Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Clean Slate

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:
Bringing baby home
Welcoming Boston to the world.
Mother's Day
 My first Mother's Day.
Flying with a baby
 Boston's first flight.
Traveling with a baby
His first hotel stay.
Traveling with a baby
 Hanging out in Chicago.
First Lake trip
Spending time at the lake.
Sip and See
Partying at B's Sip and See. 
Disney with a baby
Hanging out at Disney. (Full post here.)
Baby Halloween Costume
Boston's first Halloween. (Full post here.)
Mommy Blog
Surprising my best friend at the airport.
Cruise with a baby
Our first cruise as a family of 3. (Full posts here, here and here.)
Baby's First Christmas
Meeting Santa for the first time.
Baby's First Christmas
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. 


Cheers!

Summer Ann

14 comments:

  1. Loved reading this post! The year goes by so fast! Wishing you and your family and blessed year! Xoxo

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    1. Thank you! And a happy New Year to yours well!

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  2. That sign for your friend is so cute. My hubs wants a boat so ad but I keep turning him down. lol

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    1. Thanks lady!! Get the boat! I was against it too especially because I had just had Boston but it has been such a blast!

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  3. What a cutie pie you have! We welcomed to the world in July 2014 our second baby, a girl this time around, and for both pregnancies I have experienced a bit of the baby blues at first, which I think is totally normal because of lack of sleep and all, but probably nothing as heavy as you described. It's always harder the first time since it's all new, and I'm sure that your second pregnancy will be better and different too. It does get better! Unfortunately, it's not something you can control but you will have some experience to back you up with! Wishing you all the best. Happy 2015!

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    1. Thank you!! And I'm thinking you're totally right. When it's your first, everything is new and you don't really know what to expect. I'm hoping the second time is easier because I'll be more prepared.

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  4. Awe cute photos
    xo
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  5. Hi! I found your blog through Little Baby garvin's blog. I just wanted to say that the whole baby blues things IS really crazy. I can totally relate as well. I also think, that, for someone who has more of a sunny disposition about life that those baby blues hit extremely hard. Although I don't know you - you seem like an active happy person and being "down" just isn't a typical feeling for you so it feels like you have fallen extra far when those blues hit. I had the same thing - I felt like a crazy person. And when I had my 2nd I was so afraid I would be so depressed again. But I think being aware of it is first and foremost and secondly knowing how to counter-act it. Like asking for help, getting out of the house, not isolating yourself when you're feeling sad. and Praying...so you will do fine and the second one will be amazing...when that time comes...have a great 2015

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    1. Little Baby Garvin is one of my favorites! And I'm sorry you went through the same thing but it totally makes sense to me that someone who is generally happy would be more effected by the baby blues. I had never thought about that but it makes so much sense. Wishing you a happy 2015 as well!

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  6. He has had quite the first (almost) year! Such a doll!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes he had a busy first year so far. :)

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  7. Taking boston to the hospital would be terrifying, I am so glad that turned out good. It sounds like you had a great year of traveling and family bonding.

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    1. It was very scary! Especially for a first time mom. But the rest of the year was pretty great! XO!

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