By Fi Morrison
Becoming a new mum is a joyous occasion for so many reasons. There are the obvious ones, such as having a tiny person to love, give lots of cuddles and snuggles to, and watching them grow and develop. And then there are the less obvious reasons, like having a reason to go to bed early at night, or having an excuse to do a LOT of shopping (for baby stuff of course!). But there is one thing truly delightful about becoming a mother, and that is the opportunity to share experiences and traditions with your new family unit. Traditions and events such as Easter.
Our son will be 8.5 months old when Easter comes around. At this age, he is definitely starting to show his little personality, being a lot more lively and well, fun. It's different to his first Christmas, when he was 5 months old and still a bit young to fully engage with anything. Now, he can sit, bang things, play with toys, ALMOST crawl and toddle around in his walker. There are plenty of opportunities for us to celebrate Easter with him. So what are we going to do to celebrate our son's first Easter?
1. BUY A RIDICULOUSLY CUTE OUTFIT
Because seriously, what else do you do with your baby on a special occasion?? Dress them up of course! I have been searching around the local Australian handmade stores and have decided on a set of white bunny pants that I can mix and match with plain tops (and will double up as cute winter pajama pants!). As I said before, dressing up my little boy is a favourite pastime of mine, and a great way to get into the ‘spirit’ of our first Easter together!
Sleeping Bunny Print Pants by Little Field Handmade
2. EASTER STORIES & BOOKS
My son has already been lucky enough to receive his first Easter present (not from us) yesterday. He got a copy of “That’s not my Bunny” by Usborne books. While it isn’t necessarily Easter themed, it has helped us to start thinking about the symbols around Easter and what they mean. We will also be getting some more Easter board books for him to explore, such as “Llama Lama Easter Egg” by Anna Dewdney, and “The Story of Easter” by Patricia A. Pingry. If you are looking for more suggestions, check out this great blog post here.
3. “EASTER EGG HUNT"
Obviously my son is way too young for chocolate, or for “hunting” and finding things. However that doesn’t mean we can’t do some great activities with him. You can purchase giant, plastic, fillable Easter Eggs from a cheap shop (they have them in Woolworths for $4 apparently!) and create a bunch of activities with them, such as Easter Egg shakers and a Easter Egg Ball Pit.
4. SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY
All families grow up differently. I honestly don’t have much recollection of my childhood (as I have a woeful memory!), but I don’t recall doing anything overly ‘special’ at Easter time. My husband’s family, on the other hand, went away every Easter with their cousins. This was a special family time for them that they still enjoy now. As our new little family, I can’t wait for us to spend time both as an immediate, close-knit family unit, as well as with the extended family. We enjoy having a lunch with the grandparents if we can, and that gives them time to enjoy the special moments and spoil our son too (which we know they will!).
5. KEEPING UP OUR OWN TRADITIONS (AND STARTING NEW ONES)
For my husband and I, Easter has personal significance due to our faith and beliefs. We attend church throughout the weekend, and we hope that that will be something we can continue to do with our son as he gets older. We are eager to pass on our family traditions and values. I do remember attending the Easter Show in Sydney when I was younger, and I hope to be able to take my son along sometime as well. We may also decide to start up our own Easter traditions as a little family, although we might have to wait and see what actually happens on the weekend for us to decide that!
I’m super excited to be able to share in another milestone “FIRST” event with our son. How did you mark your first Easter with your children, or how do you celebrate Easter with your family now?
- Fi Morrison (Mumma Morrison)
Fi and I admin a FB support group for new and pregnant Mamas on Facebook - come join us over at Find Your Village here – a truly supportive community of new and experienced mamas where you can vent frustrations or share your excitement in a space that is free from judgment. ♥ Cathy
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