Oddly I don’t think I’ve ever written a start of year post. I’m not really one for resolutions, etc – it’s not that I haven’t made them in the past it’s that I find them to be ephemeral things and not something I really need to do to get things done. I suppose I’m qualitative rather than quantitative when it comes to target setting. It’s about a feeling.
Anyways, there’s going to be some challenges this year in many arenas. George will continue to discover the world – he’ll completely different this time next year I’m sure. As I write this he is 9 months old, not quite walking but babbling quite a bit. We don’t think we’ve had a ‘word’ from him yet, it’s more sounds. But we think we’ve heard him apply the ‘t’ sound to the cat. So a bit more work there and who knows… It’s very exciting to see him learn things and it’s a constant process too.
We’ve settled into a Attachment Parenting style of parenting (at least we think we have). We didn’t go out and ‘pick’ a style, we’ve just sort of fallen into it organically. Which I think is probably the best way. Kate has just bought some ‘real’ reusable nappies (although I don’t like the term ‘real’) so we’re going to try that again having done a month or so at the beginning of another style of reusable nappies. The first time round we felt we had enough on our plate without having to make nappies any more difficult than needs be. Now things are getting easier.
Along with ‘AP’, Kate won’t be returning to employment at the end of her maternity leave. We would much rather have a parent take care of George than a childminder or nursery nurse, the finances don’t really make sense for her to return and the fact that these stages are so short and so important and it’d be terrible for both of us to miss are all factors in this decision. Kate has some ideas of how to make an income – so that will be an exciting thing for the year too.
I think I will most likely, along with playing with George (which I am LOVING), be stepping up on a few hobbies I’ve developed an interest in. Due to the above paragraph they will be cheap ones and involve things we already have or recently got. A Beer making kit, Raspberry Pi, Photography – something I’ve always been interested in as you can probably tell from my Flickr account but more recently I’ve found I didn’t really know too much about what I was doing. I’ve always really thought only about what I was taking a picture of, not really combining it with how to combine that with how to take the picture. So I’ve been playing around more with apetures and may play a bit with HDR pictures and long exposures. I’m happy with the kit I’ve got at the moment, even if it may be starting to show it’s age, but it’s still perfectly able to do the job and the beauty of a good SLR is being able to change lenses – a friend pointed out a great deal on a 55mm f/1.8 lens in November so I made sure I had one in time for George’s first Christmas and it was so much fun and interesting to use. To have to think about taking pictures differently.
We’re going to try and get a decent London trip in early this year, there’s many friends and family down there that we haven’t had much of a chance to see for a while. Kate’s parents are also looking at a house in the Canaries to escape the winter so we may get a chance to go out there too when it’s sorted. Providing of course we’ve got hold of a passport for George.