And just like that, he turned one. A whole year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days of being Freddie Benjamin. He’s grown from a teeny 8lb newborn baby to a nearly-toddling, babble speaking one year old who loves cheesy wotsits, bananas and melon (not all in one go I must add!)
For what has been the quickest year of my life, I look back on his newborn photographs and it’s just a blur. The last twelve months have whizzed by so quickly, I need to go back and re-live them to appreciate them for what they were; the newborn snuggles, the early mornings, the late nights (maybe not so much!), the discovery that he could roll, his little squawk in the middle of the night, the crawling phase, I miss those days.
At twelve months old, he’s a cheeky little boy with a toothy grin that lights up the room. He’s inquisitive, a very quick crawler and is fearless (we caught him climbing the stairs a week ago!)
Sleep (at night) is still very hit and miss. He is brilliant at nap times and we can put him down awake in his cot and he’ll self settle himself to sleep. He naps twice a day but if he sleeps past 4pm, we’re well into danger nap territory. At bedtime, he has a bottle of milk and will fall asleep quite quickly. Whether he stays asleep at night is a different matter and just lately he’s been a very light sleeper and awaking easily through the night. It’s very tiring but I know how painful toothache can be so I can’t blame him, yawn!
Freddie prefers to feed himself but as he’s teething, he’s not eating much at the moment. I’ve been feeding him mushed up foods and he’s been eating them well so for the time being, we’ll carry on doing that. His favourite is Sunday Chicken Dinner all whizzed up and Beef Stew. He loves his fruit and recently tried grapes which he enjoyed. He will happily eat melon and pineapple.
Although Freddie is not walking yet, I was pretty sure he was going to walk for Christmas, but no. He’s on the verge! He’ll stand up and take one or two steps and then fall back onto his bottom. He’s good at sofa surfing and recently took six steps which took us all by surprise. He hasn’t done it since.
Our little Freddie, you are a little ray of sunshine and you have changed our life so much for the better. You have helped Olly become confident at school and you have given me a new lease of life being your Mummy. I feel so incredibly lucky to be spending my time with you, even at 4am! I cannot wait to spend the next year with you and seeing you grow, walk and talk. We love you so very much!
Happy First Birthday Freddie xx