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It's Been Nice, 2013

(Counterclock-wise from top left) Britton in her Cinderella outfit at 4 months, our first baby shower, the nursery, pregnant Natalie at 28 weeks, 2 month old Britton, the new family at Britton's baptism, Landon in his onesie, opening presents at our second shower

This year has been crazy--some crazy good and some crazy bad.

Over the weekend, Landon and I were talking about how we were excited to start 2014 because of all of the fun things we've got lined up in the coming months.

We decided that 2013 was a year of change and a year of transition. It wasn't the easiest year, but all of the things we experienced have set us up for an amazing 2014.

Let's see what happened in 2013:

I started getting noticably more pregnant.
At 21 weeks pregnant
At 24 weeks pregnant
We renovated our kitchen.
Landon and my dad did the entire thing--we didn't hire any contractors--and the end result looked exactly as we wanted it to. The best part was that we did the renovation for under $3000. 

I was admitted to the hospital for the first time since I was born.
In March, I came down with a violent case of norovirus and had to stay in the maternity ward for three days. During the course of those 72 hours, I was pricked, poked, and pumped full of potassium, magnesium, and electrolytes. I also gained ten pounds of water weight during my stay (which, thankfully, came off in the next few weeks). Britton remained happy and stable the entire time.

Our families threw us two baby showers to prepare for Little Miss Britton's appearance.
The first one was thrown by my family and held in Florence. 
The second one was thrown by Landon's family and was held in Charleston. I didn't write a blog post specifically about this shower because (by that time) I was giant and grumpy, but I do mention it here.
Our house decided that it hated us and flooded one afternoon. We were subsequently homeless for about ten weeks while the repairs occurred.
We ended up moving back in with my parents--this has become a long running joke in our family because I feel like Landon and I have lived with my mom and dad more during our married life than we've lived by ourselves. Thank heavens for a supportive family!
Our lives were changed forever when we welcomed our beautiful daughter into the world. She gave us a bit of a scare during her first few days, but she was a fighter and came out of the situation with no long term issues. (Read her birth story: part I, part II, part III, and part IV)
Britton, one day old
Landon got a new job as a bank manager, and I retired from being a teacher.
He'd been working towards a store of his own for nearly a year before finding a position that's right here in town. It came at the perfect time, as I had just quit my job to stay at home with Britton! 
I was sad to leave my 40 hour a week job behind, but staying at home with the baby has been an irreplaceable experience. Plus, this way, I get to work more on my freelance writing.

We had to say goodbye to my grandfather.
He passed away at 87 after a short illness in November. The timing was particularly hard since it was just before the holidays, and right around my birthday. It's been a month and a half since his memorial service, and I still can't wrap my head around the fact that he's gone. 

We traveled a little (mostly to see family), but we've spent most of this year around the house...which given the fact that I was giant for the first half of 2013 and taking care of a tiny baby in the second half, there's no wonder we didn't go anywhere.

Next year will be great. Check in tomorrow to see what's on our plates for 2014!

Happy New Year everyone!

P.S. As a way to kick off the new year, www.cosmosmariners.blogspot.com is now 
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