Your baby’s first Christmas is a special time to celebrate. It’s a chance for you to begin creating new traditions and memories for your family. We recently sat down to talk to Devin Cobb about how she’s celebrating the holidays with her new baby.
How many children do you have? How old are they? What are their names?
I have two children, one boy and one girl. My son’s name is Dillan and he is two years old. My daughter’s name is Hayden and she is two months old.
Where do you live?
I live in Panama City, Florida.
How would you describe the personality of your two littles?
Dillan is a whirlwind of emotions. He can be happy one minute and will dance and sing with you and throw himself on the floor in a tantrum in the very next minute. He is very shy to new people but will also give anyone a hug. I call him a sour patch kid.
Hayden is just great. Right now, she doesn’t do much but eat, sleep and poop but she recently just started smiling. She smiles ALL of the time even in the midst of having a cold; she is super happy.
What holiday traditions did you have as a child?
As a kid, I always spent Christmas with my mom, my grandma, and two of my siblings (the brother and sister that lived with me). My parents were divorced so we were always just with my mom’s family. My grandma always had to work on the actual day of Christmas so we always celebrated on Christmas Eve. We would have dinner at a steakhouse - usually Lone Star and drive through the festival of the lights in Peoria. When we got home, we would open all of the gifts under the tree. Christmas day, my mom laid out the stockings and we usually spent that day watching movies or playing with our new toys.
What traditions are you trying to create for your family?
I started the tradition of matching family Christmas pajamas last year and sending out cards with a picture of us in the PJs. The card usually ends up at our family’s house late but it’s a work in progress. That is pretty much the only thing that we have kept for now the second year. We are still working on creating more traditions. One year we came back to Illinois for Christmas and I think in the next year or two we might go to visit my husband’s family in Virginia when the kids are a little older. I donate toys every year to Stuff the Bus drive here in town and when my son is older I plan to give him money to pick out gifts for another kid.
How will you be celebrating Christmas this year?
I will be celebrating Christmas with my husband and our kids. We will probably just relax watching movies, open gifts, and maybe go to a park if the weather is nice.
What is the most rewarding part of celebrating Christmas as a new mom?
Seeing how happy your kid is. I mean the gift doesn't even have to be that amazing for my son to go crazy over right now but I am soaking up the days where a $5 dollar toy truck will make his whole world because I know that won’t last forever.
What tips do you have for celebrating Christmas with a new baby?
Don’t buy any gifts. Seriously, don’t even worry about it. Put the money you would use to buy gifts in a saving account or gift card. My son gets so many clothes and toys from family members that I don’t feel the need to buy him anything around that time. We randomly get him things throughout the year. I’m really taking advantage of the time of his life where he doesn’t have an expensive wish list.
What toys and baby gear made your gift list this year?
Anything Paw Patrol for my son, he’s obsessed with it. He’s also a huge fan of trucks and cars. Bandana bibs for my daughter because she drools constantly. Some of my tried and true baby products have been the Boon drying grass for bottles/pacis, an Ergo baby carrier, Aveeno products, and several Target gift cards because you always need something else and everything is at Target.
How are you celebrating Christmas with your brand new baby? Leave a comment sharing your favorite holiday traditions.