Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bring on the happy

Finally - it's February. And I hardly know how to explain just how happy that makes me! After starting off the new year all bright eyed and positive, January ended up being a really blah month. Oliver was a bit of a horror for the first few weeks after returning home - sleeping worse then a newborn, unable to get through more than 1 sleep cycle and having massive tantrums throughout the night: hello, sleep deprived parents and terror of a toddler. You can only imagine how a lack of sleep affects a 2 year olds daytime behavior.. .He also started phasing out his nap - wonderful timing with a new baby due - although we are enforcing quiet time in his room each day. Then, from colds to gastro - we all got sick, Mitch had a crazy month with a lot of work going on and I felt myself growing anxious every day about the prospect of having a new little one with no family around to help. Oh, and I passed my due date with the one that wasn't meant to be. So can I say - January kinda sucked?

February however, has been off to a much brighter start. I had my baby shower aka sprinkle on Saturday, and I'm kicking myself for not getting Mitch to go over and take photos because it was absolutely gorgeous. The weather, the decor, the company... The expat life can be so hard but I've been really blessed here with the most wonderful little village of women and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

We also had some great news: I get to see my sister in less than 6 weeks. A few things fell into place in recent days which meant she is able to come over to help after baby boy#2 is born and I hardly know how to explain how happy/relieved/excited this makes me! Seriously, the best news of the year. And then this week we are celebrating our 10 YEAR wedding anniversary and after much deliberation on how to acknowledge a decade of married life, we've decided on a weekend away to a new Californian destination... I can't wait :) For the first 7 years of our marriage, we always celebrated our wedding anniversary in style. We've been scuba diving in Fiji, had weekends away at gorgeous Qld resorts and even spent the night at a chateau in France... Since having kids however, things have changed. We've been out for dinner the past 2 anniversaries with Ollie - the first year being a lovely dinner in Nijmgen with our 5 month old and last year being the dinner from hell with our crazy toddler in tow after our sitter fell through. I'm feeling that year 10 will be a good one though - not to mention our last chance to get away as a family of three...

We may also meet our newest baby boy this month, we may not. But either way - February, I think you are going to be a good month.

Bring on the happy!

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  1. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! x

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  2. Such a pretty tablescape! Just a few more weeks to go! Glad you will have your sister to help you... what a blessing! Can't wait to see pics of baby boy. :)


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