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January 1, 2013

Happy New Year! (And My 100th Post)


... shortly before her first birthday. Will someone tell her to quit growing!?

I can't believe it's already January, 2013! Maile and I had a pretty standard last week of December, counting down the days until Tim came home. We rang in the New Year as a family, so happy to have him home. (Although, come midnight, we were just trying to get a little shut-eye, as Miss Maile had a very upset tummy. Ah, parenthood. So glamorous!)

2012 will forever be a year to remember, for me. We experienced our first full year of parenthood with Miss Maile. We also decided we want to add to our family. (Not an announcement, simply a wish!) As someone who wasn't ever sure that I wanted to have children, both of these things are pretty amazing to me. I am a mama! And I actually want to be a mama of two!? Crazy talk.

As 2011 was an emotional roller-coaster for me (being a new mother is hard), one of my goals in 2012 was to make the most of each day, and I think I did pretty well. Every day spent with Maile is so very special. Days full of mistakes and frustrations, but also life and love. Above all, love. When I lay Maile down for bed each night, I have to drag myself away from her side. I smell the top of her head two, three times. I brush her hair out of her face ... an utterly useless, but habitual gesture -- girl has so. much. hair! I kiss her hand, and I thank God for our little miracle. Tim and I wouldn't trade our time with Maile for anything; she truly made 2012 an amazing year!

As this is my 100th post, I want to thank you for your friendship over the past few months. I love sharing our lives here in our little corner of the web, and your affirmation, encouragement, you mean so much to me. Thank you, thank you!

Happy New Year!

28 comments:

  1. Have a happy New Year, cuddle Maile even more and enjoy every moment with your family :)!

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Gita! I can say with certainty that there will be many, many more cuddles this year. :) xo

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  2. Such a sweet post! Happy New Year girlie!! xoxo

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    1. Awww, thanks Jillian! Happy New Year to you! <3

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  3. I really feel that in the time that I've followed your blog and gotten to know you, it's very apparent that you do enjoy so many of the simple moments life gives you each day. You are doing a fabulous job, and I love how you admit when you've been less than perfect during the course of your day, but always search for how to be better the next..You're truly wonderful...So excited for you and what the new year will bring to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you so much for your amazing words, Shannon. I am so very happy to have a friend in you ... looking forward to all that 2013 has to offer!

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  4. Hooray for 2013! It's going to be a great year. :)

    I'm so glad you, Tim, and Maile were able to ring in the new year as a family. I hope she's feeling better today! <3

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    1. Thanks girl! I agree. Maybe it's just New Year optimism, but I have a feeling it's going to be a great year! xo

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  5. Happy new year to you & your beautiful daughter!! :)

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    1. Thank you, Marie! Happy New Year to your sweet family!

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  6. Yes! 2012 was pretty amazing. So much was learned. As parents I think we learn more every day.
    I love that you want to have another child, that is so exciting!
    And thank YOU for sharing your life with us, and letting us in, it's really amazing what you do.
    Maile is a lucky lucky girl :)

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    1. All I can say is, this made me smile.

      ::hugs:: I hope you and Jeremy are having a wonderful day today!

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  7. Happy New Year my sweet sweet friend! I am so glad Tim is back home! And I know how you feel...I just can not ever get enough of Ellie...no matter how rough of a day it is! Here's to an amazing year for you and your family!! (and maybe another baby soon?? woo hoo!)

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Kyna! Thank you -- we are SO happy to have Tim home for a couple weeks.

      xo, my friend!

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  8. Happy new year & congrats on your 100th post! I hope 2013 is an awesome year for you :)

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Luana! I wish all the best for you and your family in 2013!

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  9. Congratulations on your 100th post!! & Happy New Year to you and your gorgeous little fam xx

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  10. Loved. This!!

    (and can I second and third and fourth the statement "being a new mother is hard"?! So true, my friend!!)

    Happy New Year to you, sweet friend!! xoxo

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    1. Oh my gosh, yes ... Please do second and third and fourth that being a new mother is haaaard!

      Happy New Year to you and your beautiful little family, Andrea!

      <3

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  11. Happy New Year! I love your post. I love the suddle honesty in it. Can't wait to hear an announcement, and your wish is beautiful. We welcomes a boy in 2012, and he'll be 1 in a month, and 2012 was just amazing.

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    1. Thanks, Izzy! Happy Birthday, a bit early, to your son. I can imagine that 2012 was just so special for you! May 2013 be just as amazing.

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  12. Excited to be your newest follower :) I found you from your guest post on LuLu Mom and I'm so glad I did :)

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    1. Hey there, Brittany! Thank you so much for becoming our newest follower. I'm so happy you came over from Jami's blog -- she is just so sweet, as I'm sure you are!

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  13. I'm not a mommy, and I often question if I want kids, so it's relieving to hear you love your little one and want another!!! So happy for you!!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Irene! I will be sure to check out your blog.

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