2013 has been the most amazing year of my life. It started with the purchase of our first home.
I never thought my first home would be so nice. I always imagined I would have to start with a fixer upper and pour many hours of labor and many hard earned dollars into it to create what we wanted in a home, but our house was perfect for us. Though we’re nowhere near finished with decorating and making it our own, we have enjoyed almost every minute of being homeowners (aside from the burst pipe under the concrete of our garage).
We welcomed two new members into our family! Elvira and Denali. Our sweet, spoiled, bratty little dogs mean the world to us.
Next stop on our amazing journey was our wedding. We spent the better part of a year planning, crafting and stressing, but on May 18, I was cool as a cucumber as I anxiously waited to walk down the aisle to marry my favorite person.
Our honeymoon was amazing. Taking a week to spend every waking moment with my HUSBAND was so fun. We were on cloud nine, wearing our Mr. & Mrs. Disney sweaters and cruising to Mexico and Catalina.
Three months after our wedding, we found out that I was pregnant and we were elated! We knew we wanted to become parents right away and couldn’t believe our luck when we saw those two little blue lines on the home pregnancy test. When we saw our baby (who at the time resembled a little grain of rice) we looked at each other and choked back tears.
Honesty time: pregnancy has not been fun for me. I have been beyond tired, moody (poor Ryan) and sick like I’ve never been before. I kept waiting for the magical second trimester everyone talks about, but it wasn’t coming. I was still throwing up, still tired, still on an emotional roller coaster and I felt cheated! I wanted that pregnancy glow! But during our gender reveal I felt the same excitement we felt when I took the home test. Our little baby cooperated very well for the ultrasound technician and proudly displayed his gender. He was without a doubt my little boy. After that I felt a stronger connection with our baby and suddenly didn’t feel quite as sick as I had before. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still exhausted and moody and my back is starting to hurt, but daydreaming about my baby boy is much more fun than daydreaming about a tiny androgynous blobby growing in my belly. It actually feels real now! We can call him by his name; Grayson Ronald Thomas.
Grayson has been a very active baby in every one of our ultrasound visits. He’s constantly flipping and jumping and dancing. Truth be told, I’m a little nervous that he is going to be a handful, but all the baby wrangling will keep me in shape, right?
This year Ryan and I also shared many other happy moments, like when Ryan signed a deal to have his book (The Summer I Died) made into a movie, I learned that two of my best friends are also having babies just weeks ahead of me, we modeled for a fun photo shoot where I went into the pool in my wedding dress, I made some fun things and got to see some of those things in a magazine for the first time, and a crap load more.
We also had some rough moments, like when I had to make the difficult decision to quit my job due to an office relocation. Luckily I was able to find another opportunity closer to home so it wasn’t all bad in the end.
In a handful of days we will be welcoming 2014 which is likely going to be another great year because we will have the pleasure of meeting our sweet Grayson (who just gave me a little kick as I was typing that). I can’t wait to see him grow and learn and to see Ryan as a daddy. I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it. So as I say goodbye, I also want to thank 2013 for giving me everything I’ve ever wanted.