2016 has felt like a very long, very odd year for me. I started out the year with an almost 4 month old baby who was just starting to roll and be a little more engaging. I was a stay at home mum on maternity leave still learning the ‘mum’ ropes.
I’m ending the year with an incredibly active and mischievous almost 16 month old baby who isn’t actually a baby anymore (I refuse to call her a toddler til she starts walking – it makes me less sad that she’s growing up!!). I’m back at work 4 days a week at an incredibly busy and rapidly changing time for my organisation and I’m doing my boss’ job while she is on extended leave.
That idyllic (from here) time of going for long walks with Grace in the pram, going for coffee dates with my mothers group friends and playing with my girl most of the day seems like a lifetime ago! I can hardly believe that was just the start of this year! I spent 7.5 months of the year on maternity leave but the 4.5 months I’ve been back at work seem just as long (if not longer) than that. It’s been quite the adjustment this year. Every day/week/month bringing new delights and new challenges. Every time I’d feel like I was on top of things, something would change and I’d feel like I was starting all over again.
It’s been a good year. A hard year. An exciting year. A year like no other. I think having a young child and returning to a workplace in a bit of a state of flux can have that effect on you! Highs and lows galore, lots of contrasts.
I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store for me – personally and professionally – and what it has in store for our little family. I think we’re all looking forward to settling into a stable routine next year (I know I am!) and having more good times as our family spends another year having adventures and just doing life.
I wrote all the above earlier this week, thinking that 2016 was basically done and dusted. And then this happened:
My poor little girl had her first major injury yesterday – a fractured tibia requiring a cast on her leg for up to 4 weeks. So there’s that. Now I’m really looking forward to 2017 and having my active little girl back once her cast comes off. She’s such a strong and resilient little girl though, I know this won’t keep her down for long at all. In fact, I think it’s probably harder on us than it is on her at this point.
I hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve and Day and I look forward to posting lots of great things in 2017.