Happy New Year! Even though we are a couple of days into 2018, looking back on 2017 is still important to me. It was a big year for our family, filled with more changes jammed into a small space of time. I both loved and hated this year. It was an emotional rollercoaster with hurdles, trials and adjustments. I’m walking away from this year ready to face 2018 with a new attitude and a fresh start.
2017 started off with a positive pregnancy test on January 1st, and turned into a full blown whirlwind of a year from there. I wanted to make sure I sat down and wrote out this year, because it was one for the books, and I want to remember every high and low of it.
This picture gives me so many emotions. It seems surreal to think that it was just these two for most of the year. Josh and I tried to spend as much quality time with them as we could before Riley was born. We tried to celebrate every holiday to its fullest and enjoy every moment with just the two of them.
I was very sick at the beginning of my pregnancy, and it stayed pretty rough throughout. I was sick with baby nausea and a stomach virus and had to miss Greyson’s birthday party, which broke my heart in the worst way. One of the toughest parts of 2017 was not feeling well for nine months and not being able to be the best mom I could to my kids because of it. That was definitely one of the lower points of the year, but it’s amazing how much better I felt as soon as Riley was born!
Prior to our move, one of my dearest friends threw a goodbye sprinkle for me (and Avery 😉) with my New Jersey girlfriends. It was bittersweet to know that it was likely the last time I would be together with all of these incredible women in one space. I made some amazing friends in New Jersey and being apart from them is the thing I miss most. Living in New Jersey meant I was closer to my lifelong bestie and college bestie, which was amazing. But it also introduced me to my first group of mom friends, and without them, I couldn’t have made it through the past five years.
The move itself was no easy task. It’s amazing how much you accumulate, especially with kids. My dad and I made the 800 mile trek with the kids while I was seven months pregnant. This was after Josh moved ahead of us to start his job, and the kids finished the school year out. That was the longest two months! I’m still unpacking and organizing our house – it is nowhere near finished, but hopefully this year! #goals 😂
Maggie had the roughest 2017. She began the year with a diabetes diagnosis. A strict diet and insulin shots were a huge adjustment for all of us. She went blind during our move, which was heartbreaking. She was in a new house that she had literally never seen before and was constantly falling and running into things because of it. We were lucky enough to find an amazing vet and have one of her lenses replaced. She has full vision back in one eye and is back to her crazy self, barking at every little sound!
It was hard to leave our old house behind, especially after putting so much work and time into it. Luckily, we were able to find a move-in ready house that doesn’t need updating. We have only tackled a few small house projects since moving in. We replaced the upstairs carpeting, painted the main floors, did a tiny bit of landscaping and replaced the refrigerator. It is so nice to not have any major projects hanging over us. However, we have a running to-do list of little projects to get to in the new year.
Avery and Greyson only had four weeks of Summer with New Jersey school ending in late June and Georgia school starting at the very end of July. It was actually a great way for them to adjust and acclimate. My heart could barely handle sending my little man on the bus to kindergarten and I still can’t believe it’s him getting off the bus each day.
Greyson had a pretty major year. He finished preschool and started kindergarten, moved, and became a big brother. He is adjusting slowly, and some days are much harder than others. He gets picked on some, which is tough, but he is so resilient and kind. Being a big brother is definitely a culture shock for him, but I think he is starting to like Riley, HA! I’m so proud of what a sweet, goofy, silly and smart boy he is.
Avery dreaded moving so much that I was constantly finding hate mail to me about it in the Notes section of my phone. As soon as we got to Atlanta, she was perfectly fine and has been loving her new house, school and town. She recently got glasses and taught herself how to do a back walkover. I don’t think anything sums up her year more than these two things, besides how much she loves her baby sister, and what a giant help she is with her.
Last, but definitely not least, was Riley. This little lady definitely made this her year, since day one. I was definitely a little shocked to find out she was coming, but she was by far the best part of 2017 and has completed our little family in the best way.
That’s not to say that these past few months with Riley haven’t been utterly exhausting for all of us. The lack of sleep and complete and utter chaos of a baby plus juggling two other kids’ schedules has definitely been hard.. But, we are getting it together slowly. Verrrrrry slowly. And embracing all of the mess and chaos and baby time!
I’m so excited to see what 2018 brings and hopeful for a great year ahead! Happy New Year to you! -XO