I have chosen one picture from each month, with an explanation about why each is significant. I should note that most are “favorites” for the memories they stir up, not for composition. It was so so hard to pick the best moments of 2012, but I loved having the chance to revisit some photos and memories that had slipped my mind. Enjoy!
These are my dear friends Jess and Gavin holding our other friends Molly and Sam’s daughter Liddy. A large group of us decided to go to an Albany Devils Hockey game, and got group seating right on the ice. Liddy was the first baby of our law school friends, and everyone had to take a turn cuddling her. I love how the happy face Jess is making as she looks at Liddy. And Gavin’s facial expression is his trademark.
Luke and Lacey are my heart. Even though they have managed to ruin almost every piece of furniture in our house, we still can’t resist having them lie on the sofa with (or without) us. They’re the best of friends.
When I was 6 months along, I finally felt pregnant enough to jutify parking in expetant mother’s spots at Buy Buy Baby, but not too pregnant to be uncomfortable. It was glorious.
Every night, Luke would lie next to me on the sofa, and put his head on my stomach. I think he heard the baby’s heatbeat. Please also note Lacey’s photobomb.
What Baby Lafe’s room looked like mere moments after unloading the gifts from our first baby shower. I thought baby had a lot of stuff then, but that’s nothing compared to now!
In June, I was tired, big, and my pants were feeling tight. I had an apperance at Albany County Supreme Court for a very long settlement conference with another attorney from my office. I stopped in the bathroom, and saw this taped to the mirror. It was a lovely surprise.
Miss Vivian Eleanor’s first day with us. We had just moved from the delivery room to our postpartum room, and took this picture of her as she was lying on my chest, skin to skin. My heart bursts just thinking of her little breaths and fluttering eyelids.
We spent a few days at Keuka Lake with family. Vivian was just beginning to sleep through the night, and we had begun to figure each other out. I look at this picture and remember it as such a very happy time. But it was also the beginning of a difficult time.
Viv and my first sleepover without The Man. We went to Rochester for my cousin’s wedding, and The Man followed the next morning. Viv and I were playing in the hotel room and I captured this picture of us on my iphone. I remember being amazed at how big she looked, and now I can’t believe she was ever that small!
Candid pictures are my favorite. I so rarely have candid pictures of myself, since I’m usually behind the camera. The look of joy on The Man and my faces says it all. Vivian was quiet and peaceful during her baptism, and Father Yanas was beaming when he welcomed her into the Church.
I was getting Vivian dressed to go to Grandma’s for the day, and had to set her down on the cocktail table to get her hat on. Luke and Lacey hopped over and started sniffing her “new” hat. Her face totally captures what I imagine her thinking: “what the….”
My sweet darling on Christmas. December was a hard month for me. There were so many beautiful pictures of Vivian from December, but when I see many, I remember how broken I felt. Christmas was joyful and wonderful and happy. The look of wonder on her face brings me peace.
What a whirlwind 2012 was. The highs were the highest, and with that, the lows were the lowest. I am going into 2013 with new goals, strategies, and a heart fuller than it has ever been. Here’s to the next year!