Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in review

These posts have been going around the blogosphere lately and I felt compelled to jump on board. Here is Team Flip's 2012 in review:

January
My college roomie, Angela, came to visit us in Ohio! We also announced our first pregnancy to the world.

February
Jon and I celebrated dating for five years. I also felt the baby move for the first time.

March

April
Shared pictures of the fixer-upper we were trying to purchase.

May
Closed on the house! I also graduated with my Master's in Biomedical Engineering from Cleveland State University and our friends, Nikki and Jim, took some maternity pictures for us.

June
Celebrated 2 years of marriage, had some baby showers, and made progress on fixing up our house.

July
I got huge.
Made more progress on the house, finished the nursery, watched my belly creepily move before my eyes, and made some stuff for the baby. 

August
Elden Andrew came barreling into the world on August 3rd (his due date!) at 9:35 am at a whopping 8 pounds, 15 ounces. I dealt with the aftermath of childbirth and we ultimately moved him into his crib before the month was up.

September
We got Elden's newborn pictures and I realized that I wouldn't be able to protect him from everything. We also made more progress on the house.

October
I turned 24, got a smart phone, we made more progress on the house, and celebrated Elden's first Halloween.

November
We got rid of the swaddle, Jon turned 25, we got our first pictures as a family of 3 taken, and put up Elden's first Christmas tree.

December
Sent out Christmas cards, Elden rolled over for the first time and got his first teeth, then we celebrated Elden's first Christmas.

This year has had its ups and downs--I never knew I could experience so many complex emotions within such close proximity. However, I would take the stresses we experienced due to finances, the house, a crazy colicky baby, and our school/work schedules any day because the joys of parenthood, home ownership and our marriage make it all worth it. Tonight we'll be ringing in the new year with our eyes closed, fast asleep in our beds--the same way we've rung it in the past two years--followed by a small New Year's Day brunch tomorrow with some of our friends. Stay safe tonight and happy 2013!

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