Farvel, 2018

Farvel, 2018 reflections

Another year is coming to a close. I can’t emphasize enough how big of a year 2018 was. 2018 was the year I grew a human and became a mother. When I reflect on 2018, it is easily my best year ever.

2018 in Review

January

January was the month I really got into fitness. Chris and I joined a gym and attended 3-4 times a week, which was the first time I’ve been a consistent gym-goer in a very long time. I got into running and found my love for spin. I kept it all up until I found out I was pregnant and felt too ill to work out (read, got too lazy). A couple highlights of the month included COSI After Dark Wizard’s School and G. Love in concert.

February

In early February, I learned that I was pregnant after nearly a year of trying. I had been hoping and wishing but was still completely shocked when it actually happened. I knew life was about to change forever. At the end of the month, I took a mini vacation to New Orleans with my sisters. It was exciting to explore somewhere new, especially knowing I had a little tiny life inside of me.

March, April, May

In March, we shared with the world that we were having a baby and that made it so much more real. In May, we had our anatomy scan and learned we were having a little girl. Looking back, I cannot believe that I was ever hoping for a boy. I was meant to have Isla. I know it. Learning what our little baby would be during out ultrasound made it really special for Chris and I. Our own little secret for a few days before sharing with our families. May is also the month I felt my first baby kick. It was the best feeling in the whole world.

In March, we shared with the world that we were having a baby and that made it so much more real. In May, we had our anatomy scan and learned we were having a little girl. Looking back, I cannot believe that I was ever hoping for a boy. I was meant to have Isla. I know it. Learning what our little baby would be during out ultrasound made it really special for Chris and I. Our own little secret for a few days before sharing with our families. May is also the month I felt my first baby kick. It was the best feeling in the whole world.

June

In June, Chris and I took our baby moon to NYC. It is a memory I will always cherish. We explored as much as we could despite me being 23 weeks pregnant. My highlights of that trip include seeing Chicago on Broadway, exploring the High Line, and visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

July

In July, I had my first baby shower. This was another huge milestone that made having a baby so much more real. We also got a lot of work done this month in the nursery, my favorite room. I had one of my last ultrasounds in the middle of the month and the little babe was already super cute and sucking on her elbow. One highlight of July was watching Howl’s Moving Castle at Topiary Park with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew.

August

August was filled with doctor’s appointments. I had my second and final baby shower and received so many wonderful things from wonderful people. We had our maternity pictures with Caitlin Rose Photo and I still cannot get enough of those photos.

September

September was my due date month. I started feeling super pregnant and slowing down more and more as the month went on. Chris and I took birthing classes at the hospital and were dreaming of what life would be like with baby Isla. We took a relaxing trip to Lake Erie with my dad, sister, BIL, and nephew as a last hoorah over Labor Day weekend. We also were able to get out to Yellow Springs to see the sunflowers for the second year in a row. We spent a lot of time during that drive talking about what it will be like the first time we could bring Isla for a visit.

October

October was the best month. I celebrated my last birthday baby-free. I had my last day of work and then… Isla came. The rest of the month was a complete blur as I figured out motherhood and breastfeeding (still working on both). Chris and I fell more and more in love with Isla every day. We had our newborn portraits done (again with Caitlin), went on autumn walks around Schiller Park and Bexley, and watched lots of Halloween movies.

November

November started with Isla’s first time voting (she as there for moral support) and Chris and I’s first date without the babe (thanks for my sister and BIL for babysitting). We celebrated Thanksgiving with both of our families and it was a magical first holiday with the babe.

December

By December, I felt like I had a better hold of life with a baby and breastfeeding (though, it is still a rollercoaster). I overcame two bouts of mastitis, an abscess, and picked out a daycare. We made Christmas cookies like we do every year and had a couple PT sessions to strengthen IR’s tight neck muscles. Christmas was very different this year but there is nothing better than making new traditions for your child. I am so glad Isla is ours forever.

Looking Ahead

In 2019, I hope to take care of my baby the best I can but to also try to keep ahold of my individual identity. I feel like I just started remembering that I am a person too and have needs. I go back to work soon and am absolutely terrified of diving into that unknown without Isla. Here’s to a new year and a new normal. I have no plans yet for the new year but know that there are exciting things to come. Happy New Year, everyone!

It feels weird typing this out knowing that when it goes up, I will have
Happy birthday to me! October is the best month to have a birthday and I
I am so excited to share my new favorite room in the house, our nursery.

One Reply to “Farvel, 2018”

  1. Well said Sam. Love you!

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