2012 Year in Review

A look back on 2012.  House renovations.  New kid.  Cross country travel.  Races.  Toddler turned independent freethinker. Family visits   Sleepless nights.  With a touch of fun, of course.  It was interesting to put this video together and realize I started the year with one family and ended with another entirely.  Here’s to 2013!

Here is last year’s Year in Review for further reading

2011 Year in Review

You take a ton of photos in any given year, but even more when you have a toddler on the scene.  I summed up the ones that were most descriptive of how our year went and did my best to include family and friends.  I put it to music and here it is.   You can also check out last year’s summary video (which is really a summary of Maxon’s first year of life) if you are so inclined.  Happy 2012!  Enjoy!!

Martha Stewart, I Am Not

So I decided to try making my own baby food at least once, beyond just unpeeling a banana or cutting open an avocado. Clearly, this was during one of those grocery shopping trips where I had left the house hungry AND thought I had spare time. Plus, a lot of the fear I had in preparing uber-sanitary food went away when I realized that Maxon enjoyed the taste of rocks. grass and car keys. I went with some easy hits like butternut squash, sweet potato, and carrots. Yes, be prepared for Maxon to have an orange tint in upcoming pictures! The prep and the cooking was easy-peasy. Really what was all the fuss about? But then came the scooping. And the mashing (is that still too stringy?). And the measuring (the portions got bigger at each consecutive serving). And the storing (finally found a purpose to those leftover pumping bags!). And then the dishes! All in all, it really was kind of fun and I like knowing where the food came from and I’m not ruling out doing it again. Of course, I’m counting on Maxon being able to properly chew his food soon so I can start giving him the real stuff from our plates!

It’s a good thing.

World, Please Welcome Maxon Jacob Guzek

Maxon Tyler Guzek at 90 minutes old

Maxon Jacob Guzek at 90 minutes old

Melanie went into active labor about 8:00 a.m. on Friday after her water broke at 3:45 a.m. We got to the hospital at 10:00 a.m. and she started pushing the little rascal out at 1:30 p.m. At 2:21 p.m. he took his first breaths. We are grateful it all went so quick, but it was still a very painful experience (she declined drugs of any kind). Despite the pain she kept her eye on the prize and never complained. Amazing. It’s pretty crazy to start your day having no idea you are going into labor and then find yourself holding your son before the cafeteria closes for lunch. He weighed in at 6 lbs 12 oz and measured 19 3/4 inches long. He had a huge mess of brown hair.

Mom and Baby

Mom and Baby