1. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 33 in December. The night before my birthday my mom watched Mo, and Mike and I went to a movie. But not just any movie. We went to a new theater where you can order dinner and beer and snacks while you watch. It's basically the perfect date for us! We saw Catching Fire. The actual day of my birthday we just stayed home in pajamas, which is our other perfect date.
2. What are your strongest memories from this year, and why?
The birth of my child, obviously. That whole experience is so strong in my memory: the horrifying pain of labor, the moment I met Mo, the first weeks at home where we fought in the trenches together just to stay sane and the three of us - me, Mike and Mo - bonded for life.
3. What did you do this year that you’d never done before?
Gave birth. Breastfed. Mothered a child.
4. What did you want and get?
A healthy birth and a healthy child. Sorry, there's obviously going to be a theme here.
5. What did you want and not get?
More money. I know, so materialistic. But I've been wanting to find a way for our household to have more income, and we just can't figure it out.
6. What would you like to have next year that you didn’t have this year?
Curtains on all my windows. We've lived here a year and a half, and about half of our windows are still curtainless. Which is really just a symbol for the never ending home improvements that come with home ownership. But really, I need some damn window treatments!
7. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
Do I even have to say it? BABY!!
8. What was your biggest failure?
Eating better. Because I was breastfeeding, I didn't care much about what I ate for about six months. I was starving so I just ate what I wanted. Then, though I'm still breastfeeding, I decided I should be more health conscious. Mike and I downloaded My Fitness Pal and counted calories, and it did make us more aware of what we were eating, but I haven't noticed any changes in my weight or my energy. So yeah, fail.
9. What did you rely on when you were overwhelmed?
When Mo was born, the most overwhelming time of my year, Mike was my rock. I learned to appreciate him in new ways. I also leaned heavily on my amazing family. They always showed up when I needed them, and I feel so blessed to have them.
10. What was your most enjoyable purchase?
Skinny jeans. I know! I swore for years I was not a skinny jean person, and then one day, on a whim, I tried on a pair at Old Navy, and I said to my sister, "Am I delusional or do these look good?" And then I bought them. And I love them. I think I might buy more.
11. Did you travel? If so, where?
We spent a weekend at Sleeping Bear Dunes with my family in August, and then immediately following that I traveled to Chicago for work. I wanted to bring Mo with me, so I brought my mom and niece, as well. It was just as logistically chaotic to take her along as it would have been to leave her behind, but I wasn't ready to be away from her for two nights yet.
12. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Yoga. I didn't start again until fall (my last class being a few weeks before Mo was born), and I only did it once a week. I really should do it every day.
Also, I wish I could have spent more time with Mo. I'm still struggling with the fact of being away from her 9 hours a day. I wish there was a way to see her more often.
13. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Laid awake in bed. Which is my way of saying can I please be a better sleeper?
14. Compared to this time last year, how are you different?
My hips are wider. I weigh less than when I got pregnant, yet I'm up a pants size. I don't think these hips are bouncing back any further.
Also, I'm a mother, which means I'm different in a trillion ways.
15. Compared to this time last year, how are you the same?
I'm still tired all the time. And I haven't changed my hair in years.
16. What’s a life lesson you learned this year?
Don't blink. Because it all goes by so fast.