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2012, the Year of No Sleep!

January 12, 2013

As we wrap up another year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the ups and downs of 2012.

When I think back to 2012, I am pretty sure the lack of sleep will come to mind. Before you have a baby, everyone tells you about the lack of sleep. You think you understand, but you don’t. There is no way to prepare yourself for getting up 3 or even 4 times a night and having to work all day after that. In 2012, I officially became a coffee drinker. I would have it occasionally before, but now, it is a requirement. I know Kaela had some sleep issues, but nothing like my little man.

2012 will also be known to me as the year of the snot. I have never seen 4 people go through so many tissues. It was cold after cold after cold. We just passed around germs and I can’t even count the number of pediatrician visits for ear infections, strep throat, viruses, you name it. Disgusting. I think I had at least one form of cold/sinus infection each month. That’s a lot of colds. Thanks kids!

Despite all of that, 2012 is the year I truly became a runner. I have been running since 2009, but I didn’t make it a priority until this year. I am up to over 20 miles a week and I have never felt healthier or stronger. I have my first half-marathon next week and can’t wait cross that finish line.

2012 was so busy that it’s almost a blur. We spent a lot of time in Charleston and a lot of time at home. The kids started at a new, wonderful daycare and Sour Grapes continues to grow. We got to have a great week at the beach and also spent several nights away from the kids, thanks to Grumpy and Meemaw! I welcomed my first niece into the world. Kaela is glad not to be the only girl (so she says!) anymore.

I am a little sad to see 2012 go… there will never be another year when my kids are one and four. I will never have an infant again. I will never have quiet hours in the dark memorizing my baby’s face. No more jars of baby food. No more tiny newborn diapers. But then again… no more heavy newborn car seat carriers. No more expensive formula or hours each week preparing bottles to take to daycare. No more crawling babies eating dog hair that was stuck to their knees.

I am excited to see what 2013 brings. Hopefully it will include a couple of naps, less snot, some personal running accomplishments and extra time to spend with my family.20130112-091956.jpg20130112-092027.jpg20130112-092049.jpg20130112-092209.jpg20130112-092231.jpg20130112-092315.jpg20130112-092350.jpg20130112-092418.jpg

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Post #100!

January 12, 2013

I started this blog in February 2009- almost 4 years ago and I’m so glad I did it. I haven’t been diligent about posting everything that I wanted to. I have gone months without posting and then months with multiple posts. This will be my 100th entry!! Occasionally, I will go back and read some older posts. I hope some day Kaela and Kyle will want to read some of their crazy mother’s ramblings and know what a joy and pain they were to me. From my first post until now, I feel like so much has changed. I hope to keep this up for years to come…