It’s been a while hasn’t it? I had the thought that I’d be back here sooner than this, but life got in the way. AGAIN. Although that’s not so much of an excuse as the truth.
2014 has been an incredible year so far and we are only 2 months in! We ended 2013 with a the Great Winter Holiday over Christmas and New Years that took us to Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Amsterdam and has seated itself in one of the best holidays that I have been on. Travelling with a baby is pretty hard, but by the end of that trip – I felt we were naturals. Of course, it also happened to be the time that Rehan cut his top TWO teeth and started crawling (on New Years Day!) which made things a little interesting, but we managed.
I was hoping for snow, and that didn’t happen which was total bullshit. It was like MINUS degrees and there was no snow.
I found comfort in many, many glasses of hot, spiced mulled wine and mugs of creamy hot chocolate and now have a cute little collection to take home. I also ate my weight in waffles dripped with Nutella, German weiners and frites which had my body crying out for GREEN by about Day 2. My little brother was visiting us from Australia at the time as well, after just finishing his high school exams (which as an aside – he is now 18!! How is that possible?)
(Also – *I* was 18 when I met Evs! Looking back, it seems way, way too young. Gulp).
He left with memories of tasting his first beer, ice-skating and changing nappies for the first time in his life. (What? I had to make good use of a free babysitter while he was there!)
Welcome to a new year.
It’s hard to put into words how much I’ve already seen myself change and grow in this new year. Maybe it’s a mindset thing, but the possibilities and opportunities just seem so…limitless. My new business is still finding its feet, but I’ve already started taking clients and am loving it! I did a free 21-day health challenge at the start of the year that saw over 200 women from across the world take part and it just BLEW. MY. MIND.
If I’m being really honest – it’s one of the scariest things I have done. Why? Because it was the first thing that I was doing, REALLY doing, that was putting myself out there and towards this dream of mine.
What if people don’t like me? Am I actually HELPING people?
They were the thoughts that swirled through my mind, night after night. And it was the on the night before I launched the challenge that I had this sense of calm about it.
Fuck it, I thought. Just do it.
And I did. I’ve had countless emails about how much they enjoyed the challenge and I already have bigger and better plans for the next round 😀
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Rehan continues to be the light in my life. And motherhood continues to challenge and change me in ways I never knew possible.
He is now TEN months. My mother asked me the other week about what I was planning to do for his first birthday and I had to stop myself from going la-la-la-la with my fingers in my ears to block her out. No. He’s not ready to be one yet. *I’m* not ready for him to be one yet.
He’s already broken my heart by saying his first word as “Dada” and Evs is definitely his favourite person. Hmph. Ungrateful little bugger.
He crawled on New Years Day and now my life revolves around following him around while he lunges and goes for everything that he isn’t allowed to. Like computer cables, powerpoints, little tiny specks on the floor to go straight into his mouth, the doorstop and pieces of important paper. He’s also pulling himself up and prefers standing to anything else now, so I think it’s only a matter of a month or so that he will walk. Oh, be still my beating heart.
It’s a great age this one – he’s always been a very alert and curious baby and even more so now as he discovers things around him. He’s so funny and it’s amazing to see how much he knows already. His not-so-new tricks now are clapping (and KNOWING when to clap) and waving hello and goodbye to people. Also, stretching his arms out wide when we ask him how much he loves Daddy. And when we ask the same question about Mummy – I get a blank stare. Seriously. Such a Daddy’s boy.
He is in LOVE with the washing machine and I’m not afraid to admit that there are times when I park him in front of machine while I rummage around getting his lunch ready (our washing machine is in the kitchen – it’s a UK thing!). Feeding wise, we’re very much into our food and baby-led weaning continues to be strong. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner PLUS 3 milk feeds.
I have been holding onto the breastfeeding for as long as I can – he is so much on the move and I can barely get him to stay still, that those moments of feeding him are some of my most treasured. We sit there on the glider chair in his room, curtains drawn, silent and I stroke his hair as he feeds. I love it and am so grateful that I have been able to keep doing it. I’ll actually be really sad when he decides to finish.
We’ve been here in the UK for over 6 months now and it’s surprised me how quickly it has flown. We have our Return To Australia brief in a few weeks, and that just hit it home that we’re almost ready to come home! I can’t say that I’m not glad – as much as I have been enjoying my time here, I think I’m just about ready to go home. I miss my family and friends. And my two doggies as well. And the weather. I needs me some sunshine.
Speaking of which – I am going back home for a month in April! Pretty excited but am not looking forward to the 22 hour flight with Rehan by myself. Yep – I’m doing it solo. This will either break or make me as a mother. As a HUMAN being I think. Maybe I’m a little crazy, but I have to do it.
I hope to drop by a little more regularly in the next few weeks – I miss writing here and one of the things that I am determined to make part of my life is time for my creativity. Which, for me, means blogging and perhaps a little artistic painting as well. My website is so, SO close to being launched and I feel like I’m about to give birth again. (And no, not pregnant again although Evs keeps giving me the side-eye. I keep telling him to stop being creepy).
I hope 2014 has been awesome for you too!