After a year of broken legs, birthdays, days out and days in, a year where we welcomed another baby into our life and saw our little man become a big brother. After a year of learning, enjoying, growing and giggling, we find ourselves leaving 2013 behind, and beginning the new year as a family of four.
Dylan has left behind the baby days, and is slowly changing from a toddler to a little boy. His language is amazing and he gets funnier and cheekier by the day. Despite a month spent in hospital, quite literally tied to a bed, he has not stopped spoiling and he remains the laid back little dude he always was. 2013 for him so the end of being an only child and he has adapted to life as a big brother with ease, helping make room in the family for Archie.
Archie is hurtling towards the toddler years and is desperate to walk having now mastered a push along walker and his first birthday is looming. He is the polar opposite to his big brother in every single way, with an inability to sit still and a curiosity that extends especially to anything with buttons and/or wires.
2013 was a year of growth, physically for the boys, as a family and as people. We have learnt seperately and together and we are now a unit of four, a little team, we are buddies.
2014 will be a year of change, with Archie becoming more independent, Dylan turning 3 in August and staring part time pre-school and myself returning part time to work after 11 months of maternity leave. It will be a year of calm as we continue with our ordinary life as a family of four. It will be a year of family, as we look forward to a week away in March with my parents at Butlins. It will be a year of Birthdays as we celebrate the littlest one's first and then the bloke turning thirty.
I hope it will be a good year, where we are so busy making memories that we don't even notice. Here is our last family photo from the year, taken on Christmas Day at my parent's house. All in our cheesy Christmas jumpers, enjoying time with family. This sums up our year pretty well.
Happy New Year!