Wow...I knew the older I got, the faster time seemed to go. But I never imagined just how fast time would go by once I became a mom. Every day is filled with some kind of craziness or chaos or silliness or chaos (oh, sorry, did I already say that?). This past year was a good one for major changes and incredible memories.
At the very beginning of the year we found out we were expecting a second baby. What a way to start off a new year! As soon as I found out I was pregnant I wanted to start doing more with Maddie knowing that those would be the last 9 months that it would be just me and her. We had a lot of trips to the zoo in the early part of the year, a lot of trips to the park during spring and summer, had lots of outings to the library and just generally spent time together. It's time I cherish and I'm so glad I always took time to do special things with her even if it meant some chores were left undone.
February brought a trip to San Antonio for our family. Maddie went to Sea World for the second time in her life, swam in a hotel pool (the highlight of the trip for her, I think) and really started showing attitude and defiance! Maddie still remembers that trip (well, not her bad behavior) and tells me "that man splashed water in my face". At one of the shows, there's a funny guy who plays with the water fountains before the show starts and Maddie remembers getting hit right in the face with the water. What a memory to have! She also remembers swimming in the pool with Daddy and eating ice cream in the hotel bed. Also, to this day when we turn on the Disney channel, she tells us "this the tv I watched at the hotel".
March was the last month we went to the zoo (until this fall) and we got in at least 3 visits. Maddie enjoys the zoo so much when we go and especially loves the carousel. I can't wait to take her again soon to the new African Forest they just opened up!!
April was filled with playdates and trips to the park. Maddie celebrated her second Easter by coloring Easter eggs all by herself! She also got to pet/play with a real bunny on Easter Sunday at her friend's house. She was so sweet and gentle with it and loved having it sit on her lap.
In May Eric was home for another visit. We found out on May 5th that we were having another girl :) The fighting over names began immediately...I'm SO glad that's over with!! Maddie made me french toast (with Daddy's help, of course) for Mother's Day! At the end of the month I took Maddie to the beach. It was her one and only trip to the beach for the summer :( Poor baby! She LOVES the beach and I hope to be able to go more this summer. I can't wait to watch my two girls playing in the sand together!
June was a BIG month for us! Maddie turned 2. It was an uneventful day but we spent it together and had a nice time. I took Maddie to Chick-Fil-A for dinner and they were having a special night so she got to climb up into a firetruck. She thought that was pretty cool! She didn't, however, like the cow...Also in June Maddie started Mother's Day Out. Oh my goodness! If you've been reading my blog, you know what an ordeal that was! She's now been in "school" for 7 months and it's going VERY well. She loves her teachers and her teachers love her right back. They tell me all the time what a sweet girl she is. YAY! :)
In July Maddie and I made a trip back to Baltimore for the 4th of July. It was really nice to be back home and to see a lot of my family members that I hadn't seen in YEARS. It's always fun to see Maddie interact with her cousins. Maddie enjoyed her first parade, although she wasn't too sure about the clowns. She also enjoyed her first fireworks show. The trip was just under 2 weeks long but we got a lot in during those 2 weeks and were exhausted when we got back home. I was pretty much down for the count for the rest of my pregnancy. At the end of July Eric came home for just 6 days. It was a fun 6 days that included a couple trips to the pool and a trip to the circus. Maddie wasn't too sure about those clowns either...Also in July our cat, Audrey, found a new home. What a relief it was to get rid of one animal, it cut down on the dust bunnies in the house immensely!
August was a draining month. Maddie didn't have school for most of the month, I was trying to sqeeze in as many playdates at possible (but cancelling a lot too because I ended up being too tired to get out of the house). I was also trying to get ready for the new baby (who we had officially named by this time, just hadn't told anyone) while Maddie was home, that was VERY trying. The nursery wasn't complete...oops. We were seeing the ob/gyn every week and Maddie started to really look forward to our doctor visits :). This was the month that Murphy became a tailless dog. Poor thing :(
September was the month that had the biggest impact on our year. Sadie Mae was born on September 2nd. Eric's mom had been with us for a week before her birth and we had help with us for the entire month! It was a crazy month but one we won't soon forget! We were also blessed with my aunt and her family moving to Humble in September! You can't even imagine how awesome it is to have close family living within 15 minutes :) I guess I should tell you that my aunt is more like a cousin, or even a sister...we're only 4 years apart in age and we grew up REALLY close! It's been so nice having her here to take my girls (or even just Sadie) every once in a while to get a break!! Ahhhh... :)
The rest of the year is a blur...having a newborn and a toddler is a pretty busy life. I enjoy it a lot, but I also dread it a lot. Some days when I hear one of the girls starting to wake up I just want to cry and pull the covers back up over my head! (wow, did I just say "covers"?) Other days I can't wait to pick them both up and get a big hug and breathe in all their sweetness! October was trying as I was attempting to get into a good routine. That's hard to do with a breastfeeding newborn! November was better but we still had our moments where I had little "mommy meltdowns". That brings us to December...but I'll save that post for tomorrow. This one is already long enough :)
Happy New Year!!