You did it, buddy! You made it through your whole first year and so did we, your tired old parents.
The pride we feel in our chest when you pop into our minds is so overwhelming. It’s all consuming and I’m not afraid to confess that we are completely obsessed with you. Your biggest fan club, right here.
The other night while you were sleeping, your Mumma and I sat down and watched a slideshow of all the photos we’ve taken of you this year. We watched your face change, your hair grow, your teeth appear. We saw your cheeky smile develop and were reminded of just how far we’ve come. We chatted and became sentimental, exchanging stories. Memories from the early days when you were just a tiny, squishy newborn. Memories of the hard times when you really needed our full attention, 24/7. And of course, the many happy memories of the funny, joyful times. As we neared the end of the photos, your Mumma commented that we must be doing to something right as parents to have nurtured such a blissfully happy child. We decided to pat ourselves on the back because she’s right. You really do ooze sunlight, my son and we hope that never changes.
In the last month you have grown up a lot. Your personality is really starting to plant its roots and everyday you are showing us snippets of the boy you are going to be. You’re actually quite a show off and we think it is hilarious! If we laugh at something you’ve done, you make sure we are still watching and immediately do it again. You LOVE praise and our words of encouragement never fail to put a smile on your face.
You still love the water and bath time is always a winner in our house. You play so independently these days and enjoy emptying draws, throwing balls, pulling tissues out of the box and anything with wheels. You also have decided that you love food now! After a long time of being quite indifferent to foods, you now put everything and anything in your mouth. It’s actually a bit gross as you seem to think it’s perfectly acceptable to eat crumbs off the ground. The other day you tried to put a misplaced dog biscuit in your mouth which was a rather disgusting. I didn’t freak out at you, eating dog food is basically a childhood rite of passage. Don’t believe the other babies, Oscar. Trust me, they’ve all done it.
We put on a party for you and invited a bunch of people to help celebrate with us. We set up a little play area with a ball pit, musical instruments, puzzles, books and toys. We also had a jumping castle, a water play table and balloons all over the place. I’m sure you would have been more than happy if we plonked you down with a box of tissues and an arrowroot biscuit but we decided that having a first birthday party would be great fun. And it was! It was a big day for you but you were delightful, right to the very end.
I’m curious to know what you have in store for us over the next 12 months. Watching you learn and explore lately has been so interesting. The wonder that I see you experience, actually creates wonder in me. You are constantly reminded me to stop and appreciate all the tiny things.
What a gift you are, kiddo.
Happy first birthday!