In Reflection: 2015


At the start of a new year, we naturally start thinking about what we have done over the last year, what has changed, who is still around and what we hope will happen in the year to come.

2015 has been a big year for this family and our lives are completely different compared to what they were like this time in 2014. So, as a little memento, I thought I would put together a blog post recording all of the events of this year for us to look back on in the future.

1. Leaving work to start maternity leave.
Half way through January I left my full time job to start my maternity leave. I have to admit, I feel like I wasted this time a little bit as I was too worried about making sure that I was doing something productive, to justify the fact that I wasn't working.

As it was, I should have taken advantage of the time to relax, pamper myself a bit and fully experience the last few days I had left without a child in my life. I think it was definitely a case of wishing my life away too quickly and, although I love my life now, I regret not taking the "me" time available to me.

2. The arrival of Bo aka. The game changer.
Bo arrived on the 16th February 2015 at 10.25pm after a 24 hour labour on my part. Being 5 days overdue, she was eagerly awaited and our family and friends could not wait to come and visit her once they knew she had arrived. 

Although a very tiring and arduous event (I think that goes without saying, don't you?) it was, undoubtedly, the highlight of my year and I found that, as well as being proud of the little bundle in my arms, I was also proud of myself for getting through it.

3. Moving house.
Half way through the year we were given the opportunity to move to a new house in my old "stomping ground". Not wanting to miss out on such a wonderful opportunity, we put in our notice to our current landlord straight away and by mid August we had moved to our new village.

Although slightly more remote than our previous location, the new village is lovely with a really friendly community and wonderful, picturesque surroundings. I finally have a cosy new build property to live in (which is something I have wanted for a long time!) and, although it is a size down from our previous house, we are all really happy with it.

4. Mine and Bee's second wedding anniversary.
Two years already! I cannot believe how quickly it has gone and, again, how much our lives have changed since then. We didn't do much for our anniversary, instead choosing to spend it as a little family and giving small token presents.

Perhaps we will do something next year when Bo is a little bigger.

5. Making the decision not to go back to work.
Having had a few months to get used to my new life and assess our financial situation I made the decision to not go back to work. It has been my belief, since I found out that I was pregnant, that it would not be fair for me to bring a child into the world and then expect some one else (the nursery) to raise them.

In my life I have always been a worker, enjoying the working life including the productivity and the sense of achievement at the end of each day. So moving from that to this new life of staying at home and finding my own routine has been a challenge for me; sometimes leaving me feeling unfulfilled and, at other times, like I wasn't pulling my weight due to not bringing any money in.

However, I still feel that this was the best choice for me and my family and, rather than fighting against it and making myself feel bad about my new way of life, I am starting to accept it, roll with it and enjoy it like I should be.

6. My birthday.
As my birthday fell on a Monday this year and Bee was working away that day, I was treated to a lovely meal out on the evening of the Saturday. A lovely friend came over to look after Bo for the evening and we went out to the Miller & Carter steak house in Talke. I am afraid I failed miserably at taking any photos of the food (bad blogger!) but I had lamb rump with dauphinoise potatos for my main and then Banoffee pie for my pudding and it was delicious!

7. Christmas!
This was Bo's first Christmas so, although a bit different to how we have experienced Christmas in the past, it was a really special one. Bo met Santa (who was skinny and not very Santa-ry but she didn't know otherwise) and we got to see all of the family. It was a lovely experience and, although Bo didn't really understand what was going on, it was lovely to share with her and see her get excited by the wrapping paper.

Overall, I think 2015 has been an eventful year - we have a new family member, a new family home and we have had lots of exciting adventures together. I am excited to see what 2016 has in store for us!

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