Here we are into the New Year, a fresh start as I like to view it. Call me crazy, but I get excited about pulling out my new planner and opening up to not just a new month, but a new year! 2016 has been one of those years where I had to adapt to many changes, and if you don’t know already I tend to not handle changes very well (something I am trying so hard to work on).
Before I go into our year in review I have to share with you some real life moments from our Christmas & New Year’s Eve because everyone always asks “How was your holiday?” and I thought it would be easier just to write about it! 🙂
Well to start, we had an amazing time celebrating Christmas with our family up in the great state of Wisconsin! We are very blessed to have so many people that not just love my husband and I unconditionally, but also love our sweet little boy. I tear up when I think about how many people love and support us through our parenting. It’s more than any material gift could ever give. It was fun seeing Johnny “open” his gifts (quotations because mommy and daddy mostly opened Johnny’s gifts, he didn’t show much interest in the opening part, plus it would take forever!)
We ended up flying up North on Christmas Eve and Johnny was not very happy during the first 2o minutes of the flight. He just could not settle down or get comfortable. I honestly get so much anxiety flying with a baby because for one you have no where to take them when they’re just not happy and secondly, you just feel “stuck” with everyone’s eyes glued to your next parenting moves…(I know, a bit dramatic but it feels like that! Eventually I’ll get over that fear…). Believe it or not, it wasn’t myself that got Johnny to finally take a nap…it was my dear husband who always seems to stay calm in these situations, which is probably what helps Johnny to settle down. So if I haven’t said it already, thank you my dear husband. (he was the one that put Johnny to sleep on the flight back too!) If you would like a tip about flying with a little one, probably the biggest one is to try to remain calm and don’t let the anxiety/nerves get the best of you. (Also, ALWAYS pack an extra pair of clothes for you & your little one, you just never know…)
Sleeping & Routine
Routine is something that is long gone when you’re on vacation and visiting family, which is totally expected. I think I may have Johnny on such a routine that he doesn’t do very well without it, especially at night. We had a night where Johnny would just not go to bed, he was quite a fighter in that sleep department. My husband and I were so exhausted that my mom stepped in and helped us. I believe I remember myself saying “I don’t know what to do.” Of course I couldn’t sleep until Johnny was in bed, so there I was sitting on the stairs half asleep listening to make sure he was down for the night. Real life moment right there! Thank you mom!
End of our Trip
Johnny had a blast playing and visiting with everyone, but towards the end of our trip he started to get what we call in the motherhood world, blowout diapers. He had one right as we got to the airport (thankfully it wasn’t on the plane). So, that was quite an adventure! Not only that, but I realized Johnny’s first molar started cutting through, so he was just in all kinds of pain (being a baby is SO TOUGH!).
New Year’s Eve & Day
Well, those blowout diapers turned into diarrhea for the past few days (sorry for giving too much information). So we spent our New Year’s Eve in our cozy little home. Johnny went to sleep during his normal time and my husband and I didn’t even make it past 10pm! We did enjoy a cupcake along with a Blue Moon (I know, classy right?!) We’re just tired new parents! Plus, when you’re little one doesn’t feel well it takes double the amount of energy out of you. The very first day of a new year I spent trying to comfort my little boy. So, my house was a mess, I never made it into the shower, and I ate terrible food all day (lay’s biscuits and gravy flavored chips for brunch?! AHHH) At the end of the day though I think about how thankful and blessed I am to be there for my little boy, even when I’m exhausted.
Our Year in Review
2016 has been quite a year with sooooooo many new life changes. If you have been following along you may have read my post about “A Mom Managing Anxiety”, so you know that I have anxiety about many things, but this year I feel as though I was able to work through it and I accomplished so much! It may have a lot to do with being a mom and the fact that I really don’t have a choice but to be brave for my little one, I just have to do it! Here’s just a few changes that happened all within one year!
- We had a beautiful baby boy on January 15, 2016!
- I became a MOM!
- I adjusted to going back to work for a few short months after just 3 months of giving birth to my son.
- I quit my teaching career (which was a HUGE decision for me) to become a SAHM.
- We adjusted to living on just one income.
- I was very brave and started a blog to document my journey through motherhood!
- I actually started cooking & baking more, and started to find some enjoyment in it! (that’s huge for me!)
- my husband recently quit his job to pursue opening his own MMA gym. (we’re in the process of it right now and I’ll go into more details a bit later.)
OH MY! That’s quite a year!
Onto the NEW YEAR!
With that being said 2016 has also been the most AMAZING year of my life! I mean come on we had a baby during this year, so it’s bound to be great, right?! 😉 We definitely had our challenges, but I truly believe that the hardships in life help to make you stronger & build you up. That’s exactly what’s happening with our little family. I am having so much fun documenting our life and sharing it with you!
I choose two resolutions for 2017 (it’s always strange writing/saying the new year, isn’t it?!). I have thought long and hard about these resolutions because I’m not the best with keeping them, so I had to make sure they were realistic ones. Feel free to message me about how they’re going! I need accountability with this! 🙂
- spend more quality time with my husband
- trust myself (build my confidence)
As I dive into these resolutions I’ll share with you my journey and how I’m incorporating them into my life. 2017, I’m ready for you! I have no idea where you’ll take me, but I’m willing to be brave and follow along! I have a feeling it’s going to be another AMAZING year for my little family!
Thank you for following along and I can’t wait to share more with you!
I wish you and your loved ones a Happy & Healthy New Year!
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Wishing You Well,
Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life