Due to our friends' twins refusing to sleep at our house, the New Year's get together we hosted crashed and burned early. That leaves me alone with my "alcohol removed" champagne (in case you're wondering, no, it's not a better substitute for sparkling grape juice) while W sleeps and B naps. It also gives me a little time to do the obligatory 2009 reflection post.
2009 was an interesting year. Lots of ups and downs. It got off to a bit of a rough start, you know, with our horrible little newborn who refused to sleep. But I started my current job at the first of the year, which was a great career move for me. I loved it then, and I love it now. The position is a great fit for me, and I'm truly fortunate that I was hired (even though I'm a bit bummed that we're not getting raises this year...when I started, I figured I'd would make up the pay cut in about a year, and that's not going to happen without a raise).
Things got better on the baby front as the year wore on. W finally chilled out a little, started sleeping, and got fun. This summer was a great one. B was working, I was working, W was happy and thriving.
Things got rough again this fall. B got laid off. Again. We started dealing with W's health issues. I got fucking pregnant. Again. The highlights were W turning one and B and I buying our first house.
This winter has continued to be a bit rough. I'm struggling with a lot right now, including hormones and the resulting crazies. W is still super fun, but it getting more and more frustrating. Turning a baby into an actual human being is hard work. The child also continues to come up with new and interesting medical problems, which are going to drive me nuts (and possibly bankrupt us). B has been off work so long that he's getting stir crazy, which is, in turn, making me crazy. The pregnancy continues.
I have high hopes for 2010. I do at the beginning of every year. I hope that several life issues are corrected or resolved in the coming year. I hope that by the end of the year we might be in a position to take an actual vacation. I hope that having two kids doesn't push me over the edge or cause me to run away. I know I shouldn't hope because it will only cause hurt, but it's tough not to.
I hope everyone is having a fun, boozy New Year's Eve. See you in 2010!