Sunday, 31 December 2017

Looking back over 2017

Happy New Year! Almost. Can't believe it's December 31st already. Where has the year gone? So much has happened this year. So many wonderful things that have made 2017 the best year ever!

Vala started infant school. 

January 9th saw Vala start her first day of infant school. A day I thought I was more prepared for but the tears at drop off time told otherwise. Suddenly she wasn't my baby anymore. She was my big girl. Looking so grown up in her uniform with a bag almost a big as she was. Even though she had no idea what was going on at first, she was still very excited and eager to get going. She stood close by my side at the gate. Nerves were obvious but excitement wasn't entirely gone. Her class was a lot bigger at the start of the year with 19 kids altogether including Vala. A lot more than the 9 that ended she ended the year with. She was absolutely fine when it was time for me to leave. Saying goodbye to me with a kiss and a cuddle before happily sitting upon the mat. She was completely fine. I was not. I put on a brave, happy face but was an emotional wreck inside. I waited until I got home to cry my eyes out. My baby was growing up too fast. Starting infant school was probably the high point of Vala's year. She has grown and developed so much and has made so many wonderful friends and has made some wonderful memories. She is eager for the school holidays to end so she can return to see her friends in the new year.

Jordan started a new job.


After working on the shop floor at a local Wilko's store for a total of 11 years, it was finally time for Jordan to move on to something new. Well, kinda new. He moved from his small store up to head office and exchanged his manual labour customer service role for a customer support role behind a desk. The job change was a big adjustment for all of us. Instead of working 25 hours a week, he was now working 39 hours a week. Instead of being a 5 minute walk away from work, he's now 50 minute drive away. He's out the house for 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. The hours have been hard on him and his extended absence has been hard on us. Especially Vala in the beginning. We had all adjusted to the change but with him currently on paternity leave, I think we'll need to readjust in a few days time when he returns to work again. The job change has been a good for our family though and hopefully in the new year it'll open up more opportunities for him.

Jordan and I got engaged. 


It was only a matter of time before this became a reality but this year also saw Jordan and I get engaged. Marriage is something we'd been discussing for quite some time and we knew it was inevitable that we would some day tie the knot. Whilst neither of us are in any hurry to get married, we essentially considered ourselves engaged to be engaged. But come my birthday, Jordan decided it was time to make our plans more official. After a quiet day with Vala, followed by a lovely family dinner out, my birthday was made complete by Jordan getting down on one knee and presenting me with a ring. I couldn't say yes fast enough. I've never loved a man as much as I do Jordan and I'm so happy that I can officially say I'm going to spend the rest of my life with him. There's no one else I'd rather grow old with than this wonderful man. His proposal was the best birthday present I could have ever asked for and made my 27th birthday an unforgettable one.

The birth of our son Flynn.


Saving the best until last, the definite high point of this year was the birth of our son Flynn Victor. Born 11 days ago, just 5 days before Christmas, Flynn was the best Christmas present any parent could ask for. Life definitely hasn't been the same since he arrived but not in a negative way. Stress levels have been down, all the issues I suffered during the pregnancy (the tachycardia, SPD, gestational diabetes etc) have all vanished and whilst I'm still recovering from the c-section, I'm starting to feel more human again. Flynn being in the world actually feels easier than the pregnancy ever was. Life with a newborn is oddly calm. Maybe I only think that because Jordan being on paternity leave has given me a false sense of security. He returns to work in 4 days time and things won't be the same without him. I've loved having him and Vala both at home so we can enjoy being a family of 4. I'm still not used to saying I have a son or that I have two children or that we're a family of 4 but I've never been happier. I love my perfect little family so much and cannot wait to see what the new year has in store for us!

From our family to yours. 


So as 2017 comes to close, I want to end the year by thanking you all for stopping by and joining me through my pregnancy and parenting journey. My blog is now a year old and whilst I may not have been overly serious about it this year, next year things will be different. I've decided I want to put more time, love and effort into this blog and have created a schedule for myself. Post will become more regular with 3 posts a week plus a Sunday photo to cap the week off. Loads more content will be coming your way as I expand and try new things. I don't think 2018 can possibly top this year but I have a good feeling that big things are on the horizon not only for this blog but for my family as well. So from our family to yours, we want to wish you a very happy new year. May you have a fun filled and safe New Years Eve tonight! I hope 2018 holds some wonderful things in store for you all. We looked forward to seeing you in the new year!

Until next year,
Alli xo

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