Sometimes life throws curve balls at us. There are always reasons to stay positive though despite the odds when we’re feeling low.
Since 2015 had been a year of grieving, healing and trying again following miscarriage, I saw in 2016 with cautious joy. I was 12 weeks pregnant and H and I had just paid for a last-minute trip to Vienna.
While friends had seen the news of our extravagant New Year break as it appeared on my Facebook feed, very few of them knew I was pregnant. Even fewer knew the real reason behind our trip.
The run-up to the festive season had actually come and gone in a blur of emotion after an early pregnancy ultrasound scan abroad had shown nothing but an empty sac in November. It was a devastating blow.
My next dating scan was booked for Christmas Eve and I didn’t want to tempt fate, so I made no plans to celebrate the festive season. I knew there was only a 50/50 chance of success and the result was either going to make or break the Season of Goodwill. I had already prepared myself for the worst. I was convinced that they were going to tell me there was a problem.
What I hadn’t prepared myself for was the feelings of amazement, joy and relief as I got to see baby Cyrus bobbing around on-screen for the first time. The day I got the all-clear was a surprising source of comfort. Having pinned all my thoughts on this moment, I felt a huge swell of emotion and the tears rolled down my cheeks.
So what were my reasons to stay positive and what did 2016 bring?
1) Celebrated New Year (and most importantly the all-clear after my 12-week scan) in Vienna
2) Promotion at work – made PR Account Manager
3) Sold our home
4) Gave birth to baby Cyrus – 8lb 4oz
5) Became a new mum over 40
6) Bought and moved into my dream home
7) Took up a new fitness regime with buggies bums and tums
8) Met new friends
9) Began my blog
10) Hubby gained Chartered status as a mechanical engineer