My First Christmas

Oh, wow. Look at all of you here! Mum and Dad told me that I had hundreds of people following my journey and saying prayers for me, but I thought they were just exaggerating. (They do that with my oxygen, too, you know. They tell me I’m breathing at 30% when I’m only at 24. I breathe better when I think I’m getting more O2 than I really am.) It’s so nice to see all of you here, and I thank you for cheering me on and helping my Mum and Dad get through some scary times.

They’ve been talking to me about Christmas since the day I was born—apparently there were a great number of you who kept wanting to know if I was going to be home in time for it—and when I realized I’d still be here in the hospital, I told Mum and Dad not to be sad about it, that we have many, many Christmases still that we can enjoy as a family, and that the holiday in the hospital wouldn’t be as bad as it sounds on paper. And you know what? Mum pulled me aside for a quick minute this morning and told me that of her whole Christmas day (which she promises was nothing like any Christmas she’s ever had before and hopes to never have again), her visit to the hospital was the best part of her day. I had a lot of fun, too.

Here are some of the highlights of my first Christmas. I hope you enjoy.

Grandma visits for the holidays!

I met my Grandma a few days ago. She took a plane from Ontario to meet me and spend Christmas with me.

Hello Kitty

Grandma brought me a Hello Kitty doll. I loved it very much and I don't understand why the nurses make it live in a plastic bag at the end of my bed. 😦

So pretty!

They moved me out of the big nursery and into a private room. Then they moved me to an even better private room! And who knew that I got to lose my tackle for the move?! Daddy didn't know! Good thing he had his camera ready! I look awesome!

Christmas Eve dinner by the Red Cross

After cuddling with me all day Christmas Eve, Mum and Dad went to have dinner put on by the Red Cross with other parents in the NICU. They told me they had a great time even though many of them felt "like they'd eaten something off" the next day.

I'm a penguin.

A girl Daddy works with bought me this funny penguin suit. Dad had to rip out a few seams in the feet and the hood to let my tackle flow freely, but I think I look like a pretty good penguin. You can barely tell I'm actually a baby!


Looking this cute is awesome, but exhausting. And if this "Christmas" business is anything like Mommy and Daddy have said, I'm going to need lots of energy to enjoy it. Sleepy time!

Santa's little helper

On Christmas Day, Mum and Dad put me in this awesome Santa suit. It's a little bit scratchy on the inside but fashion always wins out over comfort. Totally worth the discomfort.

My primary nurse.

Mum and Dad were smart enough to get the best nurse ever as my primary nurse. She looks after me every shift she works. Her name is Nurse Awesome and I love her very much. She sings Jingle Bells to me when no one is looking.

Meeting my boyfriend

Mum and Dad have been telling me about this cute boy who lives in the back nursery for weeks!! Yesterday Trajan was moved into the room beside me and I finally got to meet him. How exciting to see someone the same size as me!! He's breathing on his own now and will be going home in a few short weeks, but I like that he's just across the wall beside me. We already have our second date planned on the seawall in February. Just in time for Valentine's day...?

My view

Christmas was a very exciting day. Daddy and I took a time out to stop and enjoy the view.

Best family ever.

Mum and Dad were all dressed up for Christmas dinner at my great-grandparent's place. Because I was dressed in my Sunday best, too, I asked Nurse Awesome if she'd get a good family portrait for my baby book.

Four generations.

When Great-grandad came to take Mum and Dad away for dinner, I insisted we get a photo of four generations of my family all at once. Great-grandad is the only grampa I have, and I can't wait to curl up on his lap and watch hockey with him when I get out of here.

I’m just a baby so I don’t completely understand all of this Christmas business—who Santa is and how he gets around the world with his team of reindeer and why good kids get presents while bad kids get coal—but I’m sure next year I’ll be older and wiser and more prepared for the presents and the food and all the love and attention that surely will be showered on me. Mum is reminding me that it’s polite to thank you all for being so awesome and to wish you all the best in 2011. I can’t wait until we can all meet in person.

Love to all of you,

Nyana A.K.A. Princess Goober
I asked Mum and Dad to please drop the Princess Chub-chub before it gives me a teenage weight complex. I’m already eight pounds and well above my growth curve now. But I can handle being called Princess Goober, if only for a little while. I’ll also accept Princess Stinky Pants. Oh, and if any of my nurses happen to be reading this, the photo of Trajan and me didn’t happen, and you didn’t see anything.

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12 Responses to My First Christmas

  1. Jackie (jmm) says:

    Such wonderful pictures of a beautiful family. Thank you again for sharing this journey with all of us. Wishing you a blessed new year.

  2. tara says:

    I love it lol. You guys look just amazing in your family pictures. Princess Goober is sure looking good, especially as a penguin. Merry Christmas to you, Don and Nyana

  3. Juju says:

    She is eight pounds now??? Wow!

    Great pics!

    Glass half empty – Christmas with Nyana in hopsital sucks.

    Glass half full – Christmas with Nyana anywhere is still the best Christmas ever.

  4. Kim says:


    You are brilliant and beautiful and you are already taking on the best qualities of your parents. It is so exciting to see you doing so well, and i think it’s safe to say that everyone following your blog wishes every ounce of goodness that can possibly come your way. Thanks for dropping a line to let everyone know how you’re doing ;o)

  5. Linda says:

    Merry Christmas, Nyana

    In three short months, though in many ways they have seemed like long months, you have done a tremendous job at growing. You have taught us many things, such as courage, patience, strength and stamina but most importantly you have taught us all about the power of Love ~ with this power we can do and get through just about everything. I just want to thank you Nyana for giving me this gift of Love ~ the greatest gift that can ever be given.


  6. Olivia says:

    Those pictures are awesome!! Love the boyfriend picture. 🙂

  7. Mary Ward says:

    Love it! The picture of Nyana and Grandma is just precious. She’s holding on and looking right at her like “I know this person is someone who’s going to absolutely adore me!”

    Nyana, you just don’t know how much seeing you thrive and grow just makes my day and we haven’t ever met. You always make me smile, even on one of my sadder days.


  8. Anne Brackett says:


    You look absolutely beautiful in what ever outfit you have on. Next year will be more fun especially when Santa decorates the tree and puts presents under it after you have gone to bed. Right????

    Love Grandma

  9. Jennifer says:

    I loved reading Nyana’s blog as if it was her talking. Great pictures. It looks like Nyana had a good first Christmas.

  10. Sue (Watching2) says:

    Nyana! What a great entry! You are so very talented and you made me chuckle several times reading all about your Christmas! You all look so nice! You especially look adorable in that red velvet outfit! What we girls put up with for fashion, eh?! Our little guy sort of dressed up as a penguin, too. Well, he had one on his sweater and everyone said it was really cute. You keep getting better and we’ll have a big party when you get home, k?!

    Thanks so much for sharing all about your Christmas! Tell your Mum & Dad we think they’re pretty great, too! I won’t tell a soul about that “boyfriend pic.” Promise!!

    Hope you and your family have the best New Year ever!

  11. Lynn Duncan says:

    Nyana, you sure know how to celebrate a holiday and you are becoming quite the little clothes horse (that is a good thing!).

  12. Biscottiii says:

    Merry Christmas Nyana! You look absolutely stunning in those precious outfits. What wonderful family pictures, especially the one with 4 generations. Thank you for sharing your Christmas adventures with all of us, we won’t say nuthin’ bout the boyfriend!

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