This is one of my favorite posts to do each year, and 2018 would have to be my favorite to look back on. 2018 shall be the year that the roots of our faith we tried to grow strong and deep into the soil finally bloomed into the biggest, most beautiful blessings! At the end of my 2017 year recap I said that I hoped 2018 was a "full" year, and boy was it ever!
The year started out with the happiest news. On January 23rd we found out we were expecting! I always thought that the precursor to a positive pregnancy test was morning sickness (which came later), but instead found out while trying to get over the worst cold that I was convinced was the flu. I was soooooo tired. The flu test was negative, but the pregnancy test was not! Lots of happy crying and dancing in my living room followed!
In February I took a girls trip with my work besties to Angel fire, New Mexico. We shopped, enjoyed beautiful snow scenery via a horsedrawn sleigh, watched chick flicks in front of a cozy fire and ate a little too much. It was fabulous.
In March our women's ministry hosted our spring tea! I coordinated it, and of course I loved playing out all of my tea party dreams. I would take a weekly tea party if any one would like to join!
In April, Josh and I took a baby-moon cruise to Mexico! I had no idea how much I would look back on that last time of alone-ness in a little longing until now. Of course, I can't wait to take Mayzee on these adventures, but it will be different to say the least! Different in the best way!
When we got back home, we got a new nephew, Kade! He is the sweetest little boy! Except now he is huge and it is hard to remember that he weighed less then Mayzee when she was born! We love watching him and Mayzee grow together!
In June, right after Josh led our church's summer Kid's camp, we moved into our new home! Finally, after over 2 years with out house on the market! This was our first meal in our new home after a long day of moving, packing, unpacking, cleaning, you know!
We spent the beginning of our fourth of July holiday in Branson with Josh's parents and grandparents. Of course we had a wonderful time watching some shows like Sampson and the Dixie Stampede, we also enjoyed feeding lots of animals!
Our 28 week ultrasound with Mayzee! We could see that she had some hair and that she already liked to suck on her hand. It's crazy to look back and think before she was here, and also to think when she was just a little squirmer in my belly! It really is a miracle! You hear people say that, but when it's your own baby, in your own body, it's just so much more mind-boggling then you could've ever understood.
My sister took my maternity pictures at 30 weeks pregnant. I couldn't love them more! They are the perfect embodiment of what bringing my Mayzee into the world has been. To see more from the photoshoot follow this link- Sarah Kamolz Photography.
At the beginning of August my church family threw us a pretty princess baby shower. Each table was decorated according to a specific disney princess. We snacked on Belle's grey stuff, Ariel's oyster pearl cookies, and Snow White's poison apple salad to name a few. It was so special and I am excited to look back and show Mayzee how crazy her mom was about Disney someday. I hope she likes it just as much and never wants to grow up with me. Also, I don't want her to ever grow up, ever.
Then at the end of August my co-worker family threw me another beautiful baby shower! I love these sweet friends so so much! They probably dealt with me being a moody pregnant lady more than anyone, except Josh! I hadn't thought I looked that "pregnant" until I saw this photo of myself. Swollen pregnant face and legs all in full swing here, haha!
Most definitely looking pregnant here! We finally finished Mayzee's nursery! Probably my favorite space to ever decorate!
Then, just like that, on September 2nd, we went into the hospital to be induced! It was the most surreal thing! While we were laboring (and not progressing very quickly) I kept thinking they might just send me home because going home with a baby just felt so far from reality!
And now, not having her is what seems surreal! Our Mayzee came early in the morning at 1:07am on September 4th! To read about her birth, click here!
Of course, my sister took Mayzee's newborn photos. This session made me realize even more how much of a talent she is, newborn photography is hard! Mayzee was very fussy, and momma and daddy were very tired! To see more of her photos, click here for Sarah's blog post!
At the beginning of October we dedicated Mayzee at church! Just one of the many things you watch happen pre-parenthood, wondering what it will be like to participate with your own child, and to finally get to just feels like such a privilege.
Of course, I only took about a million photos, in between these events, but our next "big" thing was Halloween! Our church hosts a Trunk or Treat that I have had to work during since we have been going to our church. So it was extra exciting for me to get to decorate our car and do a family costume! I couldn't get Josh to jump on my Strawberry Shortcake idea, but Harry Potter is better anyways! So many people loved our little baby Hedwig! (if you can't tell, I was Hermione and Josh, Hagrid)
Though it was earlier in November, Josh got to help Santa out at an event our church hosted. I could understand a little bit of what Mrs. Claus experiences as I ironed Santa's suit, helped straighten his hat and groom his white beard. I had to help Santa find his gloves and glasses many times because he's very forgetful, which isn't the greatest quality for someone in charge of all of the presents in the world, but I guess that's what Mrs. Claus and the elves are for.
We celebrated many Thanksgivings with family and made an ornament or two. I totally have that proud mom feeling any time I get to show Mayzee off to a new family member. Having a baby is like the ultimate craft project! "See what I made? and also this ornament!"
My mom and I both participated in our Church's Holiday Home tour, so we spent all of November decorating for Christmas. Now that I have a baby of my own I finally understand when all of you parents out there say how hard it is to get anything accomplished. A lot of speed cleaning, speed decorating, and speed crafting happens during nap time now. That is, IF we stay down for a nap at all. It was a lot of fun to go all out for Mayzee's first Christmas, even though she has no idea about anything right now. Hopefully she will appreciate it when she gets older and will enjoy all of the decorating too!
The adult choir worked from August through December on another Christmas Tree program. I love that my dad still directs a full church choir. There is something about producing such beautiful sound and harmonies with a large group of people that is so fulfilling!
This past week we celebrated 5 Christmas celebrations with family (we also both had a work Christmas party). I was honestly pretty excited to open up Mayzee's presents to see what she got as well as excited to spend more time with family. Little Bloom did get a little overwhelmed by all of the celebrating, so surprisingly enough, as much fun as Christmas-time is, we were all ready to get back to some slower days at home. I do miss all of the Christmas candies laying around, though. And family.
This year has been so packed full of goodness, it almost makes you nervous for the next year. How can it be topped? When I look back at last January, it's so baffling to think that at the beginning we didn't even know about Mayzee. So much can change in a year. SO MUCH. I remember thinking in January that September seemed a lifetime away, and now being pregnant seems like it was a lifetime ago. The first month of Mayzee's life seemed so long, but then the following months have flown by. It makes me a little sick to my stomach to think that in less then a week she will be four months old, how has this teeny tiny baby doubled in size so quickly! However, I also greatly look forward to chubby little baby legs coming out of all of those sweet rompers we got at baby showers, to push her in her unicorn swing she got for Christmas in our new, pretty backyard filled with the blooms from all of the bulbs I planted during baby naps this fall. I'm excited to take more trips with her (hopefully her hatred for the carseat improves), to put her in an Easter dress, to plop her in a little baby pool, to hear her say "Mama" and "Daddy" for the first time.
I don't have many plans for 2019 because if 2018 and the last couple of years has taught me anything, it has been to just go with the flow and enjoy the moments of life that you are in presently. I am trying to take everything day by day and week by week, fully investing myself in this new stage of life and to feel joy and learned patience as I adapt to living life with an unpredictable child instead of stress. This has been the first new year in a while it doesn't feel like a new beginning, but rather a continuation of how life is already moving. May 2019 also be a continuation of goodness, and if not, may we find joy in it anyways.
In His hug,
Click here to look back at years 2016 and 2015. 2017 is linked at the top of this post.