Just like that, we are saying goodbye to another year and preparing to begin another. Resolutions, hopes, and big dreams are just around the corner, but what better way to wrap up the year than to reflect on all that has happened since last January!
January started off with Jackson’s 5 month update. I remember him looking so big at the time, yet he looks so small compared to now! I did a post in honor of my favorite Jackson jammies, an obsession that has not wavered in the past year. This mama loves her a squishy baby in delicious pajamas.
In February, I talked about being tall, and how I have learned to deal with it throughout the years. I talked about the winter blahs, and how hard they tend to hit during that time of the year (which we are coming up on, womp womp). I wrapped up the month with a post on Jackson finding his voice and learning to make noises. I am so glad I have these posts to look back on, because it is safe to say that he no longer makes a single one of those sweet sounds.
My blogging was slacking for the month of March, but I did do a seven month update on Jackson, which to date is one of my favorites to look back on. His cloud sweatshirt is one of my absolute favorite clothing items, as are those precious off-white jeans and baby Pumas. I mean, I die. I also shared some post baby thoughts, and some realities and feelings I had experienced since welcoming my little guy into our world.
In April we celebrated our first Easter with our little guy. I talked about the realities of alcohol after baby while nursing, and how you can’t exactly start slamming back the drinks once baby is born. We also started diving into table foods with Jax, and learning as we go with how to best introduce him to real food.
In May I announced that I would be starting a new job! I posted some momfessionals, and shared the things that I do that I swore I would never do or surprised myself by doing. I am ashamed to admit that I still will eat food that Jackson has dropped (often from his mouth) because I don’t feel like walking it to the garbage. I shared some photos taken of Jackson and myself, which I still treasure and look at all of the time. We went on our first trip to the lake and spent the night away from home, and Jackson did great!
I finally got around to sharing Jackson’s nursery (ten months late), in a home where we of course no longer live. I talked about how motherhood ruins you and how it teaches you to love beyond any capacity you ever thought possible.
I shared some confessions to start off July, something that is always good for the soul and I really should do more of. I got a bit emotional at the realization that my baby was weeks away from becoming a toddler. I started sharing workwear outfits, a fun little series that has sadly lacked since moving to a home with no full length mirrors and watching my belly expand over the past few months!
In August my sweet baby turned one! We took a weekend trip up to Duluth to visit Mike’s aunt, and took in some of the beautiful sites of the north shore. I shared the details of Jackson’s rockin 1st birthday party, and had so much fun planning and putting it together. I started back up school for my final semester, and we also got an offer on our house and put in an offer to buy a lot. It was a big month!
I participated in the Blogtember challenge this year, and made it through the majority of the month before life, moving, and school got the best of me and I couldn’t keep up! Hats off to you ladies that blog 5 days a week, without fail! I shared a letter to my 16 year old self on the day that I turned 26, and couldn’t believe how quickly ten years could fly by. I also found on my birthday that we were expecting baby #2, but of course couldn’t share the big news just yet!
In October we took some family pictures, which so perfectly captured Jackson’s amazing head of curls, if I do say so myself. I shared the big news that we sold our house, and we spent the month settling into my in-laws and beginning planning for our home construction this coming spring. We celebrated Jackson’s second Halloween, and he managed to sleep through most of it and woke up in a terrible mood. He was the cutest little Elvis you ever did see, though, and I was so happy with how his costume turned out!
He also had his second haircut in November, but his first haircut since developing his crazy curls that we were all a little bit sad to see go. We made the big announcement that we are expecting and were so excited to finally be able to share. I did my first update on Jackson since he turned one, and couldn’t believe how much he changed in three months. I started doing my weekly bumpdate posts, and have had so much fun seeing the changes week to week.
In December I shared some of my tips and tricks for budgeting during the holidays. I also shared the reality of how different your second pregnancy will be from your first, and how your expectations change. We celebrated our second and last Christmas as a family of three, and enjoyed Jackson meeting santa for the first time and spending time with family.
I know I sound like a broken record, but I really cannot believe how quickly the year flew by. Just looking back through old pictures and realizing how little my sweet baby was twelve short months ago makes me smile and breaks my heart all at once. I cannot wait to soak up all of the goodness that is to come in 2016, and continue to watch my little family grow!