I love new year’s eve (almost) every year. I love unpacking the memories of the past year, the good the bad. Sometimes it sucks looking back on a terrible year, but I love the hope and promise of a clean start in the new year. Remembering the last new year’s even and thinking what my hopes and dreams held then and mentally tallying what was accomplished and what wasn’t and what I want to accomplish in the nest year.
Last New Year’s Eve, I had one thing in mind for 2013 – a sibling for my son. We went through 3 IUI cycles in 2012, all 3 of them with a negative result, and IVF was just around the corner. I was on a strict fertility friendly diet, at my lowest weight in a long time, feeling pretty awesome about my physique, and ready to throw everything I had into IVF. I was pretty terrified to go through in vitro. I was scared of getting pregnant and losing it. Getting no eggs at retrieval, no embryos, etc, etc. But we went for it and obviously it was worth every once of effort.
The fact that I got pregnant, stayed pregnant, and delivered a beautiful baby girl via VBAC all in 2013 is beyond my wildest dreams. I chalk 2013 up to one amazing, incredibly fortunate year that I still can’t really believe happened.
I’m really proud of myself in 2013. I advocated for myself. I put trust back in my body. I fought for – and achieved – a VBAC. I went with my gut and went against my original OB’s wishes .
I carried a baby for 41 weeks and some change.
I parented this beautiful boy and watched him become the hilarious, sweet toddler that he is.
I celebrated 7 years of marriage with my very handsome husband.
I met this beautiful baby girl.
My daughter. wow.
It was a hell of a year. So, basically, in 2014? enjoy my hard-won family.
More specifically, I have a few things I want to focus on:
- Get back to a strong, healthy me
- Complete a sewing project (tips for beginner projects? I have a machine I have used exactly once. I just need to start playing!) or other hobby / just for me activity.
- Run a 5K (and a 10K if I get there!)
- Make staying in touch with friends a priority (how to fit this in with the care of two kids? I’m not exactly sure.)
- Visit family more
- Go on a family vacation
- Marriage growth – Make date nights and time together a priority. Go on a weekend getaway just the two of us.
- House – de-clutter, cleanup, and get the house in top shape to SELL!
What are you trying to focus on this year?