This year is bookended by two huge events – I had Dougie two weeks before my 28th birthday (my memory of my last birthday involves crying, breastfeeding and not sleeping) and I’m getting married (eeeeek!) in a month – BUT this year has been a busy, tiring and unbelievably happy year, so I thought I’d share 29 of my favourite moments from the last year to mark my 29th birthday…


  1. Celebrating Dougie’s first birthday
  2. Running the London Marathon
  3. Going on a baby-free night out with the wonderful group of Mums I met through NCT
  4. Travelling to Portugal on our first family holiday
  5. Taking Dougie swimming for the first time (he loves it)
  6. Sam surprising me with a weekend trip to Edinburgh
  7. Finding the perfect wedding dress
  8. Watching Dougie take his first steps
  9. Passing my driving test
  10. Being offered regular freelance writing work
  11. Meeting Abbey and Kate and eating amazing cupcakes at Peggy Porschen
  12. Booking our honeymoon to Mexico
  13. Going to see Kinky Boots
  14. Finally being given the all-clear after a series of bad smear test results
  15. Spending our first Christmas together as a family
  16. Cycling at the Olympic Park Velodrome
  17. Going to taste all the food for our wedding
  18. Spending a weekend at a spa with one of my bridesmaids
  19. Taking Dougie to Brighton for the day
  20. Getting 1000+ followers on my blog Twitter and Instagram
  21. Buying our wedding rings
  22. Getting back into going to the gym
  23. Going to B Bakery for afternoon tea
  24. My first Mother’s Day
  25. Having a family photoshoot
  26. Visiting my family in Scotland
  27. Getting a surprise care package in the post from Abbey & Kate
  28. Waking up one morning to realise Dougie had slept through the night
  29.  Raising money to help fund the South Leicester Memory Cafes in memory of my Grandma

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  • Steph – Wanderlust Pulse

    Happy birthday gorgeous girl, I’m so happy that you had an amazing year. Here’s to the next one!

    Steph x

  • Happy birthday for yesterday my love! I hope you had the most amazing day! You’ve had an absolutely amazing year and I’m so proud of everything you’ve done! xxx

  • Kate

    Awwwwww I’m a little teared up reading this! I’m so touched that Abbey and I feature on this lovely list. I hope your birthday has been wonderful – you really deserve it. All of the things on this list are just wonderful. Sam surprising you sounds lovely, as does the spa trip with your bridesmaid! I’m so, so, so, happy you’ve got the all clear at last too. Meeting you and Abbey has been a big part of making my year special, too, and I can’t wait for the next two times we see each other – can you believe that one of those will be your WEDDING day!? so much love for you and for this post, happiest of birthdays to you Hels – an amazing year of being a fab Mum, an incredible fiancee and an amazing friend. Here’s to the next 29!

    Kate x

  • This is the happiest, loveliest post ever and I cant wait to see what the next year brings for you!

  • Sarah Pears

    You’ve done so many amazing things this year! I’m sure the next year will be just as fun and amazing as this one. I can’t wait to see what you get up to! It’s so close to your wedding as well!! Eeeek I’m so excited for you! You are going to look beautiful! I hope you had a lovely birthday 🙂

    Sarah |

  • Ashleigh Macro

    How lovely! It sounds like you have had a fantastic year and this is such a nice way of looking back on it. Happy Birthday to you and Dougie and good luck with your wedding, how very exciting!