It’s already the 2nd day of 2018 but I thought I would take a moment to review the highlights of 2017. As I tried to sort through this past year, I realized that everything that happened in 2016 feels like it just happened. I think as we get older, the years really do go more quickly. Some days, I’m thankful for that, but most days I want time to slow down. This year was nothing short of a blur. Check out our VERY condensed year in review!
I was 24 weeks pregnant and likely lying around on the couch pinning design ideas for the nursery. I was still able to get down on my hands and knees and so I filled a lot of time with furniture redos!
Clay and I traveled to Montana to visit our friends Chris and Ashley. We had so much fun and in retrospect, I appreciate this trip more than I even did to begin with. I was so much closer to my due date than I imagined AND we got to spend quality time (sans babies) that we will never get back! We had the best time in beautiful Montana. I also had lovely baby shower put on by my sweet friends. So many wonderful memories!
I forced Clay to rearrange the baby room daily because I couldn’t find the right “flow”. Clay did not know what look I was going for but happily moved furniture to and fro. Much to our SHOCK, Beckstrom Alan arrived a month early. This was obviously the highlight of our month AND year.
I celebrated my 29th birthday. But actually it was all a blur as I was freshly trying to figure out how to be a mom. Beck went shopping for the first time. 🙂
Beck attended his first birthday party and I got to see some dear friends. I celebrated my first Mothers Day as an actual MOM!
Mid June a terrifying storm/tornado went through our town. Our house had mild damage but we lost a great deal of trees. The clean up was excruciating and my husband and so many friends and family pitched in to help. I fled the area back to my parents because we didn’t have power and pumping in my car wasn’t working out… we came back for a quick visit so Beck could see his dad on Father’s Day.
I also went back to work this month from my 12 week maternity leave. Lots of tears were shed.
We tried to beat the heat with morning stroller walks whenever possible. Beck spent my work days with his aunt Shauna. We also made the heart wrenching decision to sell our home to better set us up financially in the future. Again, many tears were shed.
We celebrated Clay’s birthday and Beck’s first Sarpy County fair! We spent a lot of time doing home repairs and packing. And I spent all my time loving on Beck and pumping.
In September we said goodbye forever to the place that had become “home”. The place where Clay and I got engaged, started a life as a married couple, and brought our sweet son home to. It was one of the hardest things we have decided to do but it was the right decision! We moved our family into a rental duplex in town while we searched for homes in the area.
Beck also turned 6 months and tried real food for the first time!
Beck visited Vala’s Pumpkin Patch for the first time. We didn’t get our traditional “big chair” picture because Beck lost his mind and the tiny black bugs were trying to violently kill us. He also had his first Halloween, which consisted of putting a costume on for a photo-op.
Beck met his triplet cousins for the FIRST time (and loved it). Clay and I celebrated 2 years of marriage. And Beck got to enjoy many a stroller cruises throughout town due to unseasonably warm temps!
Right before Thanksgiving, I resigned from the job I have spent the last 3.5 years at. I miss my co workers and a job that was truly wonderful, but nothing can replace getting to be with my little man full-time.
Beck celebrated his first Christmas which was wonderful! Lots of time spent with family and lots of BIG things ahead for our family!
Thank you to everyone who supported us this year and who popped in at Sweet and Modern for the VERY scarce offerings! Becoming a mom has been the BEST and at times, hardest, thing that has ever happened. Clay and I have grown and stretched a LOT this year, but our hearts are brimming as we move into 2018.
Here’s to another year of growing and loving together!