Child development, Early Years, First time Mum, Parent

A letter to my one year old

Dear Samuel

You have been one for nearly a week now and it's as if you have turned into a toddler overnight. You are walking everywhere and everyday you let go of our fingers for a little bit longer and a little more often.

You are such a character and seem to find rough and tumble play hilarious, especially with Daddy, your Grandads and your cousins Max and Henry.

Your smile is infectious and you know what to do to make Mummy smile too. Although you are shy with people you don't know or don't know very well you are such a social little boy. You love to follow older children and try and copy what they are doing. You always wave to cars as they pass even if you don't know who they are.

I think you are going to be a bit of a class clown. You like to stick your tongue out and will keep doing something if it has made someone laugh such as dribbling water down your chin. Your newest thing is to roar like a dinosaur. I think that you have got that from Peppa Pig, which you love to watch especially on Mummy's phone. Another favourite is Pingu.

You like to sing (hum) and always starts to bob up and down if you hear music you like. Your favourite songs are 'Wind the Bobbin up' and 'I had a little turtle'. You have definitely got Mummy's love of books and you will quite happily sit there and look at one or bring one to us to read to you.

You are such a chatterbox too and have some long conversations with us. I wish I knew what you were saying. I love to hear you say Mama and Dada, it just melts my heart.

You have achieved so much already in such a short time and Mummy and Daddy are so proud of you. I look forward to seeing what the next year will bring for you but please stay my baby for just a little bit longer.

Lots of love always

Mummy xxxxx

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Samuel at 12 months

I can't believe I am writing this post. It seems crazy that I have a one year old. I'm sure it was only yesterday that I held him for the first time. Samuel has changed so much since he was that 8lb 4oz newborn and even since my last update. He really is turning into a little boy.

Gross Motor
Samuel is able to walk a short distance independently but would still rather hold your finger although he seems to be getting more confident everyday. He loves to climb and will pull himself up on anything, climbing on and off his scuttle bug and bike with ease.

Fine Motor
Samuel is able to use his hands with purpose. He can use a spoon to feed himself and is able to pick up small objects and food using a pincer grip. He is still obsessed with putting lids back on things.

Cognitive
Samuel remembers where things were or where they should be. He likes to push cars around on the floor and tries really hard to put the correct shape in the correct hole in his shape house.

Communication
Samuel is beginning to build up a repertoire of words such as mama, dada, ball, bubble, Peppa, no and Nanna. He is able to follow simple instructions such as 'sit down', 'find daddy' and 'come here' and understands lots of individual words. Samuel likes to sing and he loves books, bringing them to you to read.

Social
Samuel can be quite shy around unfamiliar people and can be quite clingy especially towards me. However with people he knows well he will happily go with them and talk to them. Samuel particularly likes older children who he can follow around and copy. He loves spending time with his older cousins and friends. It has been really good for Samuel to spend with Daddy and Grandad without me around.

Feeding
Samuel wakes and is breastfeed about half and hour before his breakfast. He then usually goes all day without milk until bedtime when he will have a formula bottle and a top up of breast milk if needed. If he does want milk during the day he will either have a small bottle of formula or some breast milk depending on where we are and what we are doing. Samuel will have breast milk during the night if he wakes to settle him quickly back to sleep.
Samuel is now eating pretty much anything and his favourite food is peas and sweetcorn. He now has 8 teeth; 4 at the top and 4 at the bottom.

Sleeping
Samuel still likes 2 naps a day and the car and pushchair are still the places he falls to sleep easiest. In the evenings he falls to sleep on our bed and we transfer him into his own room. He has now slept through the night (between 6 and 9 hours) a few times and it's very reassuring to know he can do it. We still occasionally co sleep and we do it because it works for us.

Although I am a little sad that I no longer have a baby (he will always be my baby though) I am excited to see the little boy he is growing in to.

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Weaning Wednesday – Embrace the mess!

A couple of weeks ago something just clicked. Samuel had started refusing food, especially anything taken off a spoon. Weatabix and yogurt that he had once loved he was now turning his nose up at. Then one day I just left the spoon on the table and Samuel grabbed it and put it to his mouth. I placed the bowl in front of him and he began to attempt to scoop out the food using the spoon and put it to his mouth. 

By the end of the meal there was food everywhere with Samuel using his hand to scoop and then licking it off. But he had eaten it and he enjoyed it. The next meal we did the same, gave a spoon to Samuel and placed the bowl in front of him. Again lots of mess but the food was being mostly eaten. 

Now we just give Samuel his food and let him get on with it. We don’t interfere and weatabix and yogurt are back on the menu. Yes it can get messy but let’s embrace the mess. Who said having children was a clean job anyway!

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Samuel at 9 months

I can’t believe we are at this point already! Samuel has nearly been here as long as he was growing inside me. He just amazes us everyday. He is so clever. I know all parents say that and it’s always true. 

Gross Motor

Samuel is able to crawl and pull himself up to standing on sturdy furniture. He is able to sit himself up from laying down or crawling by getting up on his hands and feet. He still loves to walk holding both hands. 

Fine Motor

Samuel is much more purposeful with his movements. He is able to grasp anything he needs and swap between his hands. Even at this early stage he seems to be favouring his right hand. Samuel is able to keep hold of an object for long periods of time such as his dummy or his cup. He loves filling and emptying and attempts to put lids back on things. 

Cognitive 

Samuel actively explores the world around him. Now he is on the move he is literally into everything. He lifts things to see what is underneath and is copying actions such as shaking his head, clapping and waving. 

Communication 

Samuel loves to talk and will babble phrases of 3/4 syllables. He babbles frequently even when alone and listens with more interest to familiar words such as Mummy, Daddy and water and to familiar songs such as Wind the Bobbin up. Samuel is able to say Mama and Dada. He also seems to say hello in context. 



Social

Samuel is such a flirt and will put on the smile for people who show him attention. He loves to play Peekaboo and likes to talk to the ‘Mirror Baby’. Samuel is now able to wave bye and likes to share his toys and food (although he doesn’t actually want you to keep them). He loves other children and had so much fun on holiday with his big cousin. 

Feeding

Samuel is still breastfeeding on demand and still needs a feed during the night to settle him quickly back to sleep. He also has 1-2 formula bottles a day. Samuel loves his food, especially finger foods that he can feed himself. He now has 4 teeth. 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom, and 2 more top teeth trying to come through. 

Sleeping

Samuel is still not a great sleeper. He has still never slept through the night and we spend a lot of time co-sleeping. He is down to 2 naps a day and has to be really tired to fall asleep if we are somewhere new (nosey baby). When we are at home though he is sleeping in his own room for the first part of the night which means Lee and I have got our evenings back. He loves to nap in the car and will often fall asleep even if he has only just had a nap. We do not and will not use the car as a sleep aid though but often try and time our journeys around nap time where possible. 

Samuel has achieved so much already and being his Mummy really is the best job in the world!