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2012 Project365 (Day 366)

Happy New YearWe’ve made it!!! To the end of the year and to the end of Project365. It has been a momentous year to do this project and I think I am going to try and carry on. As I said before I may not comment as much but I will try and post a picture every day.

Thankyou for being with us on this epic journey and through this project. The Mister, The Little Mister and I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and we hope that 2013 will continue to bless and prosper everyone that we know.

The end of 2012

March 2012_6138Well, if I thought that 2011 was a momentous year then 2012 has really eclipsed it!

The Mister started his new job in January 2012 and we have both had to get used to him doing shift work. He seems to be enjoying his job, although hopefully there will be more developments that stretch him and give him more opportunities to show off his skills. Work for me has just continued along as usual. It would seem that drug users are the same wherever you work although the drugs of choice are different on the island.

August 2012_7001August 2012_7003Being back in Guernsey has been wonderful. The opportunity to spend time with my family has been fab. My nephew, Barnabas, and niece, Eden, have continued to entertain us throughout the year and it has been particularly nice to see the relationship between them and The Mister develop. He is brilliant with them!

DelilahThe sad bit of the year was when we had to have our lovely cat Delilah put to sleep. She had been getting more and more poorly and had renal failure, but she ended up getting hit by a car and had substantial injuries which meant that we had to take the tough decision. I know that it was the right decision, but I still really miss her. I miss the fact that she used to sit on my lap when I was watching TV.

The last day.In June we went to Sark Folk Festival which was absolutely brilliant, apart from the camping was pretty basic! The music was amazing and the opportunity to spend some time on the beautiful island of Sark was pretty special. I would love to go back in 2013 but all the tickets have been sold and I decided the only way that I would go back next year would be if we could do it in a B&B. Sadly, there all the rooms were booked up before the end of the 2012 festival. Oh well, another year then!

We also had a little trip to the UK to go to my cousin Sam and Sally’s wedding. It was fab, but boy was it wet! Shame it was in a marquee and I required my wellies by the end of the day!!

August 2012_7341As usual in August we went camping with Tom and Anne and the kids, and pants and Alien. We stayed at a lovely campsite in Wales and then went to Greenbelt which was pretty much a giant mudbath. I have never seen so much mud at a festival and by the end of the weekend the centre part of the racecourse was pretty much impassable. Also I was so happy to catch up with Peterson Toscano again. So many things had changed for us both since we had last seen each other. After the festival we stayed a couple of nights in Bath before catching the boat home.

August 2012_6997We bought a house in September after a ridiculously prolonged buying process and have spent the time doing it up, massively helped out by my Mum and Dad who have been absolutely fantastic. They have put up with us living with them for 18 months and have just worked so hard to help us get the house ready. We are deeply indebted to them (in many ways if you ask Dad!)

Of course the biggest change to our lives, and something that has taken most of the year to prepare has been the arrival of The Little Mister. I’ve made no secret over the year that we required assistance to help us conceive and I am massively grateful to the doctors who treated us.

The best presentThe Little Mister arrived on 14 December 2012 and he is absolutely wonderful. Better than I could ever have hoped for and the wait has been well worth it. I feel deeply for those people who shared my journey and experiences of struggling to conceive and I hope and pray that they will be successful in the coming year. I remember only too well how hard it is to hear other people’s news about their pregnancies or births and being disappointed and devastated. I still think of them often.

I end 2012 extremely grateful for what I have. The Mister has continued to be amazing and seeing him with The Little Mister has made me love him even more. We are blessed beyond all measure and very, very grateful. Thankyou to everyone who has continued to read this blog over the year, I have appreciated your comments and hope that you will continue to share the story with us.


2012 Project365 (Day 349)

The FamilyI had a fairly sleepless night on the ward last night and was shattered this morning. Fortunately The Mister arrived to look after The Little Mister and I was able to have a little sleep.

We came home this afternoon and it is blissful to be home and it was especially lovely to see Barnabas and Eden with The Little Mister. Barnabas was so sweet and he just seemed to be looking at him really curiously. I hope that they will all be good friends in the future.

This picture is Barnabas with Auntie Jen and The Little Mister. Lovely.

2012 Project365 (Day 348)

The best presentWell, this was a bit of a surprise. I woke up at about 4.30am on Friday 14 December with what felt like period type cramps and phoned the maternity ward. One of the midwives suggested that I go into a bath for a while to see if that helped. So, I got into the bath at about 5.15am and continued to have cramps and then when I got out of the bath things really ramped up. I was trying hard not to be too noisy as I didn’t want to wake up my parents and my cousin.

The Mister hooked up the TENS machine which helped a bit but as the contractions were mainly in my stomach and not my back I think it was more of a distraction technique than anything else. At 7am I phoned the ward again and they told me to come straight in. In the car on the way to the hospital my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart and when I got to the maternity ward they did an examination and found out that I was fully dilated.

So, we arrived on the ward at 7.35am with incredibly strong contractions. There was no time for anything like the nice peaceful water birth that I had planned and just using gas and air Edward James made an appearance at 8.13am weighing 7lbs 6.5oz. He is absolutely beautiful and we are completely smitten with him. Due to the speed of his arrival and the strength of my contractions I had a rather nasty second degree tear which required some expert stitching. Every single stitch it worth it though.

He was worth the wait and worth the pain.

2012 Project365 (Day 282)

AhhhhToday we went for another scan to see how Winston is coming along. The bigger he gets the less good the pictures are as it is harder to see much of him in one picture.

Apparently he is growing well and weighs about 3lbs 14oz already…. the sonographer guesstimated that I could have a baby who weighs 9-10lbs at birth. Eeeek!!

The sonographer reckoned he had just the same profile as The Mister, especially his lips! Winston also has quite a bit of hair and she said it looked a bit like it was in a quiff at the front… maybe we should call him Jedward!!! So, a picture of my beautiful husband and our beautiful baby!