I hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend! We are doing more sleeping than expected in California with Ben’s family and while I anticipate it being quiet on the blog for the next week while we enjoy time with family, I wanted to drop in and share our 2016 year in review. It is always a fun post to put together and reminisce about all the fun our family had over the last year.
All the bold text links back to original blog posts if you’re so inclined – and either way, happy new year from us!
We started the year with a two day drive back from New Hampshire and Lincoln turned one a few weeks later. We shared our exciting news of my second pregnancy at the very end of 2015 and 2016 was a new leaf of finally not being so sick all of the time. We also found out we were expecting a baby GIRL at the very end of January and snapped a few photos for a gender reveal.
We finally got out of the house more regularly in February (this weekend and this weekend were well documented favorites) and we had a very low key Valentine’s. Lincoln took his first steps and we booked our tickets for our last adventure as a family of three.
In March my family drove the twelve hours from New Hampshire just for Easter weekend (Ben sang in church and a few members of the congregation mistakenly congratulated my little sister on her husband’s singing ;)). We broke in our Ergo carrier for our Europe trip around town and Lincoln worked on his walking.
We packed way too much stuff and braved a red-eye with a 15 month old to meet some friends in England. We took day trips to Bath, Windsor, and London and slept far more than we anticipated (thanks, Lincoln!). We spent a week on an island off the coast of Spain while Ben & Dave rock climbed and the girls and babies played on the beach. We followed up with a few days in Lisbon with hills so steep Adelaide almost showed up early.
Adelaide arrived (birth story // newborn pictures) almost a week late, right on Ben’s birthday. We brought her home a few days later and quickly remembered how little sleep you get with newborns. Ben also took a promotion at work which meant he moved onto a rotating shift schedule and I had to brave the night shift all alone.
We blessed Adelaide while Ben’s parents were visiting in July and started sleeping for more than three hours in a row. All the sleepless nights were worth it when Lincoln and Adelaide started really interacting and my mom heart just about exploded.
We celebrated five years of marriage and left the babies with a sitter for the first time (long enough to see a movie and grab some take-out to eat at home…and I can’t for the life of me remember what movie we saw — sleep deprivation was still going strong). All of our family was gone at this point and we started to find a new normal with life as a family of four. Lincoln fell in love with puddle jumping and we braved downtown dates with both babies.
Ben started the first half of his six week paternity leave in September after working straight through Adelaide’s birth (taking two or three days of vacation, I can’t remember). We took trips to Cincinnati, caught up on sleep, and he worked hard on some personal projects (that I CAN’T WAIT TO TELL YOU ABOUT!!!). We practiced taking video and realized Lincoln was a full-fledged toddler.
I turned 26 in a little lake house tucked into the forest of New Hampshire with just Benjamin for company. The best present I got was a full nights sleep. We made it back to Ohio in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends.
Motherhood in December was my absolute favorite so far. We’re celebrating Christmas with Ben’s parents in California and the last week has been a flurry of preparations, adjusting sleep schedules, and setting goals for 2017.