So Congratulations is in order – for Logan and for us. It marks not only a big milestone for our gorgeous son but also it’s been a year since we became Mum & Dad.
Just a short post to share a photo since we’re busy enjoying the day!
Everyone likes to rub it in that I’m the baby, the young Mum and I have nothing at all against it! I embrace it wholeheartedly and whilst sometimes I wish I had closer friends in the same boat with me ultimately it doesn’t matter. But that isn’t what I intended to discuss with this post. This post was/is going to tie in with the whole point of this blog – buckets and crossing those suckers off my list.
I regularly make lists, especially to do ones or bucket lists. I have an unfinished 100 things to do before I die list that will never be finished because I find myself wanting to put things on there that I’ve already done. This made me realise that I can’t even fathom some of the awesome things that are out there that I’m yet to enjoy so why bother with a list. That didn’t stop me from wanting to create a 30 before 30 list, I figured with less than 4 years to go I could cross off some pretty fun things and also a lot of things I’ve been procrastinating over. It’s hard to know quite what to put on a list like this though and how do you measure certain things? For example one thing is to do things outside my comfort zone – I haven’t put a specific limit on how many or how often so how do I know when it’s completed? I blame university for making me think this way, having to make goals with are specific and measurable (there is some specific term for it but my mummy brain isn’t letting me remember!). I’m just going to go with the flow though and even if I don’t achieve everything or I only half achieve something it’s more about having fun along the way!
Surprise, surprise but this list also isn’t finished but when it is I’ll be making it a page and setting it at the top of this blog. Hopefully I’ll still be around when I turn 30 but I love the online community too much to ever disappear completely!
So many people gave us ‘the look’ when we announced that we’d come all the way from Australia to Toronto with our 11 month old son. I honestly didn’t think anything of what we were doing when we booked the tickets and even after that. It was one of the most relaxed holidays I’d taken, I didn’t do any forward planning (which is completely unlike me!) and my friend who was living over there helped us out big time. Logan behaved really well and thankfully only took 3 nights to recover from having his timezone flipped.
I did have a moment before we were about to board the plane from Australia when I looked at Andreas and said “out of all the people who could be the first to visit we’re going with our baby!” But that was it, for me it wasn’t too unusual it was just something we wanted to do so why shouldn’t we?
I’m so glad we went and sure it was pretty crazy, but it was also very liberating and fantastic to be able to enjoy our happy son together. So don’t worry about the crazy eyes, people turn out to be pretty impressed when you explain it all to them and it leaves you feeling awesome because you’ve achieved something people didn’t think was possible/a smart idea!
I think this month has been the most transformative yet! You are babbling so much more, still favouring mama,mama,mama though. You are full of smiles and laughs for everyone too.
The biggest milestone – two bottom teeth – they pretty much appeared out of nowhere and we were none the wiser. You barely showed any signs other than drooling the day before (which you never do). You had been extra clingy and whingey in the weeks before so maybe that was it
Our biggest achievement is independent play and playing with the other babies. It makes my heart sing to see you doing that finally. I want your life filled with fun and friends. You started doing this at a Mum’s group and even kissed one of the twins (they’re boys but as you know we don’t care!), Mummy was very proud! You continued playing by yourself & with others at the many first birthdays you’ve attended.
You’re so close to walking but still not there, you are pushing your walker lots though & moving around furniture. You have taken a few steps but we aren’t claiming it until it looks purposeful. At present you’re just accidentally taking them if we let go of your hands & you still prefer to fall down & crawl. You’re also able to stand unassisted but you definitely prefer having someone round to lean on (can’t blame you!). I think you’re going to take awhile before you walk especially because you love crawling so much and have definitely picked up some serious speed!
This month also marked your first two sleepovers with Grandma and Grandpa. With far away for 2 nights in Geraldton and Mummy feeling very sick they kindly offered to have you two nights in a row. You were great and loved it there (& I know they loved having you too!).
Another milestone was flying across the world to Toronto to visit Aunty Claire and Uncle Shane. You handled the flight pretty well although you weren’t very keen on the bassinet. There was crying but also happiness and attempts to climb the stairs to first class. It definitely wasn’t as hard as we were both envisaging. You have enjoyed the trip so far and other than early morning wake ups you have been fantastic. You went to your first hockey match as well! You slept during the noisiest bits which was hilarious! Everyone loves you here as well, we can’t step out of the condo without someone commenting on how cute you are (= chuffed parents).
You are still our champion eater but you are getting fussier. We’ve given up on caring and you eat lots of what we eat (except anything sugarey or fake). This time next month you will be digging into your first taste of cake, I can’t believe this is my last letter to you before you turn one, it is definitely bittersweet.
This has been one of our funnest months yet (maybe because you’re finally sleeping!) and we can’t wait to see you develop more.
All my love,