The beginning of the year was filled with anticipation waiting for Charlie's arrival. From our awesome "babymoon" to Hawaii, to the cutest baby shower in the world, to prepping furniture and washing clothes. It's also funny to think back on this time and remember that I was still puking daily! Gosh, I forget about how hard that was!
|My last bump picture! My water broke the next day! :)|
Transitioning into motherhood was smooth and natural. I've always wanted to be a mom, but I wasn't sure if I would know how to BE one. Landon was also a natural at being a dad and it melted my heart to see how much he loved Charlie. He couldn't even hold him without crying that first week. He also was the first person to change his diaper (other than the nurses).
|SO sleep deprived and SO happy|
The rest of our year was spent with experiencing all of Charlie's firsts--firsts holidays, first time swimming, first time camping, first airplane ride, first snow etc. It's really been a magical year.
|Blessing day. Poor sweet baby was exhausted from all the excitement.|
|First time "swimming"|
|First Fourth of July|
|First camping trip to Deer Creek|
|First birthday party|
|First road trip to Yellow Stone|
|First bite of food (sweet potatoes)|
|First time in a swing|
|First airplane ride to Texas|
|First Christmas Eve Eve|
|First Time Sledding|
It's crazy how much can change and happen in one year. I feel like a completely different person, and I am! Becoming a mom has changed my heart forever. I joked last year that my goal for 2016 was to be a mom... and I did it! Ha! That's a pretty big accomplishment, I'd say.
For 2017, I want to be a BETTER mom and a BETTER wife. I need to make some more specific goals, but my family is everything to me, and I want to do everything I can to be the best me for them.
We already have so much to look forward to for 2017... our first family vacation to San Diego, our first trip without Charlie to the Eastern Carribbean, and as sad as it makes me, I'm really am excited to watch my little baby become a toddler. It's soooo amazing to watch him learn and grow!!
I'm so grateful for our life-changing 2016 and am looking forward to all the love and memories we'll experience in 2017. Happy New Year!