• Laura


Updated: May 31, 2019

As we wave goodbye to the first week of the year, I started to think about everything that had happened in 2017. It was my most busy, wonderful, crazy, difficult whirlwind of a year and I wouldn't have changed it for the world. Well maybe a slightly shorter labor would have been nice, but you can't have everything! So here are (just a few of!) the things I learnt last year.

1 - Birth plans are not gospel. I did hypnobirthing, I researched, I had it all planned out, I knew exactly what I wanted, and how it was going to happen. It did NOT happen that way. And that's ok, because in the end, it doesn't matter how they get here, all that matters is that they are here.

1.a - epidurals don't always work. No one told me THAT little nugget of information... Imagine my disappointment!!!!

2 - Extend your maternity leave, make the most of it. You might only do it once, you might get two or three more goes… either way, take all the time you can. I was originally planning on going back to work within six months, I never expected to find something I wanted to do so much more.

3 - Sleep deprivation is a bitch. And it's even worse when you're not used to it anymore!

4 - Time flies. See above. If I had stuck to my original plan, I would be back at work this week… it seems like it was June yesterday and then I blinked and all of a sudden it's January. Where has the last six months gone?!

5 - Coffee makes everything better.

6 - Friendships can drift apart, some won't always be forever - and that’s ok. People move on to bigger and better things, so do you. Friendships are a two way thing, if you want someone in your life, make time for them… as long as they still make time for you. After this year, I know who my real friends are, and I am so lucky to have them. 5 of my best friends were pregnant at the same time as me, 4 of which were also becoming a mum for the first time. Our little group has grown by 6 babies in 2017 and we have two more on the way this year (our first twins!) and they have become the best support network I ever could have asked for. I would have been lost without them.

7 - Take pictures and videos of beautiful things. Being in the moment is amazing, but being able to live it again and again is wonderful.

8 - Being a mum is hard. Babies are hard. Maternity leave is NOT a free break from work.

9 - Take a babymoon. One of my best decisions of 2017! Take some time to just enjoy those precious moments where it's just the two of you before your little bundle arrives.

10 - I like gin. Who knew?! Turns out you just have to find the right one.

11 - Succulents are NOT (as I was led to believe) indestructible

12 - I am SO over nights out. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love getting dolled up and heading out with my man/ the girls… but being crammed into an over filled, over stuffy, over priced bar, shouting your order whilst you get elbowed in the ribs by a group of girls 10 years younger than you… no thanks. Give me great food with great company and a few drinks, whilst sat down, so I can still feel my little toes the morning after wearing "restaurant only" shoes.

Hopefully 2018 will be slightly less manic, but just as exciting as we already have so many things to look forward to... including a (double!) birth, and 6 (!!!) first birthday parties. Oh, and I'm turning 30 again.

Have a good day all

Laura x