to go buy the baby his stocking. We'll be going to DH families house and his stepsister is due at the end of this month so babies all over the place.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

I know! I'm the same. My students already make fun of non-pregnant me for washing down my door frequently, forcing hand washing before anyone shares snacks, and I never touch a sick student's computer or pen. Blech. I'm forcing my boyfriend's entire family to get their TDAPs, so we'll have to caravan down to the drug store soon and get shot after shot before the babies arrive!

Maybe teachers are germaphobes because they see how fast a cold can spread through a classroom and just how easily germs are spread. Haha. It seems like a kid will come in all snotty one day, and the next day, five more are all snotty. I have hand sanitizer in various places throughout my room and train my kinder-babies early on to use it! Smile

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As a fellow teacher I also am germaphobic at school, especially when I am pregnant. I chlorox wipe the door handles and my computer keyboard every morning. Also I always have a pencil in my ponytail b/c I don't like touching their writing utensils. Funny stuff.

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"katiek68" wrote:

I am also worried about all the germy hands being all over my brand new baby, especially since it will be during cold and flu season. I'm not sure how to get around this without looking like "that mom" that doesn't want anyone touching her baby.

Nicholas was born in June, not the most disease ridden season but I always asked people to wash their hands befoe holding Nicholas (or use hand sanitizer). DH's parents had the audacity to make fun of me for asking that but then when he went to the hospital at 3 weeks old (UTI, so not related to hand washing) they saw very quickly where I was coming from. Since then I have seen them make sure to wash their hands before handling any of their other newborn grandchildren so I think they understand the importance. I have no issues asking someone to wash their hands before they hold the baby. I always make a point to wash mine without anyone asking just because I would like the same done for me. I mean, it doesn't hurt and it only takes a minute.

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"HaganBaby" wrote:

I'm giddy. I never thought I'd be here in this place this year. Hobby Lobby has their Christmas stuff up and I'm dying to go buy the baby his stocking. We'll be going to DH families house and his stepsister is due at the end of this month so babies all over the place.

Funny you mentioned the stocking. I told my mom that we aren't buying Christmas gifts or a stocking for LO since she won't be here until after Christmas. I don't want to see it put away for a year before she really gets to use it. My mom said "well I am buying her gifts!" Ha - she won't be here! Is my belly going to open them?

As far as germs go, I had this sign on DS' car seat when he was a NB:

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The last two years I have hated being so far from family for Christmas but this year I'm glad. DH's parents, sister, & brother come every year for christmas but they are the easiest people. Its just 4 of them and they don't expect a big fancy dinner. His mom has already said not to worry about dinner. She is going to do the shopping and cooking when she gets here.

I've already decided no one holds the baby unless they wash their hands first and if I think they look or sound sick they won't at all. I see all the little babies at work that are so miserable so I will do everything possible to make sure my baby doesn't get sick.

I usually work and only have Christmas day off so I'm looking forward to having a real Christmas holiday this year.