Then the sickness began. Again. I didn't think there was anything left to catch but I was wrong! Stella got a nasty cold after the new year. Drippy nose, watery eyes, sneezing like crazy, a cough that wouldn't let her sleep...and this doozie lasted about 10 days! Poor sweet girl. I should also mention Stella's constipation decided to make a return visit. Her doctor said to try Miralax, so I add a bit of that to her milk each morning now. Before I started that, she pooped anywhere from 10-15 times a DAY! And I do cloth diapers! I was LOSING my mind and my fingers were a mess from washing them a million times a day. After we started the Miralax she went heavily for a few days (getting it all out finally) and now goes 1-2 times a day like she used to. I didn't realize what a challenge that was for us, but boy was it nice when she got regular again. So my poor babe had a rough start to the new year!
And of course the sickness couldn't leave the house without visiting me as well. I was sicker than a dog (what does that even mean?) for about 10 days. My ears almost exploded, my throat was on fire, and Stella and I had a runny nose/sneezing competition. I survived on OJ and ibuprofen. It rivaled that nasty flu bug. And the swollen face/ER trip. And the croup. And Stella's constipation. It was one serious bug! And then finally one morning I woke up and felt better. Stella felt better. It was February. Things were looking up.
Enter snow storm 2015. We got a nasty blizzard at the beginning of the month that had us snowed in for 2 days (in Mark's opinion). But we live in the middle of nowhere, so with my driving confidence and a baby at home we were "snowed in" for about 6 days. (Hey, I wasn't taking any chances on the roads...or getting sick again...if I didn't have to!)
Which brings us to today. February 9th. That was an awful long pity-party intro, sorry about that. Just a rough month/start to a New Year. But it's done now and I'm looking to the future. So I will get on with my normal New Years post...
2014 did not go as I planned. Refer to this post for more on those plans. In my head I was going to bounce back from the pregnancy and have an amazing year. In reality I did not bounce back from the pregnancy, but still had an amazing year. It was a year filled with changes and adaptations. Last winter was long and cold and we had to deal with several septic problems (not fun in case you've never had the pleasure). I spent the cold days forming a routine for Stella and just enjoying quiet time at home. In the Spring my sister and nephew moved back home, which was a tough time but I am so happy to have them back. Ryder is Stella's idol. Mark also worked long hours in the Spring. The Summer of 2014 brought several weddings and lots of playtime in town for Stella. We also took a family vacation to Cedar Point, my first time back there in years, and it was so much fun. Fall saw the return of long work hours, and lots of time spent preparing for and then celebrating Stella's 1st Birthday. It has been a pretty mild winter so far (until recently and with one really cold week at the beginning of January), but all the illnesses and evaluations have made it a pretty challenging winter. I am proud of the fun year we created for Stella Anne. I am proud of how we've adapted to being parents, and done so still very much in love (most days haha). That first year is full of fun, but also of change, fear, compromise and learning. So much learning.
With all of my energy focused on the chaos that is learning to be a mom, I didn't bounce back from the pregnancy like I planned. It was a heck of a lot harder than I thought it would be! My 5'3" self is struggling to get back to normal. So my goals and resolutions have been set for 2015. Honestly they don't look much different than my goals for 2014. But my primary focus is to manage my time better. Now that I've adapted to being a SAHM, I was able to set a better schedule for Stella and I to follow in 2015. Not having a schedule didn't work well for my Type A brain, so I didn't get as much accomplished (outside of being a mom) for 2014 as I set out to. I really think my schedule (which I'm pretty good at creating thanks to being a former Elementary teacher) will allow me to speak differently at the end of 2015. My other focus is to just live in the present. I'm always reflecting on the past or planning for the future. When you don't live for today, your life passes you by. You can't be truly happy unless your mind is focused on right now. By spending my time wisely and living in the moment I am set to have a pretty fabulous 2015! Ready to tackle those resolutions...and of course update you along the way ;-)
Before I go, here's how we rang in the New Year (nothing too fancy this year)...
|Ready to party with Grandma on New Years Eve!|
New Years Day we usually spend the day at the local bar, but it was closed this year. I made some food (which I had gotten for Christmas, but you know we missed that holiday) and we went to my sister's house. We spent the day just hanging around with my cousins and our offspring while enjoying some good food and cocktails. It was a nice, relaxing way to bring in the new year.
I hope everyone had a safe and healthy New Years and are a month into rocking your resolutions. Let's make this year awesome!
Coming up next: Stella Anne's 15 month update...