The year kicked off with two positive pregnancy tests (because I can never trust the first one haha)! The days that followed included telling our families and neighbors about the baby, getting some work done for the Oklahoma Catholic Women's Conference, and being a guest on a Catholic radio show. It was a really full week.
|10 weeks pregnant!|
I started the month off by visiting a hair salon for the first time in years (one of our friends from church is a hairdresser) and getting my hair chopped off dramatically. Later that day, my husband and I met my mom in a gas station off the highway to give her our toddler for the weekend (not sketchy at all, right?). We then attended the Evangelization retreat with the Domestic Church movement (you can read about it here). It was our first retreat together since Engaged Encounter several years ago, and it was our first kid-free weekend. It was awesome :) A lady who worked at Panera gave me a free lemonade, I got sick as Lent began and my husband surprised me with pupusas for our Fat Tuesday meal and a couple days later made me a huge pot of chicken noodle soup. My husband got stranded in Kansas for a weekend (our car died), so I read Elantris in about 48 hours. I finished watching season 10 of Doctor Who, and even though I've never watched ice dancing before, I eagerly followed the Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue hype. The month ended by getting to hear the baby's heartbeat, and by eating a burger (my other weird craving this pregnancy).
|Pi Day! (my husband's office was having a party, hence we made two pies instead of one)|
My neighbor randomly brought us pumpkin cheesecake, which was a great way to start off a month that would have some tough moments. I wrote one of my favorite blog posts of the year, which was about Jane Austen & The Office. I volunteered at the Oklahoma Catholic Women's Conference and had a great time serving the women there and meeting cool people. We watched Thor Ragnarok, we visited family in Kansas, and one of the neighbor girls spontaneously helped me make bierocks. I got together with a woman I had met at the conference earlier in the month and we wound up chatting for four hours at a coffee shop-I love meeting kindred spirits :) I went to a bridal shower for one of my friends, we had a beautiful Holy Week, and we ended the month by celebrating Christ's resurrection at the Easter Vigil. After a month that involved some really difficult and dark moments in between all of the fun activities, and it was nice to celebrate Christ's triumph over sin, death, and Satan.
Easter Sunday was dreary and rainy outside, so we stayed in our pajamas all day and played with the marble yrack we had gotten as a family gift. It was such a fun day :) The next day, we had an ultrasound appointment and found out that our baby was a boy! The day after that, I went to my first-ever counseling appointment. I realized that counseling is AMAZING and I wish I would have started going years ago-but better late than never, right? At the request of our neighbor, we spent a week making chocolate chip cookies for inmates at a local prison, which was a lot of fun and a great way to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday. We went to Adoration as a family for the first time in a long time, and the next day I led our parish's first Children's Adoration hour. My husband and I teamed up at a local Mario Party tournament, and sadly got knocked out of the tournament with the first game (it was still fun, though). We went to a good friend's wedding, my husband got sick, I went to the bridal shower for another friend, and I watched Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which was SO GOOD. Overall, April was a really, really great month.
I found a Bollywood-themed cookbook at the library and made the "homestyle chicken curry" recipe.
Our toddler randomly woke up super early and we went to play at the park at 6 a.m. which was a lot of fun. We celebrated Mother's Day by going on a family hike and eating at a ramen restaurant. My toddler and I played in the dirt and found lots of pillbugs, I made quite a few cookies for fun, and I read One Beautiful Dream, which was the exact book I needed to read at that particular time. We had our first "movie night" as a family and watched The Incredibles, and the toddler became fascinated with the Parr family. We visited family in Kansas and watched Infinity War, Solo, and had a sushi date.
|I hit 28 weeks this month and POPPED OUT, as you can see from the picture.|
Our toddler turned 2, we had a fun Mass & picnic day with other families from our church, and the toddler and I took a whirlwind trip up to Kansas for a day to attend Mass with the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters on their patronal feast day and catch up with one of my good friends who was in town on a visit. We streamed Mario Odyssey as a family, I started a knitting project while watching Little Dorrit (so, so good), we went to a wedding and some friends came over for a game night! Also, our storm shelter was installed, and our toddler had lots of fun watching the company put it in. Bring on the zombie apocalypse and tornadoes! Or...don't, because that wouldn't be fun. Our house basically got invaded with house flies (our neighbor's did as well) so I spent a week panicking and killing house flies like crazy as I prepared to host our circle's Domestic Church meeting at the end of that week. The month ended with cheesecake, which is never a bad way to end a month.
I made cardamom bread for the first time, and I am so into it-the combination
of cardamom and Nutella is just wonderful.
|39 weeks! Little did I know that I would give birth just two days later.|
|Happy birthday, little one!|
A couple days after I gave birth, my husband got sick, which was not fun for either of us (he would continue to get sick 3-4 more times in the first two months postpartum). But overall, we had a really good end to the month and loved getting to know our little baby and see his brother interact with him.
|I caught our toddler reading Beatrix Potter to the baby. So, so precious.|
|We went to the train museum!|
On the first day of the month, the new liquor laws in Oklahoma took effect, so I got to buy wine at the grocery store!!!! Plus, it was St. Therese's feast day, so it was just a good day. The rest of the month included hanging out with different friends, reading lots of books, watching season 3 of The Man in the High Castle (some fascinating things happened and I enjoyed the season as a whole, but I did not like all of the sexual content), and frantically writing out a presentation for the Urban Village conference. We finally bought a popcorn maker (and have since made lots of kettle corn) and I attended the Urban Village conference (you can read more about it here). My in-laws came to visit, I went to a "Mortality Party," and my husband took our toddler trick-or-treating for the first time (I stayed home since it was a really cold night). The toddler STILL talks about trick-or-treating!
|We love the flamingoes at the zoo!|
We went to All Soul's Day Mass (and prayed at a cemetery afterwards) with friends, my husband got sick again, my sister-in-law and her husband (and our cute little nephew!) came to visit for a couple days, and we potty trained our toddler! Potty training was a little challenging for me at first, since it seemed like he was making no progress, but one week to the day of beginning, it clicked. Yay! I made the baby a hat, we started watching season 3 of Daredevil, and visited family in Kansas for Thanksgiving.
I ended the month by getting some cavities filled, and decided that getting half my mouth numbed made me look like Two-Face (from Batman).
We began the month-and the liturgical new year-with our second Advent Tea! It was so much fun to celebrate the new year with friends :) We finished watching season 3 of Daredevil, and I promptly wanted to re-watch it because it was that good (but I held myself back haha). I joined a co-op for raw cow's milk (delicious!), I came down with the flu (I may or may not have let my toddler watch an entire season of Shaun the Sheep in one day so I could get some rest in between nursing the baby), and we went to a Domestic Church "Community Day;" an afternoon when everyone in Oklahoma who is part of the Domestic Church movement shared a meal and hung out-it was crazy and lots of fun. We started showing our toddler Avatar: The Last Airbender and we had a lovely, peaceful beginning to the Christmas season at home and then spent some time with family.
Looking back on the year, I am so grateful to God for being so merciful and loving. I can honestly say that there were some incredibly difficult moments but I am so grateful for those-because of how God drew me closer to Himself and began some wonderful and much-needed healing. Life is far different than it was a year ago, but I wouldn't want to go back at all-I am so thrilled for where I am and what I do, and I am excited to see what God brings our way in 2019!