Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Moments That Mattered 2013

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Moments That Mattered 2013

As you journey through life the days, months and even years can sometimes blend into one.

Days often look very much the same, months pass by and very little changes, even years come & go without truly standing out in my memory....

If you asked me to recall a magical moment  from 1987, 1994, 2002 for example...I would be hard pushed to come up with an answer.

But sometimes, a year can contain some of the most magical and meaningful moments of your life....and for me, 2013 was that year.

It all started in 2012 when, at the end of the summer, I discovered that I was pregnant.

I hadn't exactly planned it but I hadn't exactly prevented it either - and although I was filled with nerves at the prospect of giving birth, I was also filled with joy.

When the clock struck 12 on the start of 2013, I was filled with nervous excitement at the wonder of what my first year as a mother would bring.



The first 3 months were full of midwife appointments, scans, some pretty scary moments when I discovered that my Drs had me on the wrong medication throughout my pregnancy and I had been given something that could potentially be damaging to my baby...

So my first magical moment was my 4D scan, which I had at 35 weeks to reassure me that no damage had been done - the baby was perfectly healthy and seeing him in 4D was amazing.



And then, on 26th March 2013 at 11.56 am, Tyne William Henry was delivered into the world - he was the most beautiful little thing I had ever seen, and I was immediately love struck.


Introducing him to my family was very memorable too - I don't think I'll ever forget my sister bursting into tears when she saw him! (And neither will she with the help of this photo!)




The following months have contained endless moments that mattered, and it's hard to narrow them down to a few...





His First Easter was just 4 days after he was born, and it was lovely to see him being included in the family celebrations.



Then came his Christening Day when he was just 4 weeks old - family and friends came from all ends of the country to celebrate the occasion with us and it was perfect in every way.



Following on from that was our move at the end of Summer....we had been living in Liverpool with my parents while searching for the perfect family home, and we managed to find it in Devon


...moving so far away from family was hard but its brought us closer to Tyne's cousins and Aunty, and setting up our family home for the first time and finally being able to decorate his nursery was wonderful.




Shortly after, we took our first family holiday to Cornwall - just a few nights break, but lovely nonetheless.



Another very magical moment was the birth of my nephew in September - I have been an Aunty twice before to my two nieces who I am very close to, but it's lovely to now have a nephew too!



There were many more firsts, such as his first Hallowe'en when we took him Trick Or Treating on some neighbours houses...


And Bonfire Night where he saw sparklers and fireworks for the first time.



Finally came Christmas - a truly magical ending to a truly magical year filled with moments that mattered.



A babies first Christmas is truly the most exciting and wonderful thing.



These are my Moments That Mattered in 2013 - I'd love to hear about yours! 

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72 comments:

  1. that photo with your sister is beautiful! x

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  2. Aw such a lovely post! So much can change in a year! 2013 has to be a year full of many moments that mattered too! X

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  3. Aww this is such a nice post!!! :') x

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  4. awww this is so lovely! the photo with your sis crying nearly made me cry! im so emotional nowadays! xxx

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  5. Looks like you had an eventful year :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing such personal moments - your photos are beautiful!

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  7. It looks like you have had some really magical moments - thank you so much for sharing them with us. x

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  8. Some great memories in those photos.

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  9. What a heartwarming and lovely post, thanks.

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  10. It must have been hard to move such a distance from your family, glad you are all happy in your new home.

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  11. This actually brought a tear to my eye, when you were taking about your pregnancy, and made me remember how we seemed to wait for ages for these little ones to arrive. Beautiful post :) xx

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  12. Such lovely moments! I have to agree, sometimes its important to sit back and remember magical moments. They are so easily forgotten x

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  13. Quite a busy year then :D

    He is such a cutie pie!

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  14. some lovely photos that caught some wonderful moments that you can always treasure

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  15. so lovely to document his life in this wat

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  16. Amazing memories there, love the pictures, xx

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  17. What a nice way to remember Tyne's first year in the world!

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  18. Love the sister pic, can just see her about to burst into tears awww

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  19. how lovely! some wonderful memories to look back over forever!

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  20. such beautiful pictures they really tell a story
    your little boy looked so tiny they grow so quickly :)

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  21. You've had a very eventful year by the looks of it! I look forward to reading the next one :)

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  22. It's so important to keep a record of special moments. With a little one life just keeps getting busier and busier and memories of details can fade.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  23. Time really will fly, don't blink!

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  24. This is a lovely post. I will be 41 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I cannot wait to have these kind of moments this year! x

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  25. Such a lovely post - thank you for sharing :)

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  26. its amazing what can happen in a year, so many firsts when you have a baby,

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  27. What a cutie :) Bring on many more lovely memories and pictures.

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  28. A very exciting year for you, ours contains an engagement and part wedding planning, first day at school, a rescued puppy and some new hobbies :)

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  29. such a beautiful little boy :)

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  30. Ah, what lovely photos. You have a beautiful son :)

    Jane x

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  31. What a lovely post to document the past year :)

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  32. lovely photos - its great being a mum isnt it! :D

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  33. Tyne's a lucky boy! I really love that Christening photo when he's the only one in colour, it's so effective. So many special moments and plenty more to come x

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  34. Aww in 2013 I became a mother to a teenager! I feel old and very proud out my boys x

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  35. What an eventful year you have had x

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  36. Aww, beautiful photos and a year full of wonderful memories to treasure x

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  37. Nice happy pics , all the best for 2014.

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  38. Nice happy pics , all the best for 2014.

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  39. Such a lovely post. Thank you for sharing such a personal moment for you and your family.

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  40. what a lovely post. congrats to a fab year xxx

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  41. What a lovely post and a complete cutie! :)

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  42. How beautiful ... treasured memories! :-)

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  43. The Santa photo! *squeal!* What a wee faceful of wonder. That's going to be lovely to show for years to come. :)

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  44. what a lovely blogpost , my pregnancy was 2011, wedding & honeymoon 2012, so 2013 was (in comparison) quite uneventful :-)

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  45. The christening photo is lovely.

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  46. Miss my baby bump :(

    becci cleary

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  47. What a difference a year makes. Lovely. x

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  48. ah what a hard time but a great year in the end x

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  49. Gorgeous! Made me think back to the early days with my two - how quick the days/weeks and months go by!

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  50. Awh, so many babies. I need more. They're all adorable and I love how you've decorated.

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  51. A very heartwarming post

    @NickHopkins1234

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  52. A very heartwarming post

    @NickHopkins1234

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  53. You do know you'll have to do the same for any subsequent children? As a second child, I find there are hardly any pictures of me.

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  54. Some beautiful photo's, happy memories captured forever xx

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  55. Lovely photos. Isn't it amazing how quickly babies grow and change.

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  56. Thank you for sharing your year with us

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  57. What a lovely family album, I wish you all the best. By the way you are allvery photogenic.

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  58. Beautiful baby and pictures, thanks for sharing.

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  59. What a beautiful post - hope 2014 is just as magical for you too

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  60. what a wonderful year, so many happy times

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