Lisa has been one of my favourite bloggers and best blogging buddies for quite a while. She is truly lovely. But she is also a brilliant writer. She wrote this fabulous letter to her first born son recently and I am sure it is a post that resonates with all parents of more than one child.
For the past two years, I have looked back at the year that has been. And it only seems right that I do the same with 2016. After all it was quite a big year for us.
What was your highlight of 2016?
My highlight was the arrival of Little Mister H. After three miscarriages and a very tough pregnancy, lifting him out of the water in the birth pool is something that I will never forget. At that one moment, I was flooded with happiness and time stood still.
However, I really wasn’t expecting the gamut of emotions that I would go through when my two children met for the first time. Just thinking of it brings tears of happiness to my eyes. And I am so glad that Mr H managed to capture that moment on camera.
Name one thing you are likely to remember about 2016 if asked in 5 years time.
The day Little Mister H was born.
It was the day that Andy Murray won Wimbledon. I remember watching the tennis and thinking that the small pains I was getting in my tummy were becoming more insistent. But as I wasn’t due for 11 days, I just assumed that it was another false alarm.
By 18:30 there was no doubt that baby boy was on his way. We arrived at the hospital just before 20:00 and he was born at 21:05. His swift arrival was a shock to the midwife attending the birth. She was busy writing her notes and not at the business end of proceedings.
Sum up 2016 in one word.
Emotional. 2016 has been hugely emotional. There have been immense highs and huge lows too. I cried every day of Little Mister H’s pregnancy. But I am now so happy with my family of four. I feel content. Settled.
Name one pearl of wisdom that you will carry through 2017.
I feel like I had a number of epiphanies in 2016. But I think the main pearl of wisdom that I will take from 2016 is that I am much stronger than I give myself credit for. There were many times during Little Mister’s pregnancy when I thought that I would crumble in a heap. That I just could not cope with life. I didn’t have the strength to face the hard times and I was worried that my mental health was hanging on a thread.
Yet, I survived and I didn’t disappear into depression. I managed to keep myself together and I didn’t fall apart completely. I am much stronger than I think I am. And I need to remember that.
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions as such. But I have set myself some goals (mostly around blogging) and I have written a list of rules that I would like to try and follow during this year.
I will be 40 years old in 2018. And I need to be healthier. My body hasn’t really had a break since 2012. I have either been trying for a baby, pregnant, losing a baby, recovering from a miscarriage, giving birth or recovering from having a baby. My hormones have hated me. And my poor body has been tested. It is time to treat it kindly.
How did you see in the new year?
We had a very lazy evening. Little Miss H went to bed at 19:00 like normal and then Mr H and I spent the rest of the evening chilling with Little Mister. Mr H made a yummy curry for dinner. We drank some wine and toasted in the New Year with a glass of prosecco. And we went through all the photographs that we took in 2016. It was lovely to look back on all those captured moments.
What would you most like to do in 2017?
I would really like to start to do some proper work on our house. Our house could be gorgeous but it needs quite a bit of work. So far we have been procrastinating and so Little Mister H’s nursery is the only finished room. It is about time that we make the rest of the house gorgeous too.
What are your main goals in 2017?
I really want to dedicate this year to spending quality time with my children. Especially as Little Miss will be starting school in September. And Little Mister H is growing up far too quickly for my liking. He is going to be 6 months old next week. How did that happen?!
I also want to really try to make this blog more successful. I want to be able to reach more people. And I would also like to be able to start earning more from the blog. I have set myself some quite ambitious blogging targets for 2017. Let’s hope I smash them.
Well that is it. 2016 was quite a year! And so I am going to be writing a few more posts looking back at last year. Then I can really crack on with all my plans for 2017.
Happy New Year, dear readers. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet.
I now tag Naomi at Me Becoming Mum, Jo at Miracle Max, Hayley at Hayley from Home and Karen at Stopping at Two. I would love to see your answers if you would like to take part. And Happy New Year lovely ladies.