2013: The Year That Was

It's safe to say that 2013 has been the most amazing year. To follow tradition, it's time to get busy re-capping, just like in years gone by: 2006200720082009, 2010, 2011 & 2012I love that I'm still blogging, even if things have been a little quieter around these parts since March - and just a little baby focused!

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? Had a baby! Being somebody's mum is incredible.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I wanted to be the best parent I could be, and I would like to think I'm well on my way & learning as I go.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? I did! And many of my lovely new mum friends.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, we lost my beautiful Nanna in May this year. Every time I think about how she held on to meet Georgia, I get emotional - she would love to see her now, so interactive and funny and smart. I'd like to think she'd be proud of us. I miss her so, so much, and I know my family does too.

5. What countries did you visit? Just Australia, this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? It sounds cheesy, but I really do think I have everything I need right now. I'd like to have better time management skills, which is tough with a baby.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? March 30, when Georgia made her surprise early entrance to the world. April 7, the day we left special care & got to bring her home. April 8, when Nanna met Georgia. May 7, when we had to say goodbye. September 1, when Georgia was christened. December 25, when we celebrated our first Christmas as a family of three!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I'm actually really proud of the way I've handled mamahood so far. From the unexpected birth, to dealing with the scary start of a short special care stay, to single parenting for many, many weeks while Jason worked overseas & interstate - I think I did pretty darned good.

9. What was your biggest failure? Being too honest. Not that I have any regrets about that, but it does have consequences.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Other than the odd bouts of colds, I had just a few lurgies this year: de Quervain's tendinitis - developed in the months after Georgia's birth and an overnight hospital stay after a nasty bout of gastro & dehydration.

11. What was the best thing you bought? I know, I know, baby related - but our rainforest jumperoo. Best. Invention. Ever.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? Like last year, I have to say my lovely, fantastic husband - he has proved to be the most amazing dad, like I knew he would be. He's also worked his butt off supporting us & letting me stay at home with the baby - it was something that was really important to us, and we'd never have been able to do it otherwise. I'm so proud of him. He's been an amazing partner, this year especially.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? I don't know about appalled or depressed, but I was disappointed with several friendships this year - everything happens for a reason, but it doesn't make it any easier.

14. Where did most of your money go? BAYYYBEEEEEEEEEEE. (That's good money spending, though!) Other than that, we've been plugging away at saving & paying off the mortgage.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My little girl. :)

16. What song will always remind you of 2013? Don't You Worry Child, by Swedish House Mafia. Every single time Georgia heard this song while she was in my belly, she'd kick up a storm. When she was a newborn, we spent many days bopping around the lounge room to the music channel.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

(a) Happier or Sadder? Happier. So much happier.
(b) Thinner or Fatter? Well, thinner than this time last year, but still far from where I'd like to be.
(c) Richer or Poorer? Poorer. But happier. :)

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Spending time with my family, which I definitely improved on this year. Since Georgia was born, we have had a mostly standing Monday night dinner with my parents & brother/SIL - it started to help out with newborn Georgia, but has continued on. I love seeing them each week.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? I wish I hadn't put energy into things that didn't pay off in the end.

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2013? A few little Christmas catch ups in December with friends and new baby-mums, Christmas Eve here at home with my family, Christmas morning with just the 3 of us, Christmas lunch with the inlaws, and Christmas night with my extended family. Was fantastic but yep, busy again.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013? My heart exploded this year. I'm so in love with my daughter, I can't even describe it. And having a baby has brought hubby & I even closer - he really has been an incredible support system. Not forgetting the fur babies - I watch them interact with Georgia & am so proud of them. I'm a very lucky girl.

22. How many one-night stands? Plenty of late night rendezvous -- in my rocking chair with a tired baby in my arms.

23. What was your favorite TV program? Game of Thrones, Homeland, Sister Wives & Offspring.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No.

25. What was the best book you read? I've barely read a book since March - I wonder why? I did start re-reading the George R.R. Martin series though, so probably 'A Game of Thrones'.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? I listened to a lot of older music this year, soothing things for Georgia's sake - jazz, easy listening, etc. Showing my age. :)

27. What did you want and get? A take home baby!

28. What did you want and not get? This is the first year I can honestly say that I feel like I have everything I need. Maybe a bigger car? That's one of our goals for next year.

29. What was your favourite film of this year? Catching Fire.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 29 this year, and spent it with family. It was nice and quiet.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I wish time had slowed down a little, so I could spend more time staring at my teeny, tiny little girl. This year has flown.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? Skirts, sandals & nursing-friendly clothing.

33. What kept you sane? Georgia. Hubby. Family. New mum friends. Online baby support groups.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? None, really. 

35. What political issue stirred you the most? Look at our government right now: need I say more?

36. Who did you miss? I missed old friends, and the way things were. 

37. Who was the best new person you met? Mum friends! One of these ladies is amazing; a twin mum who is so organised, kind & funny - and lives 5 minutes away. We've caught up many times, and she seems to enjoy watching Georgia grow up as much as I do with her lovely boys. She's been nothing but supportive of some of our struggles with sleep & is my 'solids guru' - I'm so thankful to have met her & her hubby this year.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. Family is everything.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “Other arms reach out to me, other eyes smile tenderly; Still in peaceful dreams I see, the road leads back to you."

40. What are your resolutions for 2014? I have many, which I'll put into a new post soon. But in summary? I want to continue experiencing new things with Georgia & taking as many pictures as I can. I want to keep up regular catch ups with friends. I want to spend quality time with hubby & with my family - hopefully keep up those Monday night dinners! I want to blog more, and better. I want to find time for reading again! Keep your eyes peeled on this space.

Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks for sticking with me this year, even though reading on the blog has been light. I value you guys so very much, and hope to keep plugging away in the new year! :)

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JustHeather said...

Great thoughts on the year past and the year to come.

Audrey said...

Georgia's little pink shorts with the back pockets just killed me dead. How stinkin' cute is she?? I'm so glad you had such a great year; here's to an even better 2014!

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