Oh my. I think I blinked, Christmas was over and the new year arrived! Wow..the last few months of 2016 whizzed by and I cannot believe that we are now all back at work, talking goals & diets and into a brand new year once more.
Without sounding too cliche our Christmas really was absolutely amazing and the twins (at four years old) thought the whole time was utterly magical. Seeing their little faces on Christmas morning and hearing them shout “He’s been” was the real highlight. They were a real joy the whole time and loved everything to do with Christmas.
We had a lot of extended family to stay during the festive period and although it is a lot of hard work entertaining everyone it’s also nice to see the whole family in one go too. We were sad to see everyone go and have made some lovely new memories.
I turned 38 on Christmas Eve, which has always been a pretty unfortunate day to have a birthday! However, my little ones and lovely Hubby treated me so well and I got lots of nice presents, plus a home-made cake too. 38 feels a bit “meh” though. I’m creeping very far away from my early 30’s and FAR too close to 40…and so I’d like not to dwell on that too much! I’m hoping the next two years drag very, very slowly indeed.
The deadline for the application for the twins’ school places (for September 2017) is January and so naturally I dithered for ages about it all. Finally this week I sat down to do it. Within a few minutes my babies were in the system and are being processed. We will find out in April whether they get our first choice.
I feel incredibly emotional about it already. Of course there is a part of me that literally CANNOT WAIT for them to be out of my hair 5 days a week and it makes me excited to think of all that peace and quiet. But. The fact that my two babies are going off to primary school together, at the same time, leaving my nest immediately empty makes me want to weep into my hands. When did they get so big? It only seems 5 minutes ago that I was feeding them bottles of milk at the same time and clapping hysterically when they took their first few steps. Sob sob.
I know however, that they will love it and do well and (most importantly) that they will always have each other.
Third baby? Hmmmm I must admit that the feeling of them going off to school in September does make me feel a little broody. Even though I can’t wait to fill all my time with the gym, work, coffee and shopping, I also feel as though my role in Motherhood will shift somewhat. I’m getting asked by friends & family a lot lately if we are having any more children (as people know that the twins will be skipping off to school soon). I guess people are just interested! The short answer is that another baby is not for Hubby and I – for many, many different reasons. Even though we have enjoyed having the twins and watching them grow into amazing little people, we don’t want to go through it again and are incredibly happy with our little family. I might, however, get a puppy at that stage and then that can become my third baby! Watch out Instagram!
Life’s funny isn’t it? You get so used to one way of living and then everything changes. Come September there will be a huge shift in our lives and whilst I don’t think that I’m ready, we will of course get there, move on and fully embrace the new phase.
For now though it’s back to normal and into 2017 with a promise to enjoy the everyday and make every moment matter.
Happy New Year.
Love, Jess x