Someone told me on Saturday that I must be so glad that 2012 is almost over since it was such a bad year.
I suppose it started out rather poorly. February was basically spent in and out of the hospital on bedrest. Still, the weather was wonderfully unseasonably warm. I was so afraid of ice and falling, but it never really got bad. I made it to my unplanned c-section on 2/29/2012 without any injury (unless you count all of the blown IV sites and missed blood draws).
March and half of April were spent going back and forth to the NICU. I can honestly say that we had a terrible experience there and I am questioning if I am willing to have another baby at that hospital (we probably will because it’s the only hospital with a NICU that my OBGYN delivers at and I love her). So yes, the NICU sucked. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but we did get moved to a special wing for low-risk babies and I can honestly say that I never worried that my child wasn’t going to be ok. We avoided every preemie complication (unless you count reflux, but I know full-term babies who have it MUCH worse).
Charlotte finally made it home in April after a kick-ass baby shower on St. Patrick’s Day. Buying our home in March was epically stressful. Our mortgage almost fell apart at the last minute and my husband’s good friend had to come to the hospital to notarize a power of attorney so he could close on the house without me (lawyers are automatically eligible to be notaries in the state of Ohio. Fact: this is awesome for my convenience). I’ll admit, I was disappointed to miss my first closing, but let’s be honest and admit I would have probably been bored and zoned out after 2.5 seconds. I miss my Ritalin. I hope we can get back together in 2013.
I defended my dissertation 6 days after Charlotte came home. It was stressful, but honestly, it meant I didn’t have time to get anxious. It was over before I knew it and time just kind of flew by until graduation in June. I can’t remember when Charlotte started sleeping through the night, but it was sometime in June and by July 4 she had moved into her crib and I was sleeping really well. I don’t think most full-term babies sleep that well that early, so I am so thankful for my child’s love of sleep (she’s now sleeping around 11-12 hours a night).
I started training for my contract job in July and I’ve been working since the beginning of August. I’ve been fortunate enough to have extra hours available every week since I started. It’s not the most stimulating job and it’s not in my field, but it’s paying the mortgage and then some. Also, I get to be home all day with a really cute baby, so I’m not complaining.
I also finally got back to running and ran a 4 miler, a 5K, my first mud run, and my first 10K this fall. I also battled IT Band syndrome and plantar fasciitis, which knocked me out of training for the Columbus half marathon (again). I’ve also almost completed the first phase of The New Rules of Lifting for Women and my biceps feel like rocks under a nice thick layer of fat.
We coasted through the end of the year, although Charlotte’s 6-9 (08/29-11/29) month photo book was packed because we had so much fun (weaning after 8 months of exclusively pumping really opened up some time). We went a bunch of church events, including watching two local parades, Charlotte got baptized on 10/14, we celebrate her first Halloween and Thanksgiving, and both mine and my husbands’ birthdays. December was also busy with Charlotte’s first play and Christmas.
Other highlights: so many trips to the zoo, hanging out with llamas, finding and joining an amazing church, Charlotte’s first wedding, and a whole bunch of other stuff I’ll remember 5 minutes after hitting publish.
So yeah, there were parts of 2012, but I think it all paled in comparison to the awesome. Now if only I could get over the fact that kids born in 2000 will be teenagers in 2013. And my husband will turn 30. We are so old.