One Little Word 2014: Nurture

One Little WordWoohoo, two posts in one week! Thank you all so much for your well wishes. I have had a couple of great days, and I hope this is a sign of things to come! Evenings are still the hardest part of the day for me, but having an almost nausea-free day really feels like an amazing gift. I’ve been feeling more like myself than I have in months, and I’m really thrilled to have enough energy to get back to some of the things I love. It feels like a breath of fresh air and a huge step in the right direction.

The transition into a new year is one of my favorite times, and not because I’m particularly into champagne or watching the ball drop or even, ahem, staying awake until midnight. I love it because I love the chance to look back and to look forward, to review the year behind me and set new goals and plans for the one ahead. Of course, this kind of thing can be done anytime of year, but I love the excitement of everyone sharing their new words and new goals, along with their favorite experiences of the year that has just passed. I always have a long list of posts for this time of year, but this time I just did not feel up to it. Some of those posts will just fall by the wayside, but I will share a few of them. Better late than never!

One of the ones I really wanted to make room for was this one: my word for 2014. It’s funny, I had a word all picked out for 2014. It’s a very powerful rah-rah sort of word, and I was really excited about it. But when I found out I was pregnant, I just immediately knew that this year was going to be about something else. This new word came to me right away, and I knew it was the one. This year will be about nurturing.

Hopefully nurturing a big project into its next stages during that magical second trimester.

Nurturing myself through what has already been and will continue to be one of the most physically challenging experiences of my life…but also the most joyful, the most profound, the most fantastically life-changing.

Nurturing this little one as best I can right now, with lots of good food and vitamins, and plenty of water and rest.

Nurturing our sweet baby in those early days, in the later days, and during every day of his or her life.

Nurturing our marriage as we grow into parents and lean into intense joy and intense sleep deprivation together.

I think it’s going to be a pretty great year. When I was toying with ways to make our announcement, I was considering titling the post “The Best Thing About 2014.” You absolutely are, baby, you absolutely are.

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