Our first Christmas

As 2018 fast approaches I thought it was about time I wrote a blog. It’s been several weeks since I blogged, or indeed shared much on social media. I have no excuse other than getting carried away with the festivities and truly soaking up the spirit of Christmas.

It’s been Annie and I’s first Christmas together and it’s been wonderful. It’s been frantic, exhausting and very much overwhelming at times but we’ve made lots of memories and shared it with people we love.

It hasn’t been easy, as I’ve had to adapt and change Annie’s routine, which hasn’t always been received with the festive cheer I’d hoped. Turns out babies aren’t always as adaptable as you want them to be, but we’ve just had to roll with it.

On the whole Annie’s been delightful and I’ve been so proud of how sociable she’s been. I was worried about her being around big groups of people and how she’d react but she’s been a beautiful social butterfly. Toddling about, introducing herself to new people and generally been a little angel.

Not only is this Annie and I’s first Christmas together but it’s the first Christmas I haven’t spent it with family. Living so far away from family has meant it’s not been possible this year to get everyone together, so we’ve had to make do with FaceTime. Instead Annie and I spent Christmas with our adopted family and they welcomed us with open arms. It was strange being part of another family’s Christmas Day and traditions, but equally lovely and we had a wonderful day.

Of course with the festive period there’s also some underlying sadness as I miss my mum such a lot at this time of year. It does no good to dwell on what could have been, but she’s forever in my thoughts and part of everything we do, even if I don’t talk about her as much as I should.

The new year is upon us and it’s always good to spend some time reflecting on the year that’s coming to a close and set your intentions for the year ahead. I think to sum up 2017 in a sentence… it’s been a game changer, it’s been an emotional roller coaster, it’s been the most meaningful, fulfilled year of my life.

What are my hopes and dreams for 2018? Well, that’s a tricky one. I have so many for my little family. Staying humble, being grateful are up there. Travel and adventures with my little one. And working hard on making my new business venture a success. But there are so many I may just have to write a whole new blog on that!

I hope you had a magical Christmas and I wish you all a happy new year.

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