2014 was a funny old year for me. I started the year whilst in the middle of my maternity leave, loving life with a baby, learning how to be the best mummy I could be and attending lots and lots of baby classes and groups. With this came the inevitable consumption of a lot of cake and hot chocolates, a lot of sitting on the floor and generally being quite inactive. I really didn't do much in the way of exercise and as a result I felt lethargic and quite lazy sometimes. While I seem to have slimmed down since having Little One, I feel this was natural post baby weight loss and from carrying and lifting a very heavy baby rather than from having a healthy diet or taking exercise.
In May, knowing that my maternity leave was coming to an end, we signed Little One up for nursery for two days each week. Initially I found it very difficult not being with him all the time and he cried every time I dropped him off and I felt incredibly guilty but I also knew he would thrive in the nursery environment as he would be around other babies and get to do all sorts of wonderful activities. I returned to my job as a primary school teacher at the start of June and handed in my notice as soon as I returned. It was a big decision as I had put my heart and soul into my teacher training not many years ago, but I knew that really I wanted to be at home with Little One, and do something where I could work around him. I continued with the job until mid July and finished the day before Little One's first birthday so it was a truly exciting day and I've never felt so relieved.
2014 has been quite bittersweet for me for a number of reasons, one of which was the fact that my parents moved to France a few days after Little One's first birthday. I am so pleased for them that they have made the move and they are really happy over there, but we miss them terribly. On the other hand, it's lovely that we can now make a trip of going to see them, even if it only is twice a year, and I know that it is extra special when we do see them. We visited them in October and hope to do so again in early 2015. We also took Little One on his first holiday abroad in September to Menorca. It was a fantastic holiday and I am so pleased I was able to document it on my little blog.
Of course one of my biggest missions for 2014 was starting this blog. I started it back in March so it hasn't yet been going a year. I feel I have learnt a huge amount and I think with my fairly limited knowledge of the blogging world, I have come quite a way from when I first started it. I am thrilled at how many moments and family memories I have documented, moments which might have gone unnoticed or which I may not have remembered had I not posted about them.
And so for 2015...
Well, I want Little One to continue to develop and be happy and healthy. He really has changed me for the better and I learn from him each and every day. He makes Mr F and I laugh countless times daily and he is so keen to learn new skills all the time.
I want to become a bit more healthy. I say this every year but I turn 30 this year and I want to start my new decade a bit healthier. For me, this simply means doing a bit more exercise (a real chore for me as I can't stand it!). I never make resolutions as I can't stick to them, so I shall aim to go on a few walks a week and maybe try a short run and see how I get on. I must drink more water, eat fewer sweet things. I am also going to try and follow the 'early to bed, early to rise' motto.
Growing my new card business. I started working as an independent Phoenix Trader in October.I work for myself and it can be tough working from home as there are far too many distractions and that ironing pile just isn't going to iron itself, but I shall try to be more focused this year. I'd like to be able to contribute more to the household income as we would definitely like to be able to go away or maybe do a few home renovations and updates.
Blog wise, I'd love to increase the readership of Oh Little One Sweet. I love writing posts but would like to be able to post more regularly and more consistently. I'd also love to be able to link up with more lovely bloggers and maybe even go to a blogging conference one day.
Here are some of our favourite moments from 2014...