As we bring in the New Year tonight celebrating with a disco party at home, I can’t help but look back on what a momentous year 2016 has been for us.
Hugely pregnant at the beginning of the year, I got the loveliest present in March when baby Max was born. The fastest, easiest pregnancy and the biggest baby and easiest birth by far, Max has brought so much to our lives that I didnt even realise was missing until we had him!
We all had to learn to manage with two babies under two years of age which was an experience in itself. With lots of happiness, some tears, frustration, lots of arguments, anger and lots of joy – fitting in time for school runs, after school classes and shows, I am so grateful to be able to breastfeed as doing so on the go was an absolute necessity.
In 2016 we attended lots of doctor and hospital appointments, yet thankfully everyone is happy and healthy.
We had our first big family outing when Max was just a few weeks old visiting a dear friend in Portrush. Next we attended Stendhal Festival of Art in August. It went really well and we had lots of fun with friends! Followed by a family holiday to Bangor.
We have learnt a lot about ourselves, the kindness of others, how willing some lovely friends have been to help out when times were tough and I even surprised myself by finally standing up for myself!
I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to spend just over nine months of maternity leave surrounded by my two baby boys. It’s been such a precious time that I will never get back, a real chance to bond with and be there for my babies every, single day. No words can describe how much I have cherished it.
I took the plunge and started this little blog, something I had only thought about doing before, as I was too shy. I am so very grateful to each and every reader, for all your support and encouragement. Thank you and I plan on sharing much more of our family adventures next year.
This Christmas has been completely different to any other we’ve had so far. Four weeks of sickness followed by a trip to the Out of Hours doctor on Christmas Eve and a visit to A&E on Christmas Day with poorly little Eve.
One of my lovely sisters is an A&E nurse and Eve got personally attended to by her, getting pain relief. She will forever be Eve’s heroine.
By the time we got tucking into our Christmas dinner it was 9pm. My very kind mum brought it all the way from her house (a 25-30 minute drive away) and served it up. The first Christmas me and the kids have ever had not surrounded by the buzz and excitement of our huge family at my parents house. Never again.
Looking forward to 2017
I don’t have any set resolutions as such this year. My main focus is my kids as always. I want to be mindful of being more present with them, living in the moment to do fun things and to listen and just be there for the sad times too.
I aim to choose more positive words around and to them, showing more compassion especially when I am tired or angry.
Most of all I want to make happy memories and let my family know how much I love and appreciate them just as they are.
I’m looking forward to sharing the many new challenges, trips, milestones and celebrations that my family have in the year ahead.
Wishing each and every one of you the happiest, healthiest year yet in 2017.
Love, Fionnuala xoxo