Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2017!
2017 is a brand new year, a brand new start and a chance to refresh and make right whatever went wrong in 2016. If you had a pretty crappy 2016 then now is the time to look ahead and focus on what’s to come in 2017. For me, I have so many things to look forward to that it’s going to be an exciting year for sure so take a look at what I’m most looking forward to...
This month is pretty quiet - I have a few hospital appointments and midwife appointments as I’ll be hitting the 28/30 week mark in my pregnancy. Me and Adam are booked to go and see the new 50 Shades of Grey film though and we want to go and use the vouchers we got for Christmas at Jamie’s Italian over in Birmingham so there’s just a few things to look forward to this month!
My best friend is home from traveling after 2 long years which means she’s planing my Baby Shower for this month! I’m super excited as I know she knows me exactly and will do everything she can to make it a day to remember for both me and Baby! Along with some much needed quality time with Adam too before baby number 2 comes, I’ll be getting things ready for him and I’ll also be counting down the days to my maternity leave! I plan on leaving during the first week of April if I can manage to stay that long however it may end up coming a week or two earlier depending on how the pregnancy goes through March - wish me luck! Also, the brand new Beauty and the Beast film is out this month which I’m really looking forward to!
If you didn’t already know, we are expecting baby number two and it’s a Boy! We’re so pleased to be blessed with having one of each gender and Millie can’t WAIT to meet her baby brother, neither can we! But the waiting isn’t up yet, he’s due to be born by planned c-section around the end of April time so up until then, there’ll be lots of preparations, buying of cute little outfits and general relaxing (as much as I can of course) until he makes his arrival. This is definitely the most exciting part of this year for me! Millie also turns 4 in April which is CRAZY!
Along with getting used to life with a newborn and a toddler, we have a close friends’ wedding to celebrate in May! This is the first of 3 weddings we have this year so it’s a busy one but I can’t wait to see them all get wed! There’s not much more planned for March as I’ll be spending most of the time recovering from my section so lots of film watching and Netflix catch-ups too!
I’m off to see Joel Dommett this month (hottie!!) down at our local Brewhouse Arts Centre! There’s a bunch of ladies from work going but me and Adam are going as our first ‘date night’ after baby being born. Along with this, June will be our first family (of 4) holiday and we’re heading back to Cornwall as we didn’t get chance to go last year. We book the same cottage in Bodmin every time we go and you can read more about our last visit to Cornwall here. It’s a lovely, family run cottage that is around 20 minutes away from 4 beaches and ports which means we’re never far from something to do or somewhere to go. It also has a hot tub so it means we get some alone time (even if it is just 20 minutes) and chance to wind down after a busy day! We’re also hoping to go back to Bluestone Wales as a family of 4 because there’s so much to do for Millie yet it’s still really family friendly too so we’ll be good taking the little one along with us and it’ll be nice to go back after 2 years. You can read about our last trip to Bluestone back in 2015 here.
We have another wedding this month which is down in Torquay so we’re going to make it a long weekend and book a little B&B for us to stay in and have a look around the town and seaside in hope that the weather is good which will mean holiday number 3 will be ticked off for us! This is also the month of my friend, Katie’s, Hen party. I can’t say too much as she doesn’t know what’s happening but I’ve loved planning it and I’m guessing it’ll be my first night out since having Baby so it’s sure to be a good one!
It’s probably my favourite month as the weather is usually beautiful which means lots of days out and weekend trips to towns and seasides but it’s also Adam’s birthday so we usually do something and either go away for the weekend or take a day trip somewhere. I do hope that this doesn’t change as it’s always nice to treat him for his birthday! At the end of the month, it’s Katie’s wedding which means they’ll be a spa day plonked somewhere in the month before the big day! I’m a bridesmaid so I’m really excited to be sharing it with her!
This is probably the quietest month of them all, however... there’s a pretty big thing happening here! Millie starts SCHOOL! Yep, she’ll be starting primary school this year which I can’t believe. My little girl will be heading off in her uniform which means it’ll just be me and baby for the first time since he was born and no more Millie during the daytime!
October is usually the time that I start planning for Christmas and start the Christmas shopping - it’ll be no different this year as there’ll be 2 to buy for. I also hope that we can have a little weekend away somewhere too but I’m not too sure where to go - somewhere in the UK still, so send your ideas!
It’s scary to think this far ahead but again, we don’t have anything set in stone for this month but it’ll be the start of preparing for Christmas - Christmas markets, colder weather and cosy nights in.
It’ll be our first Christmas as a family of 4 and I can’t wait! I love Christmas, I always have, but having children to celebrate it with makes it 1000x better! It’ll completely make my year seeing Millie and Baby playing and opening their presents Christmas morning! I’ll also be turning 28 this month... but we won’t talk about that as it’s getting closer and closer to 30!
What’s happening in your 2017? I’d love to know...