Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Hanukkah

We've officially made it through our first holiday with Elley! Granted she slept through most of it, but she's can now say she's celebrated Hanukkah and even has a number of presents to show for it.
Before she was born I knew she needed a My First Hanukkah onesie. I wasn't completely sure what size to go with, but guessed on a newborn with the assumption she'd be small. Thankfully that wound up being the case, and even more lucky for us she managed to keep in clean for a family photo. Again on the fortunate note, we even convince the boy to join us in a photo.
As for presents, there were a lot of clothes the first night.
The dress was from one of the boy's co-workers and wound up being what she wore to her naming. The two onesies were from me and the boy, and the last 3 items were from my dad who, along with my grandmother and brother, had flown in for the week.
One the second night we bought her a set of board books.
I may be a little obsessed with these little library books. Both our niece and nephew have received them from us. I will say it was a little difficult finding one that could work with either gender (I had pretty much all of our shopping done before she was born since I knew I wouldn't have time after), since most were either Sofia the First or Planes or Strawberry Shortcake, but I figured Sesame Street worked well either way.
On the 3rd night, Elley received this skwish which the boy found at Barnes and Nobles and decided she needed.
After all, it does have quite the math-y look to it.
On the 4th night, we again gave her a set of onesies.
The board book of Goodnight Moon was from my grandmother (her great-grandmother), and the other two books were from my dad's girlfriend.
On the 5th night of Hanukkah, Elly received her Sophie the Giraffe.
The 6th night of Hanukkah was the same day as Elley's naming. After such a long day I didn't quite have the energy to light candles (thankfully she's still little enough where she has no idea what's going on and can't complain) which meant we had two presents to open on the 7th night.
First there were dvds of How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2.
Then there was a Mensch on a Bench, the Hanukkah version of Elf on a Shelf. And yes, I realize this is completely commercialized and cliched, but I don't really care, and I know I'll have fun with it next year.
8th Night
Finally, on the 8th, and last night of Hanukkah, Elley received a set of BabyLit books from us as well as a silver dollar from her uncle (my brother).
8th Night's Presents
Of course while I'm Jewish, the boy and his family are not which means tomorrow she'll be celebrating Christmas as well. I'm sure with as many presents as she received for Hanukkah, they'll be even more for Christmas. Not too bad for a two week old baby, right?


  1. She is adorable and now has some adorable outfits!!!

  2. Loved seeing all of the Chanukah fun! The naming dress is lovely. What special days.

  3. She is so cute and I love all her clothes, books, and other wonderful gifts! What a great first holiday for her!

  4. I love all her Chanukah presents. We do "Mensch On The Mantle" after finding out about it through one of Kelly's Korner's linkups. I'll be writing about that next week but it works well for us.

    Also, Dave (my husband) read this post, and he loved all the math references :)

  5. She did pretty okay for her first Hanukkah!

  6. Looks like a wonderful Hanukkah! Even though I'm not Jewish, I love the look of the menorah. So beautiful.

  7. I'm so glad you had a wonderful Hanukkah!