Filed under: Advent, Birth, Children, Christmas, Easter, Motherhood, Thanksgiving | Tags: 2011, Benjamin, end of the year, Lucy, reflections
I think Daniel and I both agree that 2011 was our best year to date. Here’s some highlights (which turned out to become a monstrously long post with mostly pregnancy pics, oh well).
Daniel got a new job and we hoped to get pregnant again. Benjamin continued to amaze us with the joy he brought to our world.
In February we celebrated Benjamin’s 2nd Birthday (A Farm Birthday Party) and two days later found out I was pregnant.
Our garden produced some great food and Benjamin loved “helping” Daddy tend to it. I was really, really, sick for the whole month with 24-hour morning sickness. Daniel and my mom picked up all the slack for me. Don’t know what I would do without them. Look how tired I look, holy cow:
Our first Easter back in Tallahassee and the anniversary of our Confirmation. Benjamin made a little best friend named Ulee from library storytime. His mom, Zemi, and I hit it off and the boys enjoyed playing at the Jr.Museum (Tallahassee Museum) together.
I started looking really pregnant and the nausea started to get a little bit better, although I was exhausted from growing Ms. Lucy.
A busy month of leading company rehearsals for the Spring ballet and getting my little students ready for their recital dances. Benjamin and I started doing summery things like going to the pool and Daniel and I celebrated our 5th anniversary by a weekend away at the Animal Kingdom Lodge where we spent our honeymoon. Why we didn’t take one picture…I don’t know.
We took Benjamin blueberry picking and we fell into a wonderful routine of morning outings for the summer: park, pool, jr. museum, pool, brogan museum. Such a happy time! And I got bigger:
At the end of June we had the best family vacation ever: a trip to North Carolina for my wonderful friend Jane’s wedding and then a week split between resting and reading at my grandparents mountain home and visiting my wonderful cousins, aunt, and uncle, in SC.
We returned from vacation just before the 4th of July and I was suddenly hugely pregnant. My good friend, Beca, was in town for the summer and kept me company. We also said farewell to the Harry Potter film series with a party and a midnight movie. That wouldn’t be a major milestone of most people’s year, but…well, you know how we feel about Harry Potter.
August was pretty miserably hot, although nothing near the infernal summer they had in Texas this year. I was getting SO BIG and so excited about our baby girl. Our dear friends, Brian and Lois, moved into our third bedroom while raising support for their mission work in Nepal. We also started to get really plugged in at our parish and starting making some wonderful Catholic friends, something we’d never had before, including my friend Colleen who has been such an encouragement to me this year.
I turned 26 this month and started to have Braxton-Hicks contractions all the time. My due date was October 13th but we were sure she wouldn’t wait so long to come since I was already dilated…we ended up waiting, waiting, and waiting some more. I did some pretty nutty nesting to get ready for our sweet girl and we rearranged the house to prepare for her arrival. My friend Erin was visiting for a couple of weeks and kept me distracted with Downton Abbey.
We had a scare when Benjamin caught Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease (a mild illness for toddler but dangerous for newborn if the mother has been exposed). He had to be quarantined away from me at Marmee’s house for over a week. Thankfully, I didn’t catch it and neither did Lucy when she FINALLY arrived almost two weeks past her due date and met her incredibly proud big brother:
I love this picture so much, despite the fact that I’m still so puffy from late pregnancy and labor. I think Benjamin’s expression is precious and he’s been just as sweet and gentle with his sister each day since.
And SHE. Well…we’re so in love her. From day one she has been the most precious and sweet of babies. She’s so easy, so adorable. So happy and smiley and SLEEPY. Praise God.
We started learning how to live life as a four-person family. Sleep-deprived and full of joy, we celebrated Lucy’s baptism and the anniversary of Benjamin’s baptism.
We hosted Thanksgiving at our house with Daniel’s folks, my folks and brother, and some dear friends.
In late November and December we were all pretty miserably ill with colds and sinus/throat/ear/eye infections. Even sweet Lucygirl. But it’s still been a wonderful Advent and Christmas. Having two precious babes is a gift I am thankful for every minute.
Can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store…Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
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Lucy donned some fall colors and snuggled with her Grandaddy while last minute preparations were made.
She also snuggled with Marmee. Look at her blue eyes! I wonder if there’s any chance that they’ll stay that way. Benjamin’s were dark grey/brown the moment he was born.
Then she fell asleep after Thanksgiving dinner, just like you’re supposed to.
How wonderful to have our family and friends gathered at our house. And I love Florida were we can eat Thanksgiving dinner outside and enjoy lovely weather!
Our sweet boy had a blast with our full house of folks and was so excited that he hardly ate a bite of food.
But then he needed to snuggle with Marmee for a little while. Also, check out baby sister’s adorable boots.
When I asked him why he was balancing his apple cider on the arm of the couch, he explained, “That’s what Uncle Garrett’s doing.” Fair enough.
Our Thanksgiving was full of wonderful things like too many pieces of Butterscotch Pie, conversation and coffee, and dear folk all around. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, too!
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In no particular order…
1. Our Faith- the past two years since our conversion to Catholicism have been so full of grace. Praise the Lord!
2. Our families – the blessings of having all of our family in one place are innumerable! Including…
3. Not having to travel over the holiday weekend!
4. Daniel: most wonderful husband and father I can imagine. Works so hard and takes such good care of us.
5. My sweet boy, Benjamin. Life would be so boring without his antics. His sweetness, joy, silliness, and snuggles are the light of my life.
6. Lucy, my little autumn baby. So thankful for our newest treasure’s sweetness and tranquility. So different from her big brother, she is her own little soul, so precious and beloved.
7. Nebulizers. Sweet boy had his second asthma attack this week 😦 So grateful for a good doctor and the technology to take care of our little man. (Yes, I actually said I’m thankful for technology.)
8. No fever for Lucy! Lucy caught the same cold that triggered Benjamin’s asthma attack. Thankfully, she seems to be just fine other than a little bit snotty. The doctor said that because she’s less than 2 months old, if she gets a fever above 100.4, they’ll have to admit her to the hospital. So far so good, though! Say a prayer that she’s on her way out of this cold and that a fever won’t show up!
9. Advent beginning on Sunday. A new liturgical year!
10. Our home in which to celebrate the day with our family and friends!
We have a lot to be thankful for.
Including family and friends at our table, November in Florida when you can still eat outside and not freeze, good food, work, and home.
And especially this sweet smile:
Still as sweet as on his first Thanksgiving:
I don’t take our little one for granted and I’m grateful for each day I get to spend as his mother.