If you haven’t already heard it from me, then let me wish you a happy new year, a happy new decade – happy 2020! I cannot believe we’re kicking off a brand spanking new year AND decade. I remember this time last year like it was yesterday. I was counting down the days until my second trimester with L and the days until our niece was born.
Side note: Did anyone else notice that were lots of babies born last year? Lots of new babies and lots of pregnancy announcements, I kind of feel like this should be titled 2019 Review: Year of The Baby.
Like each year, there were highs and lows, smooth sailings and choppy waters; but overall, 2019 was such an amazing year that I could type a post the length of a novel trying to recount everything. Since I’m not in the novel writing business, I’ve decided to just share a few of my favorite highlights with you guys.
This is, not surprisingly, my number one favorite highlight of the whole year! As many of you know, I was pregnant for most of the year, until August, when our little girl made her grand appearance into this world. Life has since looked a lot different for us, but I know we couldn’t be happier. January marked the end of our first round of IVF and the beginning of a healthy baby girl who has been so wanted and so loved, love before we even knew her name! These past five months (though it feels like we just made it home from the hospital yesterday) have been full of both sleep regressions and sound sleep for everyone, poop-plosions and fevers, holidays and light traveling, giggling and milestones – Full of love and life!
I could, and may, write an entire post dedicated to this. Needless to say, Layla wasn’t the only hitting milestones! I’ve heard of momma’s having c-sections, both planned and unplanned, then bouncing back like it was nothing – I was not one of those mommas. I genuinely have no clue why it took me so long to get back on my feet (literally). I tend to have a decent pain threshold – I was confident enough in my body to plan an all natural birth, but Lord help me, the days following Layla’s birth I could barely walk. There were lots of tears in the weeks following, thanks to the craziness that is women’s hormones, and I quickly became aquatinted with the term “baby blues”. After a few weeks, I started to feel more normal and my strength slowly, but surely came back to me. By the end of the year, I felt like myself again it made me so thankful for my body and all the hard work it put into its recovery.
Investing in our marriage is something that Chris and I learned to prioritize. This became even more important as we planned for there to be three of us instead of just two! We put a lot of effort into spending quality time together throughout the year and it led us to have some of the best dates in our five years of dating each other. We explored things to do in Columbia that we hadn’t before, like the Nickelodeon Theatre and the Soda City Market. We took a couple of day trips to Charleston where we enjoyed the breeze on the IOP and had dinner at our favorite restaurant on John’s Island. Then there were times that we simply called in a pizza (topped with pineapple, of course) lounged on the couch under a big blanket and binged a tv show. NEVER stop dating your spouse!
This may sound a little over the top, I get it, but it’s not an exaggeration in the slightest. I read the book, Confident Mom by Joyce Meyer while I was expecting and it truly changed my outlook on motherhood, being a wife, and being a daughter of God. My mom said she felt led to gift the book to me and I honestly procrastinated on reading it because it wasn’t my typical reading material, as I tend to read a lot of fiction to give my brain a thinking break. This book totally changed that and I still reference it by reading through certain chapters whenever I need a pick-me-up or a reminder that my Father is ever present, well-pleased with me, and continuously working for me. I grew even closer with the Lord through this book, which made it a small thing that had a big impact on my year.
This decision was such a major part of my year! I had been dreaming of the day that I would step out on my own, becoming my own boss since I was about seven years old. Well, sixteen years later, I can officially say that my dream has come true (Praise hands!)! God paved the way for it to be done – Everything lined up so perfectly I couldn’t have done it myself! It is a pure blessing that this opportunity was given to me when it was. Being able to take my photography business that I was dabbling in and turn it into a career is something that I once thought was unattainable. I am so thankful that I didn’t give up on that dream because here I am, scheduling blog posts, meeting awesome people and getting to document their lives, and learning what exactly it takes to be a boss.
Have you taken some time to reflect on your 2019 year? Where the high times took you and what the low times taught you? I know many look at last year and deem it cringeworthy. While it definitely had its moments, Dumbledore said it best, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Let’s make the decision now to turn the biggest, brightest light on for 2020!
Here’s to the year ahead – I’m so looking forward to spending it with you guys! Cheers!
Comment below one of your favorite highlights of the past year! I would love to hear all about them!