And just like that, we have a one-year-old!
I would have loved to throw her a proper birthday party. From before I was pregnant I had imagined it: the cake, the presents, the friends around the table… It wasn’t meant to be. Like so many of our firsts, this one was sacrificed to Corona and the lockdown as well. But we still decorated our flat, Jo blew up endless balloons, I cooked and baked, and we took lots of pictures so at least there will be something to remember in all of this.
It is such a milestone. One turn around the sun. It’s a cliché, but our first year as mothers really has flown by. It’s been exhausting and at times difficult, but mostly it feels like pure bliss to have her here. We adore this little creature!
It’s hard to capture her at this exact moment in time, it always is because she changes and grows so quickly, but I feel like I should try.
Four teeth, 8910grams and 72cm of pure mischief.
Always active, rarely one for resting or sleeping much. She’s opinionated and often quite serious, but quick to laugh if you try.
She can crawl at lightning speed, and walk as long as she can hold onto something in front of her. She knows three words, ‘Jah’ (‘Yes’), ‘Tashh’ (‘Touch’) and ‘Mam’ (‘Mama’, often used in an escalating Mam-Mam-MAM-MAAAAM!! fashion).
She is deeply fond of food (both breastmilk and solid food) and will eat just about anything. She’ll happily have a chili or curry that even Jo finds too spicy. Or slurp up noodles or spaghetti, or work her way through a thick crust of bread with hummus.
She has no particular favourite toy or teddy bear, instead she prefers to mess about with random kitchen utensils, spice pots, the laundry, and cardboard boxes. She sings along and dances to any music she hears. She’s particularly fond of the Grey’s Anatomy end credits, and Nine Inch Nails (I know!), but also seems enthused about Verdi.
She loves being tossed in the air. Being carried in the wrap on my back and going ‘Giddy-up horsey!’. Also opening and closing doors, and pretending to drink from our tea cups. She’ll giggle endlessly when we play with her, games like ‘Where’s Freya?’ or ‘I’m gonna get you!’.
She is fierce, loud, strong, and SO MUCH FUN to be around. I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring! <3