Goodbye 2017. You’ve been a wonderful year!
Well, hello there 2018! You look like a bright and promising new year.
2017 has been the craziest year of our lives yet. With the birth of our baby girl, it’s definitely one for the books! The year 2017 has brought so much love and happiness it makes my heart want to explode!
We rang in 2017 with our friends and I remember thinking, “It’s going to be an awesome year! I love life!” We love celebrating for new years eve and not once have we stayed at home. We’re always out and about getting our drink on to ring in the new year. This year was different. We stayed at home for new years eve because we were all sick. Can you believe our luck? We were at home, cozy in our jammies. It was all good! The most important part was that Dustin and I were together and we were with Daisy.
Here are some other reasons why I loved 2017:
Started the year off in a job that I really felt at home in. I can’t stress enough how grateful I am for having that. Ever since I graduated nearly 5 years ago, I have hopped from one nursing job to another. Never really feeling like any of it was a good fit so I never committed to a line. I was never really happy in those jobs and I couldn’t imagine working there until I retire (haha). It’s been my goal to find a job that I will love. I know it’s pretty cliche but I really do believe in working a job that you love so that it doesn’t feel like work. I wanted to find a job that made me look forward to getting up in the morning and tackle the workday. It took me a long time to find this glass slipper of a job and even though I am dreading leaving Daisy for 12 hours a day for four days, I can’t wait to go back and pursue higher heights with my career.
At the beginning of my pregnancy we moved back in with my parents. We made this decision so that we can take care of our debts and to save up for our own place one day. Living in B.C. is expensive. SO EXPENSIVE! Rental costs have gone up as with other costs of living. It would take us years, years, and MORE YEARS to save up for a down payment for a teeny tiny two bedroom (that’s Vancouver for you) if we were renting out on our own. As much as we loved living on our own and having our own space, we made the executive decision to move back into my parents basement so we can have a better future. It took a lot of pride to come back but Dustin and I both felt it was the right decision for our family. I couldn’t be more grateful for my parents for this.
We downgraded and made a financial plan to get ourselves into a better living situation in the near future. It felt good. Really good. In hindsight we should have done all this adulting a long time ago but we were so carefree. Bringing another life into this world really puts things into perspective. I can honestly say that it’s given me another boost of motivation in life. Maybe I should have had a baby a long time ago (hahaha)! Just kidding. To me, I’m a the perfect age and time in my life for this baby and I’m glad that it’s making me ‘grow up’. Motherhood really does change you.
I was really lucky to have been blessed, for some odd reason, with hormones that made me a really chill pregnant lady. I know. Maybe that’s unheard of but it’s true and Dustin can’t help but tell people about it all the time. Honestly, even I felt like I was calm and strangely easy going when I was pregnant. I like to think it was because I was too tired to give a shit. Pardon my language!
Well I know I definitely didn’t stay that chill pregnant lady when I gave birth. Life changed as we knew it when baby came home. The fluctuation of hormones coupled with lack of sleep caused me to be a little moody sometimes. I had to remind myself how to be a good partner again. Talk about my feelings. Ask for help kindly. Express gratitude. Be loving. Say, “I love you”.
My best friends also got pregnant in 2017! There were four of us trudging around with round bellies. I am ever so grateful for having friends that were pregnant the same time I was. We shared each others woes and sleepless nights. Now that our babies are out, we still share the same sleepless nights. It’s really nice to have friends to talk to (about relevant baby and motherhood things) during the day and late nights with baby. It makes me feel better that I’m not the only one up at night with a crying, pooping, and puking baby!
Needless to say, 2017 has brought about a lot of things to look forward to in the coming year. I’m wishing everyone all the love and happiness for the new year. If it brings your riches and gives you prosperity then that’s even better!