Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 in Review: Blog Edition

JANUARY: The year seemed to start slowly because of the stillness that comes with winter and snow, but so much change was in the works. I accepted a new position at work, a position that would lead to another open door later in the year. It kicked off many months of long days and hard work. S was out of town most of the month, as he had been for months, and I was feeling lonely. But I took a quick trip out to Nashville to spend some time with one of my best friends. We saw a show, had a lovely dinner, and talked about music, marriage, babies, jobs, and life. It was good for the soul. Divinely good.

FEBRUARY: Not much happened in February. More of the same: Husband out of town, school, snow, long work days. I busied myself with movies, books, and "fun errands" like looking for records at thrift and antique stores. Oh, and we paid off my car which is a big win in adult world.

MARCH: Life started to look more normal with having S home. I was so happy to have him home and was overcome with gratefulness as I thought about how much trust I have in our marriage. We embraced the cold weather (in anticipation of another summer in the south). We made plans with family and were looking forward to seeing them over the next several months.

APRIL: Work was hectic. Really hectic. Everything other than work and school seemed to be "on hold" in April, but there was a good April Fool's story I had to share. Working in senior living gives me some of the best stories. :) We saw Cirque du Soleil's Varekai. We also hosted the first visitor in our guest room, my MIL.

MAY: We celebrated three years of marriage... by having a perfectly normal day. (God, that is so "us." Ha!) My parents visited, and we did a few things around Knoxville before I headed across the state with them to visit Nashville and Memphis. Such a fun trip! I ended the month attending a friend's wedding back home in San Diego and loving on my nephew at his 1st birthday party!

JUNE: I started June by getting knocked up (but didn't know for sure until July 2)! We drove to Kentucky to see The Book of Mormon, and it was so much more than I had hoped for! Hilarious! I also had extreme baby fever every time I FaceTime'd with my nephew. Actually being pregnant probably had something to do with that too.

JULY: I told S I was pregnant the evening of July 4th. It was a moment I'll never forget. I always knew that I would be beaming as I sprang some sort of coded surprise, but I was so overwhelmed with joy that I started crying! We hugged and let our heads spin for awhile. I laid low that month as we shared the news with immediate family... and morning/all-day sickness set in. I had to secretly tell my boss at work that I was pregnant, because it was difficult to hide the fact that I was constantly puking and looking like death served warm. He was very understanding!

AUGUST: I crept my way back to blogging -- and nearly burst at the seams when we announced that we are expecting. Although thrilled to have a little human occupying my womb, I was in a pathetic state of puking and sleeping and puking. And school. Always more school.

SEPTEMBER: This is where things shifted from being an "I'm delirious from the nausea and sickness" blur to a "life is changing so quickly" blur. I was approached about a promotion at work, I drove across the state to interview, I was offered the job, and then I spent two weeks deliberating and weighing the options with S. It was emotional!

OCTOBER: I accepted the job on October 2nd. We found out our little munchkin is a girl a few days later. October 21 was my last day at the old job, we moved to Memphis on October 22, and I started my new job on October 27. Whew!

NOVEMBER: Our little peanut started growing like a weed which meant I did too. I finished my last class of the year and decided to take the next two terms off to focus on my new job and oh, you know, have a baby in February!

DECEMBER: The beginning of the third trimester has been my favorite part of pregnancy so far. I feel great, and this little one is so active and strong. I get such a kick out of watching her move through my belly. We visited Graceland after I did my glucose tolerance test on a random Wednesday off from work. A few days later, a brief wave of violent illness landed us in the hospital. Thankfully, I was well within the week, and we kept our plans to go to San Diego for our baby shower (and maternity photo session). We were back in Memphis for quiet holidays at home.

2014 was life-changing for us, and it brought about so much more than we could have expected. But the fun's not over! Now that it's January, and I can officially say that our daughter is due next month!

I wish each of you all the best in the new year. Cheers to 2015!


Meg O. said...

Eeek! What an awesome year for you guys. I cannot wait to see you become a mom.... you really are going to be amazing. Happy New Year!!!

Marie @ Life is a Highway said...

What a busy year for you. It's going to be fantastic in 2015 with your human family of three. Embrace every minute!

Whitney H said...

Wait, you're going to be a mom next month? MY MIND IS BLOWN. I mean, I know you're pregnant and I guess that little kid has to come out at some point but WOW. It just hit me! haha