All of my cousins and their spouses children on my dad's side
Last year, there was a hole in my heart during our Christmas gatherings. I felt so torn being a part of all of the Christmas get-togethers - which were much more subdued than usual, as all of our family members were grieving with us about Brenna's severe condition - while Brenna was lying alone very sick in the hospital. I had to force myself to just try to enjoy the festivities.
This year, the mood was light. Everyone was joyful. And our Christmas celebrations felt so complete with Brenna there.
Adam (6 months) and Brenna (12 months)
Brenna did think that he was trying to bully her, though, when all he wanted was a little cousin hug, and she turned into a bit of a drama queen :)
Brenna loves to watch older kids, but isn't sure what to make of other babies.
Stare-down with cousin Bonnie
Grandma must be opening something good!
All of the family gatherings definitely wore us out though! Look at those sleepy eyes trying to concentrate on her new present :)