I’ve spent some time lately reminiscing about your early days and looking at the many photographs I took of you, fondly remembering how you would fall asleep on my chest with a blanket over the top without a care in the world. Those were simply the best times I’ve ever had.
Twelve months on and you’ve already grown into such a clever little boy. You amaze me every day as you become more independent, chatting away and exploring our home.
You don’t stay still much anymore. You prefer to be on the floor crawling around or pulling yourself up on any of the appliances, table legs, doors, walls, everything. You don’t like to hold our hands now and walk with assistance, now you’re crawling you would rather get somewhere on your own.
Your favourite toys are your Mickey Mouse teddy we bought you for your first birthday and you’re rather fond of the building bricks you had for Christmas. Of course, you love playing with the remote control, the laptop cables and Mummy and Daddy’s mobile phones.
Mealtimes are usually your favourite time of day. You love to feed yourself and you often tell us if you don’t want something by pushing it away, dropping it over the side of the highchair for the dog or pushing it to one corner of your tray. Your favourite meals include potatoes, peas and chicken and you cannot get enough of blueberries. You’re such a good eater although you do take after your Mummy by deconstructing everything you eat!
It’s never a quiet time at home when you’re awake. You are a bit of a chatterbox. You’ve picked up quite a few words and you’ve surprised us when you have said “potato” and “oh dear dear” as clear as day! Mummy and Daddy will certainly have to watch what they are saying in front of you.
You’re a confident little boy with those who you know but it does take you a few minutes to get used to a situation if you’re not sure of people. Mummy promises to take you to a play group to make more friends so that you can interact more with children the same age as you and Mummy also promises to make more time to see our friends who I know you love to see and play with.
You love to play in the bath. Splashing around with your toys and standing up when you think Daddy isn’t watching. You have lots of bath toys but your favourite thing to play with is (of course!) Ray the Brother Max thermometer.
Naptimes are established and you like to nap for between half an hour to an hour in the morning and longer in the afternoons. If you don’t get your naps in through the day, you get quite grouchy and I’m afraid that’s another trait you’ve picked up from Mummy, sorry Son.
Bedtime is becoming easier but we’re not out of the woods yet. You sometimes can settle easily and other nights you just don’t want to go to bed. I promise you, you’re not missing much. Mummy loves to watch you on her iPad as you roll around the cot in your sleeping bag. No idea how you’ll sleep when we give you a quilt and a pillow, you’ll probably wake up cold.
Your teeth are playing you up at the moment with two big molars coming through to join your four top teeth and your four bottom teeth. We need to work on your teeth brushing skills but we can work on that.
You have an addictive giggle and often find it hilarious when Daddy is carrying you up/down the stairs with Mummy following on behind. You are ticklish and often gets the hiccups after laughing for a few seconds.
Your blonde hair is now a mop of curls underneath and wavy locks on top. Mummy is secretly pleased you’re a blondie like her especially as Daddy is so dark. Your eyes are blue and you have the longest eyelashes. You are beautiful but you know that because I must tell you every day.
I’ve heard a song recently (by Ellie Goulding) which pretty much sums up how I feel about being your Mummy. Happy 12 months Little Mr. I can’t wait to see what you do next.