Pretty big Rocking moment was February 14th. Valentines day. Craig and I discovered that, after nearly a year of trying, we were going to have our last baby. Honestly - it felt like it was never going to happen and really, in the big scheme of things and on reflection - it's not that long at all. It just felt like forever at the time.
Then of course, because we hadn't told people we were trying, didn't want to jinx things, I think a lot of people thought we'd had a "whoops" moment. The rest just thought we were bonkers! They are probably right - we are bonkers! :D There are also those who still to this day just think we were trying for a boy all along... that really winds my girls up. It's not true, you could have knocked me down with a feather when the doctor told us at the very first scan. Craig says I am hilarious around little boys. He says I talk to my nephews like they are aliens from another planet!
However the further along we got, the more times the doctors told us it was really true there was *ahem* absolutely no doubt. The more I got used to the idea, the more I talked to my little Bear. He was always "Logan" if we're honest and Craig started calling him his Logie Bear very early on. He came so close to having "Bear" as his middle name on his birth certificate... we were still talking about it as we walked to the registry office.
So, most of the year has been taken up with waiting for this little man to arrive. Apart from the obvious pregnancy ailments and the toll it took on my health this time... we couldn't have been happier. We had worried how the girls would take the news but they all dote on their little brother.
|The big day - a very relaxed-ish Cam|
But what about the rest of the year? Well there was the Olympics... I really wasn't looking forward to that. I was one of those scoffing about how much it was costing and bemoaning a summer of sport. Oh the horror. But - like most of the country - our house was drawn in and it was good watching my girls get so excited about it. Ruby keeps asking when it's coming back on :) She was so excited when one of the torch bearers visited her school and she was allowed to hold the torch.
A short couple of days in Hastings over the summer - we couldn't have as long there as we'd hoped this year due to a water leak from our bathroom through to our kitchen which upset a few plans we'd had... but it was lovely to have a few days away at Craig's Mum's house, spending time with her without having to rush home the same day.
Lovely summer days - despite a lot of people moaning about the Summer weather - I thought we got plenty of lovely days for picnics at various places with our girls. Lazy days with them charging around, tiring themselves out in parks or paddling pools or castle grounds, nice food - hot tea on the chilly days and me lolling about with bump, book or sketchbook and a Craig to lean on. Happy days.
Beautiful baby gifts received from family and friends - the handmade blanket with so much meaning from my sister, beautiful books, journals, knitted items and this painting from Sam. So many people were so generous we were truly speechless over it all.
Am going to zoom through some highlights now as this post has taken a week to write and we are nearly at the next Rocking Post ;)
We've had some lovely art come into the house this year - some I've bought - some swapped, some given by fabulous friends. My favourite piece though is on a shelf above my desk and I can see it from the other end of the house when I sit on the sofa. Sometimes I just catch myself sitting looking at it. It's this one and it's by Ruby. Aged 5. I think I'll always find myself gazing at it you know.
What else, what else.... ah yes, seeing my Scottish friend Lesley after two years. Seeing my friend Caroline more often - we live close but to often let work and time just get in the way... same with my sisters - I still don't see them enough but have seen them more often this past year.
Feeling comfortable with myself. I don't know when it happened this year but I started being happy being me. I suspect and am positive that Virginia and her Rocking Friday posts have a big hand in my new attitude along with Craig and my fabulous family. I'm happy in my own skin, happy with what I want to do and what I need to do... I aim to lose weight this year but purely because I think it would help my back. Otherwise, I'm happy with who I am and whoever isn't... well, they don't have to stick around me do they?
There has been a lot positive about this year...
The only downside really has been my health - the back pain - I don't think I'll ever be pain free, in fact a consultant told us this year that it's likely to develop into osteoporosis or arthritis or both... but at the moment it's manageable and that's more than a lot of people can say... Missing people who aren't here, wishing they could meet Logan and seeing characteristics and mannerisms in him that tell us they are unmistakeably with us, all be it in a small way. Wishing business was better... but isn't everyone at the moment? It could be worse - we have a roof over our heads, and food and warmth, happy, healthy children and time to pursue pastimes we love. We're rich in the ways that matter. And that's all we can ask for :)
Happy 2013 people.
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