Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What I'm Looking Forward to Most About Christmas.

First, let me start by talking about Christmas Eve 2013.

On Christmas Eve morning, our sweet Reagan Brooke, just 10 days old spit up and began choking.  I panicked and landed us trapped in the ER, then an ambulance, followed by a children's hospital.  Turns out, she was just fine... only had a plugged nose that needed a little sucking.

Your basic overreaction.

Furthermore, turns out that once you're at the emergency room, it's darn near impossible to get out.  Doesn't exactly bode well for Christmas Eve with a 2 year old at home.  And also turns out that when you take an infant to the emergency room at the regular hospital, they will automatically transfer you via ambulance to the nearest Children's Hospital, doesn't matter if the baby is just fine.  And three months later when you get the bill, turns out that is a darn expensive ambulance ride, and hospital stay.

So basically I ruined Christmas Eve, blew thousands of dollars, and forever tainted the memory of my daughter's first Christmas.  All because I couldn't take a step back, take a deep breath, and think rationally for 2 seconds.

So why am I just now writing about this?  Because I can only just now think about it without getting terribly upset at myself.

Which brings us to this Christmas.  Of course I'm looking forward to all your normal Christmas traditions.  The tree, the gifts, the lights, and so on.  But more than anything, I'm just looking forward to replacing those bad Christmas memories with happy ones.  I've spent an entire year being angry with myself for that snap decision, and I'm ready to let it go, put the past behind me, and have a wonderful Christmas with my family.

No hospital stays, ambulances, or thousand dollar bills included.

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