Christmas Eve has always been my favorite day of the year. The magic of old traditions, gathering with family for great food (and way too many sweets) and the anticipation of Christmas morning building hour by hour…I’ve loved it all since I was a little girl, and having our baby girl this year makes it even sweeter. Over the last couple of months, we’ve filled this blog with holiday food and parties and crafts to (hopefully) inspire you all to have the most celebratory season ever, but a few of you have mentioned that you’ve missed your regular Phoebe updates! Our sweet girl is 4 1/2 months old (!!!) and well, she is our world. You’d think that maybe I’d get used to seeing that face peeking out at me from her crib each morning, or feeling the touch of her tiny hand wrapped around my finger… but it’s impossible. I’m filled with total, 100% joy every single time. Sometimes when I’m holding her and our eyes lock, she gives me her sly little smile and we both burst out laughing. Did you know that a baby’s laughter is the best sound in the entire world? She’s recently changed from a slim baby to a plump dimpled cherub with delicious little pudgy thighs that I just want to eat, and it’s crazy how fast she’s outgrowing her clothes. I shed a little tear each time I put away a onesie that’s suddenly become too tight – not because I’m sad over the outfit (though they are incredibly cute,) but because it’s tangible evidence that she’s not going to be a baby forever. But if there’s one thing that motherhood has taught me up to this point, it’s the importance of being truly present right now – not dwelling in the past or looking ahead – and savoring each moment that we’re given with the people we love. No matter where you are and what your season of life this holiday, that’s my Christmas wish for all of you. Being fully present and engaged. It really is the best gift you can give or receive, every day of the year.

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  1. 1
    jen December 24, 2012 at 6:47 am

    baby laughs ARE The BEST.ever!!

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    Karen December 24, 2012 at 7:25 am

    She is adorable! Merry Christmas!

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    Gail December 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Merry Christmas my Sweet Camille.This post brought a tear to my eye,I remember all the Christmases with you and Santa in the morning,What a wonderful blessing it will be this year with Baby Phoebe,

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    classiq December 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

    What a wonderful post! She is adorable, Camille! I wish you a very merry Christmas with your loved ones!

  5. 5
    Nicola Haggins December 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Beautiful! I love her!

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    Shannon December 24, 2012 at 10:39 am

    She is so absolutely adorable! So true about being present. Was just looking at Christmas videos of our now 10 year old when she was 2. Time really does fly, so cherish every moment. Merry Christmas!

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    diane smith December 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Precious baby! Merry Christmas & many blessings to you in the New Year.

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} December 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Precious baby! Enjoy every minute…in no time you’ll be filling out college apps! XOXO God bless you!

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    Katie Meyers, MeyersStyles December 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Fantastic post, Camille – and you’re so right about trying to be fully present and slow down to really enjoy each moment to the fullest! Wishing you & your family the happiest of holidays.

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    Phyllis December 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    You put a lump in my throat with this sweet post. So wise ~ and true. Phoebe is PRECIOUS. That little smile and those twinkly eyes. Happy Christmas, sweet Camille!

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    Soap Cartel December 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Nicely said, thanks for the amazing update! Happy Holidays to you all!