So we tracked down the paediatrician to do the final check on our newborn baby and signed ourselves out of the hospital. We surprised our family when we rocked up at my parents house... bringing the BEST Christmas present ever!
Hayden - Christmas Day 2002
Christmas changed in so many ways that year. Christmas had new meanings to me.
As we sat around, celebrating our new little family, I remember thinking to myself that this was what life was all about. A gorgeous hubby, a new baby... I was one very lucky girl.
I was a little sad that we didn't get a Santa photo for Hayden's first Christmas. Heck, in the madness of the day, I didn't remember to even get a photo of me with my two boys. But the memory is stuck in my brain. I guess that is when my obsession with Santa photos began.
The following year, I made sure I got a photo of Hayden with Santa. I was determined from the start to have my Children in a nice "smiley" Santa photo... without me! We would visit Santa numerous times to get used to him. I would go slowly. I wouldn't push them. I have been lucky that only a couple of times it has been a mission to "desensor" a child. A couple of years ago, it took me about 8 times of walking past Santa and waving, before Joshua would venture inside the Santa "enclosure". The first time he did, he walked in, and then right back out again. The next time he walked in far enough to give Santa a high five. A few more times and I finally got "The Shot".
Hayden's First official Christmas. This was taken on his 1st Birthday.
Hayden - 2 years old. Lucy - 7 months old.
Hayden - 3 years old, Lucy - 19 months.
Joshua cooking in my belly.
Hayden - 4 years old, Lucy - 2.5 years old, Joshua - 5 months old.
Hayden - 5 years old, Lucy - 3.5 years, Joshua - 17 months old.
These are BOTH 2008
Hayden - 6 years old, Lucy - 4.5 years old, Joshua - 2.5 years old, Oliver - 4 days new.
I was due to have Oliver after Christmas.
I dressed the 3 Little Reasons and had their photo taken on the 14th December.
Oliver arrived 5 days later. I was determined to get his first Santa photo taken, so when Brett picked me up from the hospital on the 23rd, I told him we were going late night shopping just to get the photo - even if I was in pain after having a caesarian.
Hayden - 7 years old, Lucy - 5.5 years old,
Joshua - 3.5 years old & Oliver just turned ONE!
Hayden - 8 years old, Lucy - 6.5 years old,
Joshua - 4.5 years old, Oliver - 2
& Camille 10 weeks.
& Camille 10 weeks.
Our Santa photo's are displayed in our Santa Album. The Five Little Reasons love flicking through the album.
Do you do Santa photos? Do you "prep" your kids or are you one that takes home a "screamer" photo?
More to come on our Christmas traditions... and of course, our 2011 Santa photo!