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2014 Year-End Review

December 31, 2014

Oh 2014 – what a year it’s been. In the years that I’ve been an adult, there have been some years that have come and gone without much fanfare or surprise. Then there are years like 2014 that when I look back on the cumulative 12 months I’m shocked at what has happened.

2014 was a shocking year in so many ways.

Let’s recap, shall we?

Here’s what I did on NYE 2013 – NYE13

I was at my Lyme Disease Dr. getting an infusion treatment. Fun FUN times.

January – I started off January still working for RESOLVE. I believe over the holiday break of 2013 I made the decision to leave but I can’t remember exactly. I knew that we needed some financial relief for our family and working for a non-profit, no matter how passionate or rewarding the job was, just wasn’t paying our bills. The struggle was real, y’all. So I made the choice to move on and go back to medical sales effective January 31st.

Meanwhile, I was still in the thick of Lyme Disease antibiotic treatment and 2 weeks before Christmas 2013 I had lost my sense of taste. I spent January in a state of depression and hunger – not eating because I couldn’t taste anything at all. It was HORRIBLE. I started wondering if and when I would ever taste food again while simultaneously and frantically looking for any specialist that could answer why my taste buds went MIA and could they be revived.

I also took Kaitlin roller skating for the first time:

 

Jan

February – This was a HARD month. I started my new job and this brought with it copious amounts of travel for training. The first week I was staying in Washington DC while training. It was also SUPER cold here – and we had insane snow storms. The second week of February I traveled to San Diego, CA for my new company’s National Sales Meeting. San Diego was beautiful and we stayed at one of the most popular and well-known hotels in the country – Hotel Del Coronado. It was incredible. I hope to go back with Matt one day.

Feb

This is a picture of a sandcastle from one of my morning runs while in San Diego – really amazing.

 

March – Nothing hugely notable in March except that this is the month I started to gradually notice my taste coming back. We took Kaitlin to see the Circus (never again! So sad to see the animals treated so poorly!) and the Mr. turned 40 so we went out for a night on the town to celebrate.

March March 2

April – I turned 34 this month. Things are starting to slowly improve with my health – I’m feeling stronger and better. I’ve stopped the Lyme treatment with the exception of 2 medicines – Deplin & Low Dose Naltrexone.

We go with friends to DC to Nats Park to see the Braves play – so much fun. We went on a Sunday so that K could run the bases but she chickened out and never did.

April

May – This was the beginning of all of the changes for the year. This month we did some really fun things. We celebrated my birthday a week late by going to Richmond overnight for a brewery tour with our friends and we had a BLAST.  We visited 4 breweries, stayed out until 1am and just overall enjoyed ourselves. The following week was Advocacy Day in DC and I was able to see my IF friends. Then, over the week of Memorial Day, we spent 7 days in Garden City Beach, SC (Myrtle Beach) with our friends. It was so much fun & it was our first “real” vacation in almost 2 years. We were able to finally enjoy ourselves, relax and drink copious amounts of alcohol while playing in the surf and sun – just was the Dr. ordered.

May

June – On June 12th everything changed. I mean EVERYTHING. That’s the day I found out I brought home a souvenir from Myrtle Beach – a baby. See that lovely picture above? Apparently that week (and likely on that day) I somehow managed to get pregnant. Miracle of all miracles. I credit it to Low Dose Naltrexone. It was my miracle drug. There’s no way this wasn’t the reason my Endo was semi-controlled for the first time ever. My thyroid was being totally managed (and still is) by this drug without the help of Synthroid. It was the singular reason I was able to conceive on my own – my Dr. and I are both convinced of this fact.

So in June I found out I was pregnant – and expecting – in February 2015. Specifically Feb. 15th. Woah. Talk about the shock of my life.

July – We move forward (nervously) with the pregnancy and celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary. Then the morning sickness sets in. Or at least what I initially thought was morning sickness. It wasn’t, though. It was Hyperemesis. Oh my god – the misery. The weight loss. The fear of loosing the baby due to sickness. I don’t remember much of this month – I was alternating between work and bed – trying to live. It was pretty terrible.

August – Kaitlin turned 4 – and we celebrated with a party. I’m still sick with HG & I’m getting bi-weekly hydration infusions at the cancer center. Weight loss is tipping 25lbs. Holy shit. Towards the middle of the month I find a support group online for HG patients discussing the benefits of Gabapentin (neroutin) for HG relief. So I start taking it – and low and behold, a little relief. Yipee! We also find out via Genetic Testing that our baby is a boy! Matt starts to interview for a new position in Richmond – more on that later.

Aug  Aug 2

September – We make our first trip home to Alabama with Kaitlin – and our first trip in 5 years. Kaitlin also starts her first day of Pre-K4. The HG seems to start to subside mid to late September – but I’m still not out of the woods and I’m being monitored by high-risk (Perinatology) physicians to make sure growth is in on track. We decide this month to name our little boy Brandon.

 Septsept 2

October – Nothing hugely notable in October. Trips to the Pumpkin Patch, general Halloween and Fall-type planning. One thing that starts to happen is that my scoliosis back issues (which plagued me during my pregnancy with Kaitlin) start to make an appearance with this pregnancy. Weekly chiropractor visits are keeping the pain in check for the time being, but that soon changes.

Oct

November – Matt runs the Richmond Marathon for the second year in a row – shattering his 2013 record by nearly 30 minutes. SO proud of this man. Back is definitely hurting more and more.  Matt is still interivewing for the Richmond job – but a setback occurs and we don’t know whats going to happen now.

NovDecember – Oh this month has been a flurry of insanity. We went to Disney World in Florida for a week. Kaitlin had a BLAST. Christmas came & went with the theme of the year being Rescue Bots and Magnatiles. So much fun.  I rented a scooter so that I could navigate the park without pain and it was a great idea. Kaitlin had a great time dressing up as Snow White at the Bibbity Boppity Boutique. Overall just a fantastic trip & we were so glad to be able to do this before Brandon arrived so that we could create some memories with K before her world is rocked in Feb. 2015.

Meanwhile, in December Matt finished his classes for his BS in Accounting – whoo hooo! Graduation will happen in May 2015 but we can officially say he’s a college graduate. I, on the other hand, still have 12 classes left and won’t graduate until December 2015. But I’m plugging along all the same and am maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

This month we also got our official delivery date for Brandon – which is Feb. 11th, 2015.

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So there you have it. What a crazy year it’s been. We took 3 vacations, managed to get pregnant in the mix of things. Celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. Illness plagued me all year long. Started a new job and also – school for everyone!

Whew. What a year it’s been!
Now, 40 days until a new baby!

2015 – I think we are ready for you.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2014 4:46 pm

    What a year you’ve had! Hope everything goes smoothly for you in the next 40 days.

  2. December 31, 2014 7:22 pm

    Yes, what a year! But so far, it appears like a mostly good one. Looking forward to what 2015 will bring for you!

  3. January 1, 2015 4:22 am

    WHOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! 40 days to go!!!!

  4. January 3, 2015 9:14 pm

    What a crazy year, lady. I’ve said it before, and will say it again, you carry so much with a lot of grace. Parenting, work, health needs (like, serious fucking health needs) and school? I am humbled and full of respect.

    I have loved traveling this pregnancy journey with you. I can’t think of a cooler person, my first IRL blog friend, to share this experience with. Bring it, 2015! Happy New Year!

  5. January 3, 2015 10:34 pm

    Yeah. That’s a crazy year right there.

    Here’s hoping 2015 is a little calmer but great!!

  6. someday-soon permalink
    January 12, 2015 5:06 pm

    What a year indeed!!! Know you have a lot coming up in early 2015 too, all the best wishes my friend =) And can’t wait to see you in May!

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