I’m not the hugest fan of those New Year recaps that happen all over the place this time of year. Still, this year, this 2011 thing somehow became the most important and life changing year of my 32. It feels right to acknowledge just how amazing and completely trying these 12 months have been.
2011 began with some good stuff: My Dad started the year on a healthy upswing (no small feat following several strokes and some COPD at the end of 2010) and within the first week of the year, the hubs and I finally saw TWO pink lines on a pregnancy test.
Then, there was Dad’s heart surgery and strokes. We were all convinced that he wouldn’t make it to his 80th birthday in May, let alone Christmas. And yet, he made it through. To this day, he is well enough to cause plenty of trouble–a sign that he is healthy, albeit a lifelong troublemaker.
Spring and summer brought more wonderful things. I spoke at a national conference for my organization in front of an audience of 250 people. The lights were hot, I was nervous, and my feet were so swollen, my shoes barely fit. But I made it through with lots of compliments and kudos (some even from the President of the national organization!). I grew more professionally this year than I thought possible. I became a leader, and it felt stressful and challenging, but rewarding and fulfilling all at once.
Along came Samson (aka Kid Vicious) in September. We had lots of scares during the pregnancy, and during delivery learned he was wrapped in the umbilical cord 3 times. It was also discovered that I have a bicornuate uterus (heart shaped), which went undiagnosed. There is only a 63% live birth rate with that, so imagine our elation when he was delivered and was absolutely perfect!
His first few days of life, our first few weeks as parents–they were exciting and amazingly hard times. Sleep deprivation. Lots of visits to the lactation specialists. Baby blues. Insecurities. Tears. Smiles. Belly laughs. Snuggles. The list goes on. He is nothing short of the most joy and the biggest challenge I’ve ever experienced. I’m amazed and awed by the person he is. I can’t believe he grew INSIDE OF ME. I MADE HIM. And he’s cool!
If you would have asked me a year ago what 2011 had in store for me, I’m sure I could not have comprehended the half of it. But I wouldn’t give a second of it back.
Happy New Year to you all! Here’s to an incredible 2012!