Not Just Any Swing

Today I’m linking up with What’s the Story? and this was also a Magic Moment for me. I’m sharing with you a photo of Boo, when she was 10 months old, on a swing in a local playground.

Boo aug '10

She has been on plenty of swings in her time, but this particular photo was taken on Thursday, August 5th, 2010. Why so specific and why so special? This was our first outing on what really felt like the first day of the rest of our lives. You see, the day before, I’d resigned from my career in financial services management, so that I could stay at home and look after Boo.ย When I woke up on this Thursday, my day was no longer about crying because I didn’t want to leave her and return to work and it wasn’t about frantically searching for another way of earning an income so that I could be with her. I felt calm and so very happy (if a little fearful, but I’d just started my business so I had plans…!) The decision was finally made, my fabulous husband fully supported it, despite it meaning a dramatic change to our income and lifestyle, and this day was all about embracing stay-at-home mumdom, enjoying time with Boo and focusing on exciting activities for her. So, we took to the park, and our new lives began…

Oh, and don’t be concerned by the fact she’s not smiling. She rarely did at this age, I’ve now realised looking back on the photos, and then looking at photos of Little Man where he is smiling pretty much all of the ย time. I’m fairly sure she was always happy, though…. ๐Ÿ™‚


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16 thoughts on “Not Just Any Swing”

  1. What a wonderful post. I just love how a photo at a particular time can have such significance. Well done for setting up your business. It’s a brave move but having done it myself a few months ago, definitely the right one. Thank you for linking up to #whatsthestory

    1. Thank you. It is such an every day photo, & I’ve loads so similar, but this one evokes such strong feelings & memories. Good luck with your business, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Awww such a wonderful post. I know only too well the pain of leaving your baby at home to go to work and also the relief on the morning after the day before when you resigned to be at home with your baby! That really is a #magicmoment I can relate to. Childhood years wait for no one do they, its lovely when you know that you dont have to miss a thing anymore ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    1. Thank you, and that’s exactly how I felt – it flies by, so I’m not going to miss a moment of it! And here I am, 3 years later, getting to enjoy every moment ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh! This is a lovely story. I can feel the relief in your post at not having to return to work. I wish that one day I can do the same… only a few months left of mat leave ๐Ÿ™

    1. Thank you. So, so relieved! I hope you find something that works for you, too, as I totally understand how you’re feeling. If you glimpse a possibility, take a chance x

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