I entered the year 2012 with an additional 26 kilos and waddling like a penguin in the last trimester of my third pregnancy. I was worn out and beyond exhausted, and worst of all, extremely apprehensive as I tried hard to imagine what life would be like as a mother of three very young kids.
Fast forward 12 months.
Two words would aptly sum out how I feel now. I survived. No, make that three words. Yay, I survived!
2012 has been an eventful year indeed. I had my third child. I started a blog and that in itself has been an enriching journey. I made new friends with mom bloggers and found comfort in the fact that I am not alone in this journey and that there are mothers like me whose favourite time of the day is when their children are all asleep, and whose lives have also been turned upside down by adrenaline-charged children, never ending to-do lists and frequent bouts of mommy guilt. I also made the biggest decision of my life, sometime this year, to leave my job and homeschool my children (that’s going to happen in 2013). In sum, I laughed, cried, made mistakes and climbed the steep learning curve called motherhood every day of 2012.
In 2013, I know for a fact that I would continue to laugh, cry and make mistakes. I would also continue my ascent up the steep mountain of learning how to be a better mother every day. It’s gonna be same, same but different. There’ll be new challenges, more frustration and perhaps even more feelings of exasperation and anguish. But I know it will be a journey that will also bring immeasurable joy, and a tremendous sense of fulfilment that is for myself to savour alone.
I will also be watching the three of them grow up together. This coming year, I’ll have the opportunity to teach them, shape them and spend more time loving them. And that is getting me all excited.
Happy New Year, everyone! See you in 2013!