Taking Stock: 2013

My Christmas pressy to myself <3 #newboots
It’s that time of year when I like to take a moment, put my feet up (oh man I love these boots!), and think about the year that’s almost up. 2013 is nearly over *already*. What the actual f**k??

Anyway… Christmas has come and gone.

My boys went to their dad’s this year and are now back home where they belong.

I can’t tell you how difficult I found it, not having my boys here.

You know all those Doctor Who jokes about counting down to the Christmas episode, rather that Christmas Day itself?

Yeah, that was genuinely me!

But as it was just the one day, I’m not going to dwell on it.

All in all, this year has been absolutely fantastic!

I mean, it really didn’t start off that way.

Max’s sleeping was non-existent, his behaviour was getting worse and worse as a result, and I had completely reached the end of the proverbial tether.

But then we got a sleep counselor.

And introduced his PECS (visual cards) at home.

And the unbelievable happened!

My little dude has been sleeping through since Feb 1st (yes I remember the date!) and it’s changed all of our lives!

HeΒ called me Mummy for the first time.

He’s said “love you” without any prompting.

He’s even asked “Mummy whatsat??”!

He’s adoring school all in all, and is generally being a wee star.

That’s not to say we haven’t had our difficulties.

But they are far outweighed by the progress Max has made!

And with his progress, has come some much needed time for me to finally be able to get out of the red-alert way of thinking, and relax, recuperate and have fun!

Our summer was gloriously lazy, with many memories made.

I got to go to the MAD Blog Awards and meet both old friends and new.

I’ve actually been able to even go out of an evening as Max is now able to be put to bed my someone other than me!

Zack and I have been on adventures to Glasgow and Edinburgh this year. We’ve been able to do more just us two, which has helped to keep our bond strong, even when he has to sometimes take a step back so I can be there for Max when he needs it.

This year has been pretty bloody fantastic all in all.

So much more progress has happened than I thought possible in January.

So many more happy times and laughter and a genuine feeling of HOPE.

And it’s only going to get better as we go into 2014.

The year Max will start going to school full time (probably around March)!

The year my boys will turn 9 and 7.

The year I will turn 30!

So now it’s time to say goodbye to 2013, raise a glass, cuddle with loved ones, and make the most of bringing in the new year with my beautiful boys.

I can only hope that next year is as good as this one has been!

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15 Comments

    • Marylin
      December 30, 2013 / 7:17 pm

      *clinks* chin chin! πŸ˜‰ xx

  1. December 30, 2013 / 7:25 pm

    What a fantastic year for you all. Sorry about Christmas Day, that must have been a bummer! :(I am very jealous that you are ONLY turning 30, I also have a big Birthday coming up and it ain’t 30!

  2. December 31, 2013 / 7:45 am

    Was so sorry for you on Christmas Day, but great to get such a positive overview of the rest of the year…and it sounds like your 30s are going to be fab!

  3. December 31, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    With the greatest of respect, YOU’RE NOT THIRTY YET???? *feels old* *pours Gin*

    • Marylin
      December 31, 2013 / 3:09 pm

      I feel older most of the time… does that help? πŸ˜‰

  4. December 31, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    What a lovely round up of the year. Have to admit, I was with you with the countdown to Doctor Who, although I was lucky enough to have my kids around to watch it with me too. And after tomorrow I can say that next year I will be 50….

    • Marylin
      December 31, 2013 / 8:55 pm

      You’re never 50 next next year!!It was such a good episode! I cried like a baby when he took off his bow tie.

  5. January 4, 2014 / 11:19 am

    think I have those boots! so great that Max is having a turn around for the better. Enjoy turning 30 its nearly 14 years since I hit that milestone…

    • Marylin
      January 4, 2014 / 3:02 pm

      I love my boots! *grins*I fully intend to make the most of my 30s! πŸ˜‰

  6. January 5, 2014 / 11:28 am

    I’m so pleased it’s been such a positive year for you! Here’s to 2014 rocking your socks!

    • Marylin
      January 5, 2014 / 4:57 pm

      The only way is UP, right? πŸ˜‰ x

  7. dean dodge
    January 5, 2014 / 11:39 pm

    I have a Tenant couple raising a boy like yours, and from the next unit I could hear the same tantrum as I painted the unit for the next renters. Gavin is a good (if I could) little boy and always greets me with a hug when I change furnace filters. I got here googling soft thistle. I have no clue why.

    • Marylin
      January 6, 2014 / 12:05 am

      It’s hard sometimes, but like Gavin, Max is (in general) a cuddly and loving wee lad. πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting!

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