Dylan – You are 17 months old (A letter to my son)

My Darling Dylan you are now 17 months old,

It’s just a quick one. When I wrote your 16 month update (Dylan-you are 16 months old) I said that I wouldn’t write to you every month after that.

But, you’ve had a couple of changes which I feel you need to know about.

Firstly, you’ve slept through the night! And not just one night but every night for a whole week! Halleluiah!  I’m wondering if this is finally the turning point in your sleeping pattern. (It’s only took 17 months!) I’m starting to feel like a new woman. I was starting to think this day would never come! It’s amazing what a full nights sleep does for everyone. Including you.

Secondly, we’ve had a bit of a turn around at the dinner table too. I wrote in your 16 month update that you were particularly fussy when it came to eating your food at teatime but over the last couple of weeks we’ve changed you from a high chair to a booster seat so you can sit at the table properly with us and you’ve started to use a fork to feed yourself with and it’s made such a difference! Not all the time, but enough for meal times not to be as stressful as they were. It’s so lovely to watch you try and use a fork. You try to be so independent. The look on you face when you manage to put a piece of food from the fork in to your mouth is utter triumph. Your such a clever little thing.

Your walking has improved vastly over the last week and you are practically running everywhere now. You have such speed behind you I’m forever telling you to slow down. It goes without saying that you’ve also had quite a few bumps to the head since you developed the speed too. Silly little Dylan, you’ll never learn as I rub and kiss it better.

I said it was just a quick letter this month Dylan and I meant it. I’ll leave it here. Your a bit under the weather today and Daddy and I are hoping that you haven’t caught the Chicken Pox from your sister. I’m off to go and give you a cuddle.

Keep up the good work Darling.

We love you.

 

 

Dylan – You are 16 months old (A letter to my son)

My darling Dylan,

I haven’t written to you for the last few months as I thought now that your 1 years old I’d let you know what you’d been up to every few months, I hope that’s ok!

These last 4 months have been brilliant sweetheart, you are progressing so much. You took your first couple of wobbly steps the week before Christmas (at 15 months) and now there’s no stopping you! You are toddling about the house much more confidently now and much more regularly although I still think you prefer to crawl as it gets you there faster!

You are responding more to communication and making relevant noises when we ask you questions. Your favourite word at the moment is “yeah” – you say this in response to almost everything.

Katie has noticed more of a change in you than anyone I think, as you can fully play with her now although there is a little bit of frustration on her part when you brake/rip/throw her toys whilst your playing and I have noticed I’ve had to intervene a couple of times! She currently enjoys asking you what “ra-ra does” as you always respond with “Roar”! She finds this very funny.

You are taking much more of an interest in things now and you like “In the night garden”, “Thomas the tank engine” and “Ra-Ra the noisy lion”. You enjoy playing with cars and dinosaurs too.

Sleeping through the night is still a bit hit and miss darling, we’ve had the odd night lately where you’ve slept from 7:30pm-6am but usually you still wake once or twice during the night. Your quite easy to resettle though so it’s not too much of an issue just yet. No matter how much sleep you’ve had (or lack of) you nearly always wake up at 6am.

Meal times for you are the same every.single.day! Breakfast and lunch time you eat like a horse then come tea time you eat absolutely nothing!! You won’t even try it, your so fussy! I’m hoping it’s just a faze and you grow out of it soon as it can be quite stressful in the evening when all your doing is throwing food on the floor!

Your cheeky mischievous side is still there and growing by the day, your becoming aware of what you shouldn’t be doing (like drawing on the walls!!!!!!!) and doing it anyway! But you then laugh and then we laugh…You get away with murder!

We still have to be careful with you sometimes though sweetheart as you have a temper like a raging bull! Some days, particularly in the evening when your tired you can have some almighty temper tantrums where you throw yourself on the floor in dismay! It makes me smile though as I like to think it’s your fiery side coming through and surely that’s not always a bad thing!? Like everything though, I’m sure it’s just a faze.

I think that’s about it for now my darling, we all love you so much.

Stay mischievous , no one likes a boring baby!

XOXOXO

 

Diary of an imperfect mum

D – You are 1 year old (A letter to my son)

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To my beautiful baby boy – a boy that will always be my baby, no matter what age you become.

You are now 1 years old. What a wonderful, amazing, challenging, stressful, emotional quick year it has been.

I know I say every month passes in a blink of an eye, I know your fed up of hearing me say “I can’t believe your this age already” – But I really can’t! Your sisters first year went by ever so quickly but this year seems to have gone by at lightening speed.

You became so dreadfully poorly when you were 10 days old and it was the most horrendous thing we’ve ever gone through and I never believed for a second that I’d ever get over it. And although the memories of it are still there, I feel like we have got over it and it is just a distant memory because you have just filled our lives with 10 months of pure happiness.

It’s so hard as a parent to find the balance of not wanting to wish your life away and hoping that you will stay a baby forever to being excited about the future and the milestones that you will reach.

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You have hit a big milestone this month which seems to have been a long time coming – You are now crawling! All the built up frustration that you were feeling about not being able to get anywhere has now subsided and you can move. My goodness don’t we know about it. You definitely keep us on our toes now! You are becoming faster and faster every day and you are starting to bump into things and now bruises are starting to appear! The newest one being on your cheek where you bumped a TV stand on holiday! Over the last 24hrs your confidence and skills have grown again and you are now using furniture to pull up on. It won’t be long before you are cruising around the room using the furniture as a guide.

I go back to work next week and it is bitter sweet. I have felt so blessed and lucky to have been able to spend a full year with you, watching you grow, being there when you reach your milestones and making memories with you but I will be glad to do something for me again. I only work two days a week so the days that I’m at work you and your sister will go to your grandparents for the day. They will take good care of you whilst me and Daddy are working.

You now have 4 teeth. Two at the top and two at the bottom. I can only assume that you are cutting another one this week as your usual happy smiley self has been replaced with a grouchy, irritable, restless little monster. Lot’s of cuddles, kisses and Calpol usually does the trick. Lets hope the pain doesn’t go on for too long.

Your birthday was such a lovely day. It was Sunday. We had a small family party for you on the Saturday teatime. Nothing fancy just a little celebration surrounded by the people that love you. We woke up on the Sunday morning and opened all your presents with you. You were very very spoilt! We then spent the morning at Graves Park as the weather was glorious and you got to test out your new SmartTrike that Mummy and Daddy bought you. You really love it! We then spent the afternoon at your cousins house as it’s his birthday the same day as yours and he had a 3rd birthday party there. It was such a great day and you were very happy.

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I’m so glad I am able to write you these letters every month to let you know what we get up to and how you are progressing. I hope your able to look back on them one day and feel that you were loved very much. Both you and your sister!

For now darling, keep smiling!

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XOXOXO

 

 

 

D – You are 11 months old (A letter to my son)

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My beautiful happy little boy,

I feel like I start every letter with the sentence ” I can not believe you are this old” but this month it really is true and I can not believe you are 11 months old. Your 1st year is nearly up and in many ways it has gone by in a flash and in other ways it feels like you have always been here with us.

You are such a beautiful little soul. You have come a long way in the last 2 months since I documented your 9 month update. You are desperately trying to crawl which is the main difference. You find it so frustrating that you can’t get your arms and legs to synchronise at the same time and it’s also frustrating to watch you as you are so close to doing it. I’m pretty confident you will grasp the concept in the next month or so and we can all get ready when it happens as there will be no stopping you.

You are still the happy,cheeky chappy that we know and love but this last month we have seen you have some enormous tantrums which I didn’t think were even possible at your age. If you become frustrated or something is taken away from you (mainly by your sister) or you’re not entirely happy with a situation, you scream and cry and kick till the situation changes! My goodness, it is a show! Sometimes it is difficult to settle you down afterwards. I don’t remember your sister doing this (unless I blocked it all out) so I can’t work out whether it’s a little boy thing, your age or just your personality. You cheeky little monkey! I’m sure there are more fun and games in the upcoming months, so we had better brace ourselves.

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Food for you isn’t an issue anymore. Your moto seems to be “the more food the better” you are a really good eater now and I can’t believe I ever had a worry that I wouldn’t be able to wean you. You did it in your own time just like everything else you’ve achieved.

Clapping and blowing kisses are your new motor skills for this month and you can also wave hello and goodbye.  It is so nice to interact with you on a different level now and you are showing more understanding each day of things we are saying to you.

You still only have 2 bottom teeth. You are dribbling and chewing ever such a lot these last few weeks so I do believe your top two teeth will be here with you very soon.

Sleeping is getting better, you sometimes have a morning nap depending on what time you woke up at that morning and you always have 2-3hrs in an afternoon. Bedtime is still 7:30pm and you sleep until around 5:30-6am with one wake during the night for a bottle of milk.

Your favourite person is still your sister and you both have a great time together. She is the one that instantly gets the laughs and kisses from you. I do believe as much as Daddy and I try to teach you new skills, it is your sister that is learning you the most. She is amazing at interacting with you and meeting your needs. You adore her.

You continue to have regular check ups with the liver specialists. You had one this week and continue to have them every 3-4 months until you are 2 years old. They are so pleased with your progress. We are reminded all the time on how critically ill you were and we genuinely thank our lucky stars daily that you are here with us today. My little miracle boy.

We all love you so much.

Here’s to another amazing month ahead.

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XOXOXO

 

D – You are 9 months old (A letter to my son)

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My gorgeous little man, you are 9 months old. What a productive month we’ve had! There seems to have been a dramatic change in your abilities this last month, the main change being that you are tolerating solid food! Hurrah! I thought this time would never come. A lot of my worries have lifted now. You aren’t eating loads yet but you are definitely getting there.

We’ve just come back from our holiday in Cornwall and I feel like this has made you seem more grown up. You had such a good time at the beach and have been such a little happy chappy all week.

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You are sitting completely unaided now and we are trying to encourage you to crawl but every time you are on your belly you just roll back over on to your back. I’m sure like everything, you will do it when your ready.

Your two bottom teeth have finally broken through!! All the pain and sleepless nights you went through and now you have something to show for it! I do feel like these little teeth have helped you to eat better too.

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You had a hearing test a couple of weeks ago (routine due to your suspected meningitis as a newborn) I was a bit disappointed as I thought you would pass it with flying colours but you didn’t. There seems to be a small blockage in your inner ears so they will recheck them in August to see if the blockage has cleared. It doesn’t appear to affect your day to day hearing though so for now, we won’t worry about it.

Last month I mentioned that you were saying “DA-DA” a lot and this month I am so pleased that you are now saying “MA-MA” too, although you still prefer to say “DA-DA” 😉

You are enjoying lots of things this month. Playing with stacking rings and wooden blocks are a favourite but you have recently learnt to play peek-a-boo which never gets boring for you either. You are such a joy to be around. You light up a room the minute you are in it and you make everyone’s day! We love you, you beautiful little soul.

Until next month…

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XOXOXO