Big strike out for the daily posts over here. I guess I increased my post numbers, but failed at my goal. I think next time I'll aim for every other day, and just not tell y'all. So if I succeed, I can just say "Hey, look at that!" and if I fail I won't have to draw attention to it. Maybe December wasn't the best month as well, what with Christmas and all.
Anyway, on to the obligatory-blogger-year-in-review. And the BIG REVEAL.
Notice anything different? The hair is notable. The rest is harder to capture in a picture. As DH put it, she now gets interested in things. Last year at this time, she had two primary interests: eating, and running. Now she will actually sit for (short) periods of time and focus on things. Communication is the other biggie. We have full conversations, sometimes about abstract concepts like "air" and "boys vs girls". And she seems to get it.
As for our year, it's been a big one. Last year at this time we were debating where to live. Even as far as what city we wanted to end up in. We were convinced we would get pregnant any day and need a bigger house (hah!) and started the search. We are now settled in that house, in a wonderful neighborhood with wonderful neighbors. DH started his real job, after (only) 12 years of school and training. I quit my PhD, a very scary move but an ultimately wonderful move.
And we ended the year expecting a new kiddo in August. Yep. I've been meaning to tell you all, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. We've had a few ultrasounds, everything has been measuring well. The morning sickness has been uncomfortable but not crippling. We've told many people in our day-to-day lives, but the fear of miscarriage still lingered (and still does, really). But I'll be 10 weeks in a few days, and was called out at a party last night.
We went to our neighbor's house for New Year's Eve, which turned out to be wonderful. Although all of our new neighbor's have been wonderful, there is really only one we've gotten to know well (and not the one having the party). So we didn't know what to expect, but it was perfect. Lots of little kids for MJ to play with, actual adults to talk to, and just good people.
At any rate, one of my neighbor's came up and asked "Is there any news that you're thinking about sharing? About...." then she got a terrified look on her face that perhaps she'd been too presumptuous. After all, you're never supposed to ask women if they're pregnant. But, we assuaged her fears, and I came to realize that I am already starting to look pregnant.
Which will be interesting when I show up at my new job, a week from Monday. The timing is not exactly what we aimed for, but life doesn't like to work according to plans.