A brief look back before I say good bye to 2011:
This time last year, I resolved to spend more time on my home and less time on my job...not sure if I can count that resolution met or not. I think it will be ongoing for the rest of my life! I also realized that that I wasn't tired anymore and I was finally back in my prepregnancy size (just in time, right? :-) I'm glad I wrote that post because maybe it will give me some hope and patience after baby #2 makes his appearance. Cara's totally awesome personality kept us on our toes and never bored, and it has only gotten more and more awesome!
I ranted a good bit in February: about Valentines, about shoes...maybe it was some pent-up angst related to turning 28. At least I attempted to have a good attitude about that one.
In March, I shared some of my favorite cooking tips, did some spring-y sewing for the wild toddler, and worried about nothing. As it turns out, I was really worrying about nothing. I stressed and debated pushing the "publish" button for that post more than I have for any other post; I think it made me feel more vulnerable than I usually do on the ole blog.
I finally convinced my hubby to make me a button for the blog! And I'm probably going to need an updated version in the near future...Cara continued to entertain us with her brilliance and her sass. I spent a wonderful week at home for spring break, and I think it made me wish I could stay at home with my girl. I have since acknowledged to myself that we made a really good decision for childcare, and Cara has really thrived there. Even if I decided to stay at home with baby #2, I would feel like I was doing Cara a huge disservice by taking her out of her school because she loves it and she will be more than ready for 4K because of her wonderful teachers. (and there I go, off on a tangent...)
In May, I gave my hair the chop, formed my very own bridal party with my child, and shared one more reason why I love my hubby.
We went to Florida for a family vacation (woo hoo!), celebrated six years of marriage, and I obsessed way too much about Cara growing up. Seriously, way.too.much. Is that a requirement of motherhood, to worry and worry and worry about things that work themselves out anyway?
July was a big month. Baby Cara turned two (Eeekkk! How did that happen??), I wrote a post nobody read and tried my hand at sewing a little more clothing for me (I still sigh when I see that dress in my closet because I barely had time to wear it before I outgrew it). I must have been feeling a little irritable and cranky, but August explained all of that because...
we realized that Baby #2 is on the way! We finally got to see new baby in an ultrasound, and I reflected on what my experience of motherhood has been like so far.
We dabbled in potty training, Cara was adorable, and I realized that I was growing at warp speed. Baby brain started to take over at this point, I think.
Fall is awesome. My child is hilarious. And we found out the gender of Baby #2!
I wrote what might be my favorite series of posts, and my hubby got me an iPhone! (to which I am now permanently attached. It's ridiculous.) I wondered about how tech-savvy a toddler should really be, but I have decided that it's a losing battle. Technology is too ubiquitous to keep from her forever. Better to learn to deal and use it to our advantage, I think. :-)
I grew and grew (or Baby #2 grew and grew), reflected on how wonderful Christmas can be with a child, and attempted to get Cara's hair cut.
All in all, 2011 was a very good year, and I am so thankful for everyone who read along. I love writing this blog and having an outlet for my thoughts as well as a way to burn everyday moments in my memory, but it becomes so much more meaningful knowing that a few other people are interested too.
Here's to a happy, healthy, simplified (my resolution this year) 2012!