A parent philosophy I've tried to adopt is "Would I do this with my fourth child?" in an attempt to combat my tendency to over think things with Charlie. This may have trickled into typical first-child "firsts". Like, Christmas. I did not want to overdue her first Christmas. And in November, after our car situation transitioned from two cars to none, we decided "No Christmas". As in, no one was getting gifts. Then the week of Christmas the thought of Charlie (a baby, who is completely unaware...) not having gifts on Christmas made me really sad. So on December 23rd like an insane person I went to IKEA to get some last minute gifts, including some for Charlie. I'd like to think I would have done the same for a fourth child.
Again, because she is A BABY, she was completely unaware. But it was cute seeing her play with her new toys around the Christmas tree. The day was slow and uneventful, and just what we needed. A white elephant Christmas gift Christmas exchange and Christmas dinner.
The day after Christmas, we drove down to the South Bay to spend the afternoon walking on the beach followed by burgers in the city.
Charlie loved the beach. It made the drive with it just to see her crawl and play with the sand. And eat it. It was not evident how much she ate until the next day.