“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them”
This Easter weekend, Little Monkey along with family, friends and his Mummy & Daddy celebrated his 1st birthday. Suddenly my little baby looked incredibly grown up sitting in his high chair and I felt incredibly sad wondering where the last 12 months had gone.
I also found myself remembering so many lovely things, that I had completely forgotten about. Such as my little sleeping Houdini, always trying to escape his crib or the time we set up in the park with his toys, only for a dog to run away with his teddies. Everything happened in such a blink of an eye and created moments I never want to forget.
So for you Henry, here are my top 32 perfect moments…(why 32 I hear you ask? 50 seemed too many, haha)…
1. Welcome to the World. Daddy calls you our Little Mushroom head because of the shape of your poor little barnet when you were born. Once all the swelling and scarring had gone down, it revealed your button nose and truly scrumptious lips. This today is still my favourite picture of you at 3 days old.
2. Home Time. The day we took you home, you looked far too tiny for your little car seat. I loved dressing you in your yellow knitted cardigan and little hat. You hated hats from the day you were born, I used to joke that they reminded you of the forceps.
3. Tickle Tickle. You had the tiniest and most ticklish feet, just like Mummy. Even now we have to tie you down to cut your nails and you love playing, Mummy is going to eat your toes, it leaves you uncontrollably giggling.
4. Quack Quack. Excluding your first ever bath (lets just say, you didn’t enjoy it), this is one of your favourite routines of the day. Lately your beloved rubber ducks have been replaced with bubbles and you no longer enjoy laying back for a soak.
5. I like to boogie. Obviously you got your moves from your Mum and love a good little dance. Also very early on you loved to roll about and keeping you on your back was mission impossible.
6. Side by Side. I’ll never forget the day your health visitor proclaimed, “he’s far too young to decide how he wants to sleep”, after I admitted you slept on your side. Still to this day you prefer to sleep on your side or face planted in our bed.
7. & Stretch. Ah the day we completed a full class of Baby Massage (whoop whoop). During the first course, you were plagued with nappy rash and would sob throughout as I tried nappy off time during the class. I also didn’t know your routine yet and would try singing to you, when you were desperate to sleep. However this day I had everything perfect and we nailed our class. High five little man.
8. Mummy’s little Houdini. Whether its sleeping on your side, or just wanting to escape feeling confined, you always have your own way of doing things. & finding your way to sleep is no exception. Even now you sleep face down, arms tucked under and your little bum sticking out.
9. Tummy Time. 3 in the bed and the little one said, roll over…roll over… We never had to worry about tummy time with you. From the moment you perfected your first roll, we had more trouble keeping you on your side.
10. Stretch, stretch…cuddle. Every morning when we do your first nappy change of the day, we have our little rhyme and routine. Stretch arms above your head, to the side and then cuddle in tight. All together now… stretch, stretch, cuddle…
11. Mirror Mirror on the wall. Or should that be, “your so vain” as you love looking at your reflection and Nana is always telling you, no, no, no when you put your finger prints all over her beautiful mirrors.
12. Park Life. Getting out the house was my mission everyday when you was teeny tiny. This particular day the sun was out and we took a walk to Reynold’s Park to set up for the day. Blanket, big umbrella, toys and milk all at the ready, I just wasn’t ready for the doggies stealing your toys. We still had a lovely day.
13. Milk drunk. Ahh this no longer happens and I miss your little milky drunk moments. Your little head would loll about and your eyes would flutter asleep. You are still a little milk monster.
14. Who chills in a Jumperoo? Thank you to my beautiful best friend Julie for loaning us her son Kasper’s Jumperoo. It’s a life saver when it comes to getting ready in the morning. I just pop you in and you chill watching CBeebies.
15. Our bed is your bed. 1 year on and we still battle to get you out of our bed. I think its my fault from snuggling up to you on the sofa in the early days to help you sleep. Hopefully when I do your 2nd year update, you are finally in your own bed (for the full night).
16. Good as gold. You are a little dream. Even on your first flight to Portugal, you were so good on the plane. You lit up everyones face around you with you gummy smile and big brown eyes.
17. Beach Life. Our 1st family holiday abroad and you took to beach life like a duck to water. Ironically you hate the sea, but loved rolling around your beach towel. However keeping you from eating the sand became a mini battle..which leads me perfectly to no. 18.
18. Henry led weaning. We knew you were ready for food when you started to put anything and everything into your mouth. First foods included crusty bread, cheese squares, banana puree and a lemon wedge. You also demolished a HUGE piece of watermelon with Nana & Grandad.
19. Two front teeth. At 7 months old you got your first 2 front teeth. However if we were to believe Nana, you were teething from the day you were born. 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 came quickly after, however at age 1, we are still waiting patiently for no 8. Cheese.
20. The day we lost Bjorn. Still to this day I am convinced you know that the new Bjorn’s aren’t real. Three silly little imposter’s trying to mimic your beloved little bear. Now and again you throw in a cuddle and when I look in your eyes, I think you do it just to please Mummy.
21. Mummy’s little pumpkin. I was so excited for your 1st Halloween and it was perfect. We welcomed friends and family into our own ghoulish house (red, green & salmon walls) and had a little party. You looked super cute as a pumpkin and stayed well behaved too. Chocolates for everybody.
22. 1st Christmas. Hands down my favourite ever Christmas. On the lead up to father Christmas visiting we had our own little adventures. From Christmas Jumpers to visiting the real Santa clause. So many of my favourite days start with us all snuggled up in bed as a family before the day starts.
23. I hate my pram. I’ve no idea why, but you hate your pram. If we are lucky to manoeuvre you into your seat to leave the house, you are not afraid to let us know, you are not happy. It doesn’t matter whether we go the park, the shops, or for a walk in the village, you look back at us with the grumpiest little face.
24. Boys in tights. I couldn’t do a memory mood board without paying homage to your “boys” tights. Now you are the big 01, Daddy has put a ban on all Shakespeare’s being worn on your little legs. I will miss them greatly, especially as you refuse to keep your socks on.
25. Let me in, let me in. Sooo excited to get into the bath, its a fight to get your clothes off before you soak your little arms into the water. Looking forward to getting a new bath in the house, so you can enjoy all the extra space.
26. All fall down. You love to knock down blocks, pots, cups, bricks, anything that we build up for you. Sometimes Mummy just wants to build a house before you come and push it all down. I’ll get over it.
27. What chores? From watching the washing machine go round and round, to helping Mummy load and unload the washing, you make all the chores fade away to lovely little bonding exercises. I’m lying, other than 5 minutes peace whilst you watch the machine, you mostly just knock down all my lovely washing. You Little Monkey…
28. Soft play. You hate the swings…you hate the slides… hey you hate the park, but thankfully you love soft play. From the ball pool to the… no wait, other than the ball pool, you hate everything else at soft play.
29. Banana boy. Banana porridge, banana biscotti, banana rings, banana custard… just banana… you love banana.
30. Peek-a-boo. You will play on your own so contently when Mummy & Daddy have little jobs to do. In this little picture you were so happy just clapping your little hands and throwing the balls around the tent. I purchased the tent and balls after a day at Bubbles Soft Play and we ended up being locked out of the house. Thankfully we created our own ball pool in the car while we waited for Daddy.
31. We have a stand-a-uppera. Short of being 1 years old you started to stand up all my yourself. Each day you grow in confidence on your little feet and I suspect you will be walking in no time. Just stay away from Mummy’s Chanel.
32. Hey my name is Iggle Piggle. Who’s not in bed? Its usually you as you watch your favourite bedtime TV show. Even now when I type this, Iggle Piggle is playing on the TV whilst you get ready for bed. Good night Little Monkey, I look forward to 1 to 2. x