And what have you done...?
So, in the words of John Lennon...
So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun...
1. I had a baby.
I didn't think I was going to enjoy being a new mum, but I've absolutely loved the last six months. The actual birth is the achievement I want to focus on here - I had an emergency C Section, so that was unplanned and intense to say the least! Cesareans are NOT an easy route out of natural births, never under-estimate the pain and complications which may follow, and the stress of having one in the first place!
She is still my favourite person in the whole world.
2. I changed my first nappy.
3. We're successfully using reusable nappies.
4. I beat gestational diabetes with a bat akin to Lucille.
I was diagnosed with GD on 17th January and had to avoid sugar and most carbs until a couple of days after baby was born. That was a challenge of a lifetime. Carbs are my absolute fave - bread, mainly, but pastry, pasta, rice, potatoes were all severely limited, and sugar was off the table. Literally. However, I amazed my Doctor and stayed off medication and managed the condition solely through diet. It can be done! So proud of myself.
And my first request post-birth? A GIANT FRENCH BAGUETTE. No butter, nothing, just pure bready goodness. YUM.
5. I closed my home baking business...
There was no way I was going to be able to manage 280 Bakes while I had a baby, and I decided the run-up to due date was as good a time as any to close down. I managed to sell my CakeOD trademark and made a bit of cash overal, but it was a sad day. However, there's nothing to say 280 Bakes won't be back some day!
Navy Frog was inspired by my baby, no doubt, and the slight obsession I now have with baby clothes. I make gift boxes and print personalised baby gear - take a look at my website! It's incredibly slow in starting up, a much smaller market than cakes and I don't have as much time as I did with 280 Bakes to dedicate to the start-up, but I'm only going as far as my enjoyment lets me, and it's not taking anything away from time with baby. Plus, Rox gets some great clothing out of it!
I'm going to stop there. I am pretty knackered today, even having had a good night with little one. There have been more things I've achieved this year, I'm sure, but these are the ones I'm most proud of. Let's see what 2020 brings!