Thursday, January 8, 2009

2008 in review or why I slowly went crazy!

A couple weeks ago Mama Kat’s one of her writing assignments was 2008 in review. This one jumped out at me since 2008 contained so many milestones for me and my family. I started my blog because I had gone through so many life changes at once and wanted to share; little did I know how many more I would go through! I’ll go through month-by-month so maybe you can appreciate some of my stress!

Six month’s pregnant I kicked off a significant project at work. I was already huge and it is important to mention our test lab is down two flights of stairs. We ran out of office space and decided to stick our offshore team down there as well. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and ordered to follow a strict diet. I don’t need to mention that I managed to gain a good 30 lbs this month.

Q and I visited my parents in Creswell, OR. This was a great trip and the first time Delicate Flower saw me pregnant. (He lives in Reno with his Dad – I don’t know that I have ever made that clear) He was quite weirded out by my pregnancy! Little did I know it would be the last time the four of us were together.

The joy of baby showers and gestational diabetes. My diabetes escalated and on top of testing my blood four times a day, I got to give myself shots as well. Do I mention that my project was still going on in the basement? Do you know what it’s like to go up and down stairs while carrying a good 60 extra pounds of baby weight? Oh the horror!

Dear dear Monkey entered our life! He was 9lbs 10oz with a personality from his first breath. I took 8 weeks off of work and my mom joined us without a return ticket home!
She proceeded to slowly drive me insane while I wrestled with breastfeeding and packing because the next month….

We moved. I do not recommend moving with a three week old. EVER! Not even if it is just across the street. (Which is what we did) Shortly after we moved I learned the awful news that my project had been cancelled and I did not have a long term job to return to.

We said goodbye to Mom with some relief. (I try not to beat myself up over this visit. My mom and I generally kept visits to a week for very specific reasons.) After she left my husband and I decided to make things official and had a very quiet ceremony with the Justice of the Peace, Monkey, and Flea. (We are planning a family ceremony in Puerta Vallarta in Oct)

Delicate Flower arrived for the summer and became a teenager. Need I say more? My dad(dad number 2) came and visited us for a bit. I hadn’t seen him in five years! Oh and my lay off started. Oh yeah, before I forget, hubby got laid off too! July SUCKED!

I turned 37. UGH! But things started to look up as hubby and I both returned to work. (He was only out of work for like 10 days – how does that happen?) I started a new project that should take me through second quarter ’09 and Delicate Flower went back to Reno to start 8th grade. Monkey started daycare and didn’t even cry.

Hmmm….what happened in here????? LOL – I think it is in a fog due to lack of sleep. Monkey was barely sleeping. I did come down with an abscess on my throat and was not able to nurse for two weeks. I just couldn’t keep up with pumping at work and was forced to quit nursing all together.

My mom died on October 15th from a stroke. She was 54 years old.

I think I was completely grief struck as I tried to wade my way through the beginning of the holidays. I think the only thing I remember from this month was I learned to make bread.

A visit to my Psychiatrist introduced happy pills and some relief. Delicate Flower joined us for Monkey’s first Christmas. So there you have it! There are lot’s of Monkey milestones, but this post is all about me! (Aren’t they all about me in some way) In retrospect it just seems like a normal year, until I realize how much we crammed in from April – October. I think this year I will try to make life changes balanced! Are you sensing a prequel to resolutions? Well, are you?


pam said...

Wow, when you write it all down, it is hard to believe you did all that within one year. Looks like you had a lot of ups and downs, but came out on top.

I hope 2009 is going to be a great year for you.

Following Him said...

WOW...what a load...YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT 2009!!!

I think we are neighboring cities too...I live in Colleyville/Grapevine area!

Greenflame said...

Sounds like you've had a tough time! Hope 2009 is much much better!

CityMom, CountryMom said...

Oh! Your year was bittersweet! I know how you feel...for me? At the start of last year, a husband wanting a divorce, a father with depression, a new job outside the home with the elderly, typical financial struggles, a child entering middle school, an 8 year old boy trying to please his dad, a 4 year old who acts 13, a 120 lb. dog who pukes for no reason, blogging, then not blogging, meeting my new best friend to be and playing music together, clinging to God with all my might.
Keep seeking Him and know that He is in charge! Take Care!
CountryMom (Suzanne)

Khadra said...

what a year Junita! Good and bad all mixed together.

well, where are the resolutions?! Im waiting. I showed you mine :p

NJDecorator said...

What a year you had! Now that you have written it down yo can look back and be amazed at yourself for thriving and surviving.

Have a great 2009!

Jenners said...

Good Lord! No one should have a year like that. You had like 5 of the top 10 stressors in there I think ... maybe more.

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I can't even imagine how hard that is. It is something that I dread having to deal with someday.

I had gestational diabetes too ... what a pain that was. So far it hasn't come back but do get yourself checked again. (I'm hoping they told you that.) It was actually a good thing for me as I was overdoing the eating thing.

Congrats on your marriage.

I'm glad you were able to get some happy pills. I've been on them since my son was born 4 years ago and they just help tremendously to keep things in balance and not go too far one way or the other.

I'm glad I was able to read this post and get to "know" you better. I've been a bad follower (I know) but hope to be better in the future. : )