Wednesday, 11 December 2013

New beginnings

My letters must have been received, as not shortly after my last posts were published (this one and this one) a little baby girl entered our lives. She is delicious and perfect in every single way (says her slightly obsessed mother, daddy and big brother), and has turned our little trio into a true family.

Perfect poppets
Christmas has now truly descended on our house. We have a real Christmas tree adorned with suitably inappropriate decorations for toddlers, an endless supply of Christmas mince pies, personalised stockings above the fire, carols on repeat and a hilariously embarrassing Santa photo on the mantle. I have a ridiculous amount to be thankful for this year, and wish I could just bottle these heart flutters so I could feel this way forever.

But with the silly season upon us, a little man's 2nd birthday party to organise, a pretty little newborn to care for, an semi-immobile husband thanks to a slipped disc in his back (with pain worse than labour, I've been told), and the mountain of cooking, washing and bathtimes resting on my shoulders, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't exhausted, overwhelmed and slightly emotional. In particular, I had forgotten how much of an ordeal pregnancy, labour and caring for another little life is - on both body and soul. Note: I wanted to put this in black and white to refer to when I forget how hard it all is and decide I need another little one to care for! Tell me, what's your secret to surviving at this time of year?

Five weeks into it and things are starting to settle into a daily rhythm, but I still feel myself looking forward to a time when both children are a bit bigger and more independent. It's one of my worst traits - dwelling on the past or daydreaming about the future - I hate to think how many moments I've missed by not always being in the present. Well at least I've already decided what my New Years resolution is going to be.

I hope to find a spare moment to write again soon, but in the meantime, from my family to yours I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for a great year ahead. Try and wrap some extra love to put under the tree this year, and toast to all your good fortune!

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