Bad Santa

Bad Santa

As Clara’s second Christmas fast approaches it has suddenly dawned on me that my little baby girl is a baby no more. The past few weeks have seen her reaching so many milestones and her little personality is really beginning to shine.

Not only is she outgrowing her clothes quite rapidly, but she has well outgrown her car seat too. My lovely but persuasive wife, Barbara, has somehow managed to convince me that we need three car seats….I know….three!

We decided (who am I wife decided) to go for the Concord Reverso rear facing car seat for the Octavia, as Clara’s main car seat, after much research.

No complaints so far although closing the buckle can be a bit tricky at times, especially after a few pints! Relax, I’m kidding!

We recently purchased a Britax Romer Two Way Elite (TWE) seat for Granny’s car and the Britax Romer Eclipse for when we travel abroad and rent a car. Choosing a car seat is a minefield as there are so many different ones to choose from.

Clara got so much enjoyment using the car seat as an armchair while it sat in our kitchen before we installed it in Granny’s car, not to mention the craic she had playing with the box it came in!

I can already see Clara’s love for shopping. I was warned by my mum, when Clara was born, that daughters would be expensive! At the slightest mention of us venturing to our local Tesco store, Clara is straight over to the drawer to get the shopping bags, while excitedly shouting, “Bags, bags, bags!” She grabs her coat and harfie and waits excitedly at the hall door. She is a great little helper though in fairness to her.

Even when Barbara was trying on sunglasses in Sunglass Hut the other week, Clara wanted to do the same and try some on too. She began strutting around the shop like Victoria Beckham! What will she be like when she’s a teenager?

That same day, Clara got her first haircut. I was expecting a few tears but I managed to keep it together! There wasn’t a bother on her. She sat there quietly and just took it all in. They even gave us a lock of her hair and a little certificate to mark the occasion.

We recently attended a friend’s wedding in picturesque Lough Eske, in Donegal and Clara got to experience her first ever snow while we were there. There wasn’t a lot of snow mind you and she didn’t really know what to make of it but she had fun nonetheless.

She is absolutely fascinated with all the Christmas lights compared to this time last year and can’t pass a Christmas tree without closely examining the lights and decorations. We brought her to the Wild Lights in the Zoo last week and she loved it. Every second word was “Wow!”. It is worth a visit but a little on the pricey side for what it is. In saying that though, they did spend ages setting it up as we saw them beginning to assemble the lights at the end of September.

Clara is obsessed with Santa, or so we thought. Every time she sees the man in red she utters the words, “Ho Ho Ho." She even hugged a Santa cardboard display stand in the supermarket the other week!

We thought she would really enjoy a visit to the man himself but as you can see, she was having none of it. She wouldn’t sit on his lap for the photo and barely even wanted to look at him. Maybe next year. Although, to be fair to Clara, he was a pretty dodgy looking Santa and his brown hair was clearly visible under his hat. As we entered his grotto, I couldn’t help but notice his mobile phone quickly discarded down the side of his armchair, as if we interrupted him, with the Betting 365 app still open on it! The movie Bad Santa immediately sprang to mind! Santa's "gift" to Clara consisted of an almost comical, poorly translated animal book from China. Take a look for yourself.

What a difference a year makes! These pictures were taken last year. She seemed happier with this less dodgy looking Santa and his real beard.

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Rory Thynne


Rory Thynne

Well written blog, I’d say you have your hands full with her ???

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