At the end of January, I finally took note of the weekly ad that was coming in the mail for an apartment in my hometown called "Cedar Downs". I really didn't think they were anything special LOOKING from the ad, I knew they had lots of features but the kitchen cabinets looked a weird colour and that threw me off. So one day Leigh and I went down to look out the show suites (little to my knowledge there were multiple show suites) and fell in love with them. Especially after finding out there's an option for white cabinets. Swoon!
We bought our apartment on Feburary 12, 2014. 5 years to the day after getting engaged. We bought a two bedroom, two bathroom on the top floor. Now to wait a year. I planned to work as much as possible and get a ton of new clients. Again, no idea what life had in store for us.
|Being a hair model for a wedding show - found I was pregnant later that night.|
On March 1st, I went with my sister to be a "hair model" for a wedding show. I felt like crap all day and even mentioned to her that I thought something was up. However, I really didn't think I would be pregnant. Later that night I mentioned to Leigh that something was up and he suggested we grab a pregnancy test. Even after two of those I couldn't believe I was pregnant. You can read the full blog post here.
We announced our baby with a photo that my mom took that I LOVE and will get framed for our apartment. Once the secret was out, it started to become really real that we were going to have a baby!
I started documenting my pregnancy on the blog. I went from this:
So, instead of 2014 being the year of super successful business lady trainer, it ended up being the year of the super pregnant trainer who can barely make it up the stairs. Awesome. I decided to make the best of the situation and took a course so I could be a Pre-and Post Natal Fitness Specialist.
In June, we had a gender reveal party to find out if we were having a boy or girl. That was probably one of the most fun days ever and I will never forget that feeling of finding out I was getting my dream of having a little girl!
The summer was spent being pregnant. Seriously though, it kinda feels like that's all I did. I was hot and uncomfortable and couldn't wait for our daughter to get here.
We celebrated with a shower with family and one with my girlfriends (which I'm just now realizing I never blogged)
I got maternity pictures done by our family photographer, Carol-Ann.
I celebrated my 30th birthday (and due date!) while still pregnant.
Before I knew it, I was 6 days overdue and getting induced and bam, what I'd waited for ALLLL year was happening! And she was here!
The last two months have been a crazy whirlwind of beautiful, amazing moments and a lot of pain and frustration mixed in between. I have so much to say about having a baby and that will come.
We celebrated Arianna's first Christmas with our families and it was wonderful. Of course Arianna got spoiled rotten. More on Christmas coming soon too.
In just a few hours, it will be 2015 and the thing we've waited for all year (aside from Arianna) will be FINALLY here: moving into our own place!
I was talking to my mom the other day about this year. It's been super hard in some ways, having everything up in the air and not being settled in our own place while having a baby. But it taught me so many important lessons and because of the sacrifices we've made we've accomplished an insane amount in one year. My mom always says "pain before pleasure or pleasure before pain". Meaning if you do the hard stuff first, you can enjoy it later. But if you just ride things out without doing hard stuff you will have pain later. This was a year of pain that I am so grateful for looking back. Thankfully we have had soooo much support from our family and friends, especially our parents. We couldn't have survived this year without them.
2015 will be a year to enjoy. Not perfect, never perfect, but I think we will be enjoying everything we've worked so hard for. All the times we drove past our future home, we will finally be there our little family of four. The baby will cry and the dog will bark, and I probably won't be as domestic as I hope I will be, but we will finally all be home together and I cannot wait.