This time of the year always makes me feel reflective, looking back on everything that we have achieved, all the places we have been and all the memories that we have made along the way. I’m feeling particularly reflective at this moment, partly because I am due back to my paid employment in a couple of weeks. So for me the end of this year also signifies the end of maternity leave as well.
The beginning of this year I was starting to feel pretty fed up, definitely exhausted, I was 7 months pregnant and I was feeling it. I work in retail and that time of year is always the hardest, without being heavily pregnant. The only thing that made this more bareable was becoming an Auntie for the first time to my nephew in January.
I started my maternity leave in the beginning of February and even though I wasn’t at work I could not shake the exhaustion, having a nearly 3 year old does that. I had a lot of aches and pains with this pregnancy as well which I didn’t get first time around.
Henry had his 3rd birthday in early March, we held a little gathering for his friends and close family to celebrate. We then spent his actual birthday taking his new balance bike to the woods.