2017 in Review

I feel like 2017 has flown by!

It’s interesting to look back and see where and how I was at this time last year compared to this year. I had just lost my dad and found out I was pregnant all while trying to finish law school.

2017 has been a stressful year but also a very rewarding and exciting year!

A the end of 2016, my dad died and I found out I was pregnant. This set the stage for 2017 because most of the year revolves around my pregnancy in one way or another.

In February we announced the pregnancy and in April found out I was having a girl! It was a very exciting time! I can still see the faces of everyone we told in person and their reaction to the news. Two of my favorites were, obviously my niece Layla (she had been wanting a sibling for forever so this was the next best thing) and my friends at school. Brittany, Brittany, Chris, and I went to lunch and two of them we eating a salad with raw Ahi Tuna on it. They said I should try it and I said I couldn’t because you’re not supposed to eat raw food when you’re pregnant. Their faces were priceless. They, of course, thought I was joking but after showing pictures of the ultrasound, they freaked out!

In March, I decided to take a leap of faith and published my sexual assault story. I’ll have more about this in a reflection piece I’m doing, but the reception was amazing! So many of you reached to me to tell me your stories and I truly appreciate that!

In May I graduated law school! I walked across that stage at 7 months pregnant and my bump was sticking out in a way that if you didn’t know I was pregnant you probably assumed I had just gained a ton of weight. Graduating law school was a great moment but also one of the saddest moments for me. I spent all morning trying not to cry and then afterwards, when I saw my mom, I broke down. I had dreamed of my graduation where, while being hooded, I’d look out into the audience and see my dad’s smiling face. It was definitely one of biggest achievements in my life and I was sad my dad couldn’t physically be there to see it.

From May to July I studied for and took the bar exam. This was a fun process…. I was in a considerable amount of pain by this point so studying all day was rough but I pushed through because passing that exam was the only thing I had wanted for a very long time.

A couple days after I took the bar exam my sister threw me a baby shower. It was so great to have something to celebrate after taking the two day exam.

In August I walked my baby out! The day before Amelia was born, Brittany and I went shopping (she was determined to walk the baby out) and that night I started having intense contractions! 12 hours later, my little Amelia was born!!

In September, my whole family traveled to Colorado for my aunts wedding. We stayed in one big house and it was fun to spend some quality time with everyone!

In November we celebrated the one year anniversary of my dad’s passing. It was a rough day because while I remembered my dad, I also found out whether I passed or didn’t pass the bar exam that night. Every time someone would ask about results and I would mention that I find out the same day my dad died, I always joked that it’s either going to be a really good day or a realllly bad day. But I passed! It was a very surreal moment for me and one I’ll never forget.

This holiday season was Amelia’s first! It was exciting celebrating Thanksgiving with just my grandpa, mom, Bret, and Amelia. It was more relaxed than normal. But Christmas, oh boy, that was fun! My sister hogged Amelia on Christmas Eve but it was so much fun opening all her presents and seeing what everyone got her. My favorite thing she got was two Totoro outfits from my brother and sister-in-law (the outfits also came with the cutest/funniest hat!).

Christmas Day we opened presents with my mom and then headed up to see Bret’s grandparents. I always love going to Nana Carol & Papa Gene’s house because they remind me of my grandparents who have passed away and I love seeing their faces light up when they hold Amelia!

This year was such a wonderful and stressful year all wrapped up in a bow. I can’t believe it’s going to be 2018 tomorrow but I’ve got some big goals and a list of things to do so I look forward to the year to come!


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