2016- Our Year in Review

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 was a whirlwind... filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. If I had to sum it up into one phrase I would call 2016 "the year of the medical bills". Seriously so many bills (for us and for vet bills) it's ridiculous! 2016 left me pregnant with our miracle baby girl, which was obviously the highlight of our year, but I am ready to turn the page on 2016. I am praying that 2017 is our best year yet, filled with health and love and our baby girl! Here are some 2016 highlights:

We spent our 2nd anni/New Years in Antigua (recap part 1 and part 2)

graduated from Physician Assistant school and passed my board exam!

I started my first big girl job as an orthopedic Physician Assistant and I am so happy to say I still love my job. 

We went back to Chapel Hill, to our alma mater UNC, for a basketball game and reunion with my husband's former baseball teammates. Always a good time!

We made our infertility journey public. It had been on my heart to open up and share our struggle in hopes that it would help at least one other person. It has connected me with SO many other women who helped me through and that I am now helping get through.

My whole family went to Disney World! It was an absolute blast and so much fun watching my niece take it all in! (recap here)

April-- This month was alllll about shots. And not the tequila kind. We started my shots for the IVF process... operation baby Davis officially began! April was filled with 3+ shots a day and more doctor's appointments than I care to count.

May-- Had egg retrieval surgery and they retrieved 44 eggs!!! And we ended up with 28 healthy embryos, praise God! The recovery was rough but so glad to have this behind me.

Celebrated my nephew's 1st birthday. I love him so!

Spent Memorial Day weekend [and almost every weekend of the entire summer] at the beach.

June 24th-- Had our embryo transfer. A HUGE day for us!

June 29th-- Found out I was PREGNANT! Went to the doctor on July 3rd and it was confirmed with a blood test.

August-- Announced our pregnancy! (recap)

September-- Our furry baby had ACL surgery. Whew, remember when I said "the year of medical bills"? It was a rough 12 week recovery and heartbreaking to see her in pain.

October-- Found out we are having a baby GIRL and I was in complete shock!!! My husband was dying for a girl but I was convinced baby blue was in our future. I couldn't stop crying! (recap and video here)

Spent my birthday weekend in Charlotte with my best friend. Went to a Panthers game and got to go on the field which was super fun!

Spent Thanksgiving at my in-laws with both of our families.

Spent a girls weekend at the lake with my very best friends!

Had our Christmas card pictures taken.

Spent the weekend at The Umstead with my mom and sisters.

Attended lots of fun Christmas parties with my favorite date!

Christmas morning with my family, there's nothing better!

2016, you were full of ups and downs. Every year that we are healthy and happy is a good year, but I am praying that 2017 is our best year yet!


  1. What a year for you!!! I have a feeling 2017 will be your best year yet!! Not much longer and you'll be holding that sweet baby girl in your arms. Happy New Year!

  2. What a year! I'm still so thrilled for you. I hope 2017 does bring a wonderful year as well.

  3. What a year! So glad it ended on a happy note!

  4. Aww, you've had such a wonderful year! I'm so excited to see what 2017 has in store for you!

  5. Thank you for sharing the journey with us this year!! Wishing you only the best for 2017 for your growing family!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. What an amazing year!! And yes, soooo many medical bills... yikes!! 2017 will be amazing because your beautiful baby girl will be here!! Yay!!

  7. I love this post - it's neat to look back on our journey & see where God's brought us and what He's taught us! So happy for yall!!

  8. Looks like you had an AMAZING year- I'm so so stinkin' excited for you!

    Emma | Seeking the South

  9. So excited to see what 2017 holds for you! Happy New Year, sweet girl! xx, I'm Fixin' To

  10. Such an exciting year for you! Best wishes for a joyful 2017!

  11. Oh my goodness, what a year! You are such a champ for going through all of those doctors appointments and shots. It truly will be worth it when you hold baby girl in your arms! Our dog had two ACL surgeries so I totally know what you went through with that!

  12. What a year you've had!! And I still remember getting that PANCE email like it was yesterday. I'm so happy for you and your little fam and I'm sure 2017 will be even better when you get to meet sweet little girl. Happy New Year!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  13. what a year girly! and at the end - it's amazing how much has changed since the beginning! i am just over the moon so happy for you two :) happy new year!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  14. What a crazy year! So happy it brought you the pregnancy of your precious baby girl! 2017 is going to be an amazing year - can't wait for sweet Vivian to get here!

  15. My husband and I were just at a Tar Heels basketball game a few days ago! It's always so much fun. All the best in the new year and hurray for 2017 babies!!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

  16. This post gave me tears! I have loved reading about your journey and so happy for you both with your successful IVF treatment and watching your growing belly! 2017 is going to be such a special year for you!

  17. Happy New Year!!! We too had a very dynamic year. We started fertility treatments right around when you did - your posts were so incredibly helpful in helping me get through the fear, thank you for being so brave and posting them!

    And I can't freakin' believe it, but our IVF worked too and we are also expecting a baby girl at the end of May! I'm so excited :)

  18. What a year!! Your pregnancy announcement is my fave!! Hope you did a prenatal massage - they are THE BEST!!

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