2016 was a crazy, amazing whirlwind of a year, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I wanted to put up this post of my top 10 memories and moments from the year before we got too far into 2017 so that I can look back at all of the incredible things that happened and remember just how perfect it has been.
1. January: I’m pregnant!
I found out that we were expecting very early on – I remember the test read ‘1-2 weeks’. I told Chris the day I took the pregnancy test and amongst the feelings of ‘Oh shit’ and ‘Can we do this?’ I was undeniably happy. I knew our lives were going to change forever in just a few months and it was so exciting! It almost didn’t feel real until I was 8 weeks gone, when I had my first appointment with the midwives. After that we just had to wait until the 12 week mark to begin telling friends and family – then it was really real!
2. January: Holiday to Paris
At the end of January Chris and I had our first holiday together. We had decided to go to Paris at the start of December and were looking forward to it so much! The famous city didn’t disappoint and we had the time of our lives. We had an evening boat trip along the River Seine, went up the Eiffel Tower, watched a show at the Moulin Rouge, traipsed up and down the Champs-Élysées and ate far too many pastries – what more could we ask for?! I’ll remember this holiday forever, I loved every second of it and it was amazing just to spend a week with my favourite person relaxing, exploring and eating.
3. May: It’s a boy!
We had our 20 week scan in May and I remember being so nervous – yet excited – to see my baby again and find out the gender. Going into the scan (and pretty much from day one) we were both completely convinced we were having a boy, but hearing the words confirming it just made us SO happy. We had both already agreed on the name we loved and were over the moon to hear the news about our healthy, happy little monkey. After the scan we went straight to the shops and bought Archie his first few outfits!
4. June: Seeing Coldplay Live
Chris and I saw Coldplay live at the beginning of June – and they were amazing! I was 6 months pregnant so extremely grateful to have a seat, but I actually managed to stand for most of the concert and had the most amazing night. They put on such a good show and sound so good live that I didn’t care one bit about being exhausted from standing around with my bump weighing me down for a few hours. We had a lovely weekend away in general and enjoyed doing a bit of shopping and relaxing the day after the concert before heading back home to reality.
5. August: Moving in with Chris
After searching and stressing for months on end, at the beginning of August Chris and I moved into our first house together. We were both beyond relived to finally have somewhere and made the place feel like home very quickly. I was surprised at how natural it felt to have moved out of my parent’s house and for Chris and I to be in our own grown up little routine together – but it just worked. I was so close to having my perfect family life…only a month left until my due date!
6. August: My 18th
My 18th birthday was very different to the one I had imagined years before, but perfect nonetheless. At 8 months pregnant pretty much all I wanted to do was cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket and relax -which of course I did. Chris also took me out for lunch and we went for a drive (one of my favourite things to do with him). We had a family meal with my parents that evening and then just chilled out and had an early night…bliss! It was just the day I wanted, so I was very content. That weekend I had an afternoon tea with fake champagne and far too many cakes and sandwiches with my friends – I got spoilt rotten. I did, of course, celebrate in the pubs after Archie was born to properly embrace being 18…
7. September: Archie was born
This was it, the most amazing day of my life and the best thing that will ever happen to me. My little monkey finally made an appearance in the world and both Chris and I were so over the moon. My labour went as perfectly as it could have gone and as soon as I saw Archie’s perfect, scrunched up tiny face that night everything else just melted away and he became my whole world. I could write a list a million pages long all about how perfect Archie is, but for now lets just say that I love him with my whole heart and can’t imagine life without him in it now.
8. November: ‘Mummy and Monkey’ began
One evening I decided on a whim that I wanted to create this blog all about my life as Archie’s Mama. Its only been a couple of months and I have already fallen in love with my little online space where I can share my thoughts and tell people whatever comes into my mind. It’s been great fun so far and I’ve had so many nice things said about it that I’m excited to carry this on for as long as possible. Writing about my little boy is going to be such an amazing thing to look back on in a few years time – I already can’t believe how much he’s changing at 3 and 1/2 months old, so I can barely imagine what it’ll be like this time next year. And hey, who knows what else might happen that will be documented on the blog!
9. December: We bought a car
At the very end of the year, Chris and I decided to buy our very first family car together. We picked one out and reserved in in a matter of hours – then picked it up just a couple of weeks later! I am so in love with our new wheels and feel so proud that we bought it – just the two of us – outright with our own savings. It’s making me so excited to get my license – who wouldn’t want to be driving about in such a beautiful thing?!
10. I found out what really matters
This final point is, to me, one of the most important things that I have done this year. Through the last 12 months I have really discovered what – and who – really matters to me. I have finally got rid of the negative people that were not supportive or happy of me and my choices in any way, shape or form and have made my life something that I am so, ridiculously happy with and proud of. I figured out that people’s opinions, comments and thoughts just do not matter to me and should be allowed to have absolutely NO effect on my life or my happiness. I now have the most amazing people in my life, and know that they are the ones that are meant to be with me on this journey. Here’s to 2017!