December 30, 2011

2011: The Year in Review

This has been the hardest but very best year in my twenty-eight year life.

In January I celebrated my 28th birthday, heard a lot of annoying stuff, and went to Labor & Delivery in premature labor.

February found me very jealous!

In March we finished the nursery, felt as ready as we could be for Evie's grand arrival into this world!

In April I hit the darkest point in my life and was officially diagnosed with Post Partum Depression and Anxiety. I started medication immediately and although the months between are a blur of sadness by July I felt like I was standing in that light I saw at the end of the tunnel, the one I had only glimpsed for so long.

August passed in a blissful state as I basked in a deeper-than-ever love for my family.

September saw the switch to cloth diapers, and I let go of a little of the guilt I had been carrying around over having PPD/A. I also confronted the haters who criticized Chris and me for deciding to formula feed Evie. As an aside that post is one I am most proud of; it was cathartic and after writing it I really got behind my decision and stopped letting other people and myself beat me up because we fed formula.

In October we went to the pumpkin patch and I just said NO to being a pageant mom!

I fell deeper in love with my family in November and was more grateful for them then ever! I had the world's worst surgery, Evie got really really sick, and I got really really pissed! Yet we still remembered all that we have to be thankful for.

December was crazy hectic! However, we got the Christmas cards mailed, we got the decorations up, had a fantastic Christmas!

2011 was a life changing year. I'll always cherish the year that gave me my daughter. Amidst all of the grief and sorrow the year brought, her life shines like a light brighter than anything else. Forever and ever 2011 will be the year of Evie. Although I will miss this year and I am so ready for what 2012 has in store for me and my little family! Catch y'all on the flip side!