Wow. What a year 2014 was. It definitely had plenty of highs and quite a few lows, but all in all it was a good year.
We welcomed our first little one in April which was a great experience but I did have a pretty bad case of the "Baby Blues" the first few weeks he was here which put a damper on what should have been the happiest days of my life. I can't wait to have a second baby but just the thought of going through that again kinda scares me. I loved being pregnant, and the labor and delivery was pretty smooth, but those first few weeks were hard. I was a psychology major in college so I have studied depression but you really have no clue what it is really like until you go through it. But I am so lucky that after 2-3 weeks it was totally gone and I could finally enjoy my perfect, healthy baby.
Another low this year was when Boston was sent to the hospital for an incarcerated umbilical hernia. We woke up one Sunday morning and he didn't seem like himself. I nursed him and not too long after he threw up everything he had just eaten. This happened a couple more times and we called the nurse. She suggested we go to the dr that afternoon but as I was changing him to get him ready to leave, I noticed his belly button was purple and hard. I immediately called her back and she told me to head to Children's Hospital because they had good surgeons. Gosh. Not something a mom wants to hear. I totally lost it and bawled my eyes out in the back seat while D drove us to the hospital. He ended up having emergency surgery and was totally fine after.
Going through that experience was very eye opening though and really changed my perspective on so much. Since we had to stay a couple of nights, we spent some time roaming the halls and we quickly realized how good we had it. We were only going to be there for a few days, while other parents spent months there. And we would be leaving with a perfectly healthy baby when others may not be so lucky. We left feeling so thankful for everything God had blessed us with.
But we had so many positive things happen this year aside from delivering a healthy little boy. We got to take Boston to Chicago, Disney World, and on his first cruise. We purchased our first boat and we had so much fun this summer with some of our closest friends on the lake. I got promoted at work and Dustin was salesman of the year again this year. We have made so many wonderful memories this year. Our families are happy and healthy. We are blessed and very thankful. Here are some pics of my favorite moments from the year:
Welcoming Boston to the world.
My first Mother's Day.
Boston's first flight.
His first hotel stay.
Hanging out in Chicago.
Spending time at the lake.
Partying at B's Sip and See.
Hanging out at Disney. (Full post here.)
Boston's first Halloween. (Full post here.)
Surprising my best friend at the airport.
Meeting Santa for the first time.
And B's first Christmas.
I am so thankful for all of the memories of 2014 but I am also grateful for the fresh slate a new year brings and I wish all of you a very happy New Year.