We ended 2014 in the quiet of our home, soaking in our new family of four. Obviously with a newborn, going out was the furthest thing from our minds, and I was totally okay with not having a hangover on January first. We are in a new era. The era of baby clothes, story time, Lego towers, and late night feedings. It's kind of dreamy.
The final chapter of the year was definitely a sweet one. We brought home a healthy baby girl, and I couldn't imagine a greater gift. It is the most powerful and wonderful thing to bring another child into the world and complete our family. That first moment I held her is burned into my brain, right next to the first time I held my boy. I was crying tears of joy. Yes, this year was definitely marked by personal and professional success for our family. There is much to celebrate and be thankful for.
But there were also some challenges. In January I lost a friend, followed in August by my beloved Grandmother, and in November my Dad (estranged) passed away. So there were a lot of emotions surrounding those events. Saying goodbye to 2014 meant saying goodbye to them, putting them further in the past. Time keeps moving, and I felt a bit emotional about it come December 31st, especially for my Grandmother. Already 5 months without her. She's missed out on so much, and I hate that. But I can't stop time, and I have to embrace this beautiful new chapter. My treasured memories will remain.
Now we're starting our year with an attempt at getting organized, learning to do life as a family of four, and just being together while Albin is home on leave. It has been really special, and SO nice to have the help! Family meals, outings, playing hide-and-seek in the house, reading, and marveling at our children. We have had many great laughs in the last few weeks. I didn't know before I became a Mom that my babies would blow me away every day. Milestones, expressions, full on conversations. It's really good stuff. This has been a time I will treasure in the years to come. I know that these are the good years.
And now we are at the dawn of a brand new year. Something so rejuvenating about that, right? Starting a new calendar, writing down a few fresh goals. I'm not really into resolutions, but I love the optimism and potential a new year can bring. It's a great time to reflect and reevaluate where you've been and where you're headed. 2015 feels like it's off to a really fresh start with our brand new baby, and I think some wonderful things are coming down the road this year. Excited for it to unfold.
Happy New Year!