(Warning: This post contains a lot of photos. I had trouble narrowing them down!)
2014. Well, what can I say? 2014 was the year that we welcomed Lyra Josephine into the world and that completely overshadowed everything else. It was amazing, spectacular and completely life changing all at once. I spent the first few months of the year dreaming about the little one that was growing inside me. I wondered what sex it was, what they would look like and what life would be like as a mother. I grew anxious about labour and I worried about how mine and Matt’s relationship would change as our family grew.
April 17th. The day everything changed as Lyra was born. The rest of the year has been spent soaking in all of the goodness and joy as well as trying to adapt to being a family of three. We spent the first few months after Lyra was born just getting to know her and basically just pinching each other to convince ourselves it was real. Our lives slowed down as they started revolving around our daughter after countless little hiccups we settled into a new routine.
I have been so thankful for my maternity leave. For the first time in our relationship we’ve had every weekend off together and we’ve definitely taken advantage of it. We managed to squeeze in so many little adventures, both before Lyra was born and after and I have countless memories of trips and days out that I will always cherish.We managed to visit Wales, Dorset, Cornwall, London, the New Forest, Winchester and Burnham-on-Sea to name a few as well as day trips to at least five different National Trust properties.
One of my favourite things about this year has been watching Matt with Lyra. My love for him has grown so much as I’ve watched him flourish in his new role as a father. There really is no one I would rather be on this journey of parenthood with. He makes me laugh even when everything seems to be going wrong, when Lyra is screaming he somehow makes it not feel so bad. I’m not looking forward to going back to work in the new year but I am looking forward to seeing how their relationship grows even more when they have more time alone together. Lyra loves her Daddy and he in turn adores her. I’m so lucky that 2014 was the year I got to watch them get to know each other.
This year has seen the end of a fair few friendships. I knew that with a baby it was to be expected but it still sucks. It has seen the start of a couple of friendships as well and the strengthening of the ones that stuck around though so for that I am grateful. I’ve learnt the value of friendship and not to stress about holding on to ones that are not benefiting either party. I’m ending this year with some wonderful people in my life and I am so happy with the people who surround my daughter.
Family has obviously played a huge part in 2014 but it hasn’t just been about my little family of three. I feel like Lyra has brought Matt and I so much closer to our families and each others in a way I hadn’t expected. I’ve loved seeing family members become grandparents, great grandparents, aunties and uncles. It truly is amazing to see the love they have for our little girl.
So, there we have it. 2014 was all about Lyra, love, family and adventures. My only hope for 2015 is that it’s full of more of the same!