- What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
- Did you keep your new years' resolutions and will you make more for next year? From Last Year
- A bad habit I'm going to break: Eating when I'm stressed/bored/sad/celebrating
- A new skill I'd like to learn:
Well, it happened whether or not I was ready for it!
- A person I hope to be more like: Someone who can easily socialize with others
I have had to meet and socialize with many new moms to get out of the house and feel like part of a community. It has been very good for me and for baby.
- A good deed I'm going to do: Donate my time
Like...what time? I did end up making freezer meal(s) for new mom(s) in my area, and I stepped up to take on a role in my local parenting network.
- A place I'd like to visit: England
Again, pregnant. And then had a baby. Travel overseas for no reason other than to travel? HAHAHA.
- A bad habit I'm going to break: Eating cheese outside of meals
- A new skill I'd like to learn: Hand Lettering/Bullet Journaling
- A person I hope to be more like: Someone who can be self aware without feeling awkward about themselves
- A good deed I'm going to do: Donate to a Food Pantry
- A place I'd like to visit: An Alpaca Farm
Well, I did, haha. It does't get much closer than that! Otherwise, yes, there were a few other babies joining mine in 2016 :)
Fortunately, although I did lose many childhood idols this year, no one closely related to me passed on.
We went to PA for a wedding, and TX to visit with family.
A full night's sleep
April 8th, the day our daughter came into our lives. Of course, I already forget most of the pain and stress, but I will always remember how that tiny little person joined our family.
Having a birth that was nearly the opposite of my birth plan in every way, and still feeling as though it was everything that it should have been.
Just my big mouth...again.
My femoral nerve was damaged when I gave birth. I was unable to walk for days. I fell twice (hard). I laid in a hospital bed, needing everything to be handed to me, afraid to shower because I was a fall risk, seeing physical therapists and a neurologist in addition to the lactation consultants and pediatricians. My spirits were high—I had a brand new baby, after all, but it was tough. Thankfully everyone was supportive, and no one withheld her from me if I felt I needed her, because there was no way for me to take charge in that position. I finally left the hospital five days later with a full leg brace (never needed it, thank goodness), and a walker. I barely made it to my front door that first day, I had to pause in the middle of my lawn while my family brought out a kitchen chair for me to rest on!
Once I got home, I managed to fall a third time in our bedroom. There's still a hole in our drywall shaped like my backside!
We bought a Subaru Outback. I have never had a new car for myself, and it has been very exciting driving around in one of the top safety rated cars with my kid in the backseat (I am so cool!)
J, because when I wasn't 100% myself after our daughter was born, he took it upon himself to be present and he took more time off from work than I thought he would (and that I thought he would be able to). He made sure we were both taken care of.
Drumpf - many of the people who voted for him. And especially people who complained that those who "lost" the election were mourning the loss. Oh, I'm sorry that I have feelings. I'm sorry that I'm feeling exactly what you did eight years ago.
That brand new baby (and car)
Can I mention that I had a baby enough times?
Cecelia and the Sattelite by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness | Closing Time by Semisonic
Stress about things outside of my sphere of control.
With our Massachusetts family and friends.
Probably sleeping, because the baby isn't going to let us sleep in on January 1st!
Every single day, with my babe and with my husband.
I watched a lot of things on Netflix, but not one of them was especially memorable...remind me to answer this question when I have time to process shows again, instead of just consume them mindlessly.
I think that I've come to decide that "hate," even the mild pretend "hate," is a completely wasted emotion. This doesn't mean that there isn't anyone that could have made this list, just that I choose not to participate in this question anymore.*
*I have added an addendum to include the strong sense of dislike that I feel for people who mark up library books.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Little Blue Truck
An Outback, a Vacuum Sealer, This Circle of Neglect.
Oddly enough, snow. Last year was miserable, but this year we only got one snowstorm, and I had to snowblow our driveway being miserably pregnant because it was the one day J had a work trip this winter, and plow companies wouldn't come out to our house for such a small amount of snow (enough snow to keep me homebound, too little snow to warrant an emergency).
Amanda Knox, the Netflix documentary. It was illuminating, even to someone who was pretty familiar with the case.
I turned 32. I am sure that Jason and I had a nice dinner, but what I really remember was taking the day off from work, scrubbing the sink, and pampering myself all day long with a face mask and a foot soak (scrubbing the sink was nesting, gratifying, and something I do all the time now).
I grew a lot from it, but I can't imagine how different my story would be right now if I hadn't damaged my nerve in April. I still suffer from side effects from that trauma now, and it wasn't even "that bad."
A continuation of the maternity pants theme, until they stopped fitting (because the baby was out! Not the other way), then yoga pants and sweatshirts.
My husband, and yoga
Benedict Cumberbatch, America Ferrera
Just the election in general made me so unbelievably angry. I'm glad that I'm in a like-minded Massachusetts bubble, but I was appalled at how senselessly callous some people can be in the name of politics. Things that they would not normally say about someone are fair game as long as it's an us-vs-them argument and they neglect to remember (or care) that their loved ones are sometimes "them."
My grandmother, as always
My baby :)
Always close your mouth when a baby's mouth is near yours, because they just might puke into it for funsies and without warning.
Of all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you. - Andrew McMahon