Mummy is a week late in writing this but Wow baby boy, you are now 12 months old - WE MADE IT! What a year it's been, there's been highs and lows but i wouldn't change anything for the world and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. We celebrated your birthday in style and had a HUGE 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' party for you which seemed like the perfect theme given that it's your favourite book for mummy to read. There was soft play, a bouncy castle, a ball pit, arts & crafts, cake and lots of food. You got thoroughly spoilt with gifts from your guests and one of mummy's friends made you THE MOST AMAZING CAKE EVER!
You've started doing all sorts of fun things this month, revealing more and more of your cheeky personality. You've got a silly sense of humour and an infectious laugh. During a month of 'party organisation stress' you've been my relief. Always there to remind me of what's really important, ever in the moment, helping me to enjoy now...
*You still refuse to sit up on your own but we had a breakthrough last week when mummy discovered that you can stand on your own for about 10 seconds and you can also walk around the sofa whilst holding on. You're clearly one of these babies that will run before he walks. (so to speak).
*This month we've been trying to teach you to wave hello and goodbye to people and also to say 'ta' when you're given something. I don't quite think you've grasped the concept yet but you always seem so eager to try and to learn so we'll get there.
*You've discovered your reflection and it is so funny. You look completely dumbfounded and amazed every time you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and normally raise an arm to touch your face, just to clarify that it is actually you you're seeing in there. You look at mummy and then back at the mirror - confusion! So, you look at mummy again and then quickly turn back to the mirror and this process continues (ALOT) which makes mummy laugh and then you start laughing. It's become a little bit of a game between us now but fun all the same.
*You babble up a storm all the time, often having little conversations with your stuffed animals, your books, the tv and generally anyone or anything that will listen. I wish i knew what you were saying. You've definitely found your voice this past month and have begun experimenting with other sounds like hissing, gurgling, squealing and cooing.
* You smile and laugh all day every day and are such a loving, content and laidback baby to be around. You recognise your nana, aunty and uncles now and your face lights up whenever you see or hear them walk in to the room. None more so than with your cousin Tia, she is without question the apple of your eye and i love watching the two of you together. She's so affectionate towards you and you're always trying to interact with her so i just know you two are going to be the best of friends growing up.
*We had an 'amusing' incident with the fireplace this month - mummy won't go in to details but lets just say she found you covered from head to toe in ash, your hair was black, your face was black, your hands were black, you'd put black handprints all over the wall and obviously mummy didn't find this situation funny in the slightest. Much. Lol. It made for an eventful bathtime that's for sure.
* You're continuing to sleep through at night and take 2 really decent naps during the day which is awesome, although you've been under the weather this past week or so which has led to many sleepless nights for mummy and hours of wandering around aimlessly in the dark trying to rock you back to sleep. Sometimes you still wake up a little early, but for the most part this is a really easy and nice time in regards to sleep so thank you!
*Though you're becoming more mobile and independent - spending time on your own playing, sitting in your walker, rolling around on the floor etc. you're more cuddly than ever. Sometimes, especially right after a nap, you just want to sit in my lap. You've been falling asleep in my arms a lot lately as well. During these moments, i pause and try to memorise the way you smell, the way you feel, the weight of you in my arms, the rise and fall of your chest against mine. It's one of my favourite experiences in life. Ever.
You are pure joy and everyone LOVES to be around you.
As ever Riley, keep happy, keep safe and keep healthy.
Love From Mummy xxx