Every December I like to recap on the highs and lows of that year. 2019 was a big year for us – we found out that we were pregnant with our first child, and I experienced a number of wonderful trips abroad with friends and through my blog. 2020 has been very different for obvious reasons. When I think back to the beginning of the year, and how we were blissfully unaware of what was to come, I can’t quite believe it’s the same year. None of us anticipated a pandemic quite like we’ve had. For many 2020 will be the worst year of their lives. A year they cannot wait to say goodbye too. Many are wishing for a brighter, happier 2021.
In many ways we share those views. 2020 has certainly been a challenging year. We’ve missed out on holidays, time with our families and friends and birthday celebrations. But on the flip side, 2020 was the year our baby boy was born and the year we got engaged.
What type of year has 2020 been for us?
- GIVING BIRTH & Working from home
I quite literally kicked off the year by giving birth on New Year’s Day. It was a euphoric way to start a year! After 3 days of labour, it’s certainly a New Year we’ll never forget.
We went on to watch him grow and develop throughout the year, and the pandemic meant that Stew was there for all the precious moments most Dad’s miss out on. Working from home meant that he saw the first time he smiled, laughed, sat, crawled and walked. His father/son bond is stronger than ever, and it’s been beautiful to watch them grow closer and closer over the year.
- Matnerity Leave
Of course my maternity leave wasn’t quite what I expected. I missed out on many baby classes – we attended our sensory classes via Zoom, and I’ve been unable to take him swimming. I imagined brunch dates with mum friends, and my parents to visit a lot, but that wasn’t to be. Instead my parents watched their first grandchild grow up over video, but we made sure that when we were able to see them, we saw them as much as possible! And my brunch dates turned into walks in the park and socially distanced picnics. It really wasn’t all bad, and I look back now and think it was a pretty amazing year for us.
- Our Engagement
Not only did we welcome our son into the world, we also got engaged in July. A two day trip to Paris saw Stew propose. Something I really wasn’t expecting. Our engagement was incredible and if we were to only have one trip abroad, that was the perfect one to have. Since that day, we’ve been busy planning our wedding for (hopefully) summer 2021. It’s been a whirlwhind, but so far it’s been the easiest, most enjoyable ride.
- Instagram Top Nine
It’s no surprise that my top nine Instagram photos this year are mainly of our home. I never knew our kitchen would prove to be so popular, but it makes sense that our home features so much, when that’s mainly where we’ve been all year! Content has been thin on the ground, but I hit 10k followers this year, which was a huge milestone for me.
Whilst it makes me sad that our son’s birth year will go down as one of the worst years in recent history, it’s been one of the very best for us in so many ways. But that’s not to say I’m not excited for 2021, because I am. I’m excited to celebrate our son’s first birthday, to get married, have a HUGE reunion with all of our friends and family, and hopefully enjoy a Christmas with loved ones next year. There’s so much to look foward to.