Last year, this time we were in California with May. What seemed like an ideal Christmas – my family, sunshine, 20 pools within a five minute walk of my bedroom – turned into a nightmare with May jet-lagged and teething. She was in excruciating pain. She wouldn’t eat for over a week. Finally, in week two I turned to that Jewish saviour, Matzoh Ball Soup (sort of chicken broth with a massive dumpling – trust me, if you were Jewish you would get it.) I don’t get to see my family that often, and it was my first Christmas with them for years, a decade maybe. So it was all the more disappointing.
Not surprisingly we hoped for a completely uneventful Christmas this year.
May received several presents from the
Special Needs Gift Guide – sorry, I meant Santa. Thanks especially to those people who suggested the Rody Horse, Glow in the Dark book (which she LOVES – pretty amazing considering her visual impairment) and the Bilibo. May received all three! Not to mention about 1,000 other toys. Musical toys. Books. Vibrating toys. Jingle bells. Everything you can think of. Between her and Ieuan they could open a new branch of Toys ‘r Us.
Here are some photos, starting with her asleep on Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!