Saturday, December 26, 2009

Rafi's first Christmas

We had a lovely day, despite Rafi being a bit under the weather still. I woke up with a sore head and throat so I wonder if that's what is up with the little fella. We had to cancel plans to visit Jen, David and Sage, so we stayed at home. We took many pics - as usual!! - and it felt like a very special day. Cultivating memories that we can document is a really fun thing to do, so even though Raf will have no memory of Father Christmas coming for the first time, we'll certainly have stories and pictures (and blogs) to share.

Happy holidays, all.

Still in his sleeping bag, Rafi experiences his first Christmas morning!

Are those for me?

Showing Raf that Father Christmas has been to our home and left some pressies and a stocking :)

Father Christmas and Rudolph have been here... half eaten mince pie and carrot and a spot of (soy)milk.

Everyone's waiting to open presents. Come on mum and dad!

Breakfast first, son! Homemade waffles with blueberry sauce and yummy fruit.

Getting ready to open another gift.

Rafi did seem to like his new book, though he cried and was terribly ticked off when we took the paper away... he was much more interested in sucking the probably toxic wrapping paper!

Some time out from opening presents and some lovely, lovely shots of Rafi with daddy.

Rafis new giraffe from great aunty Linda

Helping mummy in the kitchen whilst daddy cleans the dining room.

We had English Christmas crackers which come with funny hats and not so funny jokes.

Another Tofurky (seriously, it is really good), roasted potatoes, mushrooms, and parsnips, peas, broccoli, mashed cauliflower with vegan cheese, Yummy.

One of Rafi's stocking gifts was a very lovely organic avocado :) He's not 6 months yet, and we were planning on waiting until at least 6 months to give him any solids, but frankly he seems to be desperate to eat. Really, desperate. He grabbed a handful of my salad, even, the other day. We are, though, planning on doing baby led weaning. Not weaning from nursing but weaning onto solids. I plan to write a blog about it as I'd love your feedback. But it basically means that you begin your baby on finger foods - no purees or cereals - with the goal of creating less picky eaters. Avocado seemed to be a good food to start with.

More interested in the plastic thing that comes with the highchair. Though Raf was very clever.. he would smush the plastic thingy into the avocado and then suck it off the plastic. I'm sure this is a) not very hygienic, and b) a bit toxic.

I thought I'd try and help him with a spoon. Well, he took the spoon right from me and started shoving in the avocado himself!! He did have the wrong end for some time, though!

I did good, mum and dad!

Very pleased with himself! Not much went in, I don't think, but plenty on his mush and clothes!

.. and in the bath Rafi went!

Kiltie and Sammy had their Christmas dinner, too :)

Granny and Grandpa called from Spain... here's Rafi and Horsey (Ned?) talking to them!

Playing with the beautiful soft horse he received from our friend Matt.

He likes to roll from his front to his back!

Opening some presents before bedtime. We took off the paper for Rafi as we learned from the morning's experiences that he doesn't like having the paper taken away from him!

Rafi bought me a lovely gift...

And he tries to....

eat it!


  1. Oh, what wonderful pictures! It sounds like you had a fabulous first Christmas with Rafi. I especially love the one of him with the boys. And the one in his bib after finishing his avocado. We missed you but are so happy to see you had such a lovely day!

  2. so so cute; he looks so chuffed with himself!

  3. Alex, after seeing your pictures, I am sure you had a wonderful Christmas Day! Pictures are awesome as always. Looks like Rafi starts everything with left it? Very happy to see the little man excited to have solids! I tried giving an ounce or two of vegetable juice but Raami hates everything else except MILK!
    Little horse is very cute :) And yeah what a lovely gift to Momma from Rafi ..loved it :) :)

  4. what a lovely day you guys had :)