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2011 was a big year for me! At the end of January I found out I was pregnant. I stopped flying and got a placement in our corporate office working for an event planning team. This also meant that I was home all the time, which was new for Matt and me. We had a little adjustment period but we soon found that we enjoyed having each other around all the time.
I struggled to get in with a midwife but after a little coaxing I got a team of 5 midwives for my entire pregnancy care until 6 weeks post pardom. I was thrilled.
I took a quick little trip to Vancouver with my sis. That was very fun since that marked the start of my second trimester and I got to be really excited about having a baby.
I ran a 10 km and a half marathon in slippery snowy weather. They were my slowest races, but I will definitely remember them!
I had to stop running in May, which led to a severe lack of motivation to exercise. I sort of found my mojo again, but I really just wished I could run.
I learned that I was carrying a little furnace and was perpetually hot from June onwards. That wasn't too fun for me.
Matt and I travelled to Ontario in the summer and spent some time at a lake and watched a Blue Jays game.
As my third trimester began, I really felt the physical effects of pregnancy. I suffered some terrible heartburn, and was pretty much uncomfortable all the time. In the grand scheme of things, my pregnancy was pretty easy (no morning sickness), but it was hard to remember that during the last couple of months.
Matt and I celebrated our first anniversary on October 15th. We had expected to have a baby by then, but the little one held off so that we got to have our day to ourselves.
I worked right up until my due date, which was good in the end since I ended up being 12 days overdue. Those last 12 days were doozies, but in the end, I was granted a VERY fast labour and had baby Zoey at home and without any major complications on October 17th.
Life with Zoey has been an adventure. She is really starting to have a personality and it's so fun to watch her interact with various people and things. I didn't feel like an "instant" mother, since at first I felt more like a machine than a lovey dovey oogling pile of mush, but as the days and weeks progress, I find myself just staring at her in amazement. I miss her when I am somewhere without her, and I eagerly wait my turn to give her hugs and kisses when other people are holding her. I didn't know what to expect before I had her, but I am having fun every day and can't wait to see her every morning. I can't wait for this year to see her learn more things and grow more and more into her own person.
This year I hope to get back into exercise with a vengeance, to keep my relationship strong with Matt, to teach Zoey new things and to appreciate every day I get to spend at home with her.