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#1 snuffles

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:34 AM

Mine are small, but nice.

1.  I joined the gym.  I had absolutely no idea how much this would change my existence!!  I feel so fit, so strong, and I have made so many new friends.  The instructors are all lovely and the gym christmas party was fabulous.

2.  My youngest started school.  It is so peaceful at home during the day, I'm able to be myself without constant interruptions and am therefore a much more even tempered parent.  School has been great for him too.

3.  Loving keeping up with friends and family on facebook.  original.gif

4.  Moved house, we now have a garden, and trees, and birds, lovely neighbourhood and much quieter than our old place.


#2 pippityroo

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:37 AM

For me it was achieving the awesome birth I desired. Birthing DD3 Breech VBAC biggrin.gif It took a bit of convincing the OB & Midwives, but I got my way, and I'm still over the moon about it 4.5 months later biggrin.gif

#3 blackcat20

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:43 AM

I have two pretty big ones, both completely unexpedted this year

1. Got a job! Not the industry I expected but its a pretty good place to work, pays the same as what I was looking for, but a lot less stressful.

2. Met a man. Was definitely not on my radar at all, and I found him in the most unusual/unexpected place. There have been a few hiccups along the way, but he's pretty special.

#4 bikingbubs

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

1. Got Married2. Had our beautiful DD  wub.gif 3. Our entire family will be together this christmas for the first time in a looong time!

#5 Elemenopee

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:51 AM

I just got back from 10 days in Hong Kong with my 2 daughters. It was an awesome trip, especially seeing my eldest brother marry in a traditional Chinese service.
The flight back was a nightmare, it was an overnighter and my girls were meant to sleep but didn't. They finally fell asleep at 3am HK time, or 5.30am SA time, and I then had to wake them 45 minutes later for landing. The pilot announced that due to severe storms in Melbourne, we would have to make a stopover in Adelaide - our ultimate destination. When they said we would have to remain on the airplance, fly to Melbourne and then back to Adelaide I was nearly in tears - I'd had 10 minutes sleep and had 2 very tired and grumpy children.
Just before landing, they announced the had the go-ahead to let off those whose destination was Adelaide. So, we arrived 4 hours ahead of schedule, on a direct flight.Customs and Immigration opened just for us so no lining up.  My husband had been wondering how we would fit in our 4 children and all of our luggage into our car, but QANTAS had them couriered to our house (2 hours out of Adelaide) as they couldn't take them off so they went via Melbourne. Only a minor good thing in the scheme of things, but it felt like such a bonus and a great way to end our trip.

#6 mel43

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

I got my spinal surgery, 9 months earlier than originally scheduled, and most of the excruciating nerve pain is gone biggrin.gif

#7 Zanbam

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

Bought a fantastic house.

Got through some major hurdles with my DH.

Found out my DH wanted to try for a baby (from the time we got together it was not on the cards - was a major compromise for me when we married). We start TTC in January FX!!!!

#8 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:57 AM

I had my georgous baby boy this year.

#9 axiomae

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:58 AM

1. Completed half the revocations of our house - painted the outside, half the inside, polished the floorboards and new carpets in the bedrooms. Only the kitchen to go!

2. Have my beautiful DD. Had a wonderful birth, followed by a wonderful baby. So overjoyed.

3. Got engaged! DP asked me to marry him on our first family holiday - so over the moon!

Been an amazing year, am looking forward to the next!

#10 HeartMyBoys

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:59 AM

The start of this year was awful. Recently though, i won $500 on a scratchie, i got $2300 in back payment for FTB, so both of these things have been a huge help with bills and presents at xmas time. Probably the greatest thing, was finding out we are pregnant, and it's at the same time a year ago that our angel baby was conceived wub.gif

#11 Libertine

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:03 AM

After two years TTC and having been told I'd never have another baby naturally....I had beautiful DD2 in October.

EVERYDAY when I look at my two girls I'm so grateful to have them in my life and so happy I could almost cry. Puts a lot of other sh*t into perspective for me.


#12 ~buzz~

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

Got pregnant  hheart.gif

welcomed 2 beautiful nieces into the world and found out I'm going to have another 2 nieces in Jan or Feb

lots of baby related stuff going on here

#13 R2B2

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:22 AM

1.I gave birth to my beautiful DD2. she is everything and more I could have dreamed of.
her birth was more than I could have hoped and dreamed of. she has bought so much happiness to my life.  wub.gif  we had a really rough start (pregnancy) and I wasn't sure we would get through the end of it happy, but she is such a beautiful blessing to our family.

2. i've managed to shed 11kgs since her birth. only gained 6kgs during pregnancy, so i'm feeling fantastic!

3. managed to get our son through FYOS  tthumbs.gif  

4. have finished almost all of our xmas shopping before xmas eve!!! (this is big for us wink.gif )

#14 StarsInHerEyes

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:33 AM

Two awesome things happened

1) Got married and made everyone cry with my vows (Win)
2) My sister received a new kidney! First biopsy reveals no rejection so I am super pumped about that.

#15 caroldiem

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:35 AM

I wish i had something but i got nothing!!!!

#16 i-candi

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

Got a transfer/new job at a different school - it's everything I want !!!!!  biggrin.gif  starting 2013.

Went on a short break to Singapore and Phuket with my friend (minus husbands and kids) and had a ball, I'd do it again. It all went smoothly  biggrin.gif

I keep focusing on these two things because the rest of the year was horrendous  cry1.gif

Roll on 2013 original.gif

Edited by i-candi, 18 December 2012 - 11:47 AM.

#17 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

QUOTE (caroldiem @ 18/12/2012, 11:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wish i had something but i got nothing!!!!

I am so sorry for the year you have had Caroldiem.  bbighug.gif

I often think of you when I look at my DS (we were in the same dig) and my heart breaks for you.

I hope with all my heart that 2013 treats you more kindly.

Edited by Alacritous~Andy, 18 December 2012 - 11:48 AM.

#18 FeralAlpacaWarrior

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

Finally got my butt in to gear to go north and see my grandfather march on Anzac Day. He was so pleased to show me and DD1 off to his army mates. I have vowed to go every year from now on.

Gave birth to beautiful DD2 in August. I feel so blessed to have two lovely daughters and am really excited about seeing them grow up together. DD1 adores DD2 and proudly tells everyone she has a baby 'dister'.

DD2 is 4 months old and so far no signs of PND, which is excellent considering the MH hurdles I have battled in the past.

DD1 settled in to 3 days a week of childcare beautifully and has blossomed. She has made some little friends and it is so cute to watch them together.

Oh and last week I finally booked a decent family holiday for us all. We are going to Thailand in February 2013, can.not.wait!

#19 Jax12

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

1. Had WLS and have lost 40kg since March this year thanks to my sleeve.  Only 10 more to go.

2.  Started full time work which I am choosing to put in the positive column, even though I miss DS dearly, but we will be able to buy a new home soon and I will be able to take a full year off when we have our next baby as a result so those are big pros.

3.  First overseas trip to Bali with my mum and my sisters.

No other major events, but very thankful that I have a gorgeous DH who I am still madly in love with, a beautiful DS who is growing up into the most amazing little boy and family and friends I care very much about.  I am glad that it looks like I will be alive a lot longer now to enjoy it all compared to when I started 2012, looking down the barrel of a short life filled with blood pressure medication, insulin injections and shortness of breath at the slightest exertion.  Bring on 2013!

#20 Guest_Maybelle_*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:01 PM

We had a spectacularly rubbish year, but in the middle of it we adopted Big Dog  wub.gif

#21 belsy

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

1. DD2 finally toilet trained so we are a nappy free house!

2. DS1 had his FYOS and blossomed

3. DH took a voluntary redundancy in a job he hated and we now have a good house deposit.

4. DH started his new job two weeks later and is loving his new job

5. Professionally, I couldn't have acomplished anymore than I did

6. I am about to start six weeks of holidays with my boys

7.  Finally the best news of the year is that my beautiful 12 yo soulmate, my dog Tiger, who had 3 melanomas found and removed from his tongue 4 weeks ago, has not had the cancer spread eexcite.gif

Looking forward to 2013!

#22 Therese

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

My big girl has just finished her last year of primary school and has done so well.

My baby girl has had a tough year healthwise but has maintained her sense of humour and reminded us all that the small things really do matter.

We had a fantastic holiday together. It was so nice to get away and spend time with just the 4 of us.

I have been surrounded by wonderful friends who always, always make me smile.

#23 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

After several years of secondary infertility (or sub fertility) we finally got another little baby! A little boy to join our family....he's so cute and cuddly. DS1 started school and is loving it. That's about it....but I'm pretty happy with it all!

#24 CourtesanNewton

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

The year started badly, but ended well. Have some ideas about what I want to do post-SAHM, although it's dependent on what happens with IVF early next year.
After a really rough time with DS over the last 2 years, we're finally getting some answers, but we're also watching him blossom as a really funny, intelligent little boy. We also found the perfect kindy for him, which I'm stoked about.
DH and i are getting more time by ourselves now and have had some lovely date nights.
Plus the three of us had a great holiday mid-year, first time since DS was born!

Oh and I found out I had some stocks that I was unaware of...nice unexpected windfall.

#25 Ferelsmegz

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

1. My aspergers DS won the academic award for his class.. proudest moment of my year - easily. Hes had a tough year but he came through it!

2. Got divorced (was bumped from # 1)

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