Wow, I cannot believe we are getting ready to celebrate Maes 1st birthday a week today! It really is true when they say time fly’s when your having fun, and what fun we have had. Its so crazy to think this time last year I was running around getting clothes washed and preparing for our little girls arrival, little did we know that she would arrive on time ready to rule the world.
This week we had our 10/12 month health visitor check and our lovely health visitor could not believe what she was seeing, tiny Mae running around like a lunatic! She said to me she couldn’t believe at 11 months old how mobile she is as she watches Mae bold as brass climbing the sofa and chasing the dog. The lady went through the usual questions and seemed very happy with Maes progress over the past 11 months, then as if she knew everything was going well my little monster threw her usual tantrum. I explained that Mae has been getting very frustrated and “attacking” when I say attacking I mean she bites, pulls hair and grabs your face when she doesn’t get her own way. Unfortunately due to Mae being very forward and advanced for her age we seem to have hit terrible twos rather early! (umm I don’t think so kiddo) poor baby gets so frustrated that she cannot explain how she is feeling as she can only say dada and ta! (no mamma has not even crossed her mind – typical) so instead she throws her self around and “attacks” Brilliant! This has also made lunch dates a little stressful and she would much rather be totting about then strapped into a high chair, I guess I was nieve in thinking that once she was walking life would be easier…its not! its so so much harder. At least she is happy and healthy and heading on the right track to be ruling the world at almost 12 months old. (you go baby girl mumma don’t raise no fools)
11 months and counting –
March: we are home and very excited for the future.
April: we are not so keen on bath time.
May: I have got the hang of smiling.
June: I am three months old and have been practising my expressions.
July: I am 4 months old, I have entered 3 months sleep regressions and so far haven’t come out- mummy is very tired.
August: I am 5 months old and can feel pain in my gums so my hands are great for chewing.
September: I am 6 months old and wow food is amazing!
October: 7 months and I can sit all by myself, I can crawl and roll too mummy is very pleased with me.
November: Brrrrrr it’s so cold! 8 months old and rocking my double bobble hat.
December: it’s Christmas! My 1st Christmas and mummy couldn’t be more excited. We are even matching 😍
January: 10 months and I can walk, I can say dada and ta but mumma is still too hard.
February: I saw snow for the first time today and couldn’t contain my excitement! Mummy finally have in and tied back my fringe so I can see!
11 things I have learnt in 11 months–
1. Babies need naps, sleep breeds sleep! Mae is so much happier when she has had a nap and is so much easier to deal with.
2. Mummy also needs sleep! Make sure you sleep when you can, make daddy get up some nights it’s his job too!
3. Mummy time is so important, go see the girls without the baby or go have a bath and lay on the bed in your wet towel. It does your mental state wonders!
4. Dummy and blankey are my go too when ever Mae is crying! There is nothing wrong with a dummy or a stinky old blankey if it makes baby happy then that’s all that matters.
5. Showering with a 11 month old can be hard work but so much fun, plus you can actually shower more then twice a week.
6. A walking baby is hard work!
7. Routine is so important, get baby into a routine asap! You will regret it in the long run.
8. Being a mum is a lonely job, it’s ok to feel alone but remember your not the only one feeling this way.
9. Wash stained clothes in cold water first! Mae has so many ruined outfits as I have only just learnt this trick, food stained clothes are not a good look.
10. It’s either a full face of makeup or clean hair! Not both can be achieved and no one will judge you!
11. Baby poop smells really bad! I mean especially after a healthy lunch 🤢🤢
If you ask a mum how they have found the past 11 months I bet most mums would say “amazing it’s been the best experience” if you ask me I say it’s been testing, don’t get me wrong I have enjoyed every single day with my girl I cannot express how much I love and adore her. She makes me laugh until I cry and I am so truly grateful to finally have her… however! She has tested my patience, my mental strength and my emotions. I have been so exhausted I couldn’t talk, I have been so stressed with her constant moaning I cry and I have been so happy I burst with pride. Mae is a girl on a mission and by god she knows what she wants, she climbs everything and runs around like a headless chicken everyday that not even a bump to the head stops her! (Clearly talking about falling over not me bumping her) she gets so frustrated her tantrums rile me up but when I lay that beautiful head down to sleep I’m thankful that’s it’s finally bedtime (I’m not joking) I am also thankful that I have this little girl who is so full of personality and her love for life reminds me that the good always outweighs the bad.
I am excited to see how the next 11 months go, we still have to experience swimming, her first train ride and her first time on a plane. Hopefully she soon gets the hang of mumma and learns to leave Ivy alone when she is sleeping. There is so much more to look forward too and so much more to dread- like the terrible twos, weaning off her dummy and teaching her that no means no. It’s all part of being a parent you just gotta take one day at a time. We have had a great year yes we may have lost a special person who we will cherish his memory everyday but we also gained our little treasure.
If anyone was to ask me for advise before having a baby I would say I have none, Every one parents differently and you should never feel bad for the decisions you make for your child. however I would say always remember baby wipes when leaving the house!
Mum knows best- no one knows your child better then you! We are all in this parenting job and no one is better then anyone else, you learn who really matters in life and everything else is not worth stressing over. As long as you and your beautiful baby are happy then you have done your job.
All our love- Mae and Me x