NOW: One of my favorite things to do with Tim during the holidays is watch Christmas movies. So we own a LOT of them. This year, we decided that we should share this tradition with the twins! So, almost every night, we have been watching a Christmas movie with them. This is slightly against my better judgement because during the week, the only time I really spend with the kids is after dinner. And now I’m taking that time to watch a movie. But, it’s the holidays. And I’m watching it with them, so we’re still spending family time together. I just feel guilty sometimes I guess. Same feeling most working moms probably get.
Anyway, here’s what we’ve watched so far. We have so many, that if we hadn’t started early, we might not get through all of them. Plus, we like to watch our favorites more than once if possible.
On Thanksgiving, we brought Santa Claus is Coming to Town with us to Mema and Papa’s house. We had a sneaking suspicion that the next day while we were shopping, Mema would encourage the twins to go see Santa at the mall. So, it would probably be best if they knew a little about who he is. Here’s the link to some information about the movie, if you’ve never seen it. It’s cute!
It’s one of those that used to be on TV every year, and probably still is on ABC Family or something. But that just wasn’t good enough for us, we had to own the DVD.
But…….we’re going to have to re-watch it. When we’re at home, the kids sit with us and watch nicely, asking a million questions, but that’s ok. Well, it was a different story when there was so much exploring to do in a different house with different people, especially when Great-Grandma and Uncle Larry showed up. So they weren’t really paying attention.
Then, last Saturday, we watched one of my favorites. It’s VERY hard to find on DVD now…..in fact, my mom just bought it on Amazon for $30!!!! For a DVD!!!!! And now it’s up to almost double that. (from independant sellers because it’s no longer produced). We got it a while ago, so we didn’t spend nearly that much at the time.
Muppet Family Christmas!!!!! If you have never seen this you are really missing out. And it has everyone…..all of the Muppets; Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, etc. Plus, Sesame Street characters and an appearance by the Fraggles!!! And OMG did the twins love it! They have been asking for it nightly now……Puppets, with all the Friends?? So, I guess we’ll have to re-watch this one at some point too. Which we usually do anyway.
No matter what I have done as a mom so far. No matter what mistakes I’ve made. No matter what way(s) I’ve already messed my kids up for life. One thing is for certain:
I have done right by my kids because they like the Muppets. That’s enough.
On Sunday afternoon, we watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. And held our little stuffed Rudolph and Clarice while we watched. Ever since then, they’ve also pulled down two more stuffed Rudolphs I have…..that were supposed to be used as decorations (yeah, right). One of them is from Build-a-Bear I think….and we put in the sound chip in that has Rudolph’s voice.
However, they keep calling them kangaroos. For the past 4 days they’ve been inseperable…..especially Will……but they keep calling them kangaroos. No matter how much we correct them. They’ll say reindeer after you remind them. Like once. Then it’s back to “want to see how I go pee-pee, kangaroo?” or , “watch me eat carrots kangaroo”. It’s hilarious.
Sunday night was a bit of a VERY surprising flop. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. We thought this would be a big hit, considering their love of SS. They did like it, but didn’t LOVE it. Maybe it was the lack of Elmo? Or because it was an actual storyline? They did love the Ernie/Bert Gift of the Magi segment though. And they really loved seeing Snuffy because they have the stuffed version of him, but he’s not on Sesame Street much anymore.
They insisted on Puppets again Monday, so we chose The Muppet Christmas Carol. My second-favorite version of the Charles Dickens story. They loved this too, but were a little disappointed with the lack of Miss Piggy (I think Ariel is Miss Piggy, just not a pig).
Gonzo Charles Dickens and Rizzo made up for it though. A little.
Then, Tuesday; “MORE MUPPETS!! Watch a Movie, Mommy? Watch a Movie, Daddy? More Muppets???? All the friends?” This is what I heard all day(I had to take a day off of work because my dad had been with my mom at the hospital all night….she’s having a little issue with her eye. She’s fine though). Anyway. I told them they had to wait until Daddy got home, and as soon as he did they started again.
Thank goodness we have more Muppet Christmas specials. 🙂
The Very, Merry Muppet Christmas Movie was on tap for us next. It’s actually the only version of It’s a Wonderful Life that I’ve ever seen. And Tim too. No joke. It’s a relatively new Muppet movie, and was on TV a few years ago, but it’s still good. And there is plentiful Kermit and Miss Piggy, so twins were pretty happy. 🙂 They obviously didn’t get the whole “What if I had never been born?” idea, but they enjoyed it anyway.
Wednesday we went to the mall and didn’t watch a movie. Boo.
Thursday we actually had to wait to for Daddy to get home to make dinner. Usually I start dinner, but he was making risotto and that’s WAY too complicated for me to get started on. I took out all of his prepped ingredients and that was about it.
Anyway, that meant we didn’t have as much time after dinner for a full-length movie so we decided on How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Cartoon version, not live-action.
Of course, Mommy has a stuffed Grinch and Max that the twins could hold during the movie. Again…..they’re supposed to be decorations. Stuffed decorations? Not with 2-year-olds. They really enjoyed this one too, especially all of the cool toys the Whos have. And they literally squealed with delight when they realized the Grinch was “Giving back presents! Giving back food!” “Grinch nice now!”
More to come throughout the holiday season! Including some that Daddy and Mommy will watch by themselves. Not because they’re naughty, just more over-their-heads, or possibly boring from a 2-year-olds perspective (Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim for example). That’s good though, because as much as I am enjoying sharing this tradition with the twins, it’s definitely different than just watching them alone! Ha! This is now.
THEN: One of the good things that came out of my inability to go see my newborn children was how excited Tim was every time he came back from the NICU. He was bubbling over with excitement to tell me about them.
Especially when he realized that Ariel was turning her head towards the sound of his voice. I know that “studies show” that babies know their father’s voice by the age of 6 weeks. Ariel knew her daddy’s voice at the age of 16 hours. 🙂 I know it sounds ridiculous, but I witnessed it later that day. Every time he would talk, she would try to turn her head to the sound. It was the sweetest thing I had ever heard or seen.
I had delivered the twins Sunday evening. By Monday evening, I could go see them. I had to wait to have my catheder removed (oh so much fun!). Then the nurses had to move me to a different room on a different floor – the maternity recovery ward. I couldn’t walk yet, so they had to push me in a wheelchair. Tim helped move my stuff. And our friend Jay had come up to visit, so he helped too. I was just so impatient but trying to be patient. Like, I didn’t snap at the nurses to move faster…..but I was thinking it! Ha ha.
I was finally settled up in my new room. NOW can I go see the babies????? So, Tim took me down. I was in awe. The NICU was like nothing I had ever experienced before. First, Tim had to confirm who I was so that I could get my bracelet allowing me inside the unit. It matched Tim’s, and the babies had matching ones on their little incubators. I was told that I had to show my bracelet every time I came to visit them so that I could be let in by the nurse at the front desk. The door were locked at all times. We were allowed to bring in two other people per baby. Each baby was only allowed 3 visitors at a time. And, if it was too crowded in their room (the rooms each held 6-7 babies), everyone but the parents would be asked to leave.
We were also allowed to designate up to 4 people that could come in without Tim or I. Anyone else who wanted to visit had to be escorted in by one of us. So, we designated each of our parents. They could come visit whenever they wanted, but they could not bring in other people like we could.
It was all very complicated and secure. I was grateful and amazed by the efficiency of it all. But I was still very impatient. I didn’t care. I just wanted to get in the room and see where my babies would be living for the next few…..days? Weeks? Months? And I wanted to see them again! They didn’t seem real. More like a dream.
Tim had done a lot of the paperwork/procedure stuff the last 24 hours, but it still needed to be explained to me. *sigh*
FINALLY it was time to go inside. Tim wheeled me down the MILES LONG hallway. Not really, just felt that way. I wished he would RUN. We passed room after room after room, all filled with little teeny tiny babies that couldn’t go home yet for various reasons. I had been warned by Tim that the privacy was VERY important here. I shouldn’t linger by cribs that weren’t mine, or look too long at information tags that were hanging near the babies. But I couldn’t stop looking around. Waiting waiting waiting to get to the very end of the hallway where DogWood room was. Where my babies were.
When we finally got to their door we were buzzed in by the nurses and I held my breath as we went down to the two little incubators at the middle-left and far-left. I can picture it as if I’m walking it again right now. That was then.