Did you know that there’s an International Day of Happiness? Neither did I until the lovely Lucy at Real Mum Reviews told me! It falls on the 20th March each year but why limit celebrating happiness to just then? Why not celebrate it every day? Perhaps even celebrate it right now? Oh go on then! Here are ten reasons I have to be happy…
1. I woke up this morning to the sound of my little boy playing in his cot. We’ve really struggled with getting his sleep right and we’ve finally cracked sleeping at night, even if he doesn’t go straight through yet. There’s no nicer sound than waking up to hear him talking to himself and knocking his robot toy around. It’s topped only by the look on his face when I go in to get him!
2. We’re about to start building work on our house. We’ve lived here for the last 18 months and we’ve been stuck in a bit of a holding position. We finally bit the bullet, found a builder and saved up enough pennies to make it happen. I’m not happy about the fact we’ll be living on a building site for the next few months but I’m pretty ecstatic that we’ll finally have a new kitchen and I’m far too excited about having a porch!
3. My son is developing perfectly. He’s happy, smart and sociable. He loves nursery (thank goodness, it makes working easier) and is in to everything. He’s so nosy it hurts! It’s a cliche to say that you just hope they’re healthy but it’s true, a healthy, happy baby is perfection.
4. It’s only a couple of months until we’re off to Antigua. It’s my Dad’s 60th this year and to celebrate he’s taking us all away for ten days. We went away before when our little boy was just a few months old, I can’t wait to see him enjoying the pool and being spoilt by his aunts and uncles. I’m even pretty chilled about flying with a baby, we’re going business class this time, woohoo!
5. I have a pretty awesome husband. Yes, he drives me completely mad at times and is quite possibly the most infuriating person on the planet but he’s mine. He makes me laugh every day, even if often it’s at him rather than with him. Being able to make him a dad and watching him take on that responsibility and completely thrive at it is one of the biggest happiness providers in my life.
6. I’ve found a new passion in blogging. It’s helped me meet some new friends and become part of a new community. It’s also given me a bit of ‘me’ space. It may not be huge, it may not be perfect but it’s mine and I’m proud of what I’m achieving with it.
7. I’ve got a job that I enjoy. My role is a constant challenge for me and whilst there are definite downsides to going back to work part-time, there are also huge bonuses to it. I’m able to retain a bit of pre-baby me, do something that I’m good at and interact with others. I love being a mum but being a working mum makes me happy, even if sometimes it also makes me a little sad too! Oh and sometimes I get to take this assistant in with me… the snot bag!
8. I’m finally getting back to being fitter and healthier. I joined Slimming World in January and have managed to lose just under 20lbs. It’s such a relief to be more focused on taking care of myself again, I can feel my confidence returning and my happiness levels increasing. It’s one of the things I found hardest when becoming a mum; that huge confidence slide so the fact that I’m finally starting to feel like my old self makes me very happy indeed.
9. I have a great group of mum friends! I love my ladies (and the gents as well), they’re from all different parts of my life and get me through the week in style. If there was one downside it’s that the week just goes too quickly and there’s not enough time to see everyone. The best bit is seeing those with babies a similar age to my own, I get to see my friends and watch the little ones interact with one another, win win!
10. I’m here. I’ve got my family. I’ve got my friends. I’ve got my baby. If I didn’t have anything else in the world, I’d still be pretty smug about having all of that. What else can you possibly need to make you happy?
Perhaps you ladies would like to share…
Becka at Mummy Est. 2014
Anita at The House That Never Rests
Lisa at Mummy Gummie
Naomi at Not A Perfect Parent
Emma at Ready Freddie Go
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