2013 | What A Wild Ride

Can you believe that 2013 is over in a matter of hours? I can't! So much has happened this past year. It is been simply amazing, scary, hard, emotional, exciting, and filled with love. Since I only started this blog half way through 2013 (June 23 to be exact) I wanted to take a look back at this past year and share some moments that stick out since I was not able to share them!

So from the beginning of 2013 to the very last day....enjoy the ride. I know I did!

1.21.13 Two Year Anniversary
Wow I cant believe that at the beginning of 2013 I had been married to my wonderful husband a year! Which makes it 6 years we had been together. He has been so incredibly amazing, loving, and the best husband and friend I could ever ask for. 

Preggo's Gone To Mexico!
That's right, my husband and I went to Mexico 33 weeks pregnant. We were told we were crazy to go to Mexico in general, and totally insane since I was so far along. Well that just made us want to go even more. It was the end of February in Maine, and I needed to get out of the snow and into the sun. Relaxation was calling my name. So we boarded the plane and off to Cozumel we went. 
The best part about it was laying on the beach and needing to roll on my belly. Well when you are a big beach ball, that is hard to do. So my husband would get up and dig me a hole for my baby bell to sink into. We got some questioning looks, but we just smiled and giggled to ourselves. 

Gotta love the iPhone pictures ;)

Bed Rest Bound
3 days after my return from sun soaked Cozumel, I landed myself on bed rest. This was the last thing I ever expected! My pregnancy was going sooo incredibly smooth. But low and behold, I was having pre-term contractions 2-3 minutes apart! I blame it on the terrifying flight from ATL - BOS. I believe that is what made baby want to come early! So I got to go to Mexico for a week, then call into work and tell them I was never coming back. Some people dream of doing that, I on the other hand was dreading it. I wasn't allowed to do anything except pee, shower, and go to my pre-natal appointments.
It was a very long 7 weeks.

Best day of my life. 4.20.13 my baby boy was born ...ON HIS DUE DATE!
It was 4:30am and I woke with contractions 7 minutes apart (real ones) and went to shower to relax while my hubby slept. Well by the time my 20 minute shower was over they were 4.5 minutes apart. I knew at that point today was the day. So I woke him up, told him to pack his stuff because we were having a baby!
I labored for 15 hours and pushed for 2.5 hours. At 9:55pm I gave birth to the most amazing 8.4 oz baby boy Reece Michael.

My Fight With Postpartum Depression
Even though I was such a proud momma, it did not come without it's downfalls. I fell into a deep depression, that most did not know about. We had a very hard time with my son and his weight from the get go, and that sent me spiraling downward. And most don't know (until now) that I still battle PPD on a daily basis. Though it has gotten easier, it still battle each and every day. Thankfully, I have an amazing support system.

Well if you didn't know...that is the name of my blog! I started this blog back in late June. I needed something to keep my mind off the fact that my son wasn't doing well and something to do while I was pumping milk (or attempting) 12 times a day. 
I thought my blog would be something only my mother read, but I was oh so wrong. But I never in a million years thought that I would have over 33,000 views in 6 months, been featured on over 10 blogs much larger than mine, and people actually wanting to pay for ad space! 
I dove in head first and came out breathing - it has been it's own wild ride on it's own. I have found so many women out there going through what I am on a daily basis, and made new cyber friends that I am very close too. 

Baby's First Road Trip
Ah, something most fear. Something I excitedly looked forward too. We drove from Maine to D.C. in my loaded down Jeep for Thanksgiving. It actually went very smoothly. We only stopped 3 times, and my boy slept most of the way. But it was so nice to have my husband captive alone in the car. We seldom get time to just chat and laugh because we have a baby. But since Reece slept we had so much fun, laughed so hard we I cried, and got to go through a new experience together. 

Becoming A Doula
I had thought long and hard about this life decision. I have my B.A. in English and was teaching before I decided to be a SAHM. It wasn't until recently that I decided to take the leap into the Doula world. I am so incredibly excited to have my first expectant momma due in March! 

My Family
That's all, just my little family. 

I could go on and on and on about 2013. But Some memories are best left with my little family. So much has happened, I've had ups and downs, but all I want and will remember will be the ups. Every year gets better and better. I can't wait to see what 2014 brings!

Let me leave you with a picture of my baby boy on the last day of 2013

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Let's Be Friends BLOG HOP!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 45th Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of All My Happy Endings or The Dwelling Tree. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Mandi about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

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***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

All My Happy Endings: Blog, Bloglovin'
and your co-hosts:

Simply Anchored: Blog
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog
Happy Kids Inc.: Blog
My Pending Life: Blog

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

I came across Krysta's blog- Krysta Steen, last week! I loved the idea of doing a year in review and recapping your most popular blog posts. Brilliant. 

This cowboy caviar caught my eye, along with many other great posts. DIY milk glass vases, crock pot cinnamon sugar almonds, and lemon sugar scrub were some other great posts she had highlighted. 

Krysta is a health nut and has lots of great recipes and ideas for staying in shape and feeling good. Check out her blog!

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for me to read all your posts! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

Baby Bear is 8 Months Old!

I cannot believe that Friday marked 8 months since our precious boy came into this world...on his DUE DATE (4/20....holding for jokes....) !! He is an unbelievably happy, smiley, snuggly, active boy. He loves to say "Kitty Khhat" "Daddeee" and like twice "MUMM!" He is always standing, and is now walking across our furniture and anything he can pull himself up on. He has the cutest two "toofs" that are razor shape and loves to bite my knee after climbing my leg. He has changed our lives so much! The best days are watching him play with "Daddeeee" on the floor. 

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Aloha Friday

Okay my loves it's
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I have a special tie with ALOHA being that my husband and I went to Maui for our honeymoon. But it was so much more than a honeymoon, if I could live there I would. It was a life changing experience! I have traveled all over the world and not found a place I have loved so much!
So each Friday I will download what I love, learned, or lived that week!

Lets first start out saying that I wish I was back standing on the balcony at the Westin in Ka'anapali Maui. And you will see why....

Snow, Snow, and More Snow!
Since Sunday we have had 22" of snow dumped on us (see why I want to be back in Maui?!). Although, pretty, it's also pretty dang cold! 

Baby Blue Eyes
Because it was so cold I was able to stay inside and snap some pictures of my baby boy and his stunning blue eyes!

Yeah I haven't had too yet! Thanks to my wonderful husband! He got right up and shoveled the walkway, cleaned off my Jeep, and moved it back to my parking spot after we finally got plowed out. And in between all of that, he had a little lovey time with our baby boy!

 Snow Bear
After all the shoveling was done, I decided to take baby bear out to "enjoy" snow for the first time. Whelp, let's say he was less than impressed! But he was still freakin' adorable!

Date Night
On Wednesday I went on two dates! Unfortunately I do not have any photos, but it's true! The first was a vino and tapas date with my mom. It was great to finally go out with her without baby (love you boy but momma needs adult time too). We got to relax and chat! Then we went back to my house where she took over babysitting duty and my husband and I went out to dinner! Again, more adult time.
Don't worry, my babes paid us back ten-fold by being up almost all. night. long! 

Yummy Treats!
I have completely devoured all the delicious peppermint bark I made! 

Doula 'Stuffs'
I am knee deep in my doula training and absolutely LOVE it!! AND my business cards have officially arrived! 

Hope you have a wonderful Aloha Friday!
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