First off, thanks for following along with me & Julie this year. 2012 brought the start of The Chirping Moms & the start of a wonderful journey writing about our daily adventures & interacting with all of you. I'm so thankful for my friend Julie & that one rainy day in May, we decided to get this blog going.
I'm one of those people that gets sentimental as New Year's Eve approaches. I think of all the things that happened throughout the year & nervous/excited about what the year ahead holds. I've been reflecting a lot about 2012 & all of the things our family did. I realized, looking back, that it's been a big year for me, because it's the year I found "my mom groove". Yes, I became a mom back in 2010 & since then have had 2 babies. But, I think it took me the 1st two years to really figure it all out.
I have always been a pretty relaxed person & when Maggie came into the world I thought I would be a pretty relaxed Mom, and I tried to be. Then Maggie caught whooping cough. She got it in between round 1 & 2 of the vaccine, so thankfully it wasn't a terrible case, but it scared me. We didn't know how she caught it, so I always thought I must not have "worried enough" about germs. Then they told me I just had to watch & monitor her while she had the coughing fits. I felt pretty helpless just watching my tiny baby cough until she was blue in the face for months. My nervousness after that made me a much less relaxed Mom than I wanted to be. After a few more months, I was starting to find my groove & then we found out we were pregnant again.
To say I was shocked would be an understatement. Another blessing, but another big surprise! I had a baby, how could I be having another?! Once that news started to sink in, I found out we were moving states away. We moved into our house in NJ just a few weeks before Alex joined our family. We were a wonderful family of 4, but 2 kids under 2 is not easy. It took a few months to figure that out. I blinked & Christmas arrived & then it was 2012 & everything started to calm down.
Alex was on a pretty consistent eating & sleeping schedule & Maggie was a ball of cheerful energy. Tom & I really started to sit back, relax & realize just how blessed we were. We had made friends in our new town & I fell into a happy routine of library classes, parks & more. As the year went on, the girls started to really act like "sisters": interacting, laughing together, fighting etc.
We traveled all the way to Ireland with the two girls & the trip could not have gone any smoother. We joined the town pool & both girls turned out to be real little fish in the water. We traveled to the Jersey Shore a bunch & even drove all the way to North Carolina to enjoy a week at the beach there. We started going on lots of little "daily adventures" & this Fall I began showing my girls around my favorite city in the world: New York City. I've found my groove as a mom; I'm brave enough to try new things & go to new places with the girls, but I know their limits & how important sleep is.
My kids are goofy, loud & not always behaved, but I've taught them both to say please & thank you this year. I've learned to stay calm while out & about, & also to enjoy the days we are just sitting around enjoying an afternoon in our playroom. I'm not complaining about my first two years of motherhood & as nervous as I was, I did enjoy every minute (almost). The first 2 years were all about learning & I think that's ok to admit. They were about learning how to raise babies & also learning to relax & enjoy the ride.
I'm excited for what 2013 has in store. Alex is starting to talk & Maggie is acting more like a little girl than a toddler every day. I pray for many more blessings in the New Year & I'm so thankful for what 2012 brought. This year, now that i've "found my groove" it's going to be all about ENJOYING the little moments with my family.
What did you learn this year?
Two pictures above are courtesy of Lifesong Photography.