October 2006 through October 2007 will forever go down as the year I went crazy.
Now, I don’t use the word “crazy” lightly. But the time line of what happened in those months is as follows:
October 21, 2006: Husband and I got married
Two weeks later: Husband and I find out his graduate advisor is moving from the University of Minnesota to The Ohio State University, and we must move as well.
January 1, 2007: We move from St. Paul, MN to Columbus, OH.
One week later: I start my final semester of law school at an entirely new law school, and Husband resumes his graduate work at an entirely new university.
One week later: I find out SURPRISE! I’m pregnant.
February 2007 - March 2007: I throw up every time I smell coffee, which, at law school, means every day.
May 2007: I graduate law school, and start hunting for a job to support myself, Husband, and the expectant baby.
Two months later: I obtain a job (WHEW!)
Mid-July: I begin said job.
October 16, 2007: Toddler is born.
I think the only thing that could’ve made that year more stressful would be the death of a family member (and I truly thank God I didn’t have to go through that.)
Strangely enough, that year didn’t do a ton to add to my bipolar depression. The postpartum hormones did. And it made Husband and I grow so much closer, because we had no one to depend on except each other. And it brought us the most precious surprise ever, Toddler.
So, was it stressful? Yes.
Was it full of uncertainty? Yes.
Was it lonely? Yes.
Was it wonderful? Yes.