I almost forget that I did a post like this last year and how much I enjoyed looking back and reading it, even again now. It reminds me what a blessing this blog is, as a way to store our blessings, hardships, pictures and memories. Here's a look back at the highlights of this year . . .
In January, Addilyn turned six months old, which felt like a big milestone. Half a year as a mom! She also got really sick this month and it felt like a long winter, but I know God used those times to remind me to continually give my worries and fears over to Him. I wrote an honest post about how I feel about blogging, and still have most of those same feelings.
February. I wrote a post about marriage after having a baby. Chris and I were slowly adjusting to our role as parents and husband and wife. My new niece Annabelle was born and is the sweetest, happiest baby in the world! It killed me that I had to wait to meet her. I made it official that I wasn't going back to teaching this year and felt so happy to be able to stay home with Addilyn. That year turned into two and I'm so lucky to to be home with Addilyn!
March. I found my favorite pair of jeans that I wear at least two times a week. I wrote a post about my self image post baby. I made Addilyn and I matching sweatshirts, and was surprised it took me so long to make us matching outfits.
April. We took our first big family trip with Addilyn and stayed with my sister and in her family in Vermont. We met my niece and Addilyn had so much fun with her cousins. I decided to sign up to run the Chicago marathon again, after debating for a long time. I locked Addilyn in the car after loading groceries in the truck in the Target parking lot, and I still to this day leave a car door open until she's out of the car or I'm in the car.
In May I celebrated my first Mother's Day and it was wonderful. Chris and I celebrated nine years of marriage. At Addilyn's nine month appointment we talked about concerns with her lack of weight gain which started a few months of tests, worry and many chances for me to trust that God is in control. I also made a 13 by 30 list, which I still have a handful left, despite turning 30 two months ago!
June. I officially started marathon training and felt excited, scared and out of shape. Chris and I went to a wedding, where he officiated, and the comparison pictures of me pregnant and Addilyn now never cease to amaze me! I wrote about scaling back on blogging and how I struggle with finding a balance between all or nothing, and like always I was encouraged by your sweet comments.
In July we celebrated Addilyn's first birthday. So much of the month before I spent planning her party and making decorations and I really enjoyed it. Her party was so much fun and we felt love and celebration for our sweet girl. The night of her actual birthday we had a scary and traumatic moment that involved a 911 call, which followed by a handful of times where Addilyn passed out after falling the following months. Yet again, another lesson of giving my worries to God. I made a teepee for our basement playroom and we spent a lot of time down there!
In August my family went on vacation and stayed in a house in Canada. We spent a day at Niagra falls, and lots of time hanging out together. It was wonderful! During the trip I got to meet a blogging friend, who has since then become one of my closest friends. After very little weight gain over the last three months, our doctor had us do some tests for Addilyn that made me very stressed and anxious. Thankfully everything came back normal, and we put her on medicine for acid reflux, which seemed to help her gain weight.
In September I finally gave in to wearing real pants regularly, and accepted my new "mom" uniform. I started working harder at not filling our days with friends and schedules, and finding joy in smaller moments. I started redoing our dining room, living room and kitchen and shared the easiest pillow diy. I went to a paint nite and fulfilled a life goal, and want to go again! We got Addilyn's one year pictures back and I still look at them all the time and love them! Also it blows my mind how much she went from looking like a baby to a toddler over the next three months.
The biggest news of October is that I finished the Chicago marathon. I seriously injured my knee six weeks prior and really didn't know if I'd be able to do it. It became even more physically and emotionally exhausting than previous years, but was honestly one of my most proudest moments of my life and I'm so glad I did it. I put Addilyn in a pumpkin and she loved it. The pictures are some of my favorite ever of her! I wrote some Fall goals, which were a little hit or miss throughout the season. Even though Addilyn was sick, she was the cutest little lamb for Halloween.
In November I celebrated my 30th birthday. We went away for a weekend at our friends' cabin and had such a great time! I was nervous about the long drive there but it was definitely worth it! Thanksgiving week was great! My sister and I ran a 5K Turkey Trot, we got our Christmas tree and had a great week with our families. I made a new wreath and hello sign for our newly painted front door and I still love it everytime I pull in our driveway.
December. I jumped on the blanket scarf trend happily. The biggest news that I shared is that my sister and her family would be moving back home this month. They moved back at Christmas, and I still can't believe they are really here! We had a wonderful Christmas, and it continues to be so fun and exciting adding Addilyn into all our traditions and making new ones.
Reading through these posts is a huge reminder that this last year has been really good. We've had our moments of sickness and stresses, arguments and adjustments, but we are so blessed and truly have more than we could ever ask for. God is so good.