We put our Christmas tree up this weekend!
I cant believe we are in December, already, it feels like the end of a chapter for our whole family. Christmas is an end to the year, its an end to my pregnancy, but its also the start of a new year, welcoming our new baby and having a 7 year old and a 4 year old. I often ask myself how did that happen, how do I have such big children?
I feel like I am in a bubble of happiness, with the excitement and expectation of our new arrival. I have said it a few times but there is nothing more special or exciting then welcoming a new little life into your family. It brings everyone closer, us woman generally speaking have this huge surge of oxytocin which makes me a crazy emotional and totally in love mummy.
This Christmas just feels different for us somehow, more then ever we feel like a firm family unit even more so now we are expecting our little boy and growing our family into a family of five, something I genuinely never thought we would do so I feel so lucky to be doing it. It all seems so real now as just today I am going into hospital to be induced. I have lots of nerves, but I am also just so excited to meet him.
It is soon to be Christmas and don’t you think Christmas is such a lovely time of the year? For us it is all about the family time and taking some time out to really relax and get ready for the new year. It is lovely to see all the family and have fun and games together. Thats what Christmas is all about for us. I am a huge fan of all the festive lights, decorating our tree and house, delicious food and lots of laughter.
I love how cosy it makes winter feel, I just love driving through our town centre and seeing all the Christmas lights, they are so pretty. We usually have the fire on as much as possible at this time of year. We go though a lot of logs but it all just feels so traditional and nostalgic having the fire roaring I just love it.
I love embracing all the different seasons of the year I think they each bring something new for us to experience and to enjoy.
Just this weekend we had a really slow one, putting up the tree and Sophia finishing it off with the star on top. It is such a lovely way to create family memories together. Ones that the children will remember when they are adults themselves. This year for the first time in the last three we have an artificial tree and I just love it. It is from Christmas Tree World. And I would wholeheartedly recommend it. I love how full it looks. It was easy to decorate with no needles falling off and it just looks lovely in the corner of our lounge.
It feels so wintery and cosy especially in the evenings with the fire on. I am really so pleased with it. The house feels really Christmassy now and all ready for our new baby’s arrival. I am so glad we managed to put it up before he arrives. We have also managed to wrap most of the Christmas presents.
This year we have tried to be very selective of what we have brought the children. Previous years I have felt so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff and toys they had been given I felt almost claustrophobic in my own home. So this year will be different and I am really pleased. I am not feeling daunted about all the influx of presents.
These lovely photos I took of Sophia and Archie are some of my all time favourites on my blog. I just couldn’t resist having them matching in front of our tree for 2017. I am so excited for them to meet their little brother and for them all to be the best of friends and grow up together. Although crazy in our house at times there is nothing like the fun and happiness a sibling brings.
I don’t think either of them knows just how special it is going to be meeting their new brother. And just how much fun they are all going to have together. I wonder how Archie will adapt as he is a big mummies boy. I have a feeling it will come naturally to Sophia as it did when I had Archie. She fully embraces having a new baby and I think she will just love being my helper and as I tell her the other mummy. Its my way of including her and she adores it when I tell her that he is also her baby. Because he is. Of course he is. He is our baby and I want Sophia and Archie to feel completely included and not pushed out in anyway.
Just the thought of him, our little boy brings me so much joy. All the memories we will make and all the fun we will have. I look so forward to it all. All I know is that anything is possible with my little family by my side and as we end this chapter as a family of four I welcome the next chapter as a family of five with open arms, and a loving heart alongside my little team.
*We were sent our beautiful Christmas tree by he lovely people at Christmas Tree World, we would just like to say thank you so much we absolutely love it.