2016 will go down as one of the most memorable years in recent decades. Brexit dominated the news, Donald Trump was elected to become one of the most powerful men in the world and we’ve said goodbye to far too many iconic celebrities.

Before we welcome 2017 I thought I’d share some of my highlights from what I can only describe as my best year yet. Here’s what 2016 had in store for me:

First up, and the biggest thing to happen to me this year, I became a Mum. After a long 5 year journey we welcomed our baby boy Max into the world on 1st June 2016. It’s all passed by in a blur of sleepless nights and dirty nappies and has flipped our lives upside down. But being a Mum is the most special gift anyone could have ever given me and is by far the best thing to have happened to me in 2016.

On 7th June 2016 Miracle Max was officially launched when I published my first blog post. Blogging has bought me a new lease of life. It’s introduced me to some fantastic people and has already given me some great opportunities. It’s also helped me through my dark days during the first few months of Max’s life. I never realised how cleansing I’d find blogging but it’s almost become like my own form of therapy.

Friends have got engaged, married and announced pregnancies. We’re fortunate that we have a close group of friends who we get to share these experiences with and we know that 2017 has more exciting things in store for them.

Just 7 weeks after Max came along we went on our first family holiday. We made the brave (or crazy) decision to jet off to Orlando for 2 weeks with my family. It was a totally different experience to the usual lazy days holidays that we’re used to but it will go down as my best holiday ever.

2016 was the year I discovered Instagram. I’ve always been a Facebook girl myself but thought it was time to branch out and I’m so pleased I did. I’ve found so many amazing people to follow, seen my own Instagram following grow to 1,100 in the space of 6 months and discovered the world of Instagram shops. Max is now a little walking wardrobe thanks to all the amazing one off shops I’ve found.

August was a surreal month for us when our story hit the national newspapers and Max got his 5 minutes of fame. Our local newspaper picked up the story of our miscarriage and IVF journey and things quickly spiralled from there. We ended up in 5 national newspapers and magazines and even went on live radio. Whilst all this was fun the main reason we wanted to share our story was to give hope to other couples who may be going through something similar. I ended up receiving over 100 emails from women thanking me for being so brave and letting me know I’ve given them the strength to continue on their journey to hopefully becoming a Mum one day. Each email touched my heart and I’m so pleased that I managed to achieve my goal in spreading awareness of miscarriages.

Tonight, when the clocks strike midnight, I’ll look back on 2016 with a smile on my face, knowing that it will take a lot to beat. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store but for now I’ll say, Goodbye 2016 – You’ve been the best year yet.