Wow! Where to begin with 2018? It has been quite the year and I feel like a lot has happened for me and my family, which I am going to attempt to summarise in this post. I’m almost daunted by writing this post, as I know I will miss bits and fail to do other bits justice. But I have to try, so here we are! My best bits from 2018.
The Arrival of Ernie
After a healthy pregnancy we were so happy to welcome out gorgeous boy into the world – all 10lbs6oz of him! His size was a shock but after that initial surprise, everything else about him has been nothing short of an absolute dream. He is the most wonderful fourth member to our family and (for now) I feel totally complete. Darcie took so well to becoming an older sister and I couldn’t be more proud of her for that. I struggled at first to adjust to splitting myself between two young children but over time we have found such a lovely balance that has meant Dan is a lot more involved with them both too. When I think about my wonderful family of four, I just feel so incredibly lucky!
Our First Family Holiday
We went to Jersey in October and had our first little adventure as a family of four. Ernie was, of course, oblivious to the whole thing but Darcie had the time of her life exploring the island with us. It was just the reminder that Dan and I needed of our love for travelling and seeing new places and it brought us so much closer together. It gave us just the refresh that we needed and I’m so thankful for that! Holidays are good for the soul.
A Year Of Self Employment
My main goal for 2018 was to grow this blog of mine and I can honestly say I feel I achieved that goal. Sure, I’m not making millions but I’m steadily growing and becoming more stable and consistent with my work. My social following and reach has grown more than twice the amount that I hoped it would, and while it’s certainly not all about the numbers, they definitely help when making all of this a career. More than any of that though are all the messages I receive from mums telling me that something I have written has resonated with them and that they feel less alone and more normal as a result of that. That is what it is all about and I am so grateful that I am able to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m very excited to see how much more I can grow this thing in 2019.
Darcie Learning To Talk
Darcie learning to talk is hands down my favourite bit of parent life so far. The things that she comes out with as she continues to wrap her tiny head around the English language never fail to make us laugh. I just love the way she phrases things, like saying ‘let’s take a look’ and ‘look at me go’. The way she can say Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl and her excessive use of the word maybe. She has also started to initiate conversations herself and for the last month or so has been asking me questions of her own accord such as ‘whats your favourite colour Mum?’ – I may or may not have cried when I realised that it was the first time she had asked me something about myself…! I love the way she always calls her brother Ernie Boy not just Ernie and the way that she will randomly develop a Northern or American accent. Her personality comes through brilliantly in her speech and I can’t get enough of it.
Gaining Confidence Behind The Wheel
Driving is something I have struggled with for so long, but since having Ernie and discovering that getting on the bus with a double pram is nothing short of torture – I have actually finally found my confidence in the car. We do share the car and Dan is on a temporary hiatus from cycling to work so I currently am without the car again, but to have found that confidence means the world to me.
Darcie’s Second Birthday
I was heavily pregnant for her birthday and there was a serious heatwave going on but we had such a good day despite all of that. We tidied the garden to within an inch of it’s life and filled it with all sorts of garden toys for Darcie and her friends. We even had a bouncy castle which was a huge hit! We had all of our family and friends with us and it was just the most perfect day for our girl. I always put a lot of pressure on myself to make these occasions ‘perfect’ and usually get upset afterwards because I don’t think it was good enough. But looking back now I can see that we really did give her such a lovely day for her birthday.
This Christmas break has been wonderful. Dan hasn’t had much time off since his paternity leave in July so to have eleven days as a four has been just what we all needed. Christmas Day itself was so lovely and relaxed, just as our little family. Darcie spent the whole day opening presents (and still didn’t get through them all!), Ernie was happy tearing around in his walker, I cooked a fantastic roast (if I do say so myself) and Dan bought me the Christmas present of dreams. We’ve spent the rest of his time off doing not much in particular, which usually I resent and want to be out of the house all the time, but I’ve managed to relax and enjoy it. It’s nice for everyone just to slow down every once in a while and I think we all feel more relaxed as a result of that.
All in all 2018 has been a truly fantastic year for my family and I. I feel like we are all set up to have a good 2019 as a family of four and I couldn’t be more excited to see what it will bring us!
How would you sum up your 2018 in one word?