2014 in review

Im hoping that this coming year I can keep to a schedule of at least one post per week. This blog is mainly personal summaries of every day life for me, but I’d like to broaden my subject matter. If you have an idea of something you’d like written about here, please leave me a comment below!

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Another Year Over

With the end of another year fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about all the things that this year has embodied. It’s had some extreme ups and downs, but has really been a leap into a new chapter of our lives in the process.

At the beginning of this year we were six months into living in our first house, chasing around a 14 month old and trying for baby #2. By March we had found out we were expecting, taking a birthday trip to Monterey and Calvin experienced his first trip to the beach.

Mid way through this year we knew we were expecting a baby girl. We took an anniversary trip to the family cabin in Mendocino and made some lasting memories with the ones we love. At this point in the year, it had really been all high points. As the year went on, we experienced some lows. The passing of my granddad in England was a blow that I hadn’t expected. And following that, a tragic event on Curtis’ side of the family rocked us all.

Alexander Graham Bell is quoted as saying “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

I hope that we head into this new year with some clarity. There are holes in our lives that will never be filled, but they leave lasting memories that inevitably will follow us into this new chapter, and I hope will remind us to embrace every moment with the people we love, to focus on the upswing of our lives and to fully embrace the changes that have been and that are to come.

Who knows what is to come, what a strange and wonderful journey we are on!

To those reading this, I wish you the happiest of holidays and the greatest of New Years!

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New Addition

Since I last updated with a post about being overdue, we now have a new addition to our family! Mia was born at 41 weeks and 2 days past her estimated due date with quite the epic arrival!

On the morning of her birth, Curtis had been joking around that we should start doing some exercises to work her out, well I agreed to do some squats at around 7am before sitting down for a cup of tea. No sooner had I sat down I felt a weird pop but no fluid was leaking, but damn, the contractions started at 7:15 and just like with Calvin, they hit hard!

I tried to take a shower, which Curtis convinced me not to with the suggestion of getting to the hospital asap. I don’t know what I was thinking, but a shower just seemed logical at the time. By the time my mother in law got here, not 15 minutes later, I was on my hands and knees laboring in our hallway with poor Calvin trying to console me the best he could. We left right away, admittedly running a few red lights and about a block away from the hospital, I needed to push. I say this with all seriousness, that had I not had jeans on, the show would have been starting!

We got to the hospital at about 8am and in a flurry of activity from getting me in a wheelchair, straight into a room and a sudden influx of nursing staff, Mia was born at 8:06am, 8lb 9ozs and a set of lungs on her that signaled her arrival with a bang!

It’s been two weeks now since she was born and it’s definitely been an adjustment to have a newborn and a toddler. I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard. You forget about the sleepless nights, the constant eating, sleeping and poop cycle that leaves little break for rest. It’s so worth it though! Calvin loves his baby sister already and although he’s not been 100% his cheery self, he’s adjusting and is a great helper!

At 3am, I think that about covers an update. Time to nurse this little peanut again, change a diaper and hope for sleep!

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