Me GOODBYE 2011, HELLO 2012! 1 January 2012

Wow, it’s 1 January 2012??

I feel like I’ve done virtually nothing to speak of all this year.. yet, I also feel like I’ve accomplished the greatest human achievement that ever existed – giving birth to and raising a baby. And, yep, that’s basically what our entire year was about: Hunter.

I won’t lie: having a baby is hard. Even with Hunter’s docile-ness and lovely sleeping habits, having a baby has changed my entire life so much so that I don’t remember my previous life anymore.

Pre-baby, my entire world was going out with Chris and doing whatever the hell we wanted, and spending on anything we wanted, with lots of partying thrown in for good measure. My world also revolved around my career which I was proud of and I used to think having a career was so rewarding, and couldn’t imagine why women would have a child at the (possible) expense of achieving what they wanted in the workplace.

Post-baby, my entire world revolves, simply, around Hunter. He is the center of Chris’ and my universe, the thing that holds us together so tightly as a family, and the one thing that has formed an unbreakable bond in our marriage. Nothing is more precious to me than to see the way both their faces LIGHT UP when they spot each other across the room – that, to me, is what true lovereally is.

I personally don’t think mothers get much recognition out there. Now I realise the sheer amount of sweat, tears and plain ‘ol effort that goes into raising a child. It’s the most difficult thing to accomplish in one’s life BY FAR; BAR NONE. And I think no one really realises that unless you’re a mother, or a father….because I didn’t either. There can be this automatic assumption that anyone who is a mum that doesn’t work has heaps of ‘free time’ on her hands, bumming around and taking it easy. Now I realise and recognise the greatest yet most difficult ‘job’ of being a mum, and I will never EVER think being a mum is ‘so easy’ again 😉

Anyway, recap of my 2011:

January – Hunter Burgess was born, and our lives changed forever. I made probably the most iconic and memorable blog entries during this time, and Chris also blogged Hunter’s birth story.

February – Our beloved ferret Misty passed away, just a few days after Hunter was born. We had our first photoshoot with Hunter, and most of this month passed in a haze of sleep deprivation.

March – We celebrated Chris’ 30th birthday and I gave him a Jaeger LeCoultre master memovox watch.. which will be an heirloom for Hunter when HE turns 30.

April – Lots of progress updates for Hunter. We also gave Star, our ferret, away to a lovely French family.

May – We celebrated my first Mothers Day. Also did a 3-month old photoshoot before the move to Singapore.

June – We had Hunter’s baptism and Chris celebrated his first Fathers Day.

July – My in-laws came to visit and met Hunter for the first time. Also started Hunter on solids. He went under day surgery for his tongue tie.

August – Chris and my second wedding anniversary 🙂 Also moved my blog from Livejournal to here.

September – Did the Body Age test and found out mine is 18 yrs old, wahaha! Got gel nails for the first time in my life and fell in love.

October – Went on our first family holiday to Bintan. Hunter also fell sick for the first time in his life, at 9 months old 🙁 And at the end of the month, we celebrated my 30th birthday aboard a yacht 🙂

November – Posted photos of the Hermes orange birkin Chris gave me for my birthday. Celebrated my aunt Susan’s 60th birthday at Cookyn Inc. Got the Combi stroller for Hunter (an early Christmas present from Mum and Dad). Dad gave us a real scare at the end of the month when Dad had TGA.

December – Celebrated both Mum and Dad’s birthday, Hunter’s first Christmas, and Chris’ parents and brother came to visit for Christmas/New Year. It’s been a crazy busy month!


Here’s a cute little snapshot that I got… note the stats below are only from August onwards, because that’s when I moved my blog from Livejournal to here.

Attractions in 2011

These are the posts that got the most views in 2011. 

    1. MY HERMES BIRKIN 🙂 37 comments November 2011
    2. HUNTER AND MOTHERCARE’S CASTING CALL 2011 50 comments September 2011
    3. A FAMILY SCARE… 38 comments November 2011
    4. HUNTER’S FEMALE TWIN 82 comments August 2011
    5. A 30TH BIRTHDAY TO REMEMBER… 26 comments October 2011


2011 was really good to us. Momentous and crazy, but good 🙂 I feel blessed not to only have a lovely little boy, but also wonderful family and friends. I can’t quite think of anything I want different for 2011. So I’m looking forward to seeing what 2012 has in store for us…… 😉


Stepping into 2012!

Let’s Chat!

Let's Chat!

Congrats on a job well done. I constantly follow your blog cos my daughter was born in January too. And you always have the best fashion and food pics! Just celebrated my daughter’s birthday yesterday after months of planning. Cant wait to see Hunter’s birthday pics!

It was great meeting Hunter and you for the very first time at Wenmei’s party. I love your son! He’s so adorable and his big, sparkly eyes will definitely melt many girls’ hearts in future.

Hi , may I know which do u use currently, is it WordPress or blogspot? I’m new to the world of blogging and i think the layout of ur entire blog is just amazing 🙂 which software did u use to create the template and the main header consisting of your family pic? And may I ask which webbie allows for customizing individual blog posts? Thanks a million in advance , Beverly ! :))) cheers

It’s only been 2 months, and our porkchop has taken over our lives 24/7, oh lordy, a crazy 2012 we’re gonna have as first time parents… It sure aint easy being a full-time mum too!

Happy Monday! 🙂

Even though I’m not a mom, I can only imagine how challenging stepping into this role is. Just want to commend you for choosing family over career (at least for now) and embracing all the changes that come with it with grace. It’s heartening 🙂 Keep it up and Happy New Year to you and family. xx

Thanks for your nice words Wini 🙂 2011 has been manic but good.. so hoping for 2012 to be good too. Happy new year and may 2012 hold many blessings for you and your family!

I totally agree – nothing prepares you for motherhood, and yet, somehow God gives us the grace and ability to be great mothers to our children in the way we know how 🙂 You’re doing a great job with the blog, Bev, I always enjoy reading your posts, especially about Hunter of course 😉 Sure hope our boys can meet someday! Have an awesome and blessed 2012!

WOW, what a year! We too had a baby girl in May 2011 and our life has changed forever. We are a much tighter family. The only thing different from you is that I still work. I agree that being a parent is the best thing that has ever happened to us. Happy New Year and I cannot wait to read your 2012 blog on Hunter, beauty, travel, eating and any other fun things you write. We plan to visit Singapore in the near future and your blog has helped us so much so far in our planning.

Aww congrats on your baby girl! I agree that having a baby is wonderful for a relationship. You learn a lot more about each other.

Happy new year to you too!