Twenty-four will always hold a special place in my heart. Last year, I wrote a post about the 23 lessons I learned at 23 and I briefly thought about writing a similar post, but I didn’t think it would do this year justice. My birthday week last year was one of the saddest weeks of my life; It started out extremely rough with the passing of my grandfather. And continued to be sad with the funeral and then passing of my other grandfather.
However from all of the sadness, came excitement in August when we found out I was pregnant with Brooke. To add to the excitement, a few days later, Kevin and I left for our trip to Washington D.C. and New York where we took in the history of D.C. and the sports of New York. We got to go to the U.S. Open Finals, a Mets game and a Yankees game. We knew this would be our last vacation as a family of two and we soaked in every moment together.
We had unexpected sadness with the passing of aunt in October the same day our family was opening their mail to our pregnancy announcement. I learned the strange feeling of overwhelming joy and sadness at the same time. For my family, our pregnancy announcement was a breath of fresh air from all of the death.
The rest of the year was filled with preparing for Brooke’s arrival. I had two awesome baby showers and to our surprise, Brooke arrived 5 weeks early. She has brought so much joy to my life in these past two months. 24 will forever hold a special place in my heart, because it was the year I grew her in my belly and got to hold her in my arms.
24 will always be the age I became a mom to my sweet baby girl. I wouldn’t trade this year for anything. I am looking forward to 25 and all that it brings as we learn the ins and outs of being parents. Watching Brooke grow and learn is going to be so amazing. She is the best present ever and makes 25 not sound so bad to me (I can’t believe i’m actually going to be that old in a few days).
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