The main event, of course, was the birth of my first child. And what a life-changing event it's been. In fact, in terms of sheer impact, I can't think of anything else I've done that even comes close. Leaving home? Pah. Getting married? A mere blip in comparison. Sometimes I've felt like the real-world equivalent of an orphaned farm boy being given a sword and told to go out and kick some Dark Lord butt: dazed, confused and battling with something way out of my comfort zone. The only difference is, I'm loving it* … when I'm not wandering around in a state of sleep-deprived zombification.
The arrival of Baby Smith also resulted in an explosion of pushchairs, play mats and various other brightly coloured contraptions we'd been told were indispensable to his well-being. Once we got to the point where we couldn't remember what colour our carpets were, we decided it was time to move. As a consequence, not only will I be starting 2013 in a larger family, I'll also be starting it in a larger house. Yay for super-sizing!**
On the writing front, I may not have got very far with any of my works-in-progress or found much time for querying my finished manuscripts. But I have managed to write blog posts on a semi-regular basis, which is something. I've welcomed guests here, appeared on their blogs in turn, and started a new weekly interview series – plus I also completed the A to Z Challenge in April. Not much, perhaps, but at least I haven't forgotten how to string words together in a logical order (despite how it seemed just after Baby Smith was born).
So there you have it: 2012. A year of change for me, but how was it for you? Please feel free to share your achievements with me in the comments section – both great and small. Because, as I've discovered this year, the little successes can sometimes make you feel just as good as the big ones.
* That, and I'm not going to save the world by changing nappies.
** I probably won't be so happy about it when I realise that I'm also starting 2013 with a larger proportion of fat. Damn Christmas chocolates.