Best of 2012

So then. 2012.  It’s hard to do a review of the year without mentioning having a baby. I know, I know, I bleat on and on about it but it is a pretty huge event in my lifetime. 2012 has been all about the little blue line, the wibbly grey and white scans, the ever increasing belly and then finally the baby. Oh the baby. Then learning to care for said baby and learning to be a mother. We found out at the very very start of the year so there has not been one day without thinking about TTB.

I said to my mum a couple of weeks ago that TTB was two months old. I couldn’t believe that he had grown to be TWO WHOLE MONTHS OLD, but at the same time I couldn’t believe that I had only been doing this baby-caring lark for two months because it’s not really a very long time. Surely my whole life has been spent wiping, feeding, snuggling and not sleeping? My mum said to me, “Just think how much you have learnt in that time.” Listing all of the things here would take ages and would cross over from the “me/craft” blog into “mummy blogging” territory though. I don’t want that really.

**at this point I realise that this is not a very good 2012 review post and is just another “talk about the baby” post**

Let’s move on.

Things I have enjoyed in 2012:

Going to Stratford with my mum and sister on her birthday.

Going to the seaside/my cousin’s wedding.

Playing hours of “catch” in the garden with my mum and siblings.

Spending time with Grandma – it makes her so happy and I really love her.

Building a wall in the living room (at 40 weeks pregnant!)

Going to London for work.

Having the London meeting cancelled and an afternoon to do as we pleased for free in London!

Making blankets.

Spending time with and appreciating my friends.

Going to see Ginger Wildheart in York.

Having a good clear out of junk from the house.

Making plans for future renovation work on the house.

My last day of work before maternity leave.

Quoting from Gavin & Stacey, Friends, Futurama and Despicable Me with Rachel and Alice.

Getting new glasses.

Having central heating fitted.

Seeing four friends welcome new babies.

My Grandma coming to visit for the first time.

Finally getting a shower fitted in the bathroom after 7 weeks of washing in a bucket.

Christmas with friends.

And I just cannot top the following moments:

The positive pregnancy test

The first scan

Feeling him kick

Hearing his heartbeat

The second scan

The start of labour

Hearing his cry for the first time

Holding him for the first time

Feeding him for the first time

Each time he laughs and smiles at me and looks at me as though I am the Best. Thing. Ever.

There is also nothing so special as seeing Andy be a father, my mum be a Grandma, my siblings be aunts and uncle and seeing my Grandma hold her great grandson. It’s humbling. He feels as though he has been a part of our family forever.

There has been sadness in 2012 as well. I don’t want to omit the loss of our lovely great aunt, we miss her so much and I am so sad that she never got to meet TTB, or her own great grandson (my cousin had her first baby in April). I’m grateful that we found out about my pregnancy early enough that we could tell her before she died.

Low points that deserve a mention are the shower breaking and the ensuing 7 weeks of washing in a bucket, all that RAIN, massive massive preggo feet, and trying to help Andy plasterboard the living room ceiling (and failing hugely).

2013 can never live up to 2012 in terms of huge life events, but doesn’t mean that it won’t be a good year. So, from me and my gorgeous boy, Happy New Year :-)

45 thoughts on “Best of 2012

  1. Sue says:

    Don’t worry about “mummy” posts as becoming a mother is a life changing moment. TTB looks very bright and clearly thinking in the photo :-)

    I am looking forward to hearing about your crochet projects in 2013 along with the house renovation. It goes without saying that we expect to hear about TTB’s milestone moments.

  2. Wendy says:

    What a wonderful picture of you two. He is such a handsome little fellow. You have had quite a year, Heather, and a very memorable one. I know that this next new year will be full of exciting and wonderful new adventures. Enjoy!

  3. Sue says:

    Don’t worry about mummy posts as becoming a mother is a life changing moment. TTB looks very bright and clearly thinking in the photo :-)

    I am looking forward to hearing about your crochet projects in 2013 along with the house renovation. It goes without saying that we expect to hear about TTB\’s milestone moments.

    Bah I bet this gets posted twice as I got the security code wrong, sigh. I must not try and type the code in the horrible yellow/green colour as it is difficult to read.

  4. Judyk2310 says:

    Your son is looking so big and what a cutie!! Are you going back to work or staying home with the little man? You may have posted and I missed it. You had a year of wonders and I hope the best for you and all of your family in 2013

  5. Briony says:

    Oh what a wonderful post, it made me so nostalgic for the past. My three children are now almost as old as me. lol. but I still miss cuddling a baby and looking at you takes me back to the past and how much I enjoyed bringing up mine.
    You little one is beautiful and you look so happy.
    Make every minute with him count,
    Bless you both
    Happy and healthy 2013 to you all
    Look forward to seeing TTB getting up to all sorts of new things.

  6. Ahhh… what a wonderful, eventful year you have had Heather! That Little Guy is too gorgeous for mere words, My Dear! You could ramble on and on and show pictures galore of him and this Mom/Grammy
    could never tire of it:)
    I love your crochet post as well. Such beautiful and inspiring work.
    Looking forward to seeing what 2013 brings to you.
    Happy New Year!

  7. Wonderful photo – thanks so much for a good look at TTB…augh he is so lovely…just want a cuddle…..definitely like you somewhat but do trust the little man is also like his Dad.
    Best Wishes for a wonderful year ahead to all three of you…and thank you for such a great year of blogging!

  8. Catriona Davis says:

    Hi Heather! I just found your blog from Lucy’s and thought I’d write to say how much I enjoyed browsing through it this afternoon :)
    TTB is gorgeous. I felt a lot of empathy with you as my little man has just turned 18m and I am currently 7m pregnant with little man number 2! I recently restarted crochet after many many years and it made me smile to look back at your first crochet post and see how far you’ve come in the last 3 years.
    I have so many projects on the go at the moment, but I’m really inspired to make a ripple blanket one of my 2013 “musts”.
    Happy New Year and keep blogging! I shall be an avid follower from now on :)

  9. Louise says:

    How fantastic to see your beautiful TTB’s face! He’s absolutely adorable! What a wonderful year you’ve had! Thanks so much for sharing it with us all! Happy New Year!

  10. Carrie says:

    What a gorgeous baby, clearly a very intelligent one too. He looks very like you Heather. Dont worry about writing about him, its a huge part of your life x Happy New Year x

  11. kate says:

    Such a lovely post.
    I had my boy in August and relate so much to this.

    Happy new year little tin birdies! I hope 2013 brings nothing but fun for you all.

    X kate X

  12. Brenda says:

    Hi Heather, happy new year to you, what a beautiful photo of you and TTB he is just such a cutie, and you look beautiful also, very grown up and serene. xxBrenda

  13. Cate says:

    Oh Heather, TTB is totally adorable! Thank you for letting us see a complete photo of him, I was hoping you would. Don’t worry about baby posts. Becoming a mother means your life will never be the same again, and of course your days will be full of baby moments and milestones, all the ups and downs. You should never feel that you need to curtail the TTB tales.
    I hope 2013 brings you all the things you’re hoping for.

  14. Awww.. He is so precious Heather! Look at those cheeks :)
    Just think…2013…baby teeth…crawling…walking…talking…one year birthday…and so much more!
    So much to look forward to. You and Andy are gonna have a blast!! We do expect to hear all about it through the year you know. :) Have the Best New Year ever Heather with your sweet family. penny x

  15. MsZeb says:

    Wow! Your. Baby. Is. Gorgeous.

    Thank you for including his picture. Thank you for a great blogging year; your crochet and the honesty of your pregnancy and early motherhood posts.

    Happy New Year.

  16. Oh TTB is gorgeous, looks so much older and more alert than most 2 month old babies. You will find big things happen this year, you can look forward to him sitting up by himself, crawling, walking, teething just to mention a few, more time to crochet as he becomes more independant, it is going to be a lovely year for you.
    xx Sandi

  17. Such beautiful photos of TTB. This year has been wonderful for you. Wish you, Andy and TTB all the happiness in the world for this year. It will fly by so quickly make sure you both take the time to enjoy your family x

  18. Chinagirl says:

    Lock up yer daughters!!…what a gorgeous young man you are holding Heather..little sweetie for sure and one that all the girls will swoon over! May you and yours have a fabulous 2013 full of every happiness and health :)

  19. Sheridan says:

    Hi Heather – A very Happy New Year to you and Andy. With a gorgeous little man like this, any post about him is fully understandable. A future heartbreaker here!!! We all look forward to any posts you find you have time for in 2013. Best Wishes for a great year = Sheridan.

  20. Lynne says:

    What a gorgeous baby! You’ve had an amazing year and it’s been a privilege to have been allowed to share it. Thank you for all of your posts and I look forward to seeing what 2013 brings to you all. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year. Lynne x

  21. sew says:

    What a New Year treat to scroll down and see that sweet face!!
    He’s so beautiful I want to squeeeeeeeeze him.
    Wishing you happy days in 2013 and thank you for allowing us to meet TTB.

  22. What a sweetpea! TTB is adorable and you are just beautiful with your little chick in your arms. And, if you can believe it, it just gets better and better. My own sweetpea is 9 now and although the baby days are long gone, my heart bursts with love and pride for him. Have a stupendous 2013, at the end of which your baba will be walking and probably talking too!!! Think of that! xxx

  23. Nanita says:

    Happy New Year, lovely Heather! Oooh, look at that gorgeous little face, what an incredibly handsome little boy! ♥ May this year be at least twice as awesome for you and your family as last year!!! :-) xxxx

  24. Sarah says:

    Dear Heather what an exciting year you have had! A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2013.
    Your son has lovely eyes. Very handsome. Enjoy the year to come.xx

  25. Aaah what a cute baby boy you have! I wasn’t going to comment but seeing his wee face I just had to!

    Happy 2013! TTB will keep you very busy, it’s going to be so much fun!!

    Helen xx

  26. Aaah what a cute baby boy you have! I wasn\’t going to comment but seeing his wee face I just had to!

    Happy 2013! TTB will keep you very busy, it\’s going to be so much fun!!

    Helen xx

  27. jodilynnh says:

    Your baby is adorable! I miss those first few months now that mine 6, 11, 13. Enjoy! I am sure that 2013 will bring many happy moments to you and your family!!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Wow!!!! I am slowly making my way to the present. Your baby boy is gorgeous. I LOVE this photo of him. Cutest little mouth. Adorable. Can’t wait to see more as I read on. :-)

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