I wasn’t going to do a year in review post. I find the first year after having a kid — especially being off work for that time — I tend to lose myself. But as I lie here in bed this morning, with M catching up on some much needed sleep that I hope will help her finally get over this cold, the last year still looked pretty good.
- We survived the rough months of intensive treatment for M’s feet. We started the year with a slipped cast, persevered through a double tenotomy, and cried through the first couple weeks of boots and bars. When we finally went down to nighttime wear only, it was like a huge weight was lifted off our shoulders, and we could finally start living rather than just making it through. And she has proven to be resilient through it all, sometimes even making less of a fuss than I did.
- Miss C? Thriving. It’s the only way to describe her life. Sure, her sister was hitting major milestones common to the first year of life, but C? She hit her share too. She potty trained, in retrospect, like a dream. She started preschool like a champ. And despite screaming anytime she was in auntie’s swimming pool all summer, blew me away when she re-started swimming lessons after the summer break, being so brave.
- I re-discovered my love of fitness and running and let myself make that a priority. I’m not sure my working schedule would necessarily allow it any other time, but the summer of twice a week boot camps, and three night a week runs, and a few other workouts in there for good measure? I never felt so strong and confident in my life.
- Scott started a new job in March, and while there are always bugs and crashes at the worst times in IT, he seems much more at ease about going in to work each day.
- I was glad to go back to work. I still have outgrown my job and I’m still not sure where to go from here, but I like having that additional purpose in my life. I like having goals outside of my house, and I like the idea that what I do matters. I still hate that someone else gets to spend more of my kids’ waking hours with them, but I also know that they are doing well and I am doing well, so we must be making the right decisions.
All in all, I’ll say it’s been a pretty good year, after all!