2018 | Top Ten

Happy New Year! We rang in the last day of 2018 with a family fondue dinner at home reminiscing on our year. It was the first year in recent history that we've been home for NYE, and while we've had so much fun the past few years spending NYE with friends in Nashville and San Diego, this low-key night ringing in the new year for the last time as a family of three was just perfection to me.

For me, 2018 was the year of fertility hormones and being pregnant. Counting our very early miscarriage, I was either pregnant or taking fertility drugs for the entirety of 2018. It made the year feel loooong. That aside, we had so many amazing family memories (including Parker's very favorite trip to date, our vacay to Grand Cayman!). I love that the blog gives us another way to look back on the year - there are so many moments I would have forgotten had they not been documented! Here are the Top Ten posts of 2018...

10. California Here We Come, Right Back Where We Started From
In the spring, Parker and I tagged along on one of Max's business trips to California! The title of the post comes from the lyrics from the Phantom Planet song and is a nod to the fact that Max and I met, dated, and married in the state 😊 We played tourist on this trip, introducing Parker to San Francisco. Sad fact - I was pregnant on this trip but didn't know it yet, and we'd go on to lose the pregnancy a few weeks later.

9. Friday Five
This post came out right after I posted my first blog on infertility, and touches on the many people who came out to me who are similarly affected. It also details life with Max on travel (and with 118 flights flown last year, he was on travel a lot! 😉).

8. The Infertility Diaries
I wrote about my continued struggle with PCOS here (spoiler alert - the post outlines how I cried over my favorite Starbucks barista leaving - it's funny now, but in the moment those fertility meds are no joke).

7. Life Lately May Edition
This photo is so bittersweet - I was pregnant and glowing, but unfortunately started off May pregnant and ended it not. This post was before I decided to open up about infertility on the blog, so it doesn't detail the loss of the pregnancy that happened that month. And, while I still like to keep everything upbeat and positive on here, I'm happy with the eventual decision to share our infertility journey just because I know it's already provided comfort to those in the same boat.

6. Disney World | The Prep and the Travel
In January, we went to Disney World for the very first time! It's not for the faint of heart, y'all! There is so much that goes into planning a trip. I read about a million other blog posts on the subject while doing my research (and it looks like this post helped quite a few of you, too!).

5. Holiday Eats | Herbed Aubergine Soufflé 
I shared this special recipe as part of a sponsored post for Stella Cheese. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that support the blog!

4. Pickles and Ice Cream | Vol. 2
When we announced that I was pregnant the first time (with Parker), I titled the blog post "Pickles and Ice Cream" so it only seemed fitting to have a Volume 2 when we announced my current pregnancy! After experiencing pregnancy loss, it takes awhile for it to seem real - even here at three months, I don't think I was fully believing it.

3. Easy Eats for the Big Game
Tyson Foods sponsored this post, and it was so much fun to come up with creative game day eats! Thanks again for supporting these sponsored posts!

2. International Flying with Kids
I penned what we learned flying across the Atlantic with our then four-year-old in this post. I devoured any blog I could find that touched upon the subject when we were preparing for our trip, so I thought I'd add my two cents to the blog world!

1. 6 Things To Do After a Negative Pregnancy Test
This was hands-down the most viewed post of the year. It gained quite the following on Pinterest and continues to get more views than anything I've ever written. When I see the hits, part of me feels sad that there are so many other couples dealing with infertility - but the truth is, there are a lot out there and most are suffering silently - so if I could offer even a bit of comfort and hope it was all worth it to share.

2018 was such a mix of everything - throw in an October of morning sickness and a December of viruses, and I'm ready for a fresh start. I kicked off the first day of 2019 taking the bump to Pilates! Cheers to the year that our little family of three will become a family of four!

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