Well, it’s that time of year again where we say goodbye to an old year and ring in a new one. And what a year it’s been in the BattleHousehold. Little did I know this time last year that I’d be in labour in less than 24 hours time and be giving birth to BattleKid on the morning of the 2nd!
From there we entered the rollercoaster that is parenthood and haven’t looked back since. It has been full of highs, a few lows in the early days (I won’t lie, there were tears) but it’s been ram-packed with new and exciting things. That is the joy of parenthood I think. We’ve had those first smiles, the baby talks, the holding our head up on our own. We’ve enjoyed seeing BattleKid learn to sit, crawl, stand and know we are well on our way to walking. We’ve been lucky to only have a few colds this year in terms of illness too.
From a gourmet perspective we’ve entered the world of solids and laughed at some of the faces he has pulled. You know, the ones where he’s thinking “what is this crap you’re putting in my mouth!?”. He’s gone from completely depending on us to becoming a little critter who knows his own mind and isn’t afraid to pull a tantrum when he doesn’t get his own way. He’s moved on from baby rattles and squeaky toys to bigger, better, noisier things.
He’s gone through clothes faster than I can put him in them. His range of wardrobe is bigger than mine, but he can’t beat me on the shoes front! Hearing his baby giggles develop into belly laughs has been thrilling and so much fun. He’s gone from a helpless little baby into a fully interactive human-being and we’ve loved every minute of it. He even started nursery and has settled in very well. The only thing I miss is his gummy smile, but that’s been replaced by vampire baby who is seeing in the new year with no less than 6 teeth!
And as for 2015, well there’s so much coming our way. For a start there’s his first birthday on Friday! We have also got walking, talking properly and moving from the baby room in nursery to the toddler room coming up. We’re looking forward to our family holiday in May where we can enjoy the pool and sun more this year than last. We’re looking forward to family time back home in Ireland and seeing his cousins growing up too (he has two around his own age). And most importantly, we’re looking forward to fun weekends as a family with a little person, who each day becomes a little less of a baby and more of a small toddler! Exciting times ahead indeed.
Have a happy, exciting, fun-filled new year and here’s to a great 2015!
Happy New Year everyone from all of us in the BattleHouse x