2016 in review

2016 was definitely a great year for us. I know many people complained about it being a terrible year but that was definitely not the case for me and my little family. I could probably say it was the best year so far (2017 will definitely surpass it, I'm sure)

1. What did you do in 2016 that you had never done before?
Went on a cruise
Served in the kid's ministry at church
Had my nephew living with us
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?
It wasn't a resolution per se, but I hoped we would get pregnant this year and it happened!
I definitely have a couple of goals for 2017, most of which include tons of snuggles and taking things easy with the baby.
3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve
At my parents' house, eating dinner and possibly having a glass of champagne. Sleeping early most likely, since I'm so tired all the time. 
4. Did anyone close to you give birth? Did anyone close to you die?
One of my good friends gave birth in January, so her baby will be almost exactly one year older than mine. Thank God, no one close to me died this year. 
5. Did you travel this year?
Yes, we went on a Cruise to Key West and Cozumel in March for my birthday. 
6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you didn’t have in 2016?
I would like to have my baby! I just want to see his little face already and see what he looks  like. 

7. What moment from 2016 will remain etched in your memory, and why?
The moment the pregnancy test came back positive. Actually, it came back "Pregnant". I really didn't want to misread anything, so I sprung for the digital one LOL
Also, the moment I told Hector. Him tearing up and taking a moment to pray will be forever in my heart. Also, the first ultrasound where we got to see Leo sucking his thumb and dancing around. 
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making it through the last semester without dropping out. I was so tired, so swollen, so uncomfortable that every single day I thought "this is it. I don't need this right now. I'm done." Thankfully, I didn't act on those thoughts and finished the semester, but taking a final while barely breathing from how tight the desk was on my belly was no fun.
Also, working out pretty consistently until the 8th month. Doing Crossfit WODs while pregnant was a lesson in humility and in mental/physical strength. 
9. What was your biggest failure?
Being so busy all the time that I was not able to truly enjoy the pregnancy. I would take some moments here and there to think about it, but for the most part I was just go go go.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was pretty sick with 2 colds while pregnant. One at the beginning of the pregnancy and one towards the end, right before Christmas. Both definitely kicked my butt. I was incredibly sick with that second cold, and not able to take anything but some Theraflu did not help much.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I treated myself to a very nice Kate Spade purse and a watch. I would also say the little baby boots I used to tell Hector I was pregnant.  
12. Where did most of your money go?
Towards paying bills, and buying maternity/baby clothes and needs.
13. What song will always remind you of 2016?
Not sure. All the Top 40 ones? Definitely Calvin Harris and Rihanna's "This is what you came for" and The Chainsmoker's "Closer".
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Relaxing. Taking a deep breath and enjoying my pregnancy. Traveling. I really wanted to go on a babymoon, but with Hector's exam, my school schedule and the holidays, we were not able to. Also, blogging here. I had every intention of doing it, and then...
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I had been less busy. 
16. What was your favorite new tv program?
We cut cable out, so no new TV for me unless it's my Netflix reruns. Maybe "Gilmore Girls"? It was new to me. 
17. Compared to this time last year are you:
Happier or Sadder – Happier! 
Fatter or Thinner – Fatter, but does it count as fatter if you're pregnant? 
Richer or Poorer - Richer. I've been working full time the last couple of weeks so I can stash some money for my leave. 
18. What was the best book you read?
I don't think I read a book for pleasure this year. I wish I had though. 
19. Greatest Musical Discovery?
Umm.. I don't think I discovered any music this year. 
20. Favorite Film of the year?
I don't think I saw any movies this year. Can't remember one that stands out. 
21. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
We went on a cruise! I turned 28. 
22. Greatest Food Discovery?
Not being able to eat sushi regularly made me discover how much I really miss it. Does that count?
23. Describe your personal fashion concept?
Comfortable, affordable maternity. This is the year I wore more dresses than I ever did before. 

24. What did you want and not get?
I wanted to graduate this semester. Obviously, being extra pregnant, working part time and 4 classes, I wouldn't have been able to do the practicum I needed to graduate in December.
25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned:
Pregnancy is a literal miracle, and for us it was an answered prayer. 
26. What pictures best represent 2016?

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