I can't believe that you're 1. How fast has this year gone?? I feel really emotional that you're growing so fast, but at the same time I adore how clever and grown up you are!!
Daddy and I went through a lot to have you, and my pregnancy wasn't as stress free and simple as I'd hoped. So I've been super over protective of you. Having you at 30, with a 10 year gap between you and your brother, after trying for you for almost 2 years, my life completely changed when you arrived. Mummy no longer wants to go out on big nights out, I can't imagine anything any better then my life as it is right now. Seeing your little face when you wake up, lifting your arms up for a cuddle with a big smile when you see me walk into your room.
On August 24th 2014 at 5:32am you arrived into the world, all 10 lbs of you!! I was so proud of myself for once again managing labour with no pain relief! :)
You make me so so happy, and I'm so proud of how you're developing. Daddy and I decided that Mummy would stay at home with you. Daddy works very hard for the pennies to make sure we can do this, and Mummy is lucky enough to be able to work part time from home, around you. This has meant that I haven't once missed a first, or a new milestone and every single one has been amazing.
From your first smile, you learning to roll, sit, crawl and walk, every single moment has been amazing! Thinking back on this last year brings tears to my eyes. I feel so emotional looking back. Every day I fall more and more in love with you, every time you learn something new, snuggle up to me or do something to make me laugh, I feel this bittersweet emotion of proudness mixed with sadness that you're growing so fast!
You weren't an easy baby, you've never really been very laid back :) You were pretty grumpy from the get go and I know that now it was because you needed a lot of stimulation, you wanted to move, you wanted to explore. You're on the go constantly, you never stop. You've been walking since 9 months old, and since then you've loved exploring your little world.
You're beginning to say a few words and your understanding is fantastic.
I love the way you stand by the nappy box telling me you need a nappy change, then take the nappy bag to the front door telling me you're ready to put it in the dustbin. And you clap when you get it in.
I love how you love your food. We did Baby Led Weaning and you took to it brilliantly. You've never been spoon fed, you independently fed yourself from 6 months old and you ate everything we offered you.
I love how excited you get when you see Daddy come home after work, and when your big brother comes in to play with you.
I love how you're not fussed with the boxes and boxes of toys you own, you'd much rather play with the remote and Mummy's phone! :)
You walk around with the phone to your ear pretending to have a conversation, you're so funny!!
You love the football, you dribble the ball around with your feet, you clever little sausage. Maybe you're going to be a footballer when you're older. :)
I love when you fetch your shoes from the hallway and bring them to me because you want to play outside.
I love how much you love music, you love a little dance and made everybody laugh at the Summer Fete last weekend, boogying to the reggae music on the sound system.
You're so curious and confident, I hope you never lose that. Stay curious, stay inquisitive.
Your favourite word is YEH! 'Do you want a snack, Taylor?' 'YEH!', 'Shall we play on the slide, Taylor?' 'YEH!'
We love you so very very much beautiful boy, you're the centre of our family and we all adore you, run rings around you. You make us all so happy!
This weekend we're celebrating your birthday with our family and friends and on Monday we're going to spend your actual birthday just me, you, Daddy and your brother. Although you'll probably have no idea what's going on, I hope you have the most amazing time!!