To the baby of the family

Today is your first birthday. I can’t believe how quickly the last 12 months have gone. 

You have changed so much from the little pink bundle that I was handed a year ago today. It has been wonderful to watch you grow and develop into a beautiful little girl. 

The day you were born, your big sister came with dad to collect you from the hospital. Having a baby sister was the most exciting thing that has ever happened to her. 

Her first words when she saw you were, “Oh baby sister, baby sister’s got a head!”

We explained to you both that you will now have a friend forever. If ever you need someone, your sister will always be there. 

And it has been lovely to watch you growing closer to your sister every day. You interact together already and I’m sure that when you can walk, you will play together all the time. 

You have started to say a few words now. Mum, dad, dog and bird among others. At the moment, your favourite word is “cheers.”

As soon as we give you a drink, you raise it to anyone who is close enough. You insist on banging the cups together and saying cheers. 

This induces the cutest little grin. 

The same grin, while we’re on the subject, that you turn to when you are doing something that you know you shouldn’t do. 

It is very difficult to get cross with you. 

The past year hasn’t been that easy for any of us. We want to do the best for you and your sister and I want to enjoy your company as you grow up. 

Combining the two things hasn’t been easy. I work long days and late nights, but only while you are asleep. This means that you are always with either mum or dad, just the way it should be. 

For me, it has brought illness after illness and exhaustion. But I wouldn’t have it any other way, you are both such fun to be around, and I genuinely believe that at this age, there is nobody better to look after you than your mum. 

Spending so much time with you has turned you into the most loving little girl you could imagine. 

You are always quick with a kiss and a cuddle for your family. 

You and I are particularly close. You get a bit upset when I even cuddle your sister. Whilst this is difficult, especially for you, it is lovely and I feel honoured to be so loved. 

I am still breastfeeding you, and I am proud that our breastfeeding journey has lasted so long, it has only brought us closer. These days, you are not feeding so much. I will be sad when you finally decide to stop. 

Since the day you were born, I haven’t been away from you for more than a couple of hours. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now, we look forward to the next 12 months. To seeing how much you will grow and change as you start walking and talking. 

And I know this is a process that has to happen. But I hope you don’t change too much. We enjoy your feisty, cheeky personality and the beautiful little person you have become. 

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