Monday, December 8, 2014

10 things that happened in 2014

We're almost half way through December, how did that happen? This year has gone so quick its insane. I guess time flies when you're having fun. 2014 has been a pretty big year for us so, as is the tradition at the end of the year, I've written a post reflecting on the 10 biggest things that have happened to us in 2014.


I became an Aunty again

In February I became an Aunty again to another little girl. My SIL got pregnant just before I gave birth to bub so the girls are only seven months apart. We didn't purposefully plan to have close pregnancies, but I'm glad we did because now the girls will have so much fun growing up together and experiencing the same things around the same time. Its also great that bub has another little girl to play with because pretty much all my friends who had babies last year and this year had boys.

I extended my maternity leave to stay home with bub

I was due to go back to work full time in June, but given bub has so many food allergies I didn't feel comfortable putting her in full time day care and family weren't available to babysit on a full time basis. There wasn't an option to go back to work casual or part time so I extended my maternity leave for another year. Besides after taking years to conceive in the first place, I've really enjoyed being able to spend all my time with her.

Bub turned 1

You may remember the epic party I planned for her first birthday. Yep I went overboard, yes I probably spent too much money and yes she won't remember it - but you only turn 1 once! And besides I loved being able to make all the decorations and party bags. I think I discovered an inner crafting bug that I never knew existed. Plus the cake was to. die. for. - I can still taste it looking at the photo and I really really want more.




Bub was diagnosed with her eye condition

I can't remember the exact medical term, but basically bub has turned eyes (for her it alternates between both eyes). Its most likely genetic as I was born with a permanently turned eye. Hers isn't quite as bad as mine though so I'm hoping it can be rectified easier and quicker. She started wearing glasses at 14 months (which has been a challenge on occasions) and in a week we go back to the specialist to find out if we go straight to corrective surgery or stick with the glasses for a bit longer. I have a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that they're going to recommend surgery, but I'm trying not to think about it too much. The thought of having to put my baby under anaesthetic pretty much gives me a panic attack.

We did V8 hot laps

I've wanted to do V8 hot laps for years, but it was always one of those things you think you'll never actually get to do. Well this year I finally got to do it. Mum bought T and I a V8 experience from Red Balloon for Christmas last year which included 4 laps in a V8. I was a bit scared for the first 2.00345 seconds, but then I was high on adrenaline. It was awesome!

I turned 30

Apparently turning 30 is meant to be one of those huge milestone birthdays. It was a pretty low key event for me, which is fine because I'm not really a huge party animal anymore, ha! I did relive my childhood a bit though by having an ice-cream cake. I still have some in my freezer, it tastes amazing.



Finding Myself Young was a finalist in the Bupa Health Influencer Blog Awards 2014

Some of my amazing readers were lovely enough to nominate me for the Bupa blog awards in the Parents-to-be and Babies category. I was honoured to be nominated and even more blown away when the judging panel picked my blog as a finalist.

I became a blogger for The Huffingtonn Post UK

I may not have won an award in the Bupa blog awards, but it did open other doors. The lifestyle blog editor from the Huffington Post UK found my blog through the awards and invited me to be a Huffington Post blogger. To say I was excited is a bit of an understatement. In fact I think I'm still riding high on the wave of euphoria. You can see all my Huffington Post articles here.



We renovated the bathroom

Ah yes the bathroom renovation.... When it started in the beginning of July T assured me it'd be done by bubs birthday (end July). HA! Instead of taking a few weeks it took a few months. It was pretty much done in little stages instead of all in one go. It's still technically not completed because we need to add a new shower screen, but other than that its done. Thankgod. Showering at my mums house for over two months was starting to wear thin. I'll do a proper blog post with photos once its all finally done, god only knows when that'll be.

52 Weeks of Memories

This year was the first year I've run my 52 weeks of memories photography challenge. I created the challenge mainly to remind myself to capture memories throughout the year. I used bub as a muse for my photos and its great being able to look back on the photos and see how much shes changed throughout the year. I'm getting a photo book made up of the photos so I can have them at hand on my coffee table all the time. The challenge was run via facebook, instagram and here on the blog. I've been blown away by how many people played along, especially on instagram. I'll be running the challenge again next year, I'm currently working on the prompts and images. All will be revealed soon.

2014 prompts


Overall 2014 has been a pretty good year. The part I have enjoyed most is being able to stay home and spend each day with my little girl. Watching her go from a tiny little baby to a fully fledged toddler who can walk, run, climb and somewhat talk has been amazing. Hopefully I can do the same next year.


Toni x

Linking with Kirsty, Alicia and Eva

36 comments:

  1. Good for you and great news on the Huffington Post gig!

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  2. Wow - what an action packed year you've had. You have some fabulous achievements in there! What a great year for you. I'm not sure what your bub's eye condition is - but I hope it is not too serious. I have to admit that I am feeling a little bit old after reading that you turned 30 this year. I turned 50 - but you know what - I still feel the same as I did when I turned 30! When I was 30 I gave birth to my beautiful and precious daughter. It was a fabulous year! :-) xo

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    1. I still feel like Im 20 so I'm sure when I get to 50 I might finally feel like 30 haha. She has the same eye condition that I had as a child and they fixed mine so hopefully they'll be able to fix hers, its just nerve wracking going through it as a parent.

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  3. What a neat idea - looking back at your top moments for the year.
    Your little girls birthday looked amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xx
    Stopping by from #OpenSlather

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    1. Yea it was a tad bit over the top, but I loved doing it. I don't think she'll be having a party next year though, it was lots of work!

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  4. What an amazing year you have had and how impressive are you at throwing a 1 year old party. Perhaps a new career for you?!

    I was lucky to be made redundant when I was on Maternity with my first. It would have been an hour commute each day to work which would have made things near impossible.

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    1. I kind of wish I was made redundant because then I'd have some money and not have to go back. Unfortunately unless my store closes that wont happen and we were one of the best in QLD so I highly doubt it will :(

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  5. Love your cakes they look gorgeous. Congratulations on your work with Huffington Post.

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    1. They tastes so good (much better than if I made them myself!)

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  6. What a year of great achievements Toni and here's to 2015 being another ripper for you!

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  7. All your success is so well deserved and it's wonderful that you've been able to stay home longer with your beautiful girl. Good luck for her specialist appt - one of my nephew's had surgery for a turned eye and came away okay. It can be stressful but you're so lucky that it was picked up early so it can be corrected before school. All the best for another stellar year in 2015!

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    1. I was onto it pretty quickly because I was paranoid she'd be born with it like I was. As soon as I noticed they started turning I took her straight to the specialist. They've been really good at moving quite quickly and they said they'd do surgery before 2 if she needs it so it'd all be corrected before school.

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  8. A lovely year over all. My niece and my daughter are 7 months apart and have always been great friends, now they are both 18 :-). Good on you for enjoying every second of bub, it goes too fast - and congrats on the Huffington Post gig, so jealous!!!

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    1. Nice to hear that they are great friends, I hope our girls are great friends having each other to lean on as they grow up.

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  9. Congrats on the Huff Post gig! It sounds like you had a year of highs for 2014 and I hope it continues into 2015!

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  10. It sounds as if it has been a wonderful year for you. Thanks for linking with Mummy Mondays #Team MM

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    1. It was certainly a much more eventful year than what I anticipated.

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  11. What a wonderfully busy year with some great milestones thrown in there. I loved reading your 10 things :)

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  12. Fantastic work on the Huff Post! Also, really enjoyed reading your recap :)

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  13. What a great year. Here's to a great 2015!

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  14. It's good to take stock of the things that happen during the year as each year seems to fly past so quickly. You must be relieved that the bathroom s almost finished!(no pun intended!)

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    1. LOL Steph, its so good to have a toilet upstairs again! And I am IN LOVE with my new shower head, its huge. Almost makes the months of waiting worth it.

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  15. Wow! what a year you've had. It's such a good idea to review the year, I'm going to have to think about mine now. Thank you for the inspiration x

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    1. Yea it kind of puts it all in perspective when you realise it all happened in just one year. Its always good to reflect on the big events :)

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  16. WOW Toni - you have had a HUGE year. Thanks for inspiring me to do the same xx

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  17. I'm turning 30 in a week. That is so nice that you get to stay at home with the little one. I wish I could do that when we decide to have one. It sounds like you've had a busy but fun year. I hope your having a great weekend.

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  18. Some pretty big milestones this year. My sis had her youngest (of 8) 6 weeks before my first arrived. It's great they have a close cousin.

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  19. Wow congratulations on the Huffington Post gig - massive achievement. Happy holidays, stay safe and enjoy the family time. xx

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  20. All in all a pretty good year! Lots of great things there. Has been lovely to follow it all with you xx
    Merry Christmas to you and family and all the best for 2015. Wishing you lots of love, peace and happiness x
    Thanks for sharing with us for Sunday Brunch xx

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