Happy 1st Birthday my sweet little one....
I know I keep telling you, but time really seems to be going by so quickly. It doesnt seem like a whole year ago since I cradled your newborn body in my arms for that very first time. Now you are turning one. You have learnt so much in these first twelve months. You have gone from the complete dependance of a new born, to a sweet, cheeky and much loved part of our family.
You are finally sleeping through the night regularly...thank goodness! You love your food, and have developed a very sweet tooth. You can pull yourself up on the furniture, and with the aid of the same little walker toy that helped both of your brothers take their first tentative steps, you are able to take a wobbly little walk all by yourself. Your fingers grip the handle tightly. Your legs are stiff and you almost drag them along as the walker moves forward and the top half of your body goes with it. You have a determined look of concentration on your face until somone catches your eye and the biggest cheeky and proud grin appears instantly.
You still dont say many recognisable words, although you babble away to yourself all the time. Mum mum the occassional da da, and oggie oggie oggie are heard often, and when ever I sing twinkle twinkle to you you sing along with the sweetest little sounds and actions all of your own.
When we play with your duckies in the bath each night and I ask "what does the duckie say?", you grin and make your own version of the quack quack sound I am making.
You can clap hands and wave goodbye and hello. You are so funny to watch when your waving. Your wave changes depending on how people wave to you. Somtimes its a frantic waving of your whole arm, other times its like the royal wave, or just a little movement of the fingers - so cute! When we take something away from you, or your not allowed to have something you want, you drop that lip and start screaming in a split second. That noise ends just as dramatically if you manage to get your own way, or we give you something else. Your definatley developing your own little personality.
You have learned to blow raspberries...big sloppy, noisy, cheeky raspberries. Its a skill you like to practice often!!!
You love to be cuddled, and when you want to get up you tug on my leg or lay your head gently on my knee. Its melts my heart when I pick you up and you snuggle your head into me and your arms drape around my neck. I know its your way of saying I love you Mummy and it is just so adorable. Your brothers are constantly telling you that your cute enough to eat, and you love it when they pick you up and carry you around with them. When Daddy is home you demand his attention constantly. When you are excited your whole body stiffens and trembles and you make a long deep giggling noise which never fails to crack everyone up laughing. You have mastered the art of climbing the plastic stairs on the little slipperydip and the play gym - although you have no idea what to do once you reach the top. You can open cupboards and drawers, you push your cars along making a noise thats sounding more and more like brrmm brrmm.
On the day of your first birthday we celebrated with a birthday brunch at home. It was a fairly warm 34 degree day, so we were outside under the pergola. We decorated with blue ballons and silver stars and ate eggs, bacon, hash browns, roast tomatoes, waffles, pancakes, toast, sweet muffins, fruit platters, and a dump truck birthday cake. There were 14 adults and 14 kids all here to spoil you and make your first birthday a special day. You recieved lots of beautiful gifts, and spent the day eating and playing with your new toys. I think you managed to try a bit of every sort of food that was available. You were such a good boy. You had a few hours sleep in the morning and woke just as your first guests arrived. Once everyone arrived you were a little overwhelmed, but after a few reasuring cuddles with Grandma you got used to it all and had a lovely day. As we relaxed in the late afternoon you had such fun playing with the piles of balloons that were left.
We all love you so much my sweet little man, and we are so blessed to have you in our lives.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY darling.
PS I will share some more photos of the party later when I get them from Sabine. She took some gorgeous cake eating shots etc!