1. January: Big Boy and I traveled to Orlando, Florida with my parents. It was on this trip that his language skills really began to explode. He started naming everything in sight. We started having conversations. At the time I didn't realize that this would be some of our last concentrated time together before I would be confined to bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy.
2. April: Tiny Baby was born, making our trio into a quartet. I remember the tears streaming down my face when I first saw his scrawny chicken body as Dr. G held him up to Husband and me over the c-section screen. He was healthy. He was here. He was magnificent. He was - he is - ours. We were - we are - delighted to have him.
3. Summer: I first started to hear about the pregnancies and successful adoption placements of several of my beloved girlfriends, many of whom finally got pregnant after battles with infertility. I was overwhelmed with happiness at the prospect of welcoming these women into the sisterhood that is motherhood.
4. August: I traveled to Washington DC for a girls' weekend with two of my favorite friends - and without Husband, Big Boy, and Tiny Baby. Ahh, the glory of solo airport Starbucks, shopping, pedicures and trashy magazines, a movie, ice cream, museums, yummy food, and uninterrupted adult conversation. I love my kids. And I loved that weekend away from them.
5. September: Big Boy turned two. We celebrated with a trip to visit the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History. The sheer exuberance on his face as he ran through the Hall of Dinosaurs (thank goodness it was a slow morning at the museum!) encapsulated for me both the magic of childhood and the need to bear witness to it before it passes away.
6. November: I took a class at Gotham Writers' Workshop and launched Motherese. I started writing daily, discovered powerful and lyrical voices here in the blogosphere, and began laying the foundation of some of the most interesting relationships I've developed in some time.
2009 will be tough to beat, but I say, "Bring it on, 2010!"