Monday 1 January 2018

Hello 2018

For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice

I'm not usually one for quotes that strike a cord but this one did, it seems apt for the start of a new year for me and of course a new year for my blog. Today, this blog turns four. Four years I've been sharing my thoughts, reviews and life online and my little hobby has fast become so much more.

Today also marks the beginning of a pretty obvious change, Annie Writes Beauty is now Alice Anne, something that just seemed so much more me and the person I've become. My love of beauty is still very much at the core of this blog but as I've been sharing lifestyle posts for well over two years and more recently parenting posts, it seemed right to bring my blog up to date. 

I've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes the last few weeks and I can't wait to start sharing what I've been working on. I'm feeling really inspired and it is such a good feeling! To end my little ramble here is my 2017 by month, a little look back on what was my best year yet.

  1. January started in a positive haze after an awful 2016 with forest walks, dinners with Arran, brunches with friends and learning to love myself again.
  2. February was the month we found out we were expecting our first child. It was daunting, confusing and full of fear but one of so much excitement. 
  3. March was hard because we were carrying the biggest secret we've ever had to keep and we had what felt like the longest wait ever for my twelve week dating scan. 
  4. April was the month for announcements, we shared our baby news at the very beginning of April and found out we were having a boy midway through. A very exciting month. 
  5. May, we celebrated Arran's birthday and started looking at what we needed for the baby with the first lot of tiny baby clothes making their way home with us. 
  6. In June we celebrated five years of being together with a cheeky Nandos which is where we went on our very first 'non' date all those years ago. 
  7. July was very warm and this pregnant mama was a sweaty bear for most of it but it was also the month we celebrated My Baby Shower which was the best day!
  8. By August, I had well and truly had enough of the heat but it was also the month our big baby items started to arrive and the building took place with minimal arguments!
  9. September was countdown month, I was officially full term, absolutely huge and so ready to meet Baby Spake. 
  10. October saw us welcome Joshua Richard Arran Spake into our lives, born on 17th October weighing 9lbs exactly. 
  11. November, admittedly was tough. I was still very unwell after my emergency caesarean but watching Arran become a father and care for us both was probably my highlight. 
  12. December was magical because it was our first Christmas as a family. We have some lovely memories to cherish and I really can't wait for next year with Joshua.

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