As 2011 reached it’s end, I decided to write an end of year post which reflected back on the highs and lows of the last 12 months. Since then, it has become a personal tradition to write and publish my “That was the year that was” post on 31 December every year. More than anything, this post is a personal opportunity to look back as a year a draws to a close. 2016 has been another life changing year with my Maternity Leave reaching it’s an end, seeing me become a working mum. Little H has changed beyond belief in the last 12 months and is rapidly approaching the big 2. It’s been a whirlwind of a year but a fantastic one.
Thank-you to everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on my blog. I have loved hearing your thoughts and feedback on what I’ve written. I am extremely grateful that you all spare your valuable time to stop by. I have also enjoyed reading all of the wonderful posts you have written this year! I can’t wait for some more fantastic reads throughout 2017. I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
But 2016 isn’t over until it’s over. So let’s dive right in…
Happy Christmas and New Year Little H!
Your second holiday season has arrived and this year you are a lot more aware of it that last year. Although you are still too small to fully appreciate it all. I can only imagine what you’ll be like next year but I suspect there will be a lot more excitement and anticipation! We’ve had an awesome month though.
I’ve seen ‘The Christmas Tag’ mentioned on various twitter posts and Linkys. After reading Me and B make tea’s Q&A, I decided to give it a go too! Christmas always evokes mixed emotions for me; part of me finds it overhyped, stressful. But the other of me finds it a wonderful time to switch off and focus on family, relaxing at home and eating. Also, having Little H now, Christmas feels more and more exciting each year. This year there has been such excitement over the lights, it’s been hard not to feel excited too! So here’s how Casa Watling enjoy Christmas!
It’s a real toss-up between ‘Home Alone 2’ and ‘A Muppets Christmas Carol’. Sam is not a big fan of either, especially not the latter. So tend to try and watch them in the run up to Christmas on my own. I don’t own either though so have to try and record them off the TV. Come on Netflix, get them into your library please!
Welcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!
The ‘official’ title of the twelfth topic of the 30 Days Blogging Challenge is “Somewhere you’d like to move or visit.”. I’ve very much decided to go with the “move” options because for years I have been harbouring desires to one day move to a different country. Well, two different countries in fact which are – as you will shortly discover – really quite different. Realistically I don’t see us upping sticks and heading off to foreign lands in the very near future. But one day…who knows. Even if it’s just for a few months. But before I can even consider that, I have to pick where I would go and it’s a choice between….*drum roll*
Every month I share my ‘Five Favourite Finds’ for the month. They can be absolutely anything new that I have come across. The challenge: making sure I find five each month. Some months really do prove tougher than others but there is lots of fun had in the search. I’m using it to try encourage myself to find new things and also share my finds with you all to save you the leg work! So without further ado and in no particular order…
It’s been over 10 months now since I went back to work after my maternity leave ended. 10 months! Longer than I was pregnant with Little H. Only 3 months short of how long I was off work. By the time Christmas Day arrives, it will have been over two years since I bid everyone farewell and hobbled off to prepare myself for becoming a mum. In January my baby will turn 2! I’ll be honest, I’m in a state of disbelief about the whole thing. I’m in denial that this amount of time has passed already. It feels to be racing by.
Hello my lovely Little H,
Your Auntie Jenny said the other day that you really feel like “a little person” now and I think that wonderfully captures your month. You have, of course, always been a little person. But you have your own views and opinions now which you are, without a doubt, happy to express! Some days you are so, so challenging. (I still can’t understand why having your jumper changed offends you so much, but your dislike brings a delightful start to every day!) Every single day with you is great fun though and when I look at pictures from this time last year, it feels like a lifetime ago! Here’s what you got up to during your 22nd month, November:
I love food. Eating is one of my absolute favourite things. For the most part I like healthy and fresh food but I am partial to the odd take-away curry too! If I could I think I would eat most of the time. I need to snack regularly otherwise I get grumpy. But I have to pay continual attention to what I eat these days because I don’t manage to exercise as much as I used to; Back in my rowing days I could eat pretty much anything! Picking my favourite food is tough because I like so many things. I’m just going to write down the first things that come into my head and see what I end up with…
The first time I ever heard the term ‘Pelvic Floor’ was when I was about 15 years old. During my teens I made some rather feeble attempts to get fit and one of those was doing a Lorraine Kelly exercise video my mum had. Part way through was an abs section and the trainer, Jenni, started by getting us to do some pelvic floor exercises. Her instructions were to contract the muscles you’d use to stop weeing mid-flow. I just tried to do as I was told and from that point onwards I would always do a set of pelvic floor contractions before doing any abdominal exercises. Over all the years since that first lesson in pelvic floor care, I confess I never really did any research into what my pelvic floor actually was. I knew it was a muscle. I knew it had something to do with my bladder. But that was it. Until I got pregnant…