Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Happy New Year!

"The new year is often a time when people decide to follow a new career," writes Catherine Scott in today's Yorkshire Post. And, for me, it was exactly a year ago that my new career as a stay-at-home-dad was being mooted. Charlie was due on January 1st, so things were rather quiet - the hospital bag was packed and everything was ready - and we were waiting. And waiting. And waiting. (Charlie was almost a fortnight late!) And while we were waiting for him, we were thinking. And planning. And the rest, for readers of this blog, is history! But it's fascinating to read in this article of others who have made similarly bold career moves. The reaction among my colleagues at school ranged from outright jealousy to thinking I was crazy. All I can say is that I thoroughly recommend it - I've not has as much fun in years! And it's the first New Year's resolution I can actually remember keeping, which has to count for something. So, whatever you plan or hope for, may 2009 be everything and more. Happy New Year!

42 comments:

  1. Congrats on living the dream in 2008.

    May 2009 be even better.

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  2. Wishing you and yours everything you could reasonably hope for in 2009.

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  3. Thanks, Denyse. Enjoy that Shiraz!

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  4. May you all always be this happy x

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  5. If only... But it's the time of year to make a wish! Thanks, AG.

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  6. I've come a bit late to your adventure but have thoroughly enjoyed what I've seen. You have a lovely son and a novel published and you enjoy life - what more could one ask for?

    Bonne Année!

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  7. Good for you for going for it, and succeeding at it. He looks a lovely little chap.

    More power to your elbow and here's to a happy new year for you and your loved ones.

    x

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  8. Well done, you! You're an inspiration to us all. May 2009 bring to fruition many more of your dreams. All the best.

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  9. Happy 2009 to you and your household. Hope 2009 is the best one yet for you all.
    Cyalayta
    Mal :)

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  10. Some decisions feel so right that they almost make themselves. I'm glad it's all working out so well. Best wishes for 09.

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  11. Can life get any better? I'm sure it can. A very happy an healthy new year to you and all your family.

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  12. Glad you have relished this time spent with your son.All the best for 2009! Happy New year to you , your wife and family!

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  13. Wishing you all a very happy New Year!

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  14. Like you, I changed direction in my life (though much more than a year ago!) - to concentrate on my kids. A career change was necessary. It was the best thing I ever did!

    Congrats on a successful 2008 & best wishes for 2009!

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  15. Looks like youre doing a fine job to me. What a gorgeous little lad. Love the big pic at the top.

    Happy New Year to you all xx

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  16. Happy New Year Tim!!

    I'm currently living that dream.

    You were brave taking on the role when Charlie was a newborn. My youngest was a year old by the time I made the leap and it was tough enough.

    I might not have coped had I been responsible for one so young.

    For 2009 I see myself following your lead.

    :)

    Have a great 2009 Tim!

    All the best,

    Dave

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  17. Such a beautiful boy! (Charlie of course!!)

    Enjoy 2009 :)

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  18. Our very best wishes for 2009 to you, Sarah, Sally and Charlie from the Troy family.
    Keep blogging!

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  19. Happy new year to you and yours - I hope it brings you good things. Keep up the good work!

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  20. That was a radical resolution. I'm glad it's working out for you. I'm still selfishly trying to "have it all" but secretly enjoying the journey!

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  21. Happy New Year! Let 2009 be the best year yet. Hope to see you in May.

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  22. Bless you. What a poignant blog. Happy New Year and happy birthday to Charlie.

    xxxx

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  23. Happy New Year to you all!

    The new year always make me rethink my career path.

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  24. Happy New Year to you all!

    The new year always make me rethink my career path.

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  25. It's the time for radically reappraising goals and ambitions. I decided mine was going to be not missing out on Charlie's early years in the same way I did with Sally. We're incredibly lucky that we can afford to make that decision thanks to a bit of belt-tightening. Money isn't everything!

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  26. Happy New Year! I'm so glad things are working out for you and your family. Here's to hoping 2009 will be full of fulfilled dreams.

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  27. I look forward to reading more here. Wish you all the best for 2009.

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  28. Thanks for your all your good wishes!

    Plenty more to come, I assure you (although someone did ask, recently, whether I was going to give up blogging here on Charlie's birthday - having described it as a 'year in the life of a stay-at-home dad'. But then, that only really started in September - and anyway, bloggings too much fun!)

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  29. My eldest daughter (3) has just seen the picture of you with Charlie and asked, "Daddy, is that you with your Santa baby?"

    All I can do Tim, is apologise for bearing even a shade of resemblance to you.

    I think it was the glasses that fooled her.

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  30. What a lovely banner photo and the second one of you and little Charlie

    Happy new year to the Dotterel family

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  31. Great decision...great result!

    PS whose feet in first photo?!

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  32. Maybe you're my long lost brother, Dave?
    He wasn't awfully happy about being made to wear the Santa hat, FF - it was Sally's idea (and her hat)!
    Do you know, NB, I'm not sure. They could be:
    a) mine;
    b) my sister's; or
    c) Sarah's.
    I can't tell, and I can't remember who took the photo. It's all such a long time ago...

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  33. All the best for the coming year. I hope that life continues to be rosy.

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  34. Are you having a larf, Dave?

    Well, I can't deny it's been a good one, CW. Almost as good as 2006! I'll settle for this one being half as good, if possible. That'd do.

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  35. Happy New Year! Great resolution and wonderful to see it working out.

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  36. Hi The Dotterel! The Book Chook here!

    Enough exclaiming, I just wanted to let you know I got an email in my inbox to say you had posted on "Promote your blog on the blog registry". Your name was familiar because I'd seen it at Are We Nearly There Yet, Mummy? So I came by to let you know that promotion DOES work...in case you were wondering. When I saw all your visitors, I realised you obviously know much about promotion.

    Great blog, I like your sense of humour, I shall return!

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