We had a white Christmas, but…

Christmas eve Noah was being a pill. He was whiney, contradictory and just plain onery. No amount of telling him Santa was watching helped. In fact, it made it worse. We went out to eat with Grandma and it got to the point where I was scolding her instead of him because everything we said was making matters worse and it was easier to tell her to knock it off than him. At one point she said to him "You are Mr. Contrary, aren’t you?" and (predictably) he said "No! I’m not Contrary!" Then he added "I’m Troncalli!"

I was chalking the behavior up to the fact that we had had three weeks of build up and hype for Christmas and now that it was finally here it was just overwhelming.

But…but…then at three A.M. Noah woke up and…barfed. All over. It was on him, the bed, the pillow, the quilt, even a little on the carpet for good measure. I got him cleaned up and for the next two hours he kept barfing. So, maybe the bad behavior was, at least in part, because he wasn’t feeling well.

Anyhow, he finally got back to sleep around 5:30 or so and slept in until about 9:30. He didn’t barf anymore but he didn’t eat much all day. A little milk and some crackers was about it. But, he did get to enjoy Christmas. It took him all day to open his gifts. He’d open one, play for about an hour and then move on to the next one. Between the late start and an afternoon nap and everything he finally opened the last one around 7:00. His attitude improved tenfold from the day before and we all had a nice day. It snowed and snowed and snowed all day. Grandma came over in the afternoon and we had a nice dinner. Santa had brought Noah a sled, but since he still wasn’t 100% we didn’t try to go outside and use it.

The zinger of the day…Santa left a battery operated Spiderman toothbrush in his stocking. Noah pulls it out of the package and announces "This smells like crap!" I had briefly left the room and Joe was laughing too hard to explain that crap is not a nice word. Then I smelled the toothbrush, and I had to agree with him. It had a very strong plasticky, rubbery smell to it. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Joe had *just* turned off the video camera seconds before Noah said it.

So, the big gifts were:

Blue Go, Diego, Go bicycle with training wheels

Playmobil airplane-it’s very cute and quite detailed. It has working doors, cargo compartment, bathroom complete with tiny toilet paper and came with a few people.

A real electric guitar complete with tiny amp (of course this was Joe’s idea). As soon as we think he is ready we will start some lessons. Not sure how long that will be. We already explained that this is not a toy and he can only use it when someone is supervising.

Punching bag. Also Joe’s idea.

Clickstart My First Computer. It’s a keyboard that allows him to play number and letter games on the TV screen. We got it to work yesterday, then today it won’t work. Sigh. 

Jesse and Bullseye dolls to go with his Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

From Grandma Sally a realistic stuffed monkey that responds to you with noises and facial expressions.

Here are some pictures. There aren’t that many since I was mostly manning both the camera and the video camera. I’ll see if I can get some video edited and uploaded later. Enjoy!

 

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