I apparently never wrote one of these posts last year, but I figured I should sit down and do one for 2011, considering it was so full of blissful and busy moments! It definitely deserves to be revisited. Here is a bit of what happened in my world during the past year:
January 8, 2012
January: The word for the year ahead was "embrace". I was enjoying my second month of pregnancy, although I hadn't yet broken the news to anyone but family and close friends. My older sister, brother-in-law and adorable nephew came for a visit. I held tightly to simple moments of contentment.
February: I reached my second trimester and finally introduced everyone to my little nugget! I caught every cold in the universe, which was fun. We made the decision to stay in our duplex, instead of moving somewhere bigger. I made a list of simple pleasures and tried a new craft that turned out only slightly awkward. Jay and I celebrated five years of marriage.
March: I felt the wee one move for the first time. I wondered whether we were having a boy or a girl…only to have the mystery last a few weeks longer. I worked incredibly long hours and tried to keep my chin up. Oh, and I made a pretty necklace.
April: Early in the month, I made a few confessions. My intuition finally kicked in, and I started to think I was having a girl. I shared a belly photo and some musings on the realities of pregnancy. Jay and I finally found out we were having a girl!
May: I took a trip to Virginia to visit my parents and two of my sisters, which was the greatest ever. I did a bit of crafting when I could, but felt generally overwhelmed with life. I wrote down a few promises to my daughter.
June: I was thrilled to have hit 500 sales in my shop! Hurrah! I shared my love of lotus bowls and succulents, as well as some of my favorite memories of my mom. I somehow survived what is now known as "the great couch shenanigan". I wrote about my parents.
July: As the size of my belly (and ankles) grew, I wrote about expectations, realities and pregnancy cravings. I QUIT FACEBOOK! (Yes, that deserves all caps.) I announced my decision to become a stay-at-home-mama, and the name we had chosen for our daughter. Two friends threw me a couple of the sweetest baby showers ever.
August: I couldn't believe my pregnancy was nearly done! Ahhh! I wrote thank-you notes and was the token pregnant lady at Jay's bar-hopping 30th birthday. I wrote some final thoughts on pregnancy. On the 13th (five days before my due date), Eisley arrived! I celebrated my 27th birthday with Pizza Hut pizza, my husband and a screamy/snuggly baby. Two weeks after her birth, I wrote down a few thoughts for Eisley.
September: I realized just how much my life had changed. Jay went back to work after being home with Eisley and I for a month, which was pretty hard. I shared my birth story and one of my favorite photos in the world. I became grateful for salted caramel ice cream, my husband's patience and cosleeping. I kind of missed being pregnant.
October: I shared my thoughts on my post-baby body. I did a bit of crafting, wrote many to-do lists, and turned Eisley into the world's cutest little flower for Halloween. I creeped you out with my ghost story.
November: I shared a few scattered thoughts, as well as a list of things I do to annoy my husband. I stressed out a lot and tried to make it through each day without completely losing my mind. Making some fabric necklaces helped. We enjoyed our first Thanksgiving as a family of three!
December: Eisley giggled that one time. I was able to create handmade gifts for almost everyone on our list, and even shipped out all our packages in time! I decided to send out Christmas cards for the first time in years, and shared some holiday photo outtakes. I tried to embrace a new hair color and shared some advice with one of my sisters. Christmas came and went and was absolutely fantastic.