Milly: Starting to walk! She only reached 11 months old on Monday but she's happily taking a few tottering steps whenever the mood strikes her. We're best to not particularly encourage her because if we hold out our hands and call to her she gives us the biggest smile and drops down to crawl over to us. Gosh, that girl has my heart! She is loving to open and close lids, holds up my phone to her ear as though making a call and suddenly a whole lot more seems within her arms reach.
Delanie: Starting back at work after 12 months on maternity leave. I'm midway through my first week right now, easing myself back into it with 4 weeks of working only 2 days a week. Ongoing, the plan is for me to work Monday to Wednesday. I think it is the right decision - financially, personally, socially - for me and my family but, combined with the end of the year, it's led to me feeling all the feelings about how I've spent 2016. Lots of reflecting on achievement, intentions, motherhood and time.
Mike: Recovering from a bout of gastro (sorry babe!) and has been working on our boat after fixing an exhaust issue led to the engine cover needing to be totally rebuilt. Hopefully we'll be on the water again before the end of summer. He's taken a couple of days off work this week and next to help ease Milly into being looked after by others as I return to work. As I type this he has just bought me in a cider and is sitting at the desk opposite, soldering something for his new remote control plane.
Childminding: As Mike works shiftwork, a mix of morning, afternoon and night shifts that cycle through the different days of the week, it's not as simple saying on Mondays Milly goes here and Tuesdays she is there. We are incredibly grateful Milly has two sets of grandmothers/grandparents who are willing, even keen, to help us out with childcare. There is a spreadsheet calendar recording when Milly needs looking after and by who, but the logistics will probably need finessing for quite a while. My little mamma's girl is getting better about spending time with her grandparents but there is definitely going to be some difficult weeks as she adjusts to these new arrangements.
House: Needing tidying, cleaning, reorganising and decluttering. Exactly when we'll find time for all this remains to be seen.
Garden: After an early season, the roses are in their second flush and the tomatoes are going wonderfully. Milly tasted her first tomato straight off the vine on the weekend, but the possums continue to nibble on all the strawberries before they're ready to be picked.
Business: Making me feel very busy. It's always been my intention to write a blog post sharing more about this venture (as well as so many other happenings this past year) but I can never seem to gather both time and energy. In short, people are booking photo sessions and seeming happy with the result, while I have a crisis of confidence as I edit each shoot but find it incredibly rewarding. While my price is still ridiculously cheap for the time and effort it takes, the business is going far better than I expected at this stage.