She must have her daddy's big teeth because let me tell you, these ones are doozies. They are BIG. I feel so bad for her because she is obviously really uncomfortable. Hyland's Teething Tablets help somewhat, but the gel form of Hylands really seems to do the trick with these latest teeth. Last week I did break down and gave her a little Baby Motrin on the doctor's "ok" at night because she just couldn't sleep. She took that Baby Motrin and was out like a light, so although I was hesitant it at least made her comfortable enough to get some sleep. I'll only use it when absolutely necessary though, like last night when she was running a fever, and will stick to the Hylands otherwise.
So, Lucy is getting her two front teeth for Christmas. Along with some other less important stuff too. We didn't go nuts with buying her presents because honestly, she's just a baby. She has a ton of toys and is always more interested in things like the empty tissue box or cereal container, which are currently her two favorite toys. What can I say, the girl is easy to please and apparently doesn't have expensive taste. So she is getting mainly stocking stuffer type things for Christmas-- a couple sippy cups (with straws which she is currently obsessed with), some spoons, several books and for her "big" gift:
The Lamaze Octotunes Toy
Oh man, this thing is so cute and each of its legs plays a different tone so you can actually "play" music on it. On the tag it even shows you how to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I love it! I might enjoy it more than Lucy as I'm anticipating she is going to go nuts about the boxes and wrapping paper and will completely ignore the toy.
Instead of buying Lucy a ton of toys this Christmas that she won't really care about either way, we decided to purchase extra gifts for my work's Giving Tree for the downtown Portland Women and Children's shelter. It made me feel really good that we were buying presents for children in need, children that weren't going to whine over not getting the latest electronic toy or a flat screen TV. You should have seen some of the Letters to Santa from our company Christmas Party, "Dear Santa, I don't believe in you anymore because you didn't bring me my Blu-Ray Player and Flat Screen last year that I asked for." Ugh. How sad, right?
For the Giving Tree one little 13 year old girl just wanted a purple umbrella, that was it. When I found the perfect, metallic purple umbrella for her I almost teared up because I knew she would truly love it. I could just imagine this little girl opening up the umbrella, the one thing she wanted for Christmas and being so thrilled and then that other child opening up his or her mountain of expensive gifts and being dissatisfied. It really made me feel good spending our extra money on the Giving Tree this Christmas and not starting Lucy out on a tradition of spending tons and tons of money just for the hell of it. I think one or two carefully selected gifts are so much more meaningful than a mountain of expensive stuff.
I'm excited for tomorrow. I love Christmas and we've really scaled back this year. We didn't buy a lot of gifts for each other but are just planning on spending the day at home (for the first time!) and will be doing the following: enjoying some amazingly good food prepared by Rob, listening to the last 24 hours of Christmas music on the radio, reading the Christmas Story to Lucy and then vegging out on the couch watching out favorite Christmas movies when Lucy goes down for her nap. How perfect, right?
What are your plans for tomorrow dear readers? Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. "
-Roy L. Smith
-Roy L. Smith