Well. It’s happened. My bump turned into a baby and my baby has now turned into a fully fledged toddler- tantrums and all. Bethany now has an official age. My little girl is 1 year old. How did this happen? Surely someone has pressed the fast forward button on life. Me and the fiancé were chatting away in bed on Sunday evening after a successful day celebrating her birthday when it hit me. I was pregnant in 2014. Why oh why is time passing so quickly? And yes, I am tucking into a box of Thorntons chocolate as we speak and no they do not help my emotional state, but they’re so delicious I can’t stop piling them into my mouth.
After a very rushed and busy Saturday, which consisted off a cake smash photo shoot in the morning, picking up last minute gifts, finishing decorating our new living room, making sure party bags were finished and then wrapping the presents up, it was safe to say me and Daddy were so ready for bed. But then once in bed, I was reflecting on every little detail of what would have been happening at this point in time a year earlier. I couldn’t of ever dreamed of how much life would change or how much I could love my child.
Sunday morning arrives and queue the chorus of happy birthday being sung to Bethany as we go into her bedroom. She hasn’t a clue, but still is pleased with the lovely wake up call. With Christmas being only weeks ago, Bethany still remembers about gifts and is extremely happy to see some waiting downstairs for her. She was very happy about having balloons. We bought her a toy pram to push around her little dolly, so as you can imagine she thought she was much older than 1. After opening gifts and face timing her closest family members, it was time for a nap and for me and Dad to prepare the party food and decorations. We didn’t want to do anything too fancy for her first birthday so we chose to have a small family gathering at our home, with the people who are important in Bethany’s life. This way she was happy in her own home, surrounded by her own toys and loved ones. It’s a perfect first birthday celebration to us. Once she woken up from her nap, her first guests had arrived.
Bethany had the most amazing day. She adored walking around the house, seeing all her favourite faces staring at her with pride and laughing at her. She may only be one but we are confident she had a brilliant time. It made me and her Daddy truely thankful to have such special, wonderful people who love our daughter as much as we do. This past year has been an absolutely blast. I’ve made some amazing memories and loved every single second of every single day. My little one has her own personality now and is changing and learning everyday. I’m so excited to see what the next year will bring. I know I face many more challenges but I’m so proud of how far we have come as parents, and even prouder of the child we have raised. But for now, here’s a few of her achievements at 12 months:
- Able to walk confidently and navigate herself around obstacles
- Starting to self soothe and sleep better through the nights
- Plays peekaboo with you
- Can hold your hand and take you to what she wants
- Drinks and feeds herself happily
- Sings some nursery rhymes
- Sits and reads through books with care, the right way up, babbling as she goes
- Can draw pictures with chunky crayons
- Knows how to brush her hair and teeth
- Associates different actions to different people
- Can shout her pet and some names
Oh and another milestone was reached. I finished writing in my Bump to Birthday baby journal. It’s been my reflective, milestone keeper since the start of my pregnancy and now it’s all filled in and ready for Bethany to read and to keep when she’s older.