Baby, Babywoods and Personal Growth: Looking Back at 2019

December 28, 2019 Read time


Review 2019 Baby, Babywoods

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What a very eventful year this has been. But how is it possible that we are already ready to look back on this year? As if you blink your eyes once, and the year is over again. I think this is one of my favorite blogs. Because this year has been so fantastically beautiful, full of surprises, lows and victories.

Most importantly, this year I also decided to share my story to inspire you. Because “sharing is caring” and the transformation from mother of one to mother of two is one to remember.

Prepare December 2018 for the arrival of the baby

Anyway, this year I enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner with family and loved ones. Last Christmas was 6 months pregnant and I had a fever. I was also short of breath and my hubby did not trust it. So on Christmas Eve I was in my XXL Christmas sweater at the emergency room. Which was not necessary at all afterwards, as I just needed some fresh air. which allowed me to breathe much better again. My allergy was rampant in my bedroom. I had not gotten around to the much needed cleaning. Because ... During the same Christmas holidays, Joost and I made an attempt to furnish the nursery. So we were completely undergoing renovation.  

"If I now look back to that moment, I would have better made the nursery in a new room"

Our son Max moved to a new room in January. In retrospect, the move of our son was not such a very good idea. The following weeks, we all read, he slept very badly. Looking back to that moment now, I should have made the nursery into a new room and let our dear Max sleep in his own room without too many changes. All the more because he already had to experience changes. Anyway, he is currently sleeping wonderfully in his own new bed. And he is delighted with his new room. 

Pregnancy was sometimes exciting

So in January 6 months pregnant and at that time I was not very sure when that little one would be born. Our baby was very small, especially her head. For this I had to go to the hospital for an extra ultrasound every 3 weeks. Also a good flu over it. Felt super guilty too. But luckily our little girl had little of it and grew steadily on her own line. 

"Signing up for the hypnobirthing course is the best choice we have made together" 

At the beginning of 2019, Joost and I wanted to prepare well for the second delivery and we opted for a hypnobirthing training. Looking back on that training, that is the very best choice we made in 2019. The hypnobirthing course has brought me so much good. And put me fully in my power as a woman.

“The difference with the first delivery is that I had a plan. A plan with what and how I wanted it. ” 

The birth of Fleur was on the due date and went well. Just as I imagined it. Completely the opposite of my first delivery. How did that work? The difference with the first delivery is that I had a plan. A plan with what and how I wanted it. Now, the second delivery is a super beautiful and almost spiritual experience. Fleur was born at home through a water birth. Our newborn Baby was very small but completely zen. She slept very well during the maternity week and built very little. Breastfeeding got off to a good start, but Fleur and I had some problems latching on. Fortunately, this was quickly seen and we went to the ENT doctor to loosen her lip and tongue tie a bit. This was a minor operation, but maternity week is quite intense. 

When I look back on my maternity week, it was really nice and zen. I had told my friends and family well about what I did and did not want and I had time for myself to relax and enjoy my baby. The rest of my family has also given time to adjust to a new baby. Fortunately, my husband got some extra time for his work. To assist his new family. That was very nice. It was April and beautiful weather. Have you just sat at home and enjoyed and enjoyed it? 

Touring France with a baby in a camper

In June we all went on holiday with the camper. That was great with the camper to France. Toured in the Loire and Bordeaux area an intensive holiday. Enjoyed it well. 

Health in 2019 

I slowly started to build up my fitness. However, it does not work out as I hoped. I had problems with my tailbone and the following week it certainly did not get better. I had to admit that I could not come to work and the responsibility of Babywoods was entirely on my husband's shoulders. Who just has a 40 hour working week. When after about four weeks? Well, for 6 months I found out that I was really only going downhill instead of getting better I went back to my doctor and asked what the next options were. I then went to a rehabilitation doctor at the hospital in Alkmaar, who guided me very well in the process in which I went to the pain clinic. Which means that I can sit very well again at the moment. 

Babywoods developments

In October I performed with Babywoods at the “In the clouds festival”. We had two changing Units where all babies from the festival were changed. Got so much inspiration again. Talked to and met so many nice people. This has given me even more strength to continue with Babywoods. 

Mission accomplished

The 2019 mission to give even more children a nice place to be changed. Not only with his home, but also from the Netherlands. Has been passed. but in 202 this can of course be even better. Especially because I think there is room for improvement in the areas where you can change your baby. If you are shopping, I think it is quite limited where you can go with your children to have a drink and to provide your baby with a clean diaper. 

I hope you liked my blog. Thank you for reading my review of my life in 2019. Thank you again for being a part of my life and my story. I am ready for a new year for 2020 my question is whether you are too. 

If you sign up for my newsletter, I will send you my birth plan for free, which I used to properly inform my care providers during birth about things that you would really like to do during the birth of your child.

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