If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Instagram you’ll know our family made a huge move from Melbourne, Australia to Glasgow, Scotland at the end of last year, hence the radio silence from me for the past few months. The move had been in the works for most of last year and believe me it took all that time to sell up and relocate our little family across the world. Kris and I landed in Australia 11 years ago and while it quickly grew to be our home we always said never say never when asked if we would ever move back to Scotland.
Just as well really as early in 2015 we decided that we needed to make our life simpler and more manageable. We needed more people to help us look after Lyla and Blair so we could save our sanity and thrive as a a family instead of just surviving day to day which is what our life in Melbourne had become. After 11 years in a place it was so hard to leave our friends who had become our family. There were many leaving drinks and thanks to social media, email and Skype it really was see you soon and not goodbye.
Anyone who has spent time with our family understands how intense caring for Lyla is. Whilst Lyla is of course very cute, funny and entertaining, there is no denying she is hard work during her waking hours and everyday tasks like showering, eating and cleaning were becoming more difficult to juggle around her needs. Poor Blair wasn’t getting the attention he needed and craved either. All those things that we loved about living in Melbourne were becoming so hard with Lyla that we weren’t enjoying them anymore. Something had to give and we knew it was time to move closer to family. The instant we decided we knew it was right and we trusted everything would fall into place and it did.
Fast forward a year and here we are in Glasgow, starting the next phase of our lives. It’s been eight weeks, we’ve had our first cold Christmas in Belfast where we spent lots of time hanging out with my crazy, chaotic and wonderful extended family. Blair has had his first snowball fight, he has started school, football and beavers, had his first sleepover at his cousins’ house and we have settled into my in laws home and we are loving being here. Lyla has already had two intensives with a new Anat Baniel Method therapist in Ireland and we have started meeting her Scottish therapy team. She is so happy to be around all her grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles all the time. The to do list is getting smaller and we are more relaxed and happier as a family than we have been in a long time.
I’ve always said that I am very lucky to have three places to call home, Belfast, Glasgow and Melbourne. Although it means no matter where we live we are always missing people, absence really does make the heart grow fonder and it makes me appreciate the amazing parts of each city.
I’m really excited to be able to share all Lyla’s Scottish adventures here and very soon I’ll be sharing more about our family’s new life as we explore our new home at weeglasgow.co.uk which is very much a work in progress!