It's that time of year when we look back on the previous year and think about our hopes for the one to come. Last year I was coming off a time of uncertainty that developed in to something more amazing than I could have imagined. 30 was also staring me in the face, but it really wasn't a big deal when it finally came around. Two years ago we were still fresh off of Parker's autism diagnosis and had so much hope and expectation. A couple months after that I vented about my desire for a bigger family, but not feeling like the time was right. That was so hard to write, but also very therapeutic.
And here I sit, January 3, 2016, looking forward to what just may be the most nerve wracking year I've had. I am so excited for the little life that is growing, but also terrified to go back to the baby stuff again. I was wracking my brain last week trying to remember what it was like to have a newborn. How often do they eat? How many diapers do they need? I am hoping it will be like riding a bike, but we will see in less than 4 months!
Overall, 2015 was a pretty amazing year! Parker started school and also began making amazing strides with speech and social skills. He is doing so well that we will be taking a break from both speech and occupational therapy until the end of summer. This is pretty common when a child has been going as long as he has. It will be a great opportunity for all of us to reset before baby girl arrives. We took a family trip to Kansas City in April, my brother got married in July, and Jimmy and I got away to Winnipeg for our birthday! We also learned about baby girl's impending arrival in late August!
We had a pretty great end of the year too! Parker got to have back-to-back sleepovers with my parents and Jimmy's mom.
He got a little sad when we dropped him off with Jimmy's mom. He hasn't done that in a very long time, so we weren't' sure what was bugging him. We was tearily sulking around with his hands in his pockets, it was utterly adorable! He must have made a quick recovery after we left because we never got a call!
We headed to our friends, Nick and Rachel's, house for a New Year's party. A bunch of folks ended up sick, so it was just us and them! We ate some delicious appetizers, then decided to go see the new Star Wars movie! We played a card game and drank sparkling cider as we rang in the new year. It was a super fun and low-key way to celebrate.
Wishing you all an amazing 2016!