the obligatory year-in-review post

readingApparently it’s that time again, although I maintain that I lost half a year somewhere in the shuffle… it can’t be 2010 already.

2009 was a mixed bag… there were many new and exciting experiences, and equally as many challenges and stressors.

  • Let’s get the obvious one out of the way: We had a baby at the end of December 2008, and she’s still alive. I could probably stop this list right here and consider the year a success. Watching Ellie grow into a walking, talking toddler was easily the most fun part of 2009.
  • I survived the summer from hell while keeping my anxiety at a relatively healthy level (read: I haven’t chewed my fingers off yet) which is a huge improvement over the me of years past. I learned a lot about myself over the months and months we spent on the Web site overhaul project, and work gave me something to focus on besides new mommy paranoia. Professionally it was a challenge, but ultimately it was worth it.
  • The creative spark returned! My Web sites and my shops were a bit neglected during my pregnancy and in Ellie’s first months, but now I’m back and it feels goooooood.

I’m not much for New Years resolutions, but one thing I need to work on next year is quality time with Tim. We see a lot of each other because we work in the same office, but most of our conversations revolve around work. I need to remind myself that being in the same room does not necessarily count as quality time, and it’s OK to let Ellie spend the evening with a friend so we can have a date once in a while. Danielle was kind enough to take the babe off our hands the other night and I was giddy like a schoolgirl at the prospect of a dinner! In a restaurant! Without a baby in tow!

This trend needs to extend to other parts of my life, too… not just for time with Tim, but also to remember to take time for myself. I swore I’d never be one of those women who forgets about herself in the process of raising a kid, but it’s surprisingly easy to do.

We plan to ring in the year watching Dexter and eating ice cream. I might even get crazy and stay up ’til midnight. Happy New Year, all!

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