2017 was a roller coaster. I really, really hope that 2018 is going to be low key and downright boring. That’s more my speed than all the ups and downs that this past year included. Here are a few noteworthy memories from the year, high school yearbook superlative style
Biggest Surprise: Finding out Ava had hip dysplasia
Biggest Challenge: Ava’s surgery – out of our sight and in an operating room. It was horrible.
The Silver Lining Award: Focused time with Ava while she was in the cast
The Pleasantly Surprised Award: Labor and delivery of Owen – in a nutshell, quick and easy, but I still got my beloved epidural.
Best Vacation: Stay in hospital after having Owen. Granted, that was the only vacation of the year… We did have a couple of staycations when Kevin took a little bit of time off of work (of course he was still putting out fires via phone and email on a daily basis by people from work, but at least he got to be home with us.) – one right after Ava’s surgery, after Owen was born, and during the Christmas holiday.
Best Hug: When Ava came to visit mama and meet Owen in hospital. Oh, how we had missed each other! Kevin set her on my lap and she hugged me so tight. My heart nearly burst with love for my sweet little girl.
Greatest Joy: Falling in love with Owen. Realizing there is not a finite amount of all-encompassing love that parents have for their children – your heart loves the second (and subsequent, I’m sure) child as much as the first. That was a hard thing for me to understand prior to Owen’s birth. Also watching Ava blossom into her big sister role with Owen has been a complete joy.
Best Date: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in January or Indigo Crow in September
Greatest Transformation: Master bath
Funniest Quote: One day Ava and Kevin were playing when she suddenly paused, rubbed her nose, and then extended her little hand toward him, saying, “Booger. Thanks.” We’re just over here, living this glamorous life.
Best Fiction Listen: Moon Over Manifest (Amy) and Treason (Kevin)
Best Fiction Read: All the Light We Cannot See (Kevin) and Queen Lucia (Amy)
Best Nonfiction Listen: Me Talk Pretty One Day (Amy) and American Kingpin (Kevin)
Best Nonfiction Read: Team of Rivals (Amy) and The Looming Tower (Kevin)
Best Watch: Billions season 2 (Amy and Kevin) and Daniel Tiger (Ava). Honorable Mention to Curb Your Enthusiasm season 8 – Larry made it worth the wait!
House Clown: Rue. Whether she’s stalking Kiki or annoying Ava by batting around one of Ava’s toys or showing a homicidal streak by abruptly flinging herself in front of Kevin or me as we walk down the stairs, she makes each day an adventure.
Most Likely to be Remembered: Other than the Daniel Tiger moral jingles on constant replay in our brains? Goodness, right now the whole year was memorable! But long term, of course, our sweet baby Owen boy joining the family is most definitely the most likely to be remembered event.
Kevin and I feel blessed beyond belief to have lived 2017 together with our little family. I heard a quote once that basically said some years are questions and some years are answers. I think we had a combination of both in 2017. Happy 2018!
Tell me a superlative from your 2017! Was it a year of questions or a year of answers for you?