And that, My Friends, is a Wrap…
I looked at my calendar today and realised it was a Friday (being on leave I had no idea what day of the week it was), that it had been a full week since my last post (I have really enjoyed a little blogging break) and that today is nearly the last day of 2011. So, time for a year end wrap up post, methinks!
2011 was a strange year for me. I started my blog on January 1, just because I wanted to, and am actually in awe of myself for continuing on for the full year. Here’s my very first post over at my first site Krusty Kernels – I seriously had no idea what I was getting myself into!
As I could go on and on (you do know the average length of my posts is 1,000 words – as hard as I try I don’t think I’ll ever be a succinct blogger!) I thought I would share something from each month of my 2011 to make this as quick and painless as possible.
January – aside from starting my blog, we packed up our family and went on a road trip to Melbourne. My husband and I went to the tennis and we rode on trams and walked around sublime St Kilda and just savoured being somewhere else. Sure, the unwelcome gastro bug that also came along for the ride was, well, unwelcome, but the trip was huge and fun and inspiring.
February – I said goodbye to being a full-time mum and put Delilah Bear into daycare in readiness for my return to work. She was only 9 months old at the time and I have never felt so guilty for leaving one of my kids in someone else’s care. She has adapted and thrived and now loves it but the pain I felt on that first day will be forever etched on my heart.
March – the big return to work after 11 months away. I came back to a new job and reduced hours which led me to ponder whether I had a proper job at all. But since then I have come to realise how lucky I am to be able to contribute in a way that allows me to be there for the kids before and after school – I just have to better manage my own expectations as a working mother.
April – my baby girl turned 1! I couldn’t believe how fast she had grown and how quickly she was making the transition from baby to toddler. While she’ll always be our baby, she is certainly growing up and becoming her own person – and what a character she is turning out to be! I also realised just how lucky I was after a few weeks of self-pity on my return to work…
May – I was still trying to find my way doing this working mother gig while trying to wrap my head around my ever-escalating addiction to blogging – pity I still have no answers to either of these conundrums…
June – I started out with the SITS girls on the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge which was a real turning point for me. I had literally no idea about SEO or how to leverage social networking or how to participate in linkups or anything like that. Although I failed to complete the challenge I learned so much and finally learned to fully engaged in the blogging world.
July – we received an Aspergers diagnosis for Matilda Bear which really knocked us for a six. We had been helpless all year to help her manage her separation anxiety and emotions at school and although the diagnosis gave us some direction to help her, it was probably the lowest point of 2011 for me. Consequently, trying to keep on top of my own mental health was a real struggle and priority mid-year – I’m still battling away but things are starting to look better now.
August – I turned 36 and was surprisingly okay about it! I also finally reconciled my need to talk about my kids on my blog while maintaining their anonymity by dubbing them My Three Little Bears. And I discovered how good it is to spend time with your friends and enjoy a little time out from the usual daily grind.
September – Gilbert surprised us by embracing some new experiences like ice skating and relishing his first ever sleepover away from us and away from home. We also threw ourselves into building a junk sculpture dragon for Matilda for her school junk sculpture competition which has, ironically, become one of my most popular posts (if only I was truly interested and truly gifted in craft activities!)
October – we prepared and supported Gilbert in his first transition visits to his new school and was blown away by the welcome we all received. We also had an awesome party at the park for Matilda’s 6th birthday which I am more than happy to take full credit for (even though the awesomeness of it was more due to luck and being in the right place at the right time than anything I actually did!)
November – I celebrated my 100th blog post and took the plunge and began my very own weekly linkup, I Must Confess. I will be hosting it again from next Sunday 8th January so please consider linking up if you can. I am going to trial weekly themes for the next few weeks to see if that helps get more people joining in. Next week, the theme will be I Must Confess – Christmas/New Years so if you have a post about what you got up to over the festive season, link it up!
December – went past in a blur of commitments and appointments and sickness. While I lamented my lack of christmas spirit at the start of the month, by the business end of the month I had it back and enjoyed a wonderful christmas with my family. And I got emotional as we said our final goodbyes to Gilbert’s school as we prepare to make the big move to mainstream in 2012.
So, that’s my 2011 in just over 1000 words. It’s been a year of ups and downs but I am so proud of the progress of each of my wonderful kids and, to be honest, in awe that I still maintain any sort of grip on my sanity!
Now, I do have to ask – how was your 2011?