Then we moved over to the couch so the kids could hold him...Baby Brendan looks a little worried about this idea...
Then it was time to put him in his new bouncy seat. Don't worry Uncle Chris, there's plenty of help getting him all settled in!
The kids actually had a blast playing with their new cousin. They held him a lot and really enjoyed making him smile and laugh. And Baby Brendan seemed to like it too. He slept through the night most of the time we were there - I think our kids tired him out! So, Uncle Chris and Aunt Ginny, if you want to borrow the kids for a weekend (you know, so the baby will sleep through the night), just let us know...I'm sure it would be a very restful weekend for you!
Although seeing Baby Brendan for the first time was very exciting, we also got to spend time with the great-grandparents, which we don't get to see nearly often enough! The kids really enjoyed playing with Mimi (below), Nana and GrandPatch! The girls especially were happy to have two more women to play dolls with!
As I said, the kids held him as often as they could. They had to wash hands first, so they would see Brendan was available (meaning not eating or sleeping, which as 10 week old baby he still does for most of the day) and run to wash hands as fast as they could. Abbey would say, "Mom, I have to go wash hands so I can pet Brendan!" I wasn't sure what she meant at first, but she liked to rub, or "pet", his head...
We got to FL only a few days before Christmas, so before we knew it, it was Christmas Eve and time to go to mass! Here are the kids (Juju slept through the entire mass) checking out the manger scene at Church. Thank you to Madgie, Patch and the great-grandparents for getting to mass super early and saving us some seats!
We had a special treat in that Aunt Ginny's family came down to spend Christmas with us too since it was Brendan's first Christmas. Part of their annual tradition is singing carols around the piano, which was very nice. We all really enjoyed this too! Luckily Madgie and Patch have a Baby Grand freshly tuned that Mr. Miraldi could play on while we all sang along (he even took requests!).
Daddy and Abbey enjoyed the singing too.