As the new year draws ever closer, I thought I would take a look back at the year that was with this fun questionnaire!
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Gosh, so many things. Probably the biggest was having a baby and becoming a mum! So many new experiences and I’m learning more every day.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t really make resolutions but I do love goal setting. I have set some fabulous goals for next year, one of which, is to start my small craft business.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, me! Aside from me though, my aunt welcomed her wee Joseph into the world, exactly two weeks after Charlie was born.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
I am very lucky and blessed to be able to answer “No” to this question.
5. What countries did you visit?
None this year, though I did make several trips to ever exotic Christchurch. But I’m not sure that counts. We are hoping to do some travel in 2013 though!
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
My family. Before Charlie was born I didn’t think much of living in a different city, but after he was born, I yearned to be near them again. It just so happens that I am going to get my wish – we are moving back in just two short weeks!
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 7th, 2012. 4.14pm to be precise. That’s the day we finally met our little bellybean.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Growing a tiny person! I cannot believe that lowly old me was capable of such wonder! Truly, my son is the most gorgeous creature on the earth and to think that he came from me is a little overwhelming.
9. What was your biggest failure?
When you are a mum, you constantly feel like you’re failing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a good mum or not, I think we will always feel like our children deserve more than we are currently giving them. Probably my biggest failure was the decision to stop breastfeeding. Despite having a good supply, it made me feel very uncomfortable so when he was three months old, we switched to bottle feeding. Looking back I wish I hadn’t.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not really, though I do remember how awful morning sickness the entire pregnancy was!
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Best thing we’ve bought? Uhh… At the moment I’m tempted to say our fan. It has been so hot and muggy lately and having a good fan is a total god send. But aside from that, we love our Gentle Motions bassinet by Cariboo. Charlie is a week off five months and still fits in it nicely!
12. Where did most of your money go?
Charlie, bills, rent, petrol, Charlie… And… did I mention Charlie? Haha!
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I was so exited to meet my little Bambino. I spent so much time imagining what he would look like and be like, having him here is just the best ever. I also got (still get) so excited every time he hits a new milestone. And I can’t believe it – at almost five months old, he is currently getting up on his knees, in preparation for crawling!
14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
The song “Wake Me” by Message to Bears.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder? Happier
b) Thinner or fatter? Both? My body has changed in so many ways since giving birth, it’s hard to tell. Weight wise though, I’m lighter. Luckily instead of gaining weight during pregnancy, I lost 9kgs.
c) Richer or poorer? Richer. But not in the way you might think. My life has become so full since we became a family and so wonderful. Though the dollars in the bank may not be as much as one might hope, the people in my bed each morning (the manly one and tiny charlie) make me feel like the richest woman on earth.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Eating right and looking after myself. Like many people, 2013 is going to be my year of health. I also wish that I’d done more socialising. It’s been five months and Charlie has had little to no interaction with people outside of our family. This is due to me being paranoid about germs and not wanting him to be around other kids until he’s had his final set of imms (for the time being anyway) at 5 months. Looking back though, I wish we’d joined a play group or done something to connect with other mum’s and bubs. However, all is not lost! We are going to have plenty of opportunity to meet people in the new year!
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Definitely have to say junk food eating!
18. How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent Christmas together, just us, our little family of three. It was actually very nice.
19. Did you fall in love in 2012?
I did, with my tiny human Charlie. We have watched his personality grow and he is just so wonderful, I would do absolutely anything in the world to make him happy. I also have to say that I have the bond between the manly one and I has become stronger and we are in love now, more than ever. Yes, okay, mushy bit over now.
20. What was your favourite TV programme?
Shortland Street! Definitely Shortland Street!!! Aside from that, I really enjoyed watching One Born Every Minute and Jaquie Brown’s show about being a mother, both of which started the week we got home from hospital with Charlie! I couldn’t believe the timing actually.
21. What was the best book you read?
I’ll be honest, since Charlie was born, I haven’t had much time to read. However, I did enjoy reading Wendyl Nissens’s book Mother’s Little Helper and Baby Signs by Linda Acredolo.
22. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Too many! I love music so much. However, the ones that spring to mind are Alt-Pop queen Grimes and the Canadian electronic duo, Purity Ring.
23. What did you want and get?
A healthy baby, with gorgeous eyes and a wicked personality. I think I won.
24. What did you want and not get?
I wanted very much to have skin-to-skin immediately following the birth. However, complications arose during the delivery that meant I didn’t get to see Charlie for eight hours after the birth and didn’t get to hold him til the next day. I was glad however that he was a very strong baby from birth and recovered quicker than most.
25. What was your favourite film of this year?
Goodness, so many! A few of my recent faves are Bernie, Hysteria, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’m sure there are many more, but these are the ones that spring to mind.
26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned nineteen this year and Chris bought me some of my favourite perfume and we went out for dinner.
27. What kept you sane?
Chris, Shortland Street and blogging.
28. What political issue stirred you the most?
I’m sorry if I offend any conservatives who read my blog but John Key being a general arse really grinds my gears. That and the fact there are STILL people out there that believe being gay should be against the law.
29. Who did you miss?
My best friend and all of my family down in Christchurch. Two weeks, yay!
30. Who was the best new person you met?
Hands down, it’s got to be Charlie. His one year old cousin Little Miss A was pretty cute too!
31. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012?
I’m still learning this one and I still have a way to go but it has to be this: Don’t stress about what other people think because it doesn’t matter. Yeah, a lot of people look at us because we look too young to be a family. Yeah, people think I’m stupid for not enjoying breastfeeding, for co-sleeping, for starting solids at four months. But y’know what? There is always going to be someone who disagrees with what you’re doing and it’s impossible to please everyone so just do what you feel is best. Through thinking like this, I am learning to be a confident mother. It’s a work in progress, but I’m getting there!