What a super eventful year this has been. But, how is it possible that we're already ready to look back on this year? Like blinking your eyes once, and hop the year is over again. I think this is one of my favorite blogs. Because this year has been so fantastically beautiful full of surprises lows and victories.
What's most important is that this year I also decided to share my story to inspire you. Because "sharing is caring" and the transformation from mother of one to mother of two is one never to forget.
December 2018 prepare for the arrival of the baby
Anyway, this year I enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner with family and loved ones. Last year Christmas was 6 months pregnant and I had a fever. I was also cramped and my husband didn't trust me. So on Christmas Eve I was in my XXL Christmas sweater in the emergency room. Which was not necessary at all afterwards, because I just needed some fresh air. so I could breathe a lot better. My allergy peaked in my bedroom. I hadn't gotten around to the high level of cleaning required. Because, uh... During that same Christmas holiday, Joost and I tried to decorate the baby's room. So we were completely in renovation.
"If I look back at that moment now, I should have made the baby's room in a new room."
Our son Max moved into a new room in January. In hindsight, our son's move was not such a good idea. The following weeks, we all read, he slept very badly. Looking back now to that moment I should have made the baby room in a new room and let our dear Max sleep in his own room without too many changes. All the more because he had to go through changes anyway. Anyway, he's sleeping in his own new bed right now. And he is very happy with his new room.
Pregnancy was sometimes exciting
So in January I was 6 months pregnant and at that moment I wasn't very sure when that little one would be born. Our baby was very small, especially her head. For this I had to go to the hospital every 3 weeks for an extra ultrasound. Also a good flu over it. Felt super guilty too. But luckily our little girl had little of it and grew steadily on her own line.
“ Signing up for the hypnobirthing course is the best choice we made together".
At the beginning of 2019 Joost and I wanted to prepare ourselves well for the second delivery and we opted for a hypnobirthing training. Looking back on that training, that's the very best choice we made in 2019. The hypnobirthing course has brought me so much good. And put me fully in my power as a woman.
“ The difference with the first delivery is that I had a plan. A plan with what and how I wanted it."
Fleur's birth was on the due date and went according to plan. Exactly as I had imagined it. Completely the opposite of my first delivery. How did that work out? The difference with the first birth is that I had a plan. A plan with what and how I wanted it. Now, the second birth a super beautiful and almost spiritual experience. Fleur was born at home through a water delivery. Our newborn baby was very small but completely zen. She slept super well during the maternity week and very little. Breastfeeding went well, but Fleur and I had some problems catching on. Luckily this was quickly seen and we went to the kno-doctor to loosen her lip and tongue belt a bit. This was a small procedure, but in childbirth week it is quite intense.
When I look back on my maternity week it was really Zen. I had informed my friends and family well about what I wanted and what I didn't want and I had time for myself to relax and enjoy my baby. I also gave the rest of my family time to get used to a new baby. Luckily, my husband got some extra time for his work. To support his new family. That was very nice. It was April and great weather. Did you just sit at home and enjoy it?
Touring France with a baby in a camper van
In June we all went on holiday with the camper. That was wonderful with the camper to France. Tourd in the Loire and surroundings Bordeaux an intensive holiday. Well enjoyed.
Health in 2019
Slowly started to build up my condition. However, it did not work out as I had hoped. I suffered from my tailbone and the next week it certainly didn't get better. I had to confess that I couldn't come to work and the responsibility of Babywoods was completely on my husband's shoulders. Who just has a 40 hour working week. Then after about four weeks? Well, 6 months finding out that I was actually just going downhill instead of getting better I went back to my doctor and asked what the next options were. I went to a rehabilitation doctor in the hospital in Alkmaar, who guided me very well in the process of passing the pain clinic. Which means that at the moment I can sit very well again.
The developments of Babywoods
In October I was at the "In de wolken festival" with Babywoods. We had two changing Units and where all the babies of the festival were changed. Got so much inspiration again. Talked and met so many nice people. This gave me even more strength to continue with Babywoods.
The Mission of 2019 to give even more children a nice place to be changed. Not only with his home, but also of the Netherlands. Has been achieved. but in 202 it can be done even better. Especially because I think there is still room for improvement in terms of places where you can change your baby. If you're shopping like that, I think it's rather limited where you can go with your children to have a drink and change your baby's diaper.
I hope you liked my blog. Thank you for reading my review of my life in 2019. Thanks again for being part of my life and my story. I'm ready for a New Year's Eve for 2020 and I'm wondering if you are too.
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