Cub has just turned one, and I have to say, I am absolutely loving being a mum at the moment.
I make no secret of the fact that I found the first year really hard. For the first three or four months, he was colicky, refluxy, and generally fussy. That gave way at about four months, and we had a couple of lovely months when I started to get back the sanity that I thought I’d lost forever! Then we hit teething at six months, which seemed to continue for an eternity. At nine months, he started nursery, and picked up every bug going. Another two disastrous months with no sleep followed…
Don’t get me wrong, I would never say I didn’t enjoy the first year. It was as amazing as it was difficult, and no matter how little sleep I’ve had, I would still do anything for the little man. But God, young babies are hard work! Really hard work! There are people out there who think that the newborn period is the best. I regard these people with suspicion. I fear they have faulty memories- that, or nannies.
My newborn cried, a lot. I’m sure they all do. He was extremely cute, but you can’t really play with a newborn. You can’t even raise a smile for weeks! Tough crowd!
But now, he’s turned into a gorgeous, proper little person. I sing, and he giggles. I dance, and he tries to copy me. He hears music, and he bobbles his head around like a nodding dog. He waves and claps high fives, and he can say Mama. He squeals with happiness when we push him on the swing, and chuckles at the ducks on the pond. I’m sure he thinks dogs are strange little men doing a funny walk, and he laughs at every one that we see when we’re out.
He sees a goat and tries to climb it, because the world is a climbing frame….
He chats to himself constantly in his own language, and greets Mummy and Daddy with the biggest smiles. And he has his own, quirky little sense of humour. Light switches, animals, noses and tongues are all hilarious!
He has a personality all of his own. He is boisterous and energetic and curious. He is independent and loving and carefree.
Maybe I’m just not a tiny baby person. The first part was fascinating. But this is pure joy.