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Happy New Year! Hello 2017!

Happy New Year everyone! I don't know about you, but I am so relieved to say goodbye to 2016. It was such an unbelievable year! Everything after June (when I found out I was expecting) has been a blur!

Here's a recap of my crazy year..... 

January 2016 through May 2016 was fantastic! I felt great, the kids were doing great, hubby was doing great. We both looked thin and fantastic due to our miracle Keto diet, and so we took out our old boxes of clothes from our pre-baby days and tried everything on, and were so surprised to fit into everything!!!! We then stored all our old L and XL clothes into the buckets and sent them to the basement thinking we would never see them again.

Then on Father's Day we found out we were expecting! That was a REALLY big and wonderful surprise!!! We knew we always wanted a third child, but the timing of this completely caught us off guard. We were overjoyed and super excited about this miracle baby, who was determined to make its way into the world! 

Shortly after finding out, I was struck down with intense bouts of morning sickness that lasted a good 4 months. The entire summer of 2016 was a complete blur. I cannot even explain to you how bad it was. It was like going through 4 months of feeling like you have food poisoning, or having the worst hangover of your life. Multiple times a week I would have to pull the car over and vomit on the side of the road. It was super embarrasing. We had a live in nanny for about a month to help out, but that was short lived. To say my pregnancies are difficult is putting it very lightly. 

Also during late summer we moved house. That was right when Caspian started school, and right when I caught a bug that left me with a cough that lasted two months and I was constantly gagging and vomiting during our entire move. I was utterly miserable. 

Then around October and November 2016, something crazy happened to me! My pharmacy gave me the wrong pills in the correct prescription bottle. The wrong pills were mixed in with some of the correct pills, and they all looked the same, so I took them for the entire month until I had a few left and realized I was taking something that I wasn't supposed to. Then I discovered that the pills I was taking should not be taken by pregnant women as they CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS. I immediately went to the doctors who informed me that due to that mistake my thyroid levels were dangerously off. Thanks a lot pharmacy! 

Because of that whole pill fiasco, during the months of November and December 2016, I had to constantly go see different doctors, write letters to multiple healthcare professionals, be tested a million times and it seemed like every few days I had a medical appointment. 

And while all this was happening, everyone was fliiping their $h!t about the presidential elections and all these celebrities dying. Because I was going through something so traumatic and irritating, I couldn't empathize with anyone who was badly effcted by the outcome of the elections and the dying celebrities. I really couldn't understand why people were making out to be the end of the world. To cry because your favorite singer died or because your favorite candidate didn't win seemed absurd to me. Is it insensitive of me to want to yell out to the world: "GET OVER IT?" Ok, maybe that's a tad bit insensitive. I will attempt to exercise more empathy. 

On a more positive note, Caspian started school in September 2016 and has really taken to it. He's in Valentino's class, and big brother looks after him :) The kids have been doing so great. Valentino has turned 3 and Caspian has turned 2 in December. They play so well together and I couldn't have asked for better kids. They eat well, sleep well, and are just overall well adjusted happy kids. Hubby takes them to school in the mornings so that I can sleep in, as the pelvic and sciatic pains keep me up all night. 

There have also been a few other things that happened this year that I am not at liberty to discuss yet, and that have impacted our lives, in the not-so-greatest of ways. We are still dealing with those things and maybe one day I'll divulge, but for now I just can't. 

We ended 2016 with the whole family being sick and a trip to the emergency room for me. I wasn't able to breathe through my nose at all for four days and then on the fifth day I couldn't even breathe from my mouth as it would cause me to gag and vomit. At nights I wouldn't be able to sleep, and would sit in a hot shower multiple times in the middle of the night so that I could breathe (I didn't sleep for 5 nights in a row!). Then when I did manage to sleep for a few minutes I would wake up suddenly gasping for air due to choking on heartburn. Oh the joys of pregnancy! 

So here's to 2017. You better have something REALLY good in store for me. I'll just be here, waiting patiently :-) 

My one little word for the New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

I've never been one for making resolutions, and when I do make them I usually act on them in the Spring. I do this for two reasons: 1) my birthday is in Spring and 2) the Persian New Year begins on the first day of Spring. Doesn't it just make more sense to start your resolutions on your birthday? After all, you're starting the next year of your life. It also just makes more sense to me to start new beginnings after a major burst of spring cleaning and a new wardrobe in time for warmer weather. 

With that being said, for 2016 I came up with just one word that I'll use to guide me through the new year:


No, I'm not talking about magician and fairy dust magic. The magic I'm talking about is more like making just an ordinary thing extraordinary. Going about your everyday normal routine and adding on to it to make it wonderful. Making an effort to make every day special. Magic doesn't only have to happen on a holiday, a birthday, or a special occasion. Instead, it should be had every single day of the year. Making something magical doesn't take money or objects. It can come from the tiniest of things available to all. All you need to do is just put in a little effort. 

I knew that I wanted to make New Year's Eve this year very special, and even though it's not practical to go out with two little ones on New Year's, I still wanted it to be magical

So me and hubby dressed up in our fanciest outfits. I dabbed on some red lipstick, glittery black eye makeup, and I would have even worn stilettos if I still had a pair that fit (just one of the many annoying side effects of pregnancy). We dressed the kids in their best suits, and we had a party at home! We turned on our singing life sized Santa and we had a dance party! We also all ate a very special dinner of mac and cheese, pizza, cake, wine and champagne. Sir Edward the french bulldog had some special celebratory treats. We brought out the cloth napkins, crystal champagne flutes and our best china. We even ate pizza with a fork and knife. We are just sophisticated like that. 

Leila Rahmanian Salar Rahmanian

life sized singing and dancing santa

christmas tree french bulldog

christmas french bulldog

 christmas baby and french bulldog

Valentino, Caspian, and Sir Edward had a blast running around chasing one another the whole night. There was lots of dancing, eating, cuddling, and laughter.  I don't want these magical moments to end just because the holidays have come to a close. I want each and every day to be just as special as any holiday, and I'm going to try very hard to make it that way by putting in effort, being spontaniuos, and exerting an over abundance of love. 

We put the kids to bed a little later than they normally sleep because they were just too busy being hyper and partying. Then after they went to bed, me and hubby stayed up past midnight drinking champagne and was fantastic! And just magical.