2012 in Review | Dearest Lou

2012 in Review

We started off the new year in Seattle as newlyweds, I set a few goals for myself and am embarrassed to admit that I only accomplished 2/5. We celebrated Daryl's 23rd birthday by finishing off the last bit of our wedding cake. I started doing outfit posts more consistently and got more comfortable in front of the camera (geez I use to be skinny).

Towards the beginning of the month we celebrated both my mama's and Natalie's birthdays. Daryl and I celebrated our first Valentine's Day together as husband and wife. One morning Daryl accidentally flushed his phone down the toilet (I forgot to include that after 2 days of drying it actually worked). I had a fun girls day with two of my favorite girls. I also got pregnant sometime towards the end of this month!

I just completed all of my midterms of my final semester of college and started feeling really tired (little did I know I was pregnant). This was my most successful month of posting outfit posts. I attended the BYU Blogger meetup. Daryl and I went out to sushi for St. Patricks Day. My dear friend Jessalyn gave me my copies of a photoshoot she did for her portfolio (parts 1,2,3,&4). Daryl and I hosted a small party to show our new place to some of our dear friends.

Our dear friend Kevin hosted a date night at his place and we roasted marshmallows with friends. I took a pregnancy test and found out I was pregnant and this was my first outfit post after finding out the good news. Spent some quality time with some of our friends. I graduated with my four year degree!

I got in a car accident on my way to visit my grandmother in the hospital, she passed away the following day. I was a bridesmaid in my friend Hillarys spring wedding. I spent my first mother's day with my mama and family. I had a lovely time shopping and eating with these three lovelies. My dearest friend Kandice tied the knot with the love of her life in Oregon.

I spent many days eating froyo and hanging out with friends and family. Our dear friend Kandice helped us spill the beans about Baby Harvard and I did a pregnancy update. I wrote a letter to each of the fathers in my life on father's day. We hit our 6 month mark of marriage. I started my maternity series and we announced Baby Harvard's gender.

Daryl and I spent a lot of time eating pizza and my sister spent many nights at our place. Celebrated my dads birthday. We went out with Daryl's family to the Hogle Zoo.

My friend Dani and I went to the Beehive Tea Room. I caved in and bought my one and only pair of maternity bottoms. I started experiencing back pains and feeling baby Harvard move around a lot more!

For an early Birthday present Daryl bought me my first DSLR camera. I had the opportunity of collaborating with Apricot Lane Boutique. I entered my final trimester of pregnancy and my sister through together an amazing baby shower. We had another ultrasound and I updated about Zaden and I.

I did my first tutorial on how to make your own spiked loafers. We started and completed our 4 week lamaze course. Did many fun fall activities such as: s'mores with friends, corn maze, an adventure to cottonwood canyon, dates to gardner village and thanksgiving point, and closed off the month dressing up as hobbits.

We celebrated my 21st birthday and made many final preparations for Zaden's arrival. I went to blogger's night out. Had two last minute maternity shoots, one with Daryl and one solo (here, here, and here). Gave birth to our handsome Zaden Eliot Harvard and spent the remainder of the month adjusting to life as a new mama.

We gave Zaden his first sponge bath and I wrote about our first week with our little one. I ended my maternity series by writing a final letter to Zaden. We went on our first family vacation to Washington to visit Daryl's family and friends. Daryl and I celebrated one year of marriage on the 20th <3 We also spent Zaden's first Christmas with my family. December is not over yet and we will also be spending our first new years together as a family of three!

2012 has been an amazing year, I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store. Thanks so much for reading and following along, I appreciate each and every one of you!


  1. It's so fun to look back at the little and not so little things of the past year!

  2. Wonderful 2012 for you Cecilia! :)
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  3. Oh my God...I cried! This year has been so beautiful and I wish hundreds more to arrive like that for you and your precious baby! Congratulations, I wish you the best for 2013!

  4. Such a fabulous year you had! How truly blessed you are :) Feel free to link up at my 2012 year in review party :)Happy new year love!

    xo Shane

  5. love it, i seriously just looked through your whole blog.
    what a great year.
    and what a cute little family you have.
    zaden is adorable.
    happy new year cutie!


  6. You guys have had such a wonderful and busy year! Happy 2013!