What a year Freddie boo, you’re all grown up at 1yr old today. I don’t know where the time has gone but I do know that it’s been the most precious time of my life to see you and your brother grow together for the first year of your life.
This time last year my waters had just broken everywhere, literally, I had excess fluid, the midwives joked that they needed wellies! You came into the world as calmly as you’ve embraced life ever since. It was the most relaxed emergency c section that the head nurse said she had ever had the pleasure of attending. Your daddy and I joked about while they set me up and we got the giggles when they had to tip me on my side as I still had so much fluid around you. Once you were here I noticed nothing more, just the feeling of your breath on my cheek, the small solidity of your body in my arms and your daddy’s proud proud face. Sadly you left us for a while as you were tired out and didn’t fancy breathing alone. Those first nights without you were sad but okay as I felt you were safe and I knew we’d have a lifetime of nights when I could cuddle you to look forward to. And we have as you love nothing better than being cuddled to sleep and holding hands while you dream.
Now you’re here your big brother adores you even more than I thought possible, your bond is so strong. Even the other day when you were pinching him hard while he held you, he didn’t falter, he wouldn’t let go of you, he knew he had to hold on until I could run up and take you. You both make me so proud and I couldn’t ask for more than the time that daddy and I agreed I could take to raise you both. Don’t get me wrong doing this solo a lot of the time is hard hard work but it is still the very best job I’ve ever had.
Opening and closing the stairgates
Getting down off the bed on your own
Playing hide an seek under the covers with your big bro
Standing up in the bath
Eating pasta with your fingers
Yogurt - with everything
Anything musical, singing and making a noise but especially dancing, mainly to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell
Doing dangerous things that make mummy’s heart flip, hence the scabby nose, earnt during an early morning stair climbing accident
Stairgates being closed
Being put down and not cuddled when you’re tired
Being fed with a spoon, messy business !
When the cats won’t let you pat them
When the swing stops at the park
When your milk isn’t ready within five minutes of getting up
Anyone taking what you are playing with
Happy birthday baby boy xx
PS pic two is my mum, not me, I haven’t suddenly got straight hair!