Thursday, 22 December 2011

So long 2011

How quickly the holidays pass us by! Ugh, I always hate it.

The unthinkable happened...I have zero pictures of Christmas day. Admittedly, I'm heartbroken about it. Looking back I just had no time at all, between cooking, cleaning, taking care of Benjamin and entertaining a house full of people, there was just no extra minutes. I know I have a million other pictures of Ben, so I'm hoping I won't be too sad about this for long, but for now I'm pretty bummed. I have however taken a few cute ones over the holidays as a whole...and any picture of Ben is a good one, regardless of the day.



I did manage to take a short video of the first moments of Christmas morning, watching Ben opening some presents...I'm hoping down the road I'll cherish this among the sea of pictures that I have.

However...all that aside, Christmas was lovely. Really busy, but we got to see a lot of family, friends, and we got to watch Ben's face light up over a LOT of new toys.

New Years Eve was low key this year (again), but so nice. I think New Years is always best spent with your closest friends...and this year they were all here with us (except Aaron of course!). We even had a little impromptu visit from Ben when the ball dropped (this being the first time he's ever been really awake in the night, thanks to neighbours letting off fireworks next door).


Looking back on 2011, it's been quite a year. When I look back, I know I did a million things, but all I can think about is that this is the year we brought Benjamin into the world. Without getting too sappy, I really do think having Ben in our lives has changed me in a way that I can't describe, and that I'm so thankful for. I feel so lucky to have met this little person, and to be with him every day, and to take care of him. I have never seen Billy so happy to see someone, and it's pretty amazing watching the two of them develop this little special love for one another.

In the months leading up to the day Ben was born, I had really, really mixed emotions. I think the fear of everything (what sort of Mom I would be, what his delivery would be like, what I would do with him when we got him home) took precedence over the excitement. Looking back, those fears all seem so silly to me. Now I feel like the whole process was really just magic. Being Ben's mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I am so eternally grateful for this experience.

I have spent hours rocking him to sleep, changed hundreds of diapers, and tried a million times to figure out what it was that he needed and make sure he got it. And I've loved every second of it. Ok, so maybe there were nights when I tried 17 times to put him in his crib and he woke up every single time that made me a little crazy, but I'd do it every night. 

Having Ben has made me realize how much I want another baby. Not just yet...but when the timing is right, I want so badly to add to our family. I feel that there is at least one more little person meant to be with us :)

2011 was a challenging, exciting, crazy year in so many ways. And after spending the holidays with my family and friends, I'm reminded that we wouldn't be where we are, as happy as we are, without everything that led us here. 2012 is going to be a great year. I can just feel it.

I am excited to ring in 2012 as a Mom with my sweet boy and my husband. There's nothing quite like watching the love of your life hold a little baby that you both brought into the world. Without these two, my life would be incomplete. Thank you to both Billy and Ben for being my family. I'm the luckiest girl in the world. 

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1 comment:

  1. Somehow, don't ask me how, I managed to get a couple of Christmas morning pictures.....will send them to you.


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