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My Personal Highs and Lows of 2012

Kate from Kate on Thin Ice has set all grooving mums a challenge to list our personal highs and lows of 2012. She also has a new sassy blog call The Naked Mum Blog. If you fancy joining, click on the bottom below to find out how.

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1. What was your happiest event?
Giving birth to my first baby in April 2012.

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
My teeth! Finding out that I needed three fillings and possibly more as there were sign of decay on my other teeth. 😦

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?
When I was pregnant, I liked to nosy about other’s birthing experience and always wish I could have an easy and short labour like one two of my colleague in work. Like popping a pea, if you know the expression. It turned out my labour only lasted an hour a half and I only needed gas and air as pain relief. I was well pleased with that. It felt like I could not have possibly done that myself, god must have been with me.

4. Who let you down?
People who has not kept their promise.

5. Who supported you?
My husband has supported me during my pregnancy and also my new role as a mum. My mum and mum-in-law has also helped immensely with caring for our new born baby. People who work professionally with mums, like my health visitor and community nurses make a difference to my life too.

6. Tell us one thing you learned
Sometimes, just take your mind off things you think you ought to do and focus on the present. Live the moment and love it.

7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh
When my baby do something unexpected.

8. Tell us one thing that made you cry
Well, during my labour I did cry for a bit and also after finding out my teeth needed fillings after a routine dental appointment after pregnancy.

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud.
Looking at my baby everyday, I think how could I have possibly made something wonderful like him myself?

10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself.
I lost all my pregnancy weight! I am very proud of that because I thought it was impossible in the beginning.

11. Tell us one challenge you overcame
I wanted to channel some creativity and to connect with other mums out there, especially when it can be pretty lonely staying at home most of the time with a new baby. I have done exactly that when I signed up to WordPress in August 2012 and started blogging!

12. Tell us three things you would like to change about your life in 2013.
One: I am going to take good care of my oral health. I do not want any more fillings! So, I got to brush thoroughly as well as floss tidily. Also, I got to rid the habit of eating chocolate and/or something sweet throughout the day if I want no more caries!
Two: I want to get out for fresh air more often regardless of the weather.
Three: I want to get out of my comfort zone like I did this year with starting a blog.

Getting ready for Christmas

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I cannot believe how quickly two weeks has gone by. I remembered I had my nails painted and my hair plaited not long ago as part of my #getgroovingchallenge and now I am back to my normal self, meaning not making much effort at all in how I look and feel. Part of me feel glad Kate’s #groovingmums is there to remind me how easily I get caught up making baby purée and changing nappies, I forget about just being me.

1) I have a Christmas Cracker party coming up this Friday, where we are suppose to dress formal. I am going to spare an hour for myself to get ready instead of just appear undone in the party. I am going to curl my hair at least as well as wear my long forgotten heels.

2) I have a voucher for an express manicure and I am going to use it somehow by asking for an hour of baby-sitting from my OH.

3) It is almost time to send off Christmas Card to family and friends. (And buy present for a friend who always care so much about me. I want to give something back.)

4) I have an idea about scanning my mum’s old photo as part of my #groovingmums effort. My mum in her late twenties was certainly much more trendy in her time than I am now in mine. She used to wear matching handbags and heels! It might be a bit OTT to wear matching items in today’s fashion, but it could motivate me maybe? (Mum, if you read this, could you please remind me about scanning your old photos.)

Kate’s question What health aims do you have for the New Year?
Keep flossing my teeth, make an effort to include fruits and veg in my every day’s meal, stay active and keep grooving.

That’s it for now.

Update 08/12:

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#MotoReadyforXmas
(I did curl my hair and wear my heel as well as painted some glitters on my nails! Note to self: Must do this more often and get a pair of black colour heels to wear with black tights in future.)