At the end of January 2012, I wrote my first post - introducing you to our lives. January saw us take our first holiday as a family of three, and we took in the sights of the Czech republic and Austria.
February saw Dylan turn 6 months old - a half birthday worth celebrating! To ease me into blogging I set myself the challenge of doing something new with him every day and I blogged our mini-adventures, from enjoying his first snow, to introducing crafts.
March was reasonably uneventful, however I did blog a crafty post about making breastfeeding clothes. We also celebrated the bloke's birthday.
April saw a huge change as I returned to work from maternity leave. Even though I only went back two days a week, it was odd leaving my baby boy with someone else! I also stopped breastfeeding this month after managing 9 months and we happily made the transition together.
In May I recorded a day in the life of a nine month old. It may not be anything exciting, but it is our reality and I can't resist taking photos of my beautiful boy! I had to deal with ignorant comments about the fact that Dylan was still not crawling, and shared one of my favourite photos of the little guy down the beach.
June was an exciting month as I attended a big blogging conference and a few days later discovered I was pregnant with Squish. It stayed a secret until after the scan, but the bloke and I finished June on an excited high!
July was hot and we made the most of the lovely weather with lots of outdoor play and time at the beach. Dylan got to celebrate the Jubilee and watch some olympics although at 11 months he may not have appreciated it as much as the rest of us.
August meant one thing - My baby boy turned one! I wrote him a letter the night before, as I kissed my nought year old goodnight. His birthday was perfect and we had a wonderful rainbow party with homemade rainbow cake - something I am still incredibly proud of! August also meant our first scan and the announcement than another little person was on the way!
September saw Dylan turn into a toddler as he was finally on the move, taking his first steps. I also started to feel little Squish kicking and the pregnancy became very real!
In October we found out that Squish is a little boy, and took these photos to show the world. I started to wonder about how much life would really change when there are two tiny terrors around and it is now a matter of weeks until we find out for sure! We went on our last holiday as a family of three to Barcelona. I also painted my bump to celebrate Halloween - it seemed a good idea at the time!
In November we moved into our new house ready for the little one's arrival and enjoyed the fact that Autumn was well and truly here. This doesn't have to mean the end of playing outdoors though and we used any excuse to get out in the garden.
After all suffering the Norovirus,we managed to have a wonderful Christmas and after another illness for the little man, we were all home to see in the New Year. I made a resolution and am looking forward to filling my 2013 memory jar with all the great things that 2013 has to bring.
2013 is already looking to be a great year. Next month we should welcome a fourth member of the family and a lovely little brother for Dylan. 2013 will also see Dylan turn into a terrible two year old. His language and communication improves every day and I am sure by the end of the year we will be able to have quite a chat! We have all the milestones of the first year to look forward to with Squish from first smiles, first tooth, first meal and first Christmas and I am looking forward to each and every one. I am sure 2013 will have its ups and downs and plenty of surprises but I know we will come out the other side and look back on another great year.
Looking back at 2012, my memories are good ones. I entered the new year with a baby and left it with a toddler and a rather large bump. We had sun,rain and snow, days out and days in and we shared so many happy memories. I have thousands of photos and a record of all our adventures - big and small.
Now I raise a glass (a non-alcoholic one of course) to 2013 and I look forward to more memories and adventures with my favourite boys.