Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet? Hanukkah starts Tuesday night and Christmas, of course, is next weekend, so in our home, where we celebrate both, it’s beginning to look a lot like Chrismukkah. The tree (a real one) is up and decorated. The stockings are hung by the chimney — well, credenza — with care, and the menorah is ready for its candles. On Tuesday, my parents arrive from Germany to finally meet their first grandbaby, something my mother has been looking forward to for … oh, probably forever. She and my dad (who I’m sure is also excited) will be here for ten days and if they manage to leave without trying to smuggle Jackson away in one of their suitcases, I’ll be surprised. My sister, who met Jack when she came for his bris back in October, will be here for a few days as well, and I, for one, am looking forward to having some extra hands to help out around here.
At two-plus months, the exhaustion of new motherhood is really catching up with me. Jackson is an easier baby now (well, with the exception of yesterday, which is a story for another time), but after ten weeks of being the sole caregiver during the day (and balancing this website, too, which has been a unique challenge), on top of sleep deprivation, I’m really, really ready for some extra help, even if it just for a few days. I think that that — and getting a chance to see my parents interact with my son – my healthy, happy baby son — will be the best Christmas gift this year.
So, speaking of good gifts, I’d love to hear what some of your all-time favorite (or least favorite) gifts have been. And what are you hoping for this year? And are you done with your shopping yet or just getting started?