I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to take a look back. And 2013 bore witness to the most profound changes since…well, I guess since my oldest was born and I traded in my corporate attire for jeans.
- 2013 saw the best and the worst of my oldest’s mood disorder. By the end of school last May, he had completely bottomed out. It had never been easy, but it got really, really bad. But that crisis led us to the people and medications that helped us get him stable. Life still isn’t without its bumps, but it’s by far the best it’s ever been. And I do mean ever – even when he was a baby, I knew there was something beyond normal baby fussiness going on. For the most part, he’s happy, and that’s the best milestone ever.
- I got tired of feeling old and creaky and lost 25 lbs. OK, so I didn’t get any younger, and, at 46, I’m still a little creaky, but I feel a lot better, both mentally and physically. I may have crept past my goal weight over the holidays, but only by 4 lbs., and that’s easily remedied.
- The growth hormone shots I’ve been doling out to my boys for years finally kicked in. Especially for my oldest. He grew over three inches (between May and December!) and gained 13 lbs. And both boys’ feet are now bigger than mine.
- My 7-year-old (well, 8 now) started shaving her legs. No, I didn’t “let” her. She didn’t ask — I only found out about it because she cut herself. She had some seriously hairy legs, though, so once the deed was done, I let her keep going. But somehow having a daughter old enough to shave rocked my world more than having sons whose feet are bigger than mine. The first bra just may kill me.
- I started writing again. I thought I was permanently burned out, but an 11-year break was apparently just enough. I’m really enjoying myself and like having an income, small though it may be. And I have to say, I’ve learned a lot. I never dreamed I’d be writing about horse racing in Australia or the popularity of adult onesies in the U.K. (And I deeply regret that I missed out on the article about bum flap vs. no bum flap.)
I’m really looking forward to the months ahead. Between a happy, peaceful family life, healthy (and growing!) kids, and a rejuvenated writing career, I expect even more exciting milestones for 2014.