Trust in the magic of new beginnings

This has to be one of my favourite quotes and one that helped me through the good and bad times of my life and also enabled me to find the name for Sweetbeginnings Babycare!

 

As we are about to enter a new year and a new decade it’s made me reflect upon my experiences and life lessons over the last decade and the one before too in all areas of my life.

 

A new year is about to be birthed all new and exciting, perhaps full of expectations, resolutions and changes. A new year is like a new beginning a fresh page to start again just like the birth of a baby.

 

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities” Eda Leshan

 

Another of my favourite quotes!

 

I have given birth to five boys over the last three decades now that does sound incredible when I put that down in writing. With each one I was birthed again as a new mummy, each giving me new lessons in love and life.

 

Whilst pregnant with each one I made plans and if you like resolutions just like we do at New Years. I planned and prepared for each new arrival sometimes with military precision. From kitting out the nursery, deciding on prams, first outfits as well as plans to how life would be.

 

How naïve we are, I could not have predicted me getting Bell’s palsy the week before I had my second son, the overwhelming feelings of guilt, hate and as a failure as a mother. The deep post-natal depression I found myself in for five years following his birth and worsening as his brother came along 20 months later to the point I was suicidal.

 

As much as we plan and make goals, which by the way I still do, it’s healthy to have a vision and goals, though sometimes the path along the way to reaching them can be tricky to navigate. Sometimes life throws a spanner in the works, something that you could not of planned for or expected

 

Keep going, trust in the magic of new beginnings!

 

I was unprepared for finding myself pregnant at the beginning of 2010, many questions filled my head. This wasn’t the plan I had made just a few weeks later, training to teach would just have to wait.

 

Navigating this pregnancy was filled with worry, no I didn’t go mad planning the perfect nursery, finding the perfect pram or becoming the perfect mum. I let go, yes I was worried about the depression coming back but ultimately I trusted that things would be ok.

 

I was right to trust, with my fourth son I was once again born again as a new mum, this time I was given lessons in love, I learnt to love like I’d never before with not only him but his brothers and my husband. I became an imperfect mummy and more importantly I began to love myself

 

In 2017 I became a mummy once more and again I trusted in the new beginning, this time I found my true purpose in life was to help families with their new beginning. Sweetbeginnings Babycare was birthed through trusting and believing in myself that I had knowledge, experience and a gift to share.

 

Upon reflection this last 10 years has been about letting go of old hurts, reinventions, learning to love myself and more deeply for others, that everything I have been through was for a higher reason. That I am enough, and I am good enough in all areas of my life.

 

Instead of resolutions this year why not write yourself a love letter to your future self to be opened next new year.

 

Head into 2020 with grace, practice gratitude, look after your health and well-being including getting the all-important sleep, relax, embrace love and do the things you love, let go.

 

So, as we enter this new year be kind to yourself and trust in the magic of new beginnings

 

Lots of love

Claire

Sweet Beginnings Babycare

 Claire is based in Maidstone, Kent and her sleep consultancy, baby massage and baby yoga classes offer a nurturing space for mum and baby to relax, recharge and connect. Claire has an extensive background in childhood studies and baby care. 

 

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