Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: 2013: My Year In Review

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013: My Year In Review

January


January was a pretty important month for me - it was the month that Sparkles & Stretchmarks was born!

I had previously run my blog as "Make Up, Movies & More"...a beauty and film review blog that I wasn't great at keeping up with.

But at 28 weeks pregnant, morning sickness had FINALLY stopped kicking my arse and I was feeling back to my normal self again - I needed a creative outlet and wanted to document what was left of my pregnancy, and so Sparkles & Stretchmarks was started!

I'm so glad I changed the theme of my blog as I haven't looked back since - I don't think I've ever enjoyed a hobby as much as this and I never would have imagined that less than a year later I'd have this amount of followers and hits and have made so many lovely new friends in the blogging world!
And to have had some of the opportunities I've had from a hobby I love so much has been truly a blessing!

February


February saw ups & downs....the major down being that I was rushed to hospital via ambulance when I collapsed on holiday with my family in Torquay. 
I was diagnosed with gallstones and was kept in hospital for a few days, which was rather horrible as I was 33 weeks pregnant and Jon was still at home in Liverpool so I was on my own....Luckily they decided it best not to operate due to the pregnancy.

The ups included more scans to measure the growth of the baby, meaning we got another little snapshot of Bean....see above! 

March


March was a very exciting time as my due date was April 4th but knowing I would be having a c-section meant the baby would be arriving at the end of the month!

We started March with a 4D scan courtesy of my Mum which was a great experience.

And of course....the 26th March was the highlight of my year life!




April


April was a very exciting month! We spent it getting acquainted with our lovely little Tyne, as well as celebrating his first Easter when he was just 5 days old!


And at the end of April, we celebrated Tyne's christening day with our lovely family & friends....




May




May was a pretty quiet month spent just enjoying the summer days with our lovely baby boy, spending days out in various parks and taking endless photos!!

June


June was the first "holiday/event" we had as a family with the arrival of Fathers Day, when we enjoyed a nice family meal out together.
We did a lot of that in June actually...we certainly made the most of summer days out!

Unfortunately June also saw the passing of my lovely Nan. 



I will always regret that Tyne didn't get to meet her - she had been very unwell with Alzheimers disease for a very long time, it had been at least 4 years since she'd recognised me and I always found it really hard to see her that way - I ummed and ahhed for too long over whether or not to take Tyne to visit her in the nursing home (after experiencing some other residents being very handsy with my nieces when we went to see her I just wasn't sure about taking such a tiny baby in...), and she passed away :(
I so wish I'd just taken him to meet her once.



July


July was our last month living in Liverpool, so we made the most of enjoying life in the city while we could.
During July we decided on a house to rent in Devon and during the last week of the month, Jon headed there to get the place ready for Tyne & I to join him later...so we had a couple of weeks on our own living at Nanny & Gagands house.

August


August was the big moving month for us! The month that we all moved in to our new home in Devon...
It was a big adjustment but we settled in well pretty quickly.

We also had our first night away as a family of 3, spending the night in a caravan in Cornwall!

September



September was a big month for Tyne - he became a big cousin to my lovely little nephew Kier!

As much as we love Amelie & Lottie, I think it's nice for Tyne to have another little boy around and just 6 months younger than him too!

September is also my birthday month, and my first Mummy-Birthday was absolutely lovely!






October

October was a very fun month, we had lovely days out to places like Plymouth Aquarium.


We also went on our first proper family holiday in October - our night in Cornwall in August gave us the taste for it, and we had a 5 day break in Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay!


And of course, it was Tyne's first Hallowe'en! We went to Bygones victorian museum for a spooky day out, had fun at Soft play and of course did a little trick or treating!

November


November was of course busy with preparations for the upcoming holiday season, but it was also Tyne's first bonfire night!
We spent the night at Aunty Laura's enjoying a firework display and having fun with sparklers...all very exciting!

December


And finally, my favourite month of the year, December!

Of course this month has been filled with Christmas fun!

From Victorian evenings in town, to visiting Santa (twice!) and of course...the big day itself! 

Tyne's first Christmas has been so magical and one we will always have lovely memories of.

And so as the year draws to a close I'm filled with so many fond memories....2013 has truly been a life changing and amazing year for me, absolutely the best year of my life so far.

I am looking forward so much to 2014 and watching Tyne grow & learn everyday.

What's been the highlight of 2013 for you? If you've done a similar post, please link me to it!

82 comments:

  1. Aw lots of stuff changed for you this year! My highlight has def been becoming a mum! Happy New Year! X

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  2. Really lovely looking back!!! Seems like you had a really good year x

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  3. I love this post :o)

    I'm about to write up my NY post in a mo!! xx

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  4. Aw what a fun year for you :) xx

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  5. Aw the Christening photo is so lovely of the three of you x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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  6. Sounds like you had a fun year! Great looking back on it :) Happy New Year! xx

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  7. what a gorgeous yearly post catch up

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  8. Highlight for 2013 was my lovely grandson Josh being born in November
    (kim neville)

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  9. Lovely post and photos thank you!

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  10. The highlight of 2013 for me was my son learning to walk and talk! It's amazing having a conversation with him now!

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  11. What an amazing year!

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  12. aww what lovely photos! My highlight as been watching my little lad improve at schoo. So proud of him!

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    1. Elizabeth Haggerty6 January 2014 at 21:33

      what a beautiful family, hope you have another good year

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  13. can't believe how quick it goes when they are this young!

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  14. An absolutely lovely year with many more to come, my 2013 was peaceful which was needed after 2012 being one of many family deaths and heartaches x

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  15. What a lovely way to look back at your year, so beautiful to look back at all your happy first year memories xx

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  16. Such a wonderful look back. Happy times!

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  17. Your year really has been full of changes! Here's to an amazing 2014
    Ps. love the photo of Tyne with Santa <3

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  18. Wow, what a year, lots of things have happened for you! Not sure how 2014 will top that! xx

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  19. What an impressive year 2013 was for you! My highlight of 2013 was being at the birth of my niece (my sister and her husband) in November 103, it was wonderful and magical seeing her being born and I will never forget it.

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  20. Amazing to see the difference a year makes!

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  21. charlotte clavier5 January 2014 at 13:45

    My highlight was getting back into dating after being single for a long time. Its exciting and scary

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  22. Ahh how lovely, I wish I had documented my sons first year like this. 2013 saw us take the first step on the property ladder & we will be moving shortly. Lots of exciting times ahead. Hope you have a lovely year :) x

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  23. Aw my highlight was meeting Abs from Five and seeing them perform twice! Lol. Teenage me would have passed out I think lol

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  24. Tynes little smile on his Christening Day, adorable!

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  25. celebrating special occasions with Family and friends has been my Highlight of year 2013

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  26. Gorgeous pictures, love the Halloween costume! My highlight of 2013 was going to Athens, it was incredible and a fantastic experience, Also, getting that one step closer to completing my degree! x

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  27. Great pictures - an eventful year!

    Ashleigh

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  28. a great year for you with lots of changes!

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  29. Looks like 2013 was a great year for you and your family, lovely pics.

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  30. spending time with family nothing better

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  31. It has been a life changing year for you.

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  32. wow what a great year, great photos

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  33. Your little baby is so beautiful! Good luck for 2014.

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  34. You certainly had a busy tear!

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  35. What an amazing year it has been for you - look forward to following you through the next one :) x

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  36. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures. Love the hospital/ newborn one. I love newborns.

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  37. Aww, I love how you've documented everything. I am totally crap at keeping track of events.

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  38. Wow! You've been busy. Hope this year is even better xx

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  39. What a year. Tyne is adorable! x

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  40. The highlight of 2013 for me was getting our daughter out of nappies at night:)

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  41. Love the photo of Tyne looking at Santa!

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  42. aww your child looks so interested in the sparkler!! very cute!! faye xxx

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  43. Aw, the look on that face while looking at Santa :-)

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  44. Looks like you had a lovely year x

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  45. I suffered terribly from Gallstones myself. The pain is the worst I have felt in my life. After 2 years of attacks I had keyhole surgery to remove my gall bladder & it is the best thing I have EVER done!

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  46. aww lovely, so much happens in the first months of a babies life, like a whirlwind xo Happy new year

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  47. Such a lovely blog post and its great to see how much your little family has changed through a year

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  48. What a lovely year for you all!

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  49. I like to call every year a new chapter, so you really had a great chapter last year lets hope this year is just as exciting xx

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  50. What a fun year! Now to see what 2014 brings x

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  51. Lovely to see your year documented like that, I wish I'd kept more of a note of what we've done, but we're bad at taking photos. We do talk about it often though to remind ourselves all of the good times, of which there are many! Sorry for the loss of your Nan, thats hard x

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  52. We all have ups and downs over a year but at least now you Tyne who will bring you happiness, there's nothing like a childs unconditional love

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  53. It's lovely seeing all your photos and watching Tyne grow.

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  54. I wish my son was small again, I miss all the cuddles!

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  55. The indoor picnic looks lovely :) x

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  56. Love this post!
    I love seeing everyone's year in review posts xx

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  57. I hope 2014 is a fab year for you too xxx

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  58. What a lovely breakdown of your year. You've got to do a lot of things it seems. You have my sympathy re your nan. The last picture I have of my mam was of her holding Cole as a baby & he's 4 now. She never got to see the 3 of her great-grandchildren that have arrived since...

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  59. It's amazing the difference a year makes x

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  60. It's lovely to review the year like that. The highlight of my year was my nephew's wedding where all the family were together for the first time in a very long time.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  61. What an exciting year you've had, dampened by the passing of your lovely Nan. I'm sure this one will be wonderful as can share the whole year with Tyne! My highlight of 2013 was our family holiday, we had a wonderful time and I'm just wondering how on earth I'll manage to save for another one :)

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  62. Lovely montage of pictures-the Christening one is nice.

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  63. Wow, you've had a very fulfilling and busy year! Wishing you a year filled with love, happiness and laughter

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  64. Lovely pics thanks, looks like you had a busy year, good look with 2014

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  65. Love your photos! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year xx

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  66. Hope 2014 will be a great year for you :-)

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  67. You've had a tough but also wonderful year, well done on all you have achieved with the support of your obviously lovely and supportive family :)

    Natalie Gillham

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  68. Some lovely photos there. Can't believe he how blonde his hair was when he was born. xo

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  69. lovely photos. happy new year :)

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  70. My sons face Christmas morning been rollercoaster of a year but his joy wiped away so many tears shed

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  71. Thanks for you sharing your year, I really enjoyed looking at those photos, made me smile. Last year, the biggest day for me was my daughter's graduation. Wow. All that time has gone by, so strange. Here's a photo of us if you want to see - http://lotsoflucknotallgood.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/my-daughter-graduates-from-university.html

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  72. Absolutely fantastic to see what happens in a year!
    Well done you!

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