Sunday, January 31, 2016

Happy 2016!!

Happy New Year!  Glad I am (barely) getting this in before February hits this year :-)  I was very happy we made it through Christmas nice and healthy, but a few days after Christmas we got sick.  Stella had a runny nose and didn't eat well for a few days, Mark was run down for about a day, and I was sick for almost 4 weeks.  Dang it.  Basically I had a nasty sinus infection which resulted in me going through 3 boxes of Kleenex and having multiple headaches that were so bad I wanted to throw up.  Lots of bloody noses too...not sure if it's the pregnancy or sickness but I'm still battling a stuffed nose and headaches occasionally.  I go to the doctor tomorrow so I will know more then.  Anyways...

This month has been productive, even if it wasn't healthy.  We have been working really hard on organizing our house, basement, and shop as well as transitioning Stella into her new room.  I am holding off a few months on putting her in her toddler bed to sleep, just because she sleeps so well in her crib now and I like my sleep ;-)  I will absolutely transition her before the baby is born, and for now she enjoys playing on her bed and LOVES her Frozen big girl room.  I plan on doing a 'house tour" post when I get everything cleaned up and organized in the next few months.  I want to take pictures for when we put our house on the market so it will be a great time to share them on the blog as well!  Gotta get it done before baby items fill up the house again!

OK, now to recap 2015.  I have to say overall it was quite the mixed up year.  We faced so many challenges.  I am grateful for all our blessings and while things could always be worse I did feel it was a tough year.  Between all of mine and Stella's sickness, her developmental delays, my tough C-section recovery, Mark transitioning to a new job, and getting pregnant again (and being a lot sicker this time!) it seemed like all my time centered on just getting back to "normal."  It was just a hectic year!  However, I am very proud to say that we were able to overcome all of these obstacles, with a lot of hard work!  The sickness is behind us (for now anyway), Stella is in all the necessary therapies and we have a specialist monitoring her progress (which I feel is going very well!), after finding a great new doctor and attending PT myself I finally healed from my crappy C-section and even got pregnant again (and I'm finally starting to feel better!), and Mark has adjusted to his new job and we decided to hold off on moving until after baby girl comes.  So it's safe to say things have settled down for us and we are very excited for the new year!

Normally I like to set some resolutions for the upcoming new year.  I used to be so good at getting them all accomplished, but I've found that's SO much harder as a mom.  There's constantly things thrown at you that derail your progress.  Most of your time goes to just getting through the day.  Not that that is a bad thing, it's just different.  I wouldn't have it any other way, it just took a little while for my Type A/perfectionist brain to accept that I can't do everything I used to.  So this year I am looking at my "resolutions" differently.  My main focus for 2016 is to keep my family healthy, practice "clean living", and have fun along the way.  I do, of course, have a To-Do list before the baby arrives, but it is greatly pared down from what my old self would have expected me to do.  I am already starting the new year so much more relaxed than years past, which I hope leads to one happy and healthy year! 

Here's how we rang in 2016...
On New Year's Eve Mark went bird hunting with friends (a tradition for them) in the morning.  That night we ordered Chinese take-out and relaxed around the house while watching the New Year's Eve show.  It was VERY cold out, so we bundled Stella up in her little bear coat and winter coat for our food run.  As you can tell, she wasn't too happy about it ;-)  It may not have been the exciting New Year we used to have, but it is a whole new kind of fun.  How can you not love the views I had from the couch...Stella entertaining Kaiser, my growing baby bump, and a midnight toast with my husband (yes in our old prom glasses, so classy haha!)  It was a great night even though I didn't feel well.
We were pretty bummed we had to miss the New Year's Day celebration at the local bar, it is one of our favorite days of the year.  But I was just too sick and Kaiser cut his paw on the ice from the bad ice storm that hit us the week before New Year's.  We bandaged up his foot after it quit bleeding all over, but he had to stay inside all day.  As you can tell he was very sad, kept looking out the window wanting to go out :-(  Stella, being the sweetheart she is, kept him company on his bed!  Even though Kaiser ate the bandage 2 days in a row (I gave him canned pumpkin to make sure he pooped it's a natural laxative for dogs), he did heal within a week or so without having to go to the vet.  It was just sad to watch him limp around for that time period.

Since we had to cancel our dinner reservations on New Year's Eve, we decided to re-schedule them for the week after when I was feeling better.  Mark and I ate at The Cellar in Geneseo.  I hadn't been there in so long and it did not disappoint!  We had steak, salad, potatoes and beans and even enjoyed dessert.  It was delicious!  We just did dinner and decided to skip the movie since it was about 20 degrees below zero out that Sunday night, so we just picked up Stella after dinner and headed home to watch a movie from Netflix.  It was nice to have a date night out!

I hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year!  I am so excited for what this year has in store, and I look forward to relaxing and enjoying the changes it brings to my little family!

I will be back this week with another bump update...tomorrow brings the glucose test and another sonogram appointment!!

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