7 Most Memorable Moments of 2017

Can you believe weโ€™re about to close out 2017?

I thought moving to London would be the pinnacle of excitement for a few years, but 2017 totally proved me wrong.

Iโ€™d like to pretend that Iโ€™m someone who practices reflection and gratitude throughout the year, but nay – I wait and cram it all in at the end of the year just like everyone else.

And as cliche as it may be, I like doing it. Itโ€™s a nice way to reset my mind and refresh my spirit.

I should really try and do it more often…..ย ๐Ÿ‘€

But thatโ€™s neither here nor there, Iโ€™m doing it now.

And while it felt like the only thing I did this year was get pregnant and push a baby out. When I really think about it, there were quite a few memorable moments outside of getting knocked up ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

So letโ€™s take a walk down memory lane with 7 of my most memorable moments of 2017.

Spoiler alertseveral of them have to do with being pregnant ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

My 7 Most Memorable Moments of 2017


7. Our first visit back to the U.S. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

What a whirlwind of a trip that was. First Chicago for a week then down to Florida, it was really nice seeing familiar faces and places after almost a year away.

While Iโ€™ll always love Chicago, leaving and coming back put quite a few things into perspective for me.

One – Iโ€™m glad we left when we did, and two – Iโ€™m not ready to come back permanently – to Chicago or the U.S. in general.

Thereโ€™s a lot of issues going on in our country that need to be worked out before than happens, if ya know what I meanโ€ฆ.

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6. Our 2 Year Wedding Anniversary

If Iโ€™m being honest, a 2 year wedding anniversary isnโ€™t that big of a deal when youโ€™ve been together for almost 7 years. But this one sticks out in my mind because DCT put in so much effort to celebrate it.

I was going on my ninth month of pregnancy and couldnโ€™t be bothered with anything besides being 9 months pregnant ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿพ

I had zero expectations for anything – to me it was just another day closer to getting this baby out of me {I was very over being pregnant at this point} – which is why I was genuinely surprised at DCTโ€™s insistence that we do something.

He pushed for us to get a little dressed up and go out to dinner, even though it was to a local restaurant around the corner. And then surprised me with not one, but TWO cards {he rarely ever does cards} and tickets to see Kinky Boots on the West End ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ

Needless to say our 2 year anniversary turned out to be more than I ever wouldโ€™ve expected.

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5. Weekend in Marseille

We didnโ€™t get to travel around Europe as much as I wouldโ€™ve liked this past year, but I did cross one place off my bucket list – Marseille!

Itโ€™s a sweet little French town on the Mediterranean sea, with gorgeous seaside views and the tastiest seafood.

It made for a nice little escape from the hustle and bustle of London. Our Airbnb was to DIE for. And Iโ€™d totally go back, especially to stay near the beach and do more water activities like visit the calanques.

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4. Surprising my Grandparents

Our final trip before baby was another jaunt back to the U.S. to visit extended family and have a proper baby shower.

But the best part by far was surprising my Grandparents with our visit. They had no idea that weโ€™d be there and it was really special to spend time with my Grandma before the little one made his appearance.

3. Finding out I was pregnant

Twas the year of being pregnant, so it seems only right that one of my most memorable moments was finding out I was pregnant.

DCT claims to have known I was pregnant all along – I, on the other hand, was in denial.

But after a week of period pains and no sign of my period, I decided to take a test {okay, three ๐Ÿ˜…}.

And lo and behold, they all said – youโ€™re about to have a baby! ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿพ

I still remember the mixture of emotions I had looking at those test results – excitement, fear, shock, fear, pride, and did I mention fear? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜…

It was the start of a whole new adventure.

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2. Finding out the gender

I mentioned this in my gender reveal post, but I was for certain that I was going to have a girl.

All the wives tales and pregnancy myths of how to tell what sex your baby is pointed to girl. My โ€œmommy instinctโ€ told me it was a girl. The only names I had lined up were for girls. It had to be a girl.

But then it was a boy.

And despite all my preparation for it being a girl, I was absolutely thrilled to be having a boy.

And canโ€™t imagine it being any other way.

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1. Meeting Mason Fox

Like I said, twas the year of being pregnant so of course meeting our baby boy for the first time is my most memorable moment of the year.

Iโ€™m still in the process of writing his birth story – itโ€™s been months in the making ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ But without going into too much detail – having Mason placed in my arms the first time is something I will never forget.

The first thing I noticed was all that hair on his head, and the way his face scrunches up like a little old man when he cries, and those cheeks – how could you miss those cheeks ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿพ

Itโ€™s amazing what the female body can create.

And despite the early mornings, middle of the night wakings, constant questioning of whether Iโ€™m doing this right, and general daily exhaustion – Iโ€™m so happy this year brought this little guy into our lives.

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Now Iโ€™d love to hear from youโ€ฆ

What are some of your most memorable moments of 2017?

And hereโ€™s to many more in 2018!