This year we had a quiet New Year’s celebration in Hermanus. We spent time with family and did typical summer holiday things. Sun, sea, sand, books, ice-cream. My New Year’s resolution (I can’t remember more than one resolution) is to be more grateful this year.
It’s all about coping with stress and trying to be happier. Apparently one way to achieve a happier year is to keep a gratitude journal. I kept that up for one day and then slipped back to feeling a bit sorry for myself. We have a few stressful life-events in a row this year. We’re moving, renovating and … [drum roll please] … having another baby! All in the first six months of the year.
Should be pretty crazy, right? I’m trying to take each of these things one step at a time but, to be honest, the stress is eating me up. I keep regaining my equilibrium and resolving to slow down and live more in the present. But I keep losing that same equilibrium and worrying myself silly (and a bit sick).
This Friday is moving day and it’s pretty scary. What makes this more tricky is that we’re down-scaling to a flat for four months while the renovation is happening and so we have to store half of our possessions in different places.
Ah well, it will be exciting and stressful and exhausting. At least I have another week off work and so can pack boxes.
Oh, and the exciting news part. L and I are expecting a baby girl in late May, early June! We’re excited but we also wonder if perhaps we aren’t a little mad. I worry about the sleepless nights. Two kids to keep safe and sane and fed and clothed and schooled. Just when we’re getting the first one potty trained (mostly), do we really want to go through this all again?
Leah is taking the news pretty well. Today she spoke to the baby in mama’s tummy and told her that she’s looking after a Hello Kitty stuffed toy for her and that she’ll lend the baby her old clothes. (Just as long as the baby doesn’t try and mess with her favourite toys – and that’s just a matter of time, right?)
We have a name (which I won’t reveal here for reasons of not-jinxing-the baby). We just want her to be happy and healthy. And we want to survive the year as well as we can. Wish us luck.