So last weekend our little boy turned one. Obviously he didn’t really know what was going on, but I certainly did. It’s a whole year – yes a WHOLE year gone!
It’s been really different for me with Finn compared to when I had my daughter – I’ve enjoyed this first year more and yes it’s flown much quicker. I’ve been trying to think why it’s been so different and well there are lots of obvious differences – Finn is a boy, not a girl, Finn hasn’t had colic for months like Ellie did and I’m definitely a little older. I think though there are just two things which have really made the difference…
First – although with an 8 year gap I remembered nothing about having a baby, the one thing I knew for certain was that it got easier and that as time goes by it keeps getting easier. First time around it didn’t matter who told me that – I simply couldn’t believe them.
Second – having a school run makes the days shorter so they really fly and living life around school terms means the year seems to disappear in front of you.
Don’t get me wrong, I knew the time was flying, but that’s ok with me. I’m excited about what is yet to come and to be frank, sometimes the speedy passage of time was reassuring and helped my sanity (some days it still does!). I haven’t wasted that precious time though. Whether it’s because I’m older, because I know the time flies or because I know I’m not doing this again, but I am thoroughly enjoying watching my little boy grow up and making a point of noticing each special moment. You know the ones where they do something for the first time, or where they do something ‘naughty’ but are hilarious, where they give you a kiss without being asked, or where they interact in a new way with their sibling.
So my conclusion on Finn’s first year – it’s been a hard work but magical year for me, for Finn and for our whole family. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 12 months.