Highs and Lows of 2012

My diet buddy Angela from The Life of Spicers tagged me in this meme celebrating the best and worst of 2012. I haven’t done a meme for about a year I reckon, so I thought why not give it a go. If you haven’t done it and want to join in, consider yourself tagged!

1. What was your happiest event? 

My sister getting married in the summer

2. What was the saddest thing to happen? 

Not being my sisters bridesmaid at her wedding. I was asked but because of my insecurities about my post baby (and generally massive) body I turned her down and was so sad to have missed out on playing a part in my little sisters wedding.

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did? 

Me being a new mum ten years after my daughter was born. I’d been told I had secondary infertility and never expected to fall pregnant, especially after we’d pretty much given up all hope.

4. Who let you down? 

My friends. Since having my son at Christmas last year I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve seen any of my friends.

5. Who supported you? 

No one really, this year has been about me supporting everyone else and getting nothing in return and to be quite honest I’m sick of it.

6. Tell us one thing you learned

Life is what you make it, you can’t rely on anyone else to be there for you.

7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh 

My crazy kids. From my 10 year old and her terrible singing and the funny things she says to the baby and the funny little things he does on a daily basis

8. Tell us one thing that made you cry 

Everything! I seem to be full of post baby hormones and everything from the news to EastEnders and reading makes me cry these days

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud. 

The baby has changed so much this last year from a tiny baby (can 9lb 9oz be tiny?) who was only a week old at the start of 2012 to a crazy one year old who surprises me with something new he can do each day, from that first smile to crawling and from a new word he can say to walking.

My ten year old tries so hard at school despite her lessons not being in her first language and is doing brilliantly and she’s an amazing big sister.

10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself. 

Despite not having a “proper job” due to being a stay at home mum these days, I paid for Christmas using money from sponsored posts and selling old clothes and toys on ebay. I bought all the presents, food, decorations and paid for all the trips out and little treats the kids have enjoyed over the last month.

11. Tell us one challenge you overcame

Surviving a year with a baby. Not so hard in itself but when it’s done over a thousand miles away from family and with no one you can call on to help or even talk to when you need a bit of adult company I think it’s a pretty big achievement!

12. Tell us three things you would like to change about your life in 2013.

Lose weight – shocking how that one comes up every year but this year I will be taking the bull by the horns, putting the cake down for a change and shifting my fat arse into gear once and for all!

To get out more and meet new people, I clearly can’t rely on the people I thought were my friends so I need to get out there and find new ones.

I need to de-stress. I wake up stressed and go to sleep stressed practically every single day lately and it’s making me feel terrible. I can’t keep taking on everyone else’s worries and need to stop worrying about things I have no control over.

All sounds pretty depressing really doesn’t it! 2012 has given me a huge wake up call put it that way, but it’s also been the most amazing year too.


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    Helen says

    Ooh this is rather a thought provoking meme. Respect to you for your honest answers – I recognise some of those feelings well. I hope 2013 turns out to be an unexpectedly great year for you – without you feeling you’ve had to put in all the work. Here’s to a good one! Hx

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      Mum Reinvented says

      I think it’s easy to gloss over how you really feel sometimes and I probably would have if I hadn’t been feeling particularly down yesterday when I wrote it, not to mention having two sick kids to deal with too. It actually made me feel better just writing it down if that makes any sense at all, it was like I wasn’t pretending I was ok anymore and something needs to change. I’m waffling again! Have a great New Year x

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    I can see some great goals coming from this post. You have plenty of virtual friends which has to be almost as good apart from the fact we’re all miles apart.


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