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With only days left of 2011, it’s time for me to do my annual “yearly review” of sorts.

2011 has definitely been life-changing.  I was pretty much pregnant for a majority of the year and that was an adventure in itself.  There were so many ups and downs dealing with pregnancy, but I loved every second of it. 

In September, I became a mother.  Giving birth was the biggest accomplishment of my life. 

I’ve spent the rest of this year on maternity leave and learning the ropes of motherhood.  It’s been the most tiring, yet most rewarding job in my life.  Little M has changed so much from when she was first born, it’s been a whirlwind.

I never thought I’d ever live a year like this.  It’s definitely been a year full of blessings and I’m thankful for every day of 2011.  It’s a year that I will never forget. 

Next year is going to be a new year of adventures and blessings.  I’ll be going back to work at the end of January, and that’s going to open up a new world of challenges as I learn to balance working and mothering..

2011, you’ve been nothing but great.

2012, I can’t wait for what you have in store for us.  I pray you give us the same joys that 2011 gave.  You’ve got some shoes to fill.. 2011 has definitely raised the bar!

It’s been a few busy days for our little family.  It’s been our little family’s first Christmas.  Most importantly, Little M’s first Christmas.  We dressed her up in her little Christmas outfit.  She looked like a little candy cane.

We spent Christmas Eve with my inlaws, drove right up and spent Christmas Day with my family.

Little M had the best of both sets of Grandparents and opened a lot of presents.  It was cute watching her touch all the wrapping paper of each gift and her “opening” her own presents.  She seemed into the whole process of it all.  We’d put her hands together to get a grip on the wrapping paper and I’d pull the gift away.  It made it seem like she was tearing those presents open and she enjoyed the sound of the paper tearing.

She’s enjoying some of her presents now and playing with some of the toys she received.  She also received a lot of clothes which is great because that’s less that I have to buy.

Hubby and I didn’t exchange gifts.  We didn’t last year either.  I don’t think it’s weird.  I just don’t know what to ask for from him because if I usually want something, I just buy it myself.  And with him, he’s just not the “gift-asking” type.  So we didnt’ get each other anything.

I just put a ribbon on Little M and handed it to him.. that will be his gift for every occasion for the past 18 years.

There are bad germs in our apartment.. first Hubby got it, then Little M got it, and now I’ve got it.

Little M catching it sucks.

She’s coughing and she’s got a runny/stuffy nose.  Yesterday was pretty bad.  You can tell she wasn’t feeling all that great because all she wanted to do was sleep.  She napped a lot yesterday.  Thank God she didn’t have a fever.  When she was awake, her demeanor was normal.  She was her same smiley, playful self.

Today, she seems a little better.  She coughed up a lot this morning, and her nose was running like a faucet this morning.  But now she’s playing on her play mat without whining to get picked up.

The nights are pretty bad.  We’ve been sleeping on the recliner for the past few nights.  She just doesn’t want to lie down, nor does she want the recliner tilted back at all.  We slept up straight, and it’s soo not comfortable to me.  Even with a nice, cozy LazEBoy recliner, it’s just not comfy to sleep upright.

I’m hoping that we start getting over our colds soon.  Christmas is a few days away and I want us to be able to enjoy Little M’s first Chrismtas.. sniffle-free.


Warning:  This post may be a little too “TMI” for boys and those that aren’t mommies at the moment.. but since this is blog about all my life experiences.. I figure that it’s ok to post.

I made the decision to stop nursing a few days ago.  For the past month, I had only been nursing her at night, and this past week, it just didn’t seem like it was enough for her anymore.  So, I had to make the executive decision to stop nursing her at 3months and 1week of age.

It’s bittersweet.  I’m glad that now I can go back to eating everything I loved to eat, and also diet the way I should to get back to my pre-prego weight.  But, I LOVED nursing.

I loved watching her nurse on me.  Nothing perverted.  I loved watching her nurse in a mother-child bonding way.  It was like our last sort of physical connection outside of her being in my womb.

But I’m not too worried.  I’m glad I cut my losses and stopped nursing her because she clearly wasn’t getting enough from me and I don’t want to think I’m starving her for the sake of wanting to nurse her for 6months.

I’m going to miss the ease of nursing, especially during the night feedings.  All I had to do was sit up and bam!  Feeding time!

But now that she bottle feeds at night, we get good 4-5 hour stretches of sleep.. ahh.. sleep.

So, goodbye nursing.  I hope Little M got all that she needed from me.

At what age did you stop nursing your little one?

I’m sitting here on the floor while Little M is playing on her play-mat kicker thing.. and gosh.. where has all the time gone?

She’s three months old.  She’s currently on her side playing with one of the hanging animals and constantly trying to roll onto her tummy.. if only she could just get over her arm.. She’s also cooing and smiling at herself at the mirror hanging from above her.. She’s finally starting to open up her fists when she reaches stuff and successfully grabbing onto things as a result.

I can’t believe how much babies grow in the span of three months.. not just my baby.. but babies, in general.  They start off so small and fragile-like.  They can’t support their own heads, and all they seem to do is sleep, sleep, sleep.

In three months.. they are a completely different creature.

Everyone says that you have to enjoy your little one while they are small because they will never be this small again.  I try to enjoy her so young, but it’s hard when she just grows and learns in leaps and bounds.

Sometimes Hubby says that he can’t wait for her to talk, crawl, walk, etc.. but I keep saying no.  I want to enjoy her like this for as long as possible.  I just want to enjoy every stage, phase, milestone as long as humanly possible because they do pass by in the blink of an eye.

Ok, so my freetime is up.  Little M is tired of playing and is “telling” me to do something about it.. at least she gave me this time to set up a blog entry.. back to being mommy!

It’s been hard to keep up with my blog lately because I’ve been too busy being entertained by Little M.

She’s a babbling bundle of baby and I’m loving every second of it.

She loves when I get right in her face and talk about anything under the sun.  She responds with the cutest “oohs” and “goos.”  It’s just too much!

I’m also trying to get her to laugh for the first time.  She’s getting so close.  I just need to figure out what her trigger is that will get her to give me a good chuckle.

So you see that I’ve been pretty busy these past few days.. or even weeks.

It seems like every day is a different thing for her and I love watching her discover new sounds she can make, new things she sees, new hand/eye coordination.. it’s amazing how fast these little babies grow.

She’s turning 3months tomorrow.  Her baptism is tomorrow too.  It’s a big day in her Faith journey and I’m so blessed that she will be able to partake in such a great Sacrament.

I really hope this month goes by slowly.. time just seems to fly so fast.. but I say that all the time.

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