I did this year end recap last year and since this year has had no shortage of CHANGE I thought I'd play along again this year.
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
I produced a tiny human.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't really do resolutions last year because there was so much anticipation for this year. Resolutions for next year are of the cliche stick-to-workout-routine variety.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Well I'm pretty close to myself but there was also a real life (albeit far away) friend, a couple of internet friends, and my cousin. All boys! So many penises in 2012!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
A couple of relatives who lived long lives.
5. What countries did you visit?
I think my rear end was considered its own country in my third trimester. If that doesn't count then, none.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
The ability to feel good in a bathing suit again. And maybe a vacation to go with it.
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 27, my due date. And February 11, the day Jackson was born.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Organizing and pulling off a 500 mile move and home purchase with a 16 week old infant.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to experience labor and give birth to my baby.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
We had a rough start getting Jackson here but other than that we're all remarkably healthy.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Where did most of your money go?
These tiny people sure do cost a lot, especially when the hospital charges you for removing them from your body. It's a close call between that and the down payment on a house.
13. What did you get really excited about?
14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Lord you're going to make fun of me but when I saw the footage of the 2012 Olympic Swimmers doing Call Me Maybe it kind of made it the 2012 song for me. Shut up.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:?
– happier or sadder? Happier!
– thinner or fatter? Thinner! I've lost a whole person since then!
– richer or poorer? Not sure, actually
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Snap at Patrick during sleep-deprived, hormonally-charged episodes.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
I hosted two Christmas celebrations here and spent Christmas morning as a family of three followed by our first Christmas with Patrick's family.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
I started watching The Walking Dead when my maternity leave first started, back when the baby slept or hung out on my boob most of the day and I spent about 16 hours a day in the rocking chair with a remote in my hand.
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I didn't have a whole lot of time (or ability to focus) on reading this year but I did finish the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books, Kathy Griffin's Book Club Selection, and I'm currently reading The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie. Because without House there is simply not enough Hugh Laurie in my life anymore.
21. What was your favorite music this year?
Does the "wind" selection on the sound machine count?
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I think it's adorable that you think I had time to watch a film.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 36 and I couldn't remember a single thing about it until I read my birthday entry. It's kind of a downer.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Nothing is ever perfect but I can't think of anything I'd need to add to make it better.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Yoga pants crusted in spit up.
26. What kept you sane?
Having Brie and Audrey to tell me that yes, the awesomeness doesn't mean you can't acknowledge the suckiness. Also, my iPhone during middle of the night feedings.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
I learned a lot about life in 2012. I don't know if any of it would fall into the category of "lesson" but I learned that I can have a tremendous amount of patience, that sometimes it's really easy to lose my patience, and that it's nearly impossible to operate on four hours of sleep for nine consecutive months.