What a year it has been. Where did all the time go?
At the end of last year, I announced the exciting news that we would be having our third baby.
Now Caleb is here, and it feels like it was years ago when I read my old blog post.
I guess now is the right time to review what I’ve done this year.
First of all, my new year resolutions for 2011 were hit-and-miss.
At the start of this year I was going through a minimalism phase, which prompted me to stop giving (and accepting) Christmas presents. That didn’t work, and it’s not something I want to try again.
Another resolution was establishing some form of routine and order. We managed to do that quite well after baby Caleb was born.
Our life has settled into a predictable routine. Stress levels are lower. We’re actually finding we can enjoy ‘family time’.
We made the decision that Caleb would be our last baby, and that decision really helped me to settle down.
No more keeping things around the house “just in case” another baby arrives. No more uncertainty. I can finally firm up on some financial plans.
Talking about finances, this year hasn’t been a good year. The expenses have just gone beyond what I am comfortable with.
We spent a lot of money on baby Caleb, and we started the two older kids at daycare. Things around the condo are starting to break down.
Honestly I am really stressed about this. It makes me go into moods of depression, self doubt and even desperation.
I don’t really want to cover the things that went on in our country, or the disasters that happened around the world. I’m sure you’ll get full coverage in the newspapers.
I would sum up this year with one word: “Caleb”. He is such a joy. As parents you always worry how a new baby would change your family dynamics, but it seems like he’s a perfect fit.
I end the year with a feeling of contentment and thanksgiving for all the blessings we enjoy.
Have a happy new year everyone.
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