This year has been an amazing year for us. It started off not so good, but as the year progressed, it got way better. In January, we had our first frozen embryo transfer that resulted in a negative pregnancy test in February. We were pretty upset. We had transferred two perfect embryos for the second time and still were not blessed with a pregnancy. How could that be?! After that, the emotional and physical toll that infertility was putting on me was just too much. We decided to take a break for several months while I focused on myself. In February, I weighed in at 217 pounds. My highest weight EVER. I started training to run a 5k in March an dropped about 20 pounds by the end of May. At the beginning of June, I ran my first 5K with my hubby and his family. After that, I fell off some. I gained back almost 10 pounds. At the end of July, we had our 2nd fresh IVF cycle and I interviewed for a 5th grade teaching position in the district that I was an aide in. On August 1st, I was offered the teaching position and on August 6th, we found out that we are pregnant. Two things that I had been hoping for, praying for, and dreaming of happened within such a short time of one another. In September, we traded in my hubby's cruddy car and got a Ford Edge to fit our growing family. In October, we took a trip to the lake with some friends and family. Later that month, my niece, Ally, arrived. The year is ending on a sad note though. My sister (my best friend) and her husband have packed up their belongings and taken my niece and nephew to live in Texas. They arrived at their new, gorgeous home yesterday. I am very happy for them and their new beginning, but also very sad that she is so very far away and that I won't see her much anymore.
I also have an aunt that is in hospice care and is not expected to make it even another week. She is the sweetest lady and it really sucks that our family is losing yet another wonderful person. See, that's what sucks about big families. My parents are both 1 of 10 children. That means I have 9 aunts and uncles on each side....and their spouses....which gives me 36 aunts and uncles total (at least before they started passing away). My dad's side is also very prone to getting cancer, so it seems like we are always losing someone...whether it be an aunt, uncle, or cousin. It's been rough.
As crappy as this year is ending, I really look forward to 2015. As scared as I am to give birth, I cannot wait until little man arrives. We have been waiting so long for this.
After reading blogs today, I realized that I usually don't do any end of the year posts recapping the year and talking about how the next year with hopefully be "our year". I realize that so many do. It is tough to be optimistic sometimes, but there really is so much hope for each and every year. We have 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,765.812 hours, 525,948.766 minutes, and 31,556,925 seconds to make our years count. Dream big and NEVER give up on your dreams. We came extremely close to doing that this year. If we had, we wouldn't be expecting our little miracle in April! Make this year COUNT, ladies (and gentlemen)!
Enjoy your New Year's Eve parties. I'm still feeling pretty cruddy with this sinus infection, so I think we'll be staying in tonight. I do have some sparkling grape juice to replace my Moscato, but I'm not sure if I'll be up to even drinking it tonight!
HAPPY NEW YEAR'S!!!