I’m currently writing this from 36,000ft on the way home from Tenerife. It was our first family holiday and we loved having Lily with us so much. I love nothing more than writing blog posts while I’m travelling. Sean’s sitting here beside me setting up his new phone and Lily is passed out asleep in the middle of the two of us.
Every year I write a blog post reflecting on that year, goals I’ve achieved, what I’ve done and how the year went in general. So 2018……what a year it’s been. The year of Lily I have also just finished my blog post on my goals for 2019. I also set myself challenges or goals for each year. I think it’s healthy and gives you stuff to focus on. I most certainly want to get back into my running again and try Hell & Back finally. You can check out my Goals for 2019 post HERE.
I was still between contracts in my job so I was off but I was pregnant with Lily at the time and nobody knew but my family. It was such a hard secret to keep. We had the all important 12 week scan and all was clear. We went to Edinburgh to visit Sean’s friends David & Melissa. They live over there for the past few years. I’d never been to Edinburgh but I’m obsessed with Harry Potter so obviously it was high on the list. What a city. It’s absolutely stunning but WOW it was on another level of cold. It was colder there than it was in the Alps. On the topic of The Alps, I missed the annual ski trip obviously as I was pregnant.
My birth month and naturally my favourite month of all. The month started off with a trip to Toronto to see Niagara Falls. Niagara was always on my bucket list so to finally tick this off was HUGE! WOW it didn’t disappoint. It was absolutely magical and something I’ll never forget. No photo can do them justice and I’m so happy I got to see them. Then I went back to work for a few weeks. I was made permanent so I was delighted. I was pregnant at the time and was only given the ok by my doctor to fly for two weeks when I went back. In that time, I got to fly with one of my best pals Laura to Orlando. Sean came on the trip and my other friend Jenna too. We had a great trip together and it was a lovely trip to end on. My dad was in Orlando at the time so we met up with him. Myself, my dad and Sean went to visit NASA. Something some of you may not know about me, I’m absolutely fascinated by space and everything NASA related. I went to NASA when I was a teenager with my parents and couldn’t wait to go back. I mentioned at the time that I don’t get to spend a huge amount of time with my dad so it was really cool to go back with him. When we came home from the trip that’s when I told work and announced I was pregnant.
I hit over TWO MILLION impressions on my Instagram. Highest it had ever been. I couldn’t believe it. We had the crazy snowfall the first week in March. It was the biggest snowfall in Ireland in 40 years. We decided to make the most of our time off over St Patrick’s weekend and we took a very last minute trip to Washington. This would be my last trip Stateside before the baby arrived. Another tick on the bucket list for both of us, seeing The White House. Washington was absolutely amazing and quickly became one of my favourite US cities. There was so much to do and see, I didn’t want to leave. We also had my brothers birthday and our big scan this month too.
April saw us snag our house and finally see it finished which was incredible. We properly started buying things for the house and decide on decor etc. I got the majority of the inspiration from Pinterest adding my own spin on things too. I absolutely love interiors & so does Sean so we were both in our element. The bump was growing and by now I was feeling BIG, little did I know what was about to come. At the end of April, we went on a babymoon to Malta. I adore Malta so much and couldn’t wait to take Sean. This would have been my 4th time there. If you’ve never been I highly recommend. You can read my post HERE.
It was so sunny in Ireland in May and I was dying with the heat but plodding along. We done the Greystones to Bray cliff walk which was stunning. We also had a night away to Seafield in Gorey which was so so nice. It was my first time to Seafield and definitely won’t be my last. It’s stunning down there and I highly recommend. They have the most fabulous spa there too. I also went to the launch of my gorgeous pal Michelle’s lash range with Madison Makeup. Michelle is honestly one of the nicest humans you’ll ever meet. I was so thrilled for her and they were a huge success too.
Awww June was the month we finally got the keys to the house. After many delays, we finally got them. We moved in on the 7th June and the two of us were like kids at Christmas. We slept on a mattress on the floor for the first few weeks until our beds arrived. We were delighted although a bit stressed as I was due in less than 8 weeks.
As the birth was near we really wanted to make the most of the time we had left just as two so we went away to Galway for a couple of nights to relax at the beginning of the month and then we went up to Galgorm Resort at the end of the month. We stayed in the beautiful G Hotel and The Galmont in Galway which were both so lovely. Galgorm was somewhere I had always wanted to go so it was amazing to finally stay. I couldn’t recommend it enough, it was fabulous.
July was a scary I won’t lie. I was terrified as my bump got bigger. Will I be a good mum? Will I be able to do this? All went through my mind. I had my baby shower at the beginning of July. This was such a lovely day and the sun was beaming down. I didn’t do much this month as I was honestly in a lot of pain so the wait started. Being 34 weeks pregnant in that heat was TOUGH for sure. This month I also took a couple of good bump shots which looking back on, I’m delighted I did.
The month Lily arrived. The labour was a long road and anyone who has followed me since then will know. We got there in the end and the little princess was born on the 6th of August 2018. A day I will never forget. This month flew by. I felt like one minute I was in hospital and the next it was September. It was very much a blur this month but it was so amazing spending it at home with Lily and Sean.
The first 6 weeks honestly were very hard and most definitely testing with tiredness etc. I done a blog post on having a newborn which done really well. I was brutally honest about my feelings, what went on and how tough it really is at the beginning. Sean and I decided to take 24hours to ourselves and went to Barcelona for the night. A lot of people gave me the advice to remember who you are before you are parents also and that is exactly what we done. We took time for us. When we got back we took Lily on her first road trip to Cork as Sean was working out of Cork. It was so nice having her with us for the first time. We celebrated Sean’s birthday this month too and went to Oktoberfest with our pals Gary and Jenny.
October saw me collaborate with Beaut Essential, an online Irish beauty company and work with AIB Ireland on a campaign to promote their Online Saver for babies/children. I was absolutely thrilled to have been asked to do both. Sean and I also went to Rome for Sean’s best friends wedding. I adored Rome, it was so beautiful but it was really hard leaving Lily and we actually ended up coming home early from it. We also finally finished Lily’s nursery this month too which I was so proud of. Mid-October we took a trip up to the gorgeous Lough Eske in Co. Donegal for a couple of nights for some family time.
November was the month myself and the fabulous Ciara has our Mammy Meetup which was so much fun. We had it in the Gourmet Food Parlour in Santry. We plan to do a few more of these this year. Sean, Lily and I went into the opening of the Christmas windows in Arnotts together too. Sean and I took a quick trip to Disneyland Paris where I worked with Penneys. It was a nice little getaway just the two of us. At the end of the month, we decided to go as a family to the Belfast Christmas markets. Sean and I had gone the year before as two so it was so lovely going back as three.
Chirstmas was upon us. We bought our first tree together and had so much fun decorating it. We took Lily to see Santa in Arnotts too. Myself and my friend Jenny went for Afternoon Tea in the Westin followed by drinks and a night at the Westbury for the MMMitchell Masterclass. Then I was asked to join the stunning Primark team and a group of gorge girls on a trip to London to see Mariah Carey’s Christmas show. It was such a brilliant trip and honestly the best bunch. We spent Christmas Eve in Dublin having brunch at The Ivy and then Lily met Santa again in Brown Thomas. Christmas was so special this year and I was so excited. We then jumped on a plane for New Years and spent the last few days of the year in sunny Tenerife on our first family holiday.
Needless to say 2018 was one for the books for sure. As I said last week, I am so beyond grateful for everyone that enjoys reading my blog and following me on Instagram. I never set out to have followers as I say, it was just to write. I love writing and definitely plan to do more of it this year with the launch of my new website FINALLY! I wanted to do it at the end of last year but it would have been too rushed. I’ll keep you posted on it. I turn 30 in six weeks and I am most certainly a mixed bag of emotions about it.
I am look forward to travelling loads with Lily and Sean this year. I think I may have mentioned it early in December that I am in the middle of confirming a really exciting travel collaboration which hopefully I can announced at the end of January. I hope 2018 was a good one for you all and if not sure look we are in a new year now and it’s a new chance to make it happen. I don’t ever ever believe in dwelling, moving forward always. Positivity is key. My mum always said think positive, get positive Aoibhe and I do believe it works.
So here’s to a fabulous 2019 for us all.
Love Aoibhe xxx
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