I know that you all look forward to this post all year long, so I decided not to keep you waiting on the edge of your seat until January! ;-) Well at least I've been looking forward to writing this post for months. 2016 was the "year of family" and I'd be lying if I didn't say that didn't exactly make for the most exciting monthly reveals or blog posts. But I do think it was really important to focus entirely on our family unit this year. We took Adeline on five round-trip flights (including next weeks) to meet extended family in Wisconsin, attend my sister's graduation and best friend's wedding in Texas, and spend the holidays with both sides of our family. Keith and I made it a habit to get a babysitter and go on at least one date night every month. The first 2-3 times were especially challenging, but eventually we got the hang of it, found sitters we felt super comfortable with, bought a wifi-enabled camera so we could occasionally check on her from our phones, and finally learned to relax and actually enjoy our nights out. We are aware that we're also super fortunate Adeline took right to sleep training early on, so we also didn't have to worry too much about her waking up and freaking out at someone other than me comforting her (yay parent win!).
Now that parenting has gotten SO much easier and we're like total pros (don't worry - totally joking!), we came up with a new focus for 2017. Next year will be the "year of firsts". It helps that Adeline is celebrating her 1st birthday next month, and that will totally be her first month achievement, but I also loved the idea of each of us doing something for the first time every month next year. How awesome and challenging does that sound?!? So in January, Adeline will turn one (and probably take her first steps too!), and Keith will get to attend the Sundance Film Festival for the 1st time to celebrate the premiere of a documentary he worked on for the past year (!!!). I haven't figured out my first for January yet. But, I already know my first for March/April and have some ideas for a few other months next year too.
We're hoping to drive back to New York together, so in February or March, that will be Adeline's first cross-country road trip and hopefully Keith's first time seeing the Grand Canyon. We might try to plan a summer or fall international trip too, so that could be Adeline's first visit to another country and our first time flying 5+ hours with a baby (eek!). Maybe I'll dye my hair a fun color or we'll run our first Marathon. We could start a business, finish a screenplay, or maybe I'll finally convince Keith to buy a farmhouse (I've got a few favorites on Zillow). I don't know what next year will look like yet, but I'm really looking forward to a more exciting year of posts, activities, and achievements to share with you all here!
Anyone else have a "word of the year" or suggestions for some firsts you'd love to see us try?