A lot of my bloggy friends did a 2012 recap post yesterday, and though I’m a day late, I thought it’d be a fun way to recap my favorite posts from the past year. Boy was it interesting to me to read back through my year and reminisce about how much has changed! I blabbed on in 260 posts last year (granted 52 of them were the weekly Stella updates, so that # will likely go down this year) so there was a lot to wade through. 🙂 Without further ado…
January – This month was full of learning how to be a Mom. My 1st post of the year was Starting off the New Year with a…Cry? – I kept crying because my baby was always crying and I didn’t know how to make it better. It’s fun to see how far we’ve come. 🙂 Partway through the month I wrote To Sleep or Not To Sleep – wherein you could tell I was finally finding my groove and happy about doing what felt right to us as parents. At the end of the month came I Wanted This, Right? – because I had gotten the job offer that I had hoped for but was struggling with the decision to leave my 7 week old.
February – I spent most of February just getting used to working outside the home, but I loved Our Song – Happy 7 Years, Honey! about the first time I met my husband. I can’t believe it’s been nearly eight years that we’ve been together now!
March – Challenges talks about how we know Stella’s life will be filled with challenges, but we sure hope that learning isn’t one of them, and Thoughts on the Beauty of the Breast was my 1st PAIL contribution. Nearly a year later, I really am so proud of and grateful for the breastfeeding journey we have had.
April – What Kind of Parent am I? was another PAIL post – it’s fun to see how those monthly themes get me really thinking about different aspects of my life as a parent! I gotta say, I like the kind of parent I’ve turned out to be – we do what works for us, and that’s okay!
May – This was a pretty quiet month, but I got a lot of great comments from you all on My Child’s Privacy and My Blogging – Mutually Exclusive or Not? This is definitely still a topic I think about every day before hitting “Publish.”
June – I wrote about my first time really feeling like ME again since TTC and pregnancy after taking some time for myself in The Most Fun I’ve Had…
July – This was the month that we were never sleeping and about to lose it, and Groggy was my call for help from all of you. You guys came through in epic proportion with help and advice! Then in Words of Affirmation, I talked about the importance of remembering (and honoring!) your partner’s love language, even when you are in the midst of a stressful new parenting challenge.
August – In Words of Substance, I reflected on what it means to write in a public space, and how we should go about deciding what is/isn’t okay to write about. Always good food for thought. In 8.5 Months, Then and Now, I wrote a humorous post on how my 8.5 month old child was reminding me of myself at 8.5 months pregnant. Still one of my favs. 🙂
September – Jealousy is still alive and well in my world, as evidenced by my post Guilt and Grieving.
October – Obsessed with Babies goes through my TTC, pregnancy, and parenting levels of obsession. Thankfully I’ve been getting better with time thus far!
December – The Beginning of the End is one of my bittersweet favorites of the year for sure. It marks the change in my relationship with Stella as I cut out pumping and started to cut back on breastfeeding. Then One Year In discusses what I’ve learned about myself as a parent in the past year, and #2 talks about my feelings about to jump or not to jump back onto the TTC wagon. Scary.
What a year it has been. Thanks to all of you for being the best cheerleaders and support a girl could ever ask for. 🙂