Jump to content

How about this... to cheer things up. What good or great things happened to you this year?


  • Please log in to reply
102 replies to this topic

#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.

Next!!

#2 lactasticmama

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 Feral Alpacas

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 PigNewton

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)






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Tot meets his heroes, falls apart with excitement

Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.

Beautiful in our eyes: Georgia's story

I will never deny the fact that grief has a place when you give birth to a child who brings a set of circumstances very different to what you imagined. Because for nine months, I thought I knew my Georgie.

'It's been phenomenal': widower dad of quads thankful for support

There was nothing Erica and Carlos wanted more than a baby.

Vin Diesel names daughter after actor Paul Walker

The actor said there was "no other person" he was thinking about when he chose the name.

How midwives can help women who experience domestic violence

More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.

Mum describes giving birth during Cyclone Pam

A new mother was told she must flee Port Vila hospital with her baby as Cyclone Pam bore down.

6 signs you're done having babies

There were a few signs I'm never going back to the land of maternity jeans, breast pumps and bassinets.

Marta Dusseldorp reveals breastfeeding cost her an acting job

Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp has revealed she was forced to withdraw from a Sydney Theatre Company production because a director did not approve of her breast feeding.

Female celebs (or their babies) with traditionally male names

Looking for a name that's a little bit different for a girl? Turn to names that have been traditionally used for males, as these celebs (or their parents) did.

'If you're anti-immunisation ... take a look at this picture of my son'

Greg Hughes is "an absolute shell of a man" as he and his wife Catherine struggle to come to terms with the loss of their newborn son Riley to whooping cough.

How an extrovert can raise an introvert

Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.

Sheryl Sandberg's advice

'Choreplay': Help out at home to get more sex, Sandberg tells men

Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.

How to play with your baby

The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.

I'm a single mother by choice

For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.

Awkward wedding photos

Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.

Four-week-old baby Riley Hughes dies of whooping cough

The mother of a four-week-old Perth baby who died after contracting whooping cough says her family has been left devastated by the loss of her "gorgeous, sweet" son.

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Oh boy! Video shows family's reaction to baby surprise

Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.

How to help build up your baby's immune system

We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?

'Nick, you need to call an ambulance': home birth mum's tragic death

A Melbourne mum who died after the home birth of her baby pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance because she felt she was going to die, the Victorian Coroners Court has heard.

When dads believe their baby doesn't 'like' them

Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?

When was the last time a stranger praised your parenting?

Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

15 names on the verge of extinction

If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.

5 characteristics of great dads

It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

Why doesn't Australia have more breast milk banks?

When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?

Carrie Bickmore announces birth of daughter

Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Sign up now!

30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.