January: I finished work the day of my Xmas lunch, six weeks ahead of my due date with baby boy so started the year on a real high. I had two new year’s resolutions: write the book and stay sane. I got off to a flying start (thanks mainly to 2yo still napping daily) and wrote loads that month.
February: hot on the heels of 2yo’s birthday, our wee man came along on Valentine’s Day. It was a super speedy completely natural birth, a far cry from his biggest sister’s! Hubby commented that it was a shame we’re stopping at three because I’ve got so good at this giving birth lark.
March: with the newborn honeymoon truly over March was a tricky month for my little family. We had plenty of ups and downs but still managed to forge some happy memories and I even got a lie in on Mothers Day (unheard of)!
April: Hubby had the first few days and entire last week of the Easter holidays off work and we had a wonderful staycation. Best bits were definitely Battersea Children’s Zoo and The Science Museum. This was also the month that I started working on my book every single day.
May: in a bid to cure food allergies once and for all, I started the all natural GAPS diet. I was posting daily back then and rather than let Mummy Tries get taken over I created another blog. Mummy Tries GAPS is now brimming with information and recipes not only suitable for people on GAPS, but anyone wanting to eat more naturally.
June: this was an insanely busy month for us; it kicked off and ended with faraway friends in town. We spent two glorious days with a gorgeous family from Alaska that we know from our travelling days (in fact the mama was present the night my hubby and I met). We had the best time, and were so sad to say goodbye. We didn’t have much chance to dwell though because the following day we hosted a big lunch for more good friends. The sun was blaring, the kids played beautifully and it was a fab day. The end of June saw one of my very best friends in town from Australia with his wife and daughter. Again it was so lovely to catch up, but bittersweet saying goodbye because I have no idea when I’ll see them next.
July: it’s mine, hubby’s and 5yo’s birthday within three weeks of each other so there’s always lots going on to be happy about. This year we spent hubs birthday weekend at a lovely wedding, and went to the amazing Olympic Park for mine. 5yo had an impromptu tea party which she adored.
August: I loved the summer holidays this year and we made the very most of them by catching up with lots and lots of friends we don’t get to see as often as we’d like now all the kids are at school. We also managed to watch caterpillars turn into butterflies, have our annual joint NCT birthday party for the five year olds, walk to the top of Box Hill (no mean feat) and fit in a very cool trip to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in London.
September: At the beginning of this month I felt I was in possession of a good first draft manuscript, and decided to pay for it to be professionally critiqued. It was hands down the best money I spent, because the editor highlighted all the flaws. Knowing I was on borrowed time with going back to work on the 2nd Oct, I spent September working like a demon on the book. Cue lots of 4am starts, and doing everything in my power to get the little ones to nap in synch.
October: I spent a beautiful day with two of my really good friends. We all used to work together in the same team back in the early naughties and would see each other daily. Now with three hectic lives and six children between us we’re lucky if we get together once a year. We always have so much fun when we do and although I had baby boy in tow who at that point was on the cusp of crawling and not wanting to be kept contained it was still a fab day. I was also taken to Maltby Street Food Market by another bestie, and we had a such a great time chatting and eating the afternoon away.
November: after slogging away all year, I published my book Become The Best You. In the weeks that followed I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Honest Mum and Mojo Mums, and fellow bloggers Zena and Leigh wrote glowing reviews of the book on their blogs.
December: we’ve got a full on Christmas planned, and it’s going to be great to catch up with everyone. Seeing as it’s not happened as yet, I’m choosing Sunday just gone as my highlight. I had a day of indulgence with one of my bestest ladies at my new favourite place Maltby Street Market as mentioned above. There was gorgeous food (obvs), scummy organic red wine and gin cocktails to die for. Seriously we could have parked up and stayed all night! Hubby did a wonderful job looking after all three kids for the first time, and it was great for me to have a little break after a very hectic few weeks.
So there you have it, all my fave bits of 2014. It’s been lovely to write this post and reflect back on just how great it’s been overall. Hubby and I welcomed our third child into the world at the beginning of the year and I published my fourth baby at the end of the year. In between we have had the privilege of spending lots of quality time with our wonderful friends, some from very far away. Thank you all for making it so memorable. 2014 I salute you!
This will be my last post of the year, so I’d like to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas. Eat, drink, be merry and have fun wherever you are and whoever you’re with. Here’s looking at 2015 – no pressure or anything but it’s got its work cut out to top this year!