Christmas morning started off with a bang. Marino woke up at 4:30am and I guess either his teeth were bothering him or he just got scared because he didn't know where he was. Whatever the reason, he had a full blown temper tantrum for a good 40 minutes. Evan, my dad and I were all trying to calm him down, but nothing would work. Finally, he tired himself out and drank a bottle, watched Yo Gabba Gabba and went back to sleep. Needless to say, we got up later than we expected to open gifts!
My dad and Barb went all out with gifts for Marino (and Evan and I!) but Marino really wanted to watch Yo Gabba Gabba! Here he is checking out all his gifts...notice he has the remote in his hand...
Marino and his Pap
He loved these jingle bells!
Opening his Little People farm.
Barb was nice enough to take him outside to play and calm down a bit after opening presents.
I am very excited about all of my gifts! Evan got me this special necklace I really wanted (its a mama and baby bird). My Dad gave me a digital SLR camera, so I am looking forward to learning how to use that and improve my photography skills. He also got me a crockpot, so I am looking forward to cooking to new foods (starting with gluten free "fried" chicken in the crockpot this week).
After breakfast, we drove up to my Aunt Mary's house in Saratoga (2.5 hours from my Dad's). Yes, we are insane, but it was really nice to see everyone.
Here's Marino and my cousin Clare playing. Unfortunately, I think he wore on her nerves by the end of the day, but she was initally very patient.I love this picture of Clare! She was named after our grandmother, and she looks so much like her, especially in this picture.
Here's Marino cuddling with my cousin, Kim.Mama and Marino snuggling
Love this picture!
Clare getting excited about her gifts
My mom and my Aunt Carol (who will be a first time grandmother within the next couple weeks)
My stepfather Ray, Marino and my mom
This whole trip was not as easy as our last trip to NY, when Marino was 11 months old. He's certainly a lot more opinonated now, and seems a lot more thrown off balence with schedule changes. With it being Christmas, and travelling back and forth between my parent's houses, with new toys and presents everywhere we went, I think he was also really overstimulated. He also had a tooth cut through on Sunday, the day we came home, and he has two more pushing through on the top (incisors). It certainly could have been worse, but it was definately a bit of a challenge.