My Dear Littlest,
Today you turn one. I am amazed by how this year has flown past. We have crammed so much in and yet seems it has been no time at all!
Max, as we call you on this blog,…a most fitting name!
You’ve grown from a big baby into an even bigger baby. In this first year you’ve slotted into the family so well- acknowledging your place and making sure your needs are acknowledged.
You are a joyous, easy-going baby, until you have a need- hunger, thirst, nappy, sleep or just a cuddle. You scream the moment you see Papa walk into the room after work, until he picks you up for a cuddle.
You love to laugh and play with your sister and brother; with Hugo you share an extra special bond. In the mornings the two of you will sit in our bed laughing and messing about together.
You are not one to be left alone. Though as long as there is someone else in the room, you have a tummy full of food and drink and a clean nappy you will play happily in your playpen. If you are playing happily for too long we know there is a stinky present waiting for us… or in the mornings, after the school run, you have slumped over and fallen asleep during play.
You love to dance- the moment you hear music you start to sway and bop. Even to the tune of your baby monitor’s lullabies sometimes.
You’ve always liked your food. From the moment you were born you’ve been my easiest to breastfeed. This is probably why we are still enjoying our morning and evening cuddles and feeds now. You took to baby led weaning like a duck to water and enjoy different tastes and textures. Your favourite by far are bananas. Your first sounds were “ba ba”, indicating that you’d like a banana. Pasta and rice are the second contenders on your favourites list.
Max, you are a good sleeper and have been pretty good since birth. The buggy is your favourite daytime sleeping place.
You used to fall asleep in my arms each evening. Now I put you in your cot and sit beside you; you make a fuss, but eventually settle.
I love how you start pulling your ears the moment you feel sleepy. On the other hand, you are your mummy’s boy, not one to be left out of a party and can keep up with the fun for amazingly long all the while remaining your cheery self.
Whatever time you go to bed you are up at 4, just for a short while though, just until you are taken into our bed, where you will fall back to sleep for another 2- 2.5 hours, but only in our arms. You crave the heat and the embrace of your Papa or I.
You are a fast developer- sitting, doing your über fast commando crawl for quite some time before crawling and taking your first precursory steps early. You stand confidently and get to anywhere you want. That includes climbing up stairs, down from a bed, over the pouffe that’s there to keep you in the playroom. You are a little monkey really. 😉
We tried early potty training with you too, but you have proved much more of a challenge than your brother and sister were.
At one, you don’t have many words- which is understandable, considering you are bombarded with three languages at once. You point and you have started signing; you love our Saturday morning baby signing classes with your Godmother!
I am told, by our parents, that we have spoilt you… but who else will spoil you with cuddles?! The moments when we sit and you cling on like a little monkey are so precious!
Over the past year it has been an absolute pleasure to watch you grow and develop. I am continuously amazed by how flexible and adaptable you are:
You weren’t phased by being taken to France when you were just 5 weeks old;
Enjoyed the hot, sweltering summer days on our holiday in Hungary;
You were the perfect camper at just 3 months old- not a peep out of you, then you repeated that last week;
The theatre mesmerised you and you silently sat through the long show of Andy and Mike’s travels in a time machine at just 3 and half months.
You made your Granddad so proud that he could teach you to clap and gave you your first ice cream 3 months ago.
I love how you enjoy the great outdoors, not daunted by the new textures of grass, mud, soil, different sights and sounds.
Your amazement at discovering the animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park a couple of weeks ago and then at Paradise Wildlife Park just made those trips extra special.
Max, you have a special bond with your Godfather too. He has taught you many things, including finding the pen he hides. You also took your first steps into his arms. I must admit I was a bit jealous, but ever so proud!
My little Cable Guy, we love you so and wish you a very Happy 1st Birthday! With many-many-many happy returns.
Love all your Family and friends!