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If you ask people about the year of 2011, they are likely to say it has been rough or ‘a shocker’. Is this because most people tend to find the negative aspects of life before the positives? I do not know.

Personally, 2011 has been a very turbulent year with the usual ups and downs but accentuated by some traumatic and life changing events, both positive and negative. Here is my review of the year that was 2011.

3 jobs: I have had a pretty rough year vocation wise. It started well with (what I thought) was a good job but at the beginning of March, the contract was not renewed and I was out of employment. The next employment I was employed for most of the year. I had an opportunity to move upwards and onwards. I took the opportunity and was enjoying the move when I was handed a retrenchment letter not 2 months into the opportunity. Yes – I had a shocker.

Study (UNISA): This was dependent on the above so was not great. The first semester was also disrupted by the announcement that Carrie was pregnant in April (see below) as well as the loss of the job in early March. I vowed to make the second semester count and was making head way until the job fell over. I was also not able to buckle down with the baby chaos that was around. The second semester was not great either. I did, however, managed to pass some modules and only have 4 left to complete my BCompt degree.

A bundle of chaos: As stated above, our world turned upside down with the excitement of Carrie being pregnant. It was planned and awesome news for the whole family. Bumpy was the name as we decided not to know what the sex was. The excitement grew as bumpy grew as did the speculative odds on the sex. Carrie had a relatively easy pregnancy except the first 4 months battling with nausea. A close check on food was the solution and the diet was very selective. The scans at 36 weeks revealed a big baby and all was in good shape. The 38 week (on the Friday) midwife appointment revealed high blood pressure and bed rest and constant monitoring was prescribed for the weekend. Monday arrived and the blood pressure was still up. A phone call and a trip to the gynae landed Carrie in hospital for observation. After dinner and the visiting hour we all went home. About 1 hour after that about 22:12 I received a phone call saying I needed to get to the hospital! Only God knows how I got there so fast and safely. Makayla Ann was born at 23:23 and was perfectly healthy. Nothing prepares you for parenthood at all. Having said that, there is nothing that compares to having a bundle of chaos around. Yes, it is hard. Yes, it is tough. It is the hardest thing we have ever done but the best thing we have ever done by a LONG way. It is a blessing to her.

On reflection on the year 2011, it was a tough year in certain areas but a fantastic year in other areas. 2012 poses its own challenges and will be different, difficult and brilliant in its own way.

See you there.

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In March 2011, our world was flipped upside down when Carrie handed me a pregnancy test that had 2 lines on it ie: Positive. Great news. Our lives got flipped upside down when Bumpy (yes we named the bump) arrived by emergency C-section on 14 November 2011.

All parents will nod together when reading this next statement.

NOTHING CAN PREPARE YOU FOR PARENTHOOD!

The sleepless nights and the seemingly endless crying wears you out and drains you completely and throws you to the end of your rope so quickly.  My heart drops every time she is put down to sleep and moments later we hear a slight cry that leads to a howling scream which leads us back to her to start the process over again for the umpteenth time!

In the last, by God alone, my rope has been extended again and again. The extension happens when I look at the adorable bundle of chaos in absolute amazement. In that moment, it is all worth it – the tears, the shouting – everything.

I have never heard a parent say that the tough times were not worth it in the end!

It is true of most aspects of life and is often alluded to in sport in the the sweetest victories are often the toughest ones. In parenthood, and hopefully it is true, the long days and nights all become worth it when the parent sees that child grow to be a cute toddler all the time forming their own personality.

I will let you know as the story unfolds for us!

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