I can’t believe it! My little baby is 1 year old! And I’m probably not alone in this but in my mummy heart, along with all the excitement, I had a little cry. One of those stupid moments where my husband looks at me like I’m crazy whilst I mourn the loss of my little baby but rejoice in the independent and feisty little girl I’m raising.
Anyone who knows me will know that I’m impatient, impulsive, and not impartial to the odd tantrum or two (play any games with me and your guaranteed a meltdown if I lose). My beautiful little girl seems to have picked these up along with my headstrong and determined ability to vocalise exactly what I do and don’t like. Now I’m not complaining about those last 2 as I want a confident daughter who looks after herself but there is nothing like a child to make you aware of your worst qualities. Let’s hope we’re both able to deal with these bad points effectively.
But in this first year as a mother I have learned many things about myself. Here’s a few of them:
1) I deal a lot better with lack of sleep than I realised, although I do reach a breaking point at times.
2) I have more patience than I ever thought possible! Mostly when it comes to food time (babies can be really trying! She’d rather eat soil than my homecooked food).
3) It’s possible to miss someone even when they are with you! She drives me crazy, but I love her.
4) I’ll never go to the toilet alone again and that I can now pee in company (I was a nervous toilet user).
And 5) clothes shopping for a baby is addictive! (My husband hates this).
Lets hope that in this next year my little girl will learn: that shutting your fingers in draws is never a good idea and hurts, to walk, to pass gently instead of throwing and keep on blossoming in every way!