Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013

The first year of motherhood for me was a whirlwind, to say the least. There are so many traditions we neglected and things I wanted to accomplish that year, but just couldn't or didn't. It was a weird year for all of us, I think. I often wonder if I'm the only one that feels this way. Women usually look back on their baby's first year of life with warm fuzzy feelings and lovely memories and while no doubt, I will cherish that year, it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. It was stressful and emotionally weird and physically frustrating (anyone that has birthed a baby can attest to that one) and basically a big blur now. Once we got past the six month mark, I started storing away those little memories that mother's normally cherish, but I didn't start feeling that sense of nostalgia and really absorbing special moments until closer to the one year mark. Well anyway, what started out as a late Christmas card the first year Ev was born has now morphed into a tradition. Each year, we plan on sending out a New Year's card with a collage of the year's pictures. It buys me a bit more time and our card is the last to arrive in the Christmas card mailing frenzy, so it's usually a welcome change. Because we aren't one for family pictures at the same time each year (I'm picky and can't find a photographer that's worth the price for the quality I want.), this is a fun way to make a timeline of sorts. It will be a collection to cherish in another few years and will be a tangible way to see how our family changes over time.

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