Every Sunday we gather at my parents house for an "old school" family dinner. My boys play with their cousins and we visit with my sister-in-law and parents. It's a tradition I hope we can continue for many years to come.
This New Year's Eve we stayed at home with our boys (ages 2 1/2 and 2 months). We bought sparkling cider and champagne and had a Hotel Transylvania marathon. We taught my son how to say "Happy New Year" and clink glasses and we all made it to midnight. It was so much fun it might have to become a yearly tradition.
Don't feel like you have to have a plan or answer for everything. I thought I knew babies and children and had all these ideas of what we were and weren't going to do, but I quickly found out that sometimes you just need to go with the flow. Babies are mysterious little creatures.
How incrediblydifferent each child is. My 1st son was very difficult the first few months and needed constant attention. My 2nd son on the other hand is fairly laid back and is much more content just sitting or laying and watching the craziness unfold around him.
The first night we brought my 1st son home from the hospital my husband and I were co-changing his diaper (nervous first time parents) and our dog was also there to supervise (haha). Upon removing his diaper he peed on my husband and the dog and then proceeded to projectile poop on my hand and all over the changing table and wall. All 3 of us were officially initiated!