Looking back on 2014

Happy New year all! I hope 2015 is filled with all the best things in life for you.

I’m not going to lie, this year has been tough. It was full of emotional up and downs for my family and myself. It was a good year, but at the same time it was long and challenging.

I feel that I have done a lot of growing up during this year and am grateful that I have a bit of free time before the baby arrives to just take it all in and rest up a bit because, boy do I need it!

Over the course of 12 months we went on an epic trip to Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe (which already feels a million miles away!), celebrated the birth of very close friends’ first child, had some small renovations done to our house and found out that we were expecting our first child.

Pregnancy has been an incredible journey, but it really does make you feel like your mind and body have been taken over.

The bone-deep tiredness of the first trimester, queasiness that seems to never go away, ever increasing girth and changing body proportions, emotional ups and downs that are so unpredictable that it leaves your head spinning and late pregnancy aches and pains are cancelled out with incredible moments like hearing your babies heart beat for the first time, feeling that first movement, the look on your husband’s face when he feels the baby for the first time, the sight of that face on the 4D ultrasound and the sight of tiny clothes and nappies in the nursery waiting for the little one to get here.

We had an even more challenging time of it in the beginning and my heart is so full and grateful that this baby is growing well and healthy. She may even make her appearance before the year is out which is both a thrilling and terrifying prospect. Nevertheless in about four weeks time our lives will be changed for ever and I’m more than happy to face these new challenges.

So here’s to 2014. It was a real eye opener – so many lessons learned and challenges overcome. I am looking forward to 2015 and what it will bring our way. I hope you all have an amazing festive season with your loved ones!

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