December 31, 2013
I’ve done this year in review survey a few times before and while I know it’s not always everyone’s favorite type of post, I happen to like it. It provides a nice way to reflect on the past year, and list posts are nice for my poor, tired brain these days. heh. I believe the original list of questions comes from Linda, but I took A’Dell’s changes to a few of the questions because the originals didn’t really apply to me/I didn’t have a good answer.
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I gave birth to a boy baby. I broke my foot. I had a CT scan and an MRI. I spent five months as a full-time stay at home mom to three kids. I went to Emerald Isle. I sent my first baby to full-time, all-day school.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Welllll, let’s take a look.
Have my last baby: CHECK!
Replace our front porch: CHECK!
Repaint the powder room: NOPE. Hoping to get this taken care of in the first half of 2014. But I’m not promising anything.
Organize All The Things: SORTA. I still have a bunch of stuff on my list, but I did some MAJOR purging in the office, the basement, and my closet (goodbye, maternity clothes!). Organizing is a constant process when you have five people in a house, so this is pretty much a permanent goal of mine.
Take a family beach vacation again: CHECK!
Start running again: HAAAA NOPE. Maybe this year? ugh.
Enjoy the summer: CHECK. It was LONG and very hard at times, but we managed to have some fun mixed in with lazy days around the house so CHECK.
As for new resolutions for 2014, yes, I will have some. Stay tuned for that!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! A few local friends and a BUNCH of internet/Twitter friends. Babies for everyone!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
I didn’t have to attend any funerals, no.
5. What countries did you visit?
Just the USA.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you didn’t have in 2013?
More time for myself and more time for Dan. The first year with a new baby is INSANITY and even the third time around, I FORGOT THAT PART. I have to remind myself almost daily that we are in the trenches of baby-hood with Zach and with two other smallish kids, we just have to roll with it and take things one day at a time, one diaper change at a time, one tantrum over shoes at a time. I feel stretched pretty thin these days and I know Dan feels the same. I’m hoping that 2014 leaves us all with a little more time to take a breath and find ourselves and each other again, at least a little bit.
7. What dates from 2013 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
April 4 because Zach was born. No other super-memorable dates, really.
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
I was really proud of how our summer went. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch of even AUDREY’S crazy imagination, but a lot of the days, I was able to keep a pretty good sense of humor about the daily disasters and ridiculousness that comes with three small children. There were some days when I felt DONE DONE DONE but overall, I am glad I had the chance to spend that stretch of time at home with them and I’m proud of how we all did without our usual schedule or structure.
And even though it only lasted until Zach was almost 4 months old, I am proud of how long I breastfed him. The first few weeks of his life were a terrible uphill battle with nursing and not latching and I honestly thought that first night home with him that it was over before it even began. But we worked so hard and by 4 weeks old, he finally got it. It ended pretty suddenly and I was upset at first, but I’m still really happy we were able to do it as long as we did.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Exercise. UGH. Can I get a mulligan?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
HA. HAAAAA. Yes. The first night we were home with Zach, I ended up riding in an ambulance to the emergency room. Then I broke my foot and was in a boot for most of the summer. Then I did some weird thing to a tendon in my left hand and had to tape my fingers together for a couple of months while it healed. And since November, I feel like I’ve been expending a LOT of energy fighting off all the germs that have been hanging around our house and I am crawling across the finish line of 2013 right now.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I got a new lens for my camera! Probably not the “best” thing, but it’s probably the most exciting.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I’m going to say Maggie. She has grown up so much in the last year, and watching her mature and learn and understand more about the world as she grows is just amazing. Six is my favorite age so far. Babies are great, toddlers are entertaining but can be a huge pain in the butt (sorry, but it’s totally true), and big kids are awesome. She’s working so hard in school and making friends and excited about learning. She is THE MOST PATIENT EVER with Audrey (because OMG Audrey LOVES to antagonize her on purpose) and she’s also a fantastic helper with Zachary. I’m so proud of her. I love her.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Everyone I’ve already hidden from my Facebook feed. If only real life had that button…
14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably daycare, mortgage, car payment. Boring. Also health insurance co-pays because whoa.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
The theme songs to Phineas and Ferb and Sofia The First. My world is very different than 10 years ago. heh.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Happier, I think. I read A’Dell’s answer to this question and just nodded because yep. Life is most definitely harder than it ever has been before, I’m more tired and spent at the end of each day. But that doesn’t mean I’m not happy. I am.
Thinner! I still have lots of work to do but at this time last year I was almost 7 months pregnant, so. ha
Poorer, probably. Taking 6 months off from work when you’re self-employed will put a dent in the savings account! But we planned for that so it’s all fine. Zachary was certainly worth it :)
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising, napping, quietly drinking coffee by myself. (HA. SUCH A DREAM.) Taking more pictures with my real camera.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying, giving small people medicine, visiting the pediatrician, waiting for the girls to put on their shoes.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home in the morning with the kids, then with our two families later in the day. All local travel, but it was a loooong crazy day (but a good crazy!)
21. What was your favorite TV program?
Scandal, The Good Wife, New Girl.
22. What was the best thing you learned?
I learned to listen to, trust, and respect my body a little bit. (If your foot hurts? It’s probably broken!)
23. What was the best book you read?
Book reading was pathetically slow this year (I usually only read before bed so I fall asleep after about 5 minutes.) But I loved Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and I’m enjoying the Divergent trilogy (just started book #3).
25. What was your greatest food discovery?
Costco has amazing filet mignon for a pretty decent price and we use them in stir fry and fajitas and I can bake them in the oven in the winter and they are DELICIOUS.
26. What did you want and get?
I’ve been aching for a massage at a spa and Dan got me a gift card for Christmas so WOOOOHOO! An hour or two alone is like a vacation.
27. What did you want and not get?
Work has been a little slower to take off after maternity leave than I would like, but honestly I think it’s a blessing in disguise now that we’ve all been sick for the last 2 months. Lots of missed school, missed daycare, missed work days. So maybe it’s a good thing I’m not swamped with projects right now! I have a few on the horizon after the new year, so hopefully everyone can stay HEALTHY OMG.
28. What was your favorite film of 2013?
That’s a tie between Catching Fire and Frozen.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35. Zach was 10 days old so I most likely spent the day breastfeeding. A lot. I can’t even remember??
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If it had gone a little bit slower. Because HOLY CRAP it was a fast and chaotic year.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2013?
Whatever Fits And Is Clean. Ish.
32. What kept you sane?
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
34. Who did you miss?
I was super bummed that my friend Sam had to back out of coming to The Blathering in October. I miss her.
35. Who was the best new person you met?
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Dishes and laundry will be there tomorrow. THAT is a constant. Sometimes you have to just ignore it and go have some fun.
37. Show us one of your favorite photos from the year.