2012- A Look Back

2012 has been one crazy year for mankind as a whole. There has been new love among celebrities, old hate among politicians, scandals among many, and then there was Honey Boo Boo. Needless to say, it has been one crazy year. It has been no different in my little family.


Our family pre-baby!


I began the year pregnant and miserable. I really shouldn't complain. My pregnancy was uneventful as pregnancies go. There was some morning sickness, a lot of back pain, and one fainting spell but overall it was pretty normal. I know how amazingly blessed I was to have a boring pregnancy and this is something I will never take for granted. In January, we celebrated our little miracle with a Winnie the Pooh themed shower, in February the hubs and I celebrated two years of marriage, and just a few months later, on May 3, we welcomed the most beautiful little boy into the world.


M and Daddy getting ready to leave the hospital for the first time!


Luckily, both my mom and my mom-in-law were able to make it to Hawaii to meet M immediately. After an unexpected Cesarean, this extra help around the house and with the baby was magical. The moms left towards the end of May and we began what has turned out to be the year of trips, both expected and not. There was a visit from my rambunctious 15 yr old sister-in-law. This has inspired me to lay down a new law- no 18 and unders visiting when there is a baby under a year in the house!! I am glad she came but I desperately needed a nap after. In July (literally the day the Sister left) daddy went for a three week stay on a ship (RimPac 2012). I can say now I have survived my first brush with married-single motherhood!  That one required a nap after too! Barely a month later a family emergency called for a trip to North Carolina on very short notice for me and M, then there was a planned trip to Oregon over Halloween, and now here we are unexpectedly in Oregon again! Phew! I think I am ready to just plant my feet in Hawaii for a while and not move!


M's First Halloween!


Grrrrrr! Fierce!


Beyond all of the travel, this has mostly been a year of firsts. Our first child and my first experience with a love so grand and all-encompassing. His first smile, coo, and crawl. His first laugh, his first (second and third) airplane ride, his first food, his first holidays, and many many more. I love him so much I could just go on and on and on.  His first military separation from daddy. Sadly, there will probably be many more of those, but that's just part of the life and we survived.


And his first Christmas!


In November I made the decision to start blogging again and have loved every second of it. I have discovered a love for writing I didn't know I had and it is a feeling like no other. This is one thing I don't plan to give up anytime soon!

2012 has been the toughest, most hectic, yet most rewarding year yet. I don't know if I will ever be able to adequately explain just how much this year of new motherhood has changed my life. I am definitely not the same person I was before this all began, but it is 100 percent for the better. It amazes me every day how someone so little can teach me so much. But that is a whole other post ;) If anything, all of the ups and downs have given me the gift of security. I feel so secure in my role as a mother, wife, and woman of God. I finally feel like I am doing the right thing and I know what I am doing for the most part!  Looking back, I can hardly believe we made it through. And mostly unscathed. That is an accomplishment in my book.

I have many hopes and dreams for 2013, but mostly I just hope for another year of firsts. First steps, first words, first birthdays! Along with this our first post-baby full length deployment. This year was crazy and I have no doubt the next will be as well. But I know that, whatever comes our way, we can get through it. TOGETHER!


Happy New Years Everyone!

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