Well what a year it’s been….

One emergency C section ( nothing ‘posh’ about not being able to get out of bed or sneeze or feel normal for that matter, for months on end), 2 house moves to 2 different cities, 1 incredibly active, funny, lovable baby, lots of joy (everyone), lots of tears of frustration (him and me) and most importantly lots and lots of laughs (the whole Big Fat Greek Family).

Well it’s some milestone having a baby in the first place and now another massive one that he’s turned 1.

Everyone warned me it would happen so quickly but when you’ve not slept for…for well, forever you can’t imagine that baby you cradled home that very special day (or 4 days later if you had a C section) would ever turn 1. That those tiny perfect hands and feet would morph into large yet perfect size 3 and a half’s with a width of H (don’t worry if you’re not there yet, you will be soon) and your quiet little newborn who you boasted in those first deceptive weeks as ‘never crying’ (oh how naive) is now an active, all dancing, all prancing (I know he’s not a reindeer but you get the gist) happy little man who calls everyone Mama and Dada and who is a total Mummy’s boy (sorry Daddy but it’s true) and can even fly his own electric helicopter (clever boy) aged 1.

My little man is becoming a toddler and I’m still coming to terms with the fact I even have a little man who I, little me made and am now responsible for.

You see I feel like it’s not just he who’s turned 1 but that I have too. It’s my 1 year birthday of being a mother. How utterly amazing this beautiful, unconditional, all consuming love is that I have for this little 1 year old who makes my life worth living and who I wouldn’t change for the world. So we celebrated with champagne, gourmet pizzas thanks to my brother’s Italian restaurant Giorgios and a fabulous ‘In the Night Garden Cake’ for my big friends and Oliver’s little friends. Now that’s what I call a 1 year old and Mummy’s 1st year at well being a Mummy’s party….Now for that elusive one full night’s sleep and all will be well with the world.

Happy Birthday Baby O, you are my sunshine,

Love Honest Mum x

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8 Responses

  1. mama-andmore

    It’s funny isn’t it how poignant and magical getting them safely to year 1 is, and when we celebrated my girl’s, it suddenly made me understand why my mother has always made such a big deal about our birthdays – they are her day too, as much as my girl’s and your man’s is the anniversary of when you first became a mum. Awesome. We just celebrated birthday n.2 and I am still entranced. Long may it continue!

  2. Keva

    Happy Birthday to your lil one! The first year to me seems to go by faster than any other year.

  3. Parental Circle

    Sounds like a great party for the both of you. Did you save us some cake?

  4. Fran

    Congratulations on your milestone! When my son turned one I couldn’t believe it either! Then when my daughter turned one it was another amazing point in my life. In fact, every one of their birthdays has just been amazing to me. I suppose it’s part of being a mom. 🙂

  5. Kiki

    Still can’t believe he turned 1 already! I remember when you gave birth this time last year, like it was yesterday! I remember exactly where I was. It was such a poignant day in our lives too when you had baby O 🙂

    It’s really a huge milestone the first birthday. It’s so surreal. And like you said, so much happens in the first year, so many new things to adjust to, and also so many wonderful things to enjoy.

    It sounds like baby O had a seriously cool birthday bash!!

    Hope he got our present, and do apologize to him that it’s not gift wrapped. Lots of love,
    xK,M,Z, A

  6. Sharcasm

    Ah, so sweet, it must have been magical, it’s such a milestone isn’t it. And the party sounds like muchos fun with champers and gourmet pizza’s, now that’s what I call a party for the kiddies as well as the grown ups. Happy birthday Oliver!! X

  7. Alexander Residence

    Happy Birthday to you both! What a lovely honest post 🙂 You’ve reminded me and my antenatal friends had champagne at our first babies joint first b day party, it felt like we had a lot to celebrate too.
    Might have to reintroduce that tradition to all the kid’s birthdays from now on!
    Seriously though, its a huge milestone, congrats!


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