For me, the new year seems to creep in quietly in amongst all the Christmas excitement and lack of routine, particularly now New Year’s Eve isn’t a wild, out-all-night celebration (most years I can barely stay up for the fireworks). So I’ve really only just thought about what’s happening in 2019. Here are five things I’ve realised.
2019 is the year D goes to school
I can’t quite believe that – not that long ago D was ‘Baby D’ and 2019 seemed a long, long way off. Like the year your passport expires. Now there are just eight short months to go and I feel totally unprepared. Luckily he’s excited and can’t wait to get stuck in to their new Reception play area and carrying a backpack every day (he’s already started that bit).
A new puppy is pretty much a furry newborn
Clifford the ginger cockapoo joined us a week ago and it’s been a hazy blur – much like when a new baby enters your lives. The middle of the night wake ups, the early starts, the eyes-on at all times, establishing routines, getting to know each other. I do love it because I’ve always wanted a dog and I can’t believe he’s ours. Now I work from home it’s been possible, and he’s a bundle of fun. But it’s definitely an adjustment.
I’m particularly proud of the children – Scrip was very nervous of dogs before but keen to get to know one, and she’s making brilliant progress, and D is so comfortable and taking it all in his stride it’s lovely to watch.
I’m never ready for January
It’s the big back to school after the lazy, dressing gown-friendly yuletide celebrations; a month of new clients, new projects and general industry plus tax-return frenzy. And this year we complicated things further with the lovely Clifford. I’ve talked before about my struggle with balance and once more January has involved squeezing in work at odd times, working in the early mornings and late evenings and adapting the routine.
Fish are a perfect first pet
Scrip chose fish as a present for stopping sucking her thumb and I have to say (particularly after my puppy induction!) they’ve been a lovely addition to the family. Relatively fuss-free and great for teaching responsibility. The children help with the bi-weekly clean and the feeding and they love to spot them when they’re hiding. We’ve all enjoyed having them (all four of them, but that’s another story).
The natural world is pretty spectacular
I’ve spent quite a bit of time outside recently (see Clifford, above) at various times during the day and night, and apart from helping me to hit my step target every day (yay) I’ve also seen and heard some lovely things I would have otherwise missed. Deep red sunrises, a clear moon and sky full of stars, a beautiful woodpecker tapping away in the trees behind our garden, a persistent owl twit twooing – just a few of the things going on all the time around me. A definite reminder to appreciate them when I can.