Time for the annual recap post!
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I watched my tiny baby grow into a full-blown toddler, right before my eyes. I threw a first birthday party. I took a baby on a plane – not once, but TWICE – AND took him out of the country for our first trip to Costa Rica.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Kind of. My resolutions from last year included losing weight, taking a family vacation, taking more photos, and throwing a kick-ass first birthday party for my little man. I lost some weight, but never made it back to my pre-baby weight goal. Then I got pregnant again. Everything else? Nailed it.
As for 2014, my plans is this: Have a healthy baby. Recover from my c-section. Work really hard to lose the weight. Save money. And enjoy life to the fullest.
I don’t need to have the most organized house. I don’t need to “eat clean” or “go Paleo” or “workout every day”. I don’t need to read 10 books, or travel to 5 different cities, or come up with a cleaning schedule, or go to church every Sunday. I don’t need to make a long list of detailed to-dos that may or may not contribute to my overall happiness and most likely won’t get accomplished anyway. I just need to take care of myself, my family, and enjoy each day of 2014 the best I can. And really hope that no one close to me dies this year. That would be great.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes!! One of my best friends gave birth to the cutest little boy with the biggest blue eyes you’ve ever seen in your life. She now has two boys, pretty close in age, and I dream of the day all of our boys are big enough to take on a trip together. It’s going to be complete chaos with 4 little boys running around, and I can’t wait!!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Once again, I have to check the yes box here. My wonderful mother-in-law passed away in July after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Losing my grandpa in 2012 was incredibly hard for me. But that was just me (and my side of the family, of course). Losing my MIL has not only been hard on me, but hardest on my husband, and when I think about my kids never getting to know how awesome their Grammy was, it just breaks my heart.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Last year I wrote: A promotion at work, a new SUV, and a smaller pants size.
My promotion finally came over the summer, and as of last night, we’re in the process of buying a new-to-us SUV that I am in love with! So all that’s left is a smaller pants size.
Then I’d like to add another healthy baby to the list and a slightly bigger bank account. (Hey, might as well throw it out there.)
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 20 – My first speaking engagement (at Type-A Parent Advanced in Philly). D and the hubs came with me so it was also D’s first plane ride and we made a mini-vacation out of it. He was a great little traveler.
May 12 – My first official Mother’s Day!
Week of May 30 – D’s first birthday parties. Yes, plural. We had one in STL for family and friends, and one at my SIL’s house in Ohio for hubby’s side of the family.
June 7 – My cousin’s wedding in Nashville. It was our first time there so we had a great time exploring the city.
July 2 – My grandma’s birthday dinner. We buried my grandpa on her birthday in 2012 so it was nice to do something happy this year since 2012’s birthday was ruined. (This was also around the time we officially started “trying” for baby #2.)
July 17 – Found out our little family would be growing!
July 26 – The day my MIL passed away. I was working at BlogHer in Chicago, and the hubs and D were exploring the city when he got the call. We never had the chance to tell her we were expecting again.
Oct 12 – A friend’s wedding in Colorado. We took my FIL with us for his first-ever flight and first time seeing the Rocky Mountains.
Dec. 14 – 22 – Costa Rican vacation
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I was pretty happy about my promotion but if I can be schmoopy for a minute, I’d have to say I’m most proud of how the hubs and I have grown as parents AND as a couple. He’s the best dad in the world, and he thinks I’m a really great mom, and those are the biggest compliments either one of us could ever receive, so I’m glad we honestly feel that way about each other. Parenthood has brought us closer together. Not to say that we don’t have our fights, but for something as challenging as raising and caring for another tiny human being, we each think the other person is doing a pretty fantastic job and admire each other for it.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Budgeting. Our finances changed significantly since late 2012 and yet we spent most of 2013 oblivious to those changes. Now reality has hit us and we’re finally cutting back on our spending habits.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just a nasty cold that stuck around for about 2 weeks in early December. The hubs had his wisdom teeth removed earlier in the year, but he recovered quickly. And I had a couple of moles removed for preventative purposes, but it was an in-office procedure that didn’t require much.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I’m hoping it’s our new-to-us SUV that we bought last night.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Traveling. Philly, Chicago, Nashville, Colorado, Costa Rica and several trips to visit my husband’s family.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Getting pregnant again and D’s first birthday parties
14. What song will always remind you of 2013?
What Does the Fox Say and Gangnam Style
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier. If for no other reason than I stopped pumping around January/February and finally felt like I got my body back. Wrecked as it was, it was all mine again.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter. But that’s only because I’m 7 months pregnant, so cut me some slack!
– richer or poorer? Definitely poorer.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
More exercise; more nice things for others.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spend less money; waste less time – be it on social media, the Internet, watching crappy TV or movies, etc.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
At my FIL’s house with my two SIL’s and our 7 nieces and nephews. After presents we ate brunch. That night my SIL watched D while the hubs and I and my FIL went to see Anchorman 2.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Let’s see… I didn’t read a ton of books this year but I did enjoy Gone Girl and The Cuckoo’s Calling.
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
I’m so bad with music right now. The only time I’ve really had the radio playing was when there was non-stop Christmas music on.
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I think we’ve seen maybe 4 movies at the theater this year. Identity Thief, Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games 2, and Anchorman 2. I’d say The Hunger Games was the best one out of all of those. Doesn’t look like I’ll have many opinions on the Oscars this year.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31. It was Memorial Day. I went to the cemetery to visit my grandpa and had dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Just like last year when I said not losing my grandpa would’ve made it the best year ever, not losing my MIL would’ve made this one 1,000 times better. It’s the only really bad thing that happened this year.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Comfortable, simple, solids. (Exactly what I said last year.)
26. What kept you sane?
My husband will always get top billing here, but my two best friends and my small group of “mommy friends” were also a huge help. There’s something to be said for finding friends in a similar stage of life. They get what you’re going through because they’ve either been there recently or are in the throes of it with you, right now. They know what a big deal it is when your kid hits a big milestone, and they know how sucky it is when your kid is teething, or sick, or just won’t go back to sleep in his own bed at 2am.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Never, ever, take your health for granted.