Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011

What. A. Year. I don't think I knew how much happened this year until I started going through old blog posts.  It definitely had its ups and downs, but I'll look back on this year as the one that gave us our sweet baby!

-In January, we had a snow day and we decided to start fertility treatment for what we were sure (and had doctors tell us) was a fertility problem.

-In February, we found out we were not pregnant from our first round of treatment.  In addition, we discovered that the drugs had a really adverse effect on my body.  We had another snow day and Noah had the flu.

-In March, we decided to stay away from fertility treatments for a few months.  We loved on our sweet puppy, took an impromptu weekend trip to New Orleans, and found out we weren't pregnant again.  I had (what I believe) were some leftover adverse effects from Clomid.

-In April, our sweet niece Avery was born.  On April 15, the month's first round of tornadoes came through Tuscaloosa and hit my parents' house directly.  On April 27th, a much more devastating round came through and completely shook everyone in this town to our core.  Our city (last time I checked) had 50 confirmed deaths and millions upon millions of dollars of damage.  This month changed everything about living in this town for a very long time.  (Going back and reading about this month was very hard.)

-In May, Noah's brother graduated from Mississippi State.  We continued to deal with the after-effects of the tornado.  I went back to work on May 4th...much of the time before that was spent volunteering, as most other people in this city were doing.  I finally (almost a month later) sat down and wrote my recollection of that day.  My first due date came and went, my brother graduated from high school, we took a trip to Gulf Shores and another to New Orleans at the end of the month.

-In June, we went on a wonderful week-long vacation (part 1 and 2).  I went to a work conference at the end of the month, and we went out of town for Noah's birthday.

-(Then it gets interesting. :)) In July, we celebrated the Fourth with Noah's family.  This obviously isn't on the blog, but on the morning of July 6th, I took a pregnancy test that told me we were having a baby...and sat in the bathroom floor and cried, partly from happiness and partly from being scared to death. :)  We went back to Noah's hometown the next weekend to tell his parents in person.  After some very close monitoring for a few weeks, we saw our sweet girl (and her perfect heartbeat) for the first time at the end of this month!

-In August, I was pretty sick and very tired from the progesterone that I was taking to help me stay pregnant...very worth it, but not the most fun thing in the world.  I started school in the midst of this.  I was kind of sketchy quiet on the blog, mostly because I didn't want to spill the beans too early.  We finally told everyone after a healthy 11 week appointment!

-In September, we started planning the nursery.  I started feeling much better too!   And I had pink eye...gross. :)

-In October, we found out our sweet baby was not only healthy, but is a little girl!  We got to plan our baby registry and start buying lots and lots (and lots) of pink. :)

-In November, we had another great ultrasound that told us Emma Ramey was healthy as a horse. :) I discovered Pinterest, we started decorating for Christmas, and we celebrated Thanksgiving with the family.

-In December, I had my first experience with labor and delivery...thankfully, everything was (and is still) a-ok.  We got to see our little girl for the first and second time, celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary, and celebrated Christmas with family.

Something tells me next year is going to be even better! :)