Time has flown really fast, right? And I can’t help but try and take a look back on how 2016 has been. People normally do this. We love throwback photos and such. So I’d love to sit down in front of my laptop for a while and write what is a supposedly year-ender post but turned out to be my very first write-up for the year of 2017. Hahaha! I was that busy that I wasn’t able to finish this on time. But at least I have a short documentary of some of the highlights of my 2016 and how it is like a roller coaster ride for me. It’s fantastically filled with ups and downs yet it still looks fab – in my own opinion. 🙂
January 2016 – Our Anniversary Month
I love January! It signifies a new beginning for me. And this year, my husband and I celebrated our first year wedding anniversary as a married couple.
Being a young married couple, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary at Star City! Lol. An amusement park in Pasay City. We were with my in-laws and we had a lot of fun!
At Star City – (L-R) With Nanay, Tita Yet, Mamsie, Papsie, Gabo and Daddy!
That month, I also had the chance to be with my family (the Deveza side) for a day devoted to celebrating the Feast of Sto. Niño. It has been a family tradition every 3rd Saturday of January in New Manila, Quezon City. The date is set for next year’s feast but I won’t be able to attend since I have a scheduled appointment with my OB-Gyne already. Gladly, I was able to join this year’s feast!
February 2016 – The Month Of Love
What more could we think of when February comes into our minds? Of course, it’s the love month! It was also my sister’s birth month so we had another chance to celebrate, dine-out and get fat. Haha!
On this month, my husband and I also got the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day together alone as a married couple. Last February 2015, we were already married yet I was pregnant with Gabriel and it was more like celebrating the day with our first unborn baby. So this year’s Valentine’s day was more memorable. I shared how we celebrated the day in the simplest way possible in a previous post entitled Valentine’s Day In A Parent’s Life in case you’re curious. 😉
Another highlight of this month is when I purchased my domain name which is for this blog that you are currently reading – nostalgicmomma.com! It was a happy moment for me as I no longer am using the dot WordPress extension. 😀 Purchasing my own domain name also gave me a sense of commitment to continuously write on my blog. After all, I paid to get myself my own domain on the internet.
March 2016 – Me And My Husband’s Birth Month
Nothing much happened this month except that I was able to celebrate my blessed 24 fruitful years of life! Husband on the other hand also turned 26 that month and we also just had a simple celebration at home with my in-laws.
We’re always like that. We don’t like big celebrations because we both don’t want the feeling of being in the spotlight. Especially me! My birthday is not even displayed on my Facebook account. Haha! Only a few people know about the exact day of our birthday and some friends usually get to know about it when the day and simple celebration is over. Haha!
April 2016 – Deveza Family’s Summer Outing
Despite the busy schedules of most of us, I and my cousins were able to set a family reunion slash summer outing for the whole family. The accommodation was shouldered by the working adults (those who have already graduated from college and earning money from work, so that includes me) and the food was prepared by the older ones, our parents (a.k.a the uncles and aunties).
The older adults were really pleased and happy that we took the initiative to prepare such event for the family to gather together.
May 2016 – My Little Man’s First Birthday & The Month I Quit
This month was an important one. It was the month I gave birth to my precious little son which officially made me a Momma. It was also a memorable month for me after I have realized that I was able to breastfeed my little one for a year!
What a milestone it was…
After my son’s first birthday, I also resigned from my corporate work to pursue a career in the virtual world. It was risky, yes. But becoming a WAHMomma was the best decision I’ve ever made.
June 2016 – Successfully Transitioned From A Corporate Junkie To A Work-at-Home-Momma
Two weeks after I resigned from my corporate work, I got my first-ever virtual career opportunity. It was a very exciting month! And I feel so lucky for being able to get a client and colleagues who are so nice and appreciative.
And the biggest blessing of being able to work-at-home is being with this cutie-patootie for most of the hours of my day instead of spending it in Manila traffic! I love being a #WAHM!
July 2016 – A Family Member Has Gone Home
This is probably one of the toughest month of the year for the Deveza Family as our Auntie Annabelle bid us farewell to join and be with the Lord in Heaven. I honestly felt a bit devastated because of this really sudden loss but looking at the brighter side, at least she’s now in a place where there are no more pains and struggles.
Also, on this month, after our Aunt’s death was when my Uncle Edward, the eldest of the Deveza family siblings has undergone a heart bypass operation. He was losing a lot of blood after the operation that we really needed a lot of blood donation. Everyone in the family was on full red alert as we search for people with the same blood type as my Uncle.
By God’s grace and goodness, we were able to pass through this challenging month. Our Uncle was able to survive and recover from the frightening situation.
August 2016 – Finding Peace In My Heart Through Joining The Feast
This month is a remarkable one. After all the struggles and depression I’ve gone through life, I was again able to find my way back to God’s merciful and loving arms through The Feast.
In case you’re curious, I’ve written a post about Attending The Feast Renews My Spirit And Faith, And Helps Me Battle Depression before. Our life has been blessed since then. 🙂
September 2016 – Second Pregnancy and Prepartum Depression
This was the month I discovered I am pregnant again for the second time. It was unexpected, like when I got pregnant with Gabriel, but the feeling wasn’t mutual. I had mild prepartum depression and was feeling unhappy with the second pregnancy. There was endless guilt and I was crying almost every day ever since I discovered it.
It took me a long time to realize that Motherhood Is Sweeter The Second Time Around and I thank God for the enlightenment of the new blessing in our life. Indeed, everything happens for a purpose and in God’s will.
October 2016 – Ninja Of The Quarter
Probably one of the biggest thing that happened to me this year is being recognized as one of the Ninjas of the Third Quarter of 2016 in my current virtual work. It was unexpected! And it was also the very first time that I was given recognition at work.
November 2016 – Breastfeeding Journey With My Little Man Ended
This was the month that I stopped breastfeeding Gabriel. Not because I don’t want to do it anymore but I just had to, for health and safety purposes. It was heartbreaking but I was able to overcome it through the support of my husband.
This month was also filled with opportunities I never expected would come. I was again declared one of the Ninjas of Month for the month of November and I couldn’t thank God enough because of it. I am just so lucky to have such appreciative colleagues and bosses.
Being the NOTM for November inspired me to work even harder. It gave me confidence in what I do and increased my drive to be a better virtual professional.
December 2016 – The Most Wonderful Month Of The Year
This has been one of the busiest months of the year! I think anyone will agree to it. I was even on a blogging hiatus for the last two weeks of the month. Good thing, we were allowed to take a Christmas vacation from work so I was able to spend more time for some of the important things like Christmas gift shopping and wrapping. I was also able to finally go to a nail salon again after 4 solid months! Hahaha! My family and I was able to visit Ayala Triangle Gardens to watch the Lights and Sounds show.
Here are some of the grabbed photos from my cousin’s album.
I think I am well rested and again filled with happy hormones because of the family gatherings that we were able to attend to on Christmas day and New Year.
My 2016, as you may have observed, was more about my family, relatives and my WAHMomma life. I seldom see my friends but I do have constant communication with them. For 2017, I look forward to collecting more memories with my family and hopefully with some of my closest friends, too.
And that’s it. My roller coaster 2016.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope we’ll all have a fantastic 2017 ahead! Better things are coming! 🙂