Then came Christmas day! Romelie totally gets the concept of presents, by the way. No question about it. She clearly wanted to tear into every single present as quickly as possible, but she exercised enough self-control that we did, in fact, open gifts one by one. Romelie got some fantastic toys, clothes, books, blankets & pillows, etc., and Cori got a few similar things as well. Since I'm terrible at sending Thank You cards (my dad has encouraged me to do this since I was a kid, and I'm still lazy about it), please know that we are very grateful to all of you, even when we don't get to spend the holidays together in person.
We then did the whirlwind Christmas of visiting family, stopping over at my Uncle Larry's, my Uncle Mike's, and my dad's home to eat some delicious food and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I was especially grateful to my cousin Michael, a ninth grader who kept Romelie entertained for about an hour playing Lego's (he's a big brother, and a good one!), and to my dad who kept Romelie overnight so she wouldn't have to spend any more time in the car and we could get the house organized post-presents.
To finish off the new year...I had my post-baby appointment with Dr. McEvoy, and I'm all healed and back to normal. Well, not counting the 40 pounds I still need to lose...but all healed up from childbirth, at any rate. I have also (overshare! Don't read if you don't want to hear about birth control from me!) had a copper IUD implanted. Apparently they are a 99.9% effective, non-hormonal birth control method that last for 10 years. I wanted to avoid anything hormonal like the pill since I had breastmilk supply issues with Romelie and my doctor indicated they could be related, and I wanted something incredibly effective since at this point in my life, I do not want to have any more kids, and I don't really see that changing in the future. Yes, family and friends, I'm sad that I won't get to have any sons, but even if I had a third kid, that wouldn't be a guarantee, and the girls I have are pretty adorable (see picture), so I think I'll quit while I'm ahead.
And finally, we had a nice, quiet New Year's Eve at home. Romelie slept soundly in her big girl bed, Cori slept her first night alone in her bassinet peacefully, and Chason and I relaxed in the basement. I forced my lazy self to stay up until midnight, after which I promptly went to sleep.