First day of 2018 – How did it go? 

Hello, first day of 2018! New year’s eve was meant to be a quiet one for me but the fireworks squashed that plan. Poor little one was very unsettled by the loud bangs and nothing I tried would get him back to sleep. So I was having a late night for very different reasons to some who may be nursing a sore head this morning or recounting exciting tales!

How did we start the year

At midnight, I had a child trying to sit on my face while I reached round to wish my husband Happy New Year! At least we were all together for it. Mental note: check if there are kiddies ear plugs/defender things for next year.

As husband was trying to settle Baby E, I went browsing on the The Money Shed forum and got £5 –  not randomly, it was for reaching 50 posts.

Daytime

It can only get better after getting some money right?! Well, if you’ve read my post about 2018 goals, you’ll know that my mantra is:

First day of 2018 mantra-the growing mum

So spending most of the morning & early afternoon in bed (except the 3 hours of child entertainment as I took the morning shift) due to the lack of sleep did not seem like time spent wisely.  But the rest was needed. When I finally left my comfy bed, I did get on with a few tasks like:

  • continuing my a detailed plan for the year
  • some tidying and cleaning – it is a new year afterall. I’d finally got a laundry “putting away” system though toddler was helpfully emptying the laundry boxes as I filled them hehe
  • sorting items for the return to work & nursery tomorrow – I’ll be using my new Babymel bag which I asked for to fit in 2 kids worth of stuff later this year

#2017bestnine kept popping up as I scrolled through Facebook so I found the website and impressively, only my username was required – no obvious personal data mining form in sight. So I indulged myself and got my best 9 collage and one for my Church’s Instagram account which I manage.

I also found out that Katy (KatyKicker) will be starting a Meal Planning linky group which spurred me on (along with a nag from The Growing Dad – go accountability) to the write next week’s meals and shopping list. He even got the online shop done!

Where did the day go?

As usual, time went too quickly, and it was bed time. Well, after a cheeky Toblerone triangle. It’s the only Christmas chocolate I get that I’ll actually eat! I checked in on my little man and he was peacefully asleep. I love doing this every night! Continued my reading of Mark Gospel then had a chat with the husband about the things we’re grateful for today. Among his list, he mentioned that before tucking into his lunch and dinner, little one held his hand and started saying a prayer unprompted. It’s so lovely when he’s learning our good habits too haha.

I decided to quickly write this post just before going off to dreamland just to remind myself that the day did not end as it started.

First day of 2018 - the growing mum

What did you get up to on New year’s day? Have you tried the 2017 best nine site? My best nine collage is bottom left above. Loving the poo cakes in the middle!

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45 thoughts on “First day of 2018 – How did it go? 

  • January 2, 2018 at 2:42 pm
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    You seemed to have quite a peaceful start to the year. Mine was also not very eventful but quite peaceful too. Wishing you a happy new year hun! x

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  • January 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm
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    Sounds like a productive day to me – always better to get some rest before attempting anything (other than getting free fivers!) My NY was very uneventful, spent mostly feeling unwell, and I haven’t even got around to properly thinking about 2018, my goals, finances etc. So I think you’re already a few steps ahead. Go eat some more Toblerone to celebrate! 🙂
    Wishing you all the best for a positive, productive & happy New Year!
    Caz x

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  • January 2, 2018 at 5:23 pm
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    A productive start to 2018! Great to see your little one picking up your good habits too. Have a peaceful and productive 2018!

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  • January 2, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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    I honestly cannot believe we are into 2018 already, it sounds like you have had a good start to the year. While we found some things we had lost, we also found out our washer/dryer has died which is a shame.

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  • January 2, 2018 at 6:20 pm
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    doesn’t it just fly by? I blame it getting dark at 4pm lol. Sounds like you’ve been pretty productive though 🙂 x

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  • January 2, 2018 at 6:50 pm
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    Sounds like a really lovely New Year’s Day. We had a lovely walk on the beach before spending the rest of the day relaxing x

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    • January 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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      How was the weather by the beach or was it a rather brisk walk?

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  • January 2, 2018 at 7:06 pm
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    What a lovely start to the new year – I cannot believe Christmas has been & gone already. It always goes by so fast!

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  • January 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm
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    I had a pretty lazy day to be honest, spent the morning working on my blog then watching movies then slept lol
    Your day sounds lovely

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    • January 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm
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      Watching movies can be a workout for the eyes 😉

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  • January 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm
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    Lovely post, could to remind yourself of things to be grateful for. I am particularly impressed that you manage to do this when you are so sleep deprived.

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    • January 2, 2018 at 8:20 pm
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      After 13 months of waking every 2 to 3 hours to feed a baby, I’ve gotten accustomed to lack of sleep. Thankfully he’s sleeping much better but I’m now going through pregnant insomnia. When do kids leave home again? 😂

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  • January 2, 2018 at 9:03 pm
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    Oh my goodness, we live in an area where their are elderly people and young families and someone was letting off fireworks at 12am… our neighbours were not happy! Thankfully our little ones slept through it all. It sounds like you had a really chilled out day for New Years, what a lovely way to start the year.

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  • January 2, 2018 at 9:46 pm
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    Sounds like a good start to the year – especially earning that £5 for posting on the forum!

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  • January 2, 2018 at 9:47 pm
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    It looks like you had a nice, fairly peaceful start to the New Year. We were at a family party on NYE, so spent most of yesterday just chilling out and eating leftover food. No wonder I feel a bit blurgh today! LOL. Wishing you and your family all the very best for 2018 🙂

    Louise x

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  • January 2, 2018 at 10:00 pm
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    Happy new year. My start to new year was quiet, like it nice and peaceful

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  • January 2, 2018 at 10:10 pm
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    It is great that you were able to spend time with your family on New Year although the thought of your child sitting on your face did make me laugh haha! Welcome to 2018 x

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  • January 3, 2018 at 9:22 am
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    I spent New Year’s day trying to be as productive as possible. And it felt good to achieve so many tasks! x

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  • January 3, 2018 at 11:09 am
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    Sounds like a lovely start. We watched everyone elses fireworks (huge here in Sweden, but a great free display!!) and then quietly to bed

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  • January 3, 2018 at 11:13 am
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    I had quite a relaxing New Years Day as I had already thought about my 2018 goals ahead of new year so now it’s time to start actioning them x

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  • January 3, 2018 at 11:38 am
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    Oo I do love Toblerone and I haven’t had one in years! What a good start to the year – we visited family for a big meal and catch up 🙂

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  • January 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm
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    I’ve not done my best nine yet! My first day of the new year consisted of writing new blog posts, a mini redesign, juggling loads of washing and a 9 month old baby refusing to nap in the day!

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  • January 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm
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    We had a very unsettled baby on New Year’s Eve too. Although she did decide she wanted to have a little dance party in her cot at 2am haha.

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  • January 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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    We saw #thebestnine all over social media but haven’t looked yet..guess where we’re heading now! 😉 x

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  • January 4, 2018 at 6:45 am
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    What a lovely New Years day. Oh I forgot to do #thebestnine this year. I’m going to have a peek at that in the moment. A shame your little one was woken up by fireworks, but such a lovely blessing to see in the New Year all together. 🙂 x

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  • January 4, 2018 at 7:28 am
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    New Years Day was beautifully slovenly for me – I spent it walking the dog and watching Harry Potter. The rest was really needed before back to work on Tuesday.

    Thanks of reminding me about the meal plans – I need to get mine done for next week!

    C x

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  • January 4, 2018 at 8:33 am
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    Sounds like you had a lovely start to the new year. I spent it decluttering and cleaning, a fresh start to the new year.

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  • January 4, 2018 at 11:05 am
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    We spent NYE at a friend’s party but as we were all still weak after suffering from Norovirus over Christmas, we didn’t really get into the spirit. New Year’s Day was a quiet one, we relaxed and looked at all the cleaning we had to do😂

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    • January 4, 2018 at 11:07 am
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      Awww hope you’re all getting your strength back. The cleaning comment made me smile hehe

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  • January 4, 2018 at 11:30 am
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    I have seen the Best 9 posts popping up all over, I may have to give it a go 🙂 I can’t quite believe we’re into January already! Where did Christmas go??

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  • January 4, 2018 at 11:32 am
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    We went to a party on new years eve so new years day was catching up on sleep and then just having a chilled lazy day.

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  • January 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm
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    We had a quiet one. New Year’s Day is probably the worst day of the year for starting resolutions on. Bit of a nothingy day in our house.

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  • January 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm
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    I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s top 9 on instagram, I was surprised by mine!

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  • January 4, 2018 at 7:38 pm
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    it’s amazing how fast it went really!

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  • January 4, 2018 at 8:28 pm
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    What a lovely start to the year, I haven’t done my top 9 yet but I really should! xxx

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  • January 5, 2018 at 10:12 am
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    I like to take 1st Jan as any other day, but we did have late breakfast!

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  • January 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm
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    I think the 1st day of the new year is always spent half of it in bed and the other half lounging around! Perfect start if you ask me 🙂

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  • January 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    Have to love Toblerone. Although they changed the sizes now, still yummy:)

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  • January 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm
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    I love the picture of your baby in the box on your best nine ha. I posted mine on Instagram too, I loved seeing what were my followers favourites of the year. New Year’s Day was my last day before going back to work so I had a completely chill and tv day

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  • January 26, 2018 at 7:10 pm
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    Sounds like a somewhat productive 1st Jan! I spent New Year’s Day shopping, haha! Not that I managed to get any bargains.. x

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