One of the many things that I love about my blog is that you can get to the end of a year and easily look back at what you have done during the past 12 months. There are posts which jog your memory with reminders of what each month held. Some of it good, some of it not so much – but it shows how you continue to grow as a person.
As we come to the end of 2016 – a year which will go down in the history books for so many reasons! – I thought I would take stock and have a look back at what I have written over the past 12 months and share them here – not only as a reminder for me but just in case anyone reading this missed them! Here are my memorable posts of 2016
In this post I explain how I have approached the subject of puberty with Grace as she turns 9 years old. This was when my mum spoke to me about periods and body changes and was very open about it. I want to make sure I have the same relationship with my daughter.
February 10th is the anniversary of Ross and I starting our relationship so, an offer in the form of a professional chef coming to cook brunch for us when Grace was away over this particular weekend was very welcome. POM Wonderful, the pomegranate juice drink, set it all up for us and the food was amazing – even more due to the fact that the chef brought everything he needed with him including the plates which meant there was no washing up!
This was, without doubt, the hardest post I have had to write this year. After our first round of fertility treatment in Cyprus back in March, Ross and I were convinced that it had worked. It hadn’t. In this post I explain how I feel about this – that it equates to all the feelings of a miscarriage – a fraudulent one.
Following the post above about the failure of our treatment, I had been feeling in a really low place. But what did I have to be low about? What did I have have to complain about? How on earth could I be unhappy? Sometimes there is no explaining the reasons why you feel the way you do and in this post, I explain how I am making improvements to my life on the road to recovery.
In this post, Ross has written an open letter to the Infertility Network to put his case across regarding fertility funding and lack of support we were receiving. They were very understanding in their response – also on the post – but it didn’t change the fact that we both felt that it was wrong.
I think everyone was shocked at the outcome of the Brexit result and in this post I try and make sense of my feelings about it all. How I travelled to London the morning after the result and my conversation with a London cab driver, as well as my feelings as I spent a couple of days there for the BritMums conference.
Back in July I offered to help with Grace’s leavers party at her school. Unfortunately a company let me down in a big way with the decorations and, thanks to the power of blogging and some great friends, Joanne at Charlie Moos came to our rescue and saved the day. I am still very grateful to her.
Our visit to Northern Ireland this year was, without doubt, our favourite holiday. Grace, Ross and I had a wonderful time. You will find most of our posts about the trip over on my travel blog but I saved the video for this one!
I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed and let down we have felt about our GP surgery. Nothing has been easy or straightforward with them since we moved to their practice and in this post I give just one example of how hard our fertility treatment procedure has been because of them.
Just because a child misbehaves, it doesn’t mean that you have to have a go a the parents. Whilst we were on holiday in Cornwall a little boy spat at Grace and her cousin, Emily. I went to speak to the mother and she was so apologetic. I could see she had her hands full and sometimes it just takes a few kind words.
I didn’t set any blog goals for this year, mainly because I have enough of my own personal ones to achieve but also because with this space. I feel it is a part of, and not the whole of, me. I am happy with my blog as it is – for now!
Grace has gone from strength to strength in her new school and, after just a month, I explain all the changes she has gone through for the better. She has continued to do well and achieved two Head Teachers commendations as well as a great end of term progress report.
I can’t even begin to tell you just how much medication I have put in my body this year because of IVF treatments. In this post I tell you what I have gone through and just how well Ross and Grace have handled it and supported me.
As well as Brexit this year, there was of course the result of the election of the new President of the USA. I reflect on my feelings about Trump and whether there were any positives following the outcome.
So, there you have it. These are the posts I have written this year which I feel are my most memorable. I would love to know if you have a post that you feel needs to be read. If so, please link it in the comments below.