A whole year (and some days) since you entered this world, Rubeon.
In this last year I have watched you grow, develop and wrap everyone around your little finger. It’s been tough at times, with plentiful hospital checkups/stays and more menial issues such as you not taking a bottle or a dummy, but that’s just a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things, and the time to give up breastfeeding will come eventually. But here’s what we’ve been up to this past year!
We were late to the weaning game, we didn’t properly start until you were 10months old. I tried a few times before but you didn’t show any interest. You didn’t like me putting a spoon in your mouth, and purées were a no go too.
You’re so independent, you want to feed yourself, so the decision for baby led weaning was pretty much yours! You’ve got 7 teeth now, with more on the way which really help with meal times. Although you like to bite my fingers and laugh when I say “oww!”
It’s been interesting discovering your likes/dislikes. Your current favourites are toast, scrambled egg, cod, spaghetti bolognese/meatballs, chips, carrots, Sunday roast – and more! You don’t like yoghurt, ice cream, weetabix, porridge, cauliflower or any kind of cold/smooth food. You must be the first child I know who doesn’t like yoghurts! I think it must be the coldness of it…maybe in time to come you’ll change your mind!
Oh…and chocolate biscotti biscuits are a winner too.
You absolutely love to listen to music, you always have done since you were born. Daddy and I played Breaking Benjamin to you on NICU to settle you down once, and at every hospital appointment thereafter when you’ve needed settling we find something for you to listen to! You love the music from Moana too. (Much to my happiness.) I hope you learn to play an instrument when you’re older.
You 100% do not need any toys, as your favourite things to play with are paper and wires. I don’t know why, but they have kept you entertained for hours! But you do like your taggsy too.
We moved you into your own room with William in August. It was a bittersweet moment for me, as it meant you were getting older, and not my little baby! (Although I would question the ‘little’ there haha.) You still wake up for night feeds, and more often than not you still end up in my bed at some point in the night. But it’s a step in the right direction.
You still aren’t sitting up on your own, but you’re getting SO much better at it! Sitting on our laps you can hold yourself for a few seconds, before you’ve had enough and decide to throw yourself backwards! You like to do that a lot…Bu! Around your birthday you rolled for the first time on your own! Typically I had popped out to Tesco…but you did it! Daddy and I were so proud, there’s no stopping you now!
These days, there isn’t a moments peace with your chuntering! I love listening to you babble away, “da-da”, “mum”, have definitely been said now, and everyday you’re making new sounds. You have the most infectious laugh, it makes everyone laugh along too. You just brighten up the room And you’re happy all the time, with everything you’ve been through you still smile every day. It’s really quite inspiring, there’s a lot we could learn from you little one.
As for your brother and sister, you adore Lily. As soon as you hear her voice you crack a beaming smile, and she knows how to make you giggle! She loves having a conversation with you, and having cuddles on the sofa too.
William took some getting used to. He ignored you for the first half of your life, until you started becoming more ‘interesting/’ I.e. you started touching his toys. He gives you toys to play with when you start getting grumpy, and his laugh makes you laugh (which in turn makes me laugh and we all sit there laughing together!) but I can see you all growing up and being so close to each other.
Of course, you’ve had one hell of a year. Two shunt revisions, a squint correction surgery and numerous hospital appointments. We’ve questioned many times whether you were teething, poorly or if it was a shunt malfunction. It’s a constant worry, but we’re hopeful that this time round your shunt will be fine and it’ll stay good and strong for years to come.
You recently received a pair of glasses to wear to help with your squint…they look so good on you but you’re having absolutely none of it. The same goes for your patch too! You’ve mastered how to pull it off, and even when it’s on you keep your eyes shut so it’s not doing the job anyway! Little toad! But I’ll keep on trying…
We also had you baptised this year, just before your birthday. We chose Aunty Yaya (Rhiannon) and Aunty Jess to be your godparents. Aunty Jess flew all the way over from Australia for it too. It was another lovely day filled with family and friends.
We didn’t do much for your first birthday, William was away at Butlins and Lily had school, but we did go and pick mummy’s car up and we took you out to lunch, just you me and daddy. Then on the weekend we celebrated properly, with all your aunties/uncles, nanny & grandad and meemaa & papa coming round to see you. We had hotdogs and burgers, and a caterpillar cake for you! It was so lovely to spend time with all the family, you received some beautiful presents too!
From being told not to expect ‘a normal life’ for you, you have defied the odds and laughed in that doctors face. You are one in a million, a ray of sunshine and my gorgeous little boy. I love you with all my heart, and I can’t wait to see where this next year will take us!
Keep on being awesome little dude. All my love,