It's so strange to think that this time last year I was in my very first week of motherhood. Back then I was still in shock, with a million new questions running through my head every day and jumping at the slightest little snuffling sound.
Fast forward to now and I'm still in shock. I just cannot believe how quickly this past year has gone. When people say 'cherish the first year it goes so quickly' you scoff a little and think 'yeah right' but it really is so true. A couple of weeks ago Ryan and I were putting some of Eric's things into storage and we both got a bit sad. He's not a baby anymore. He's a little boy now. And that is just terrifying to think about.
When it comes to Eric he definitely doesn't conform to any preconceived notion I had of what life was going to be like with a baby. He often disregards the whole concept of having a 'routine' and instead we find ourselves having to adjust times for feeds, naps and activities just so that we can keep up with him. He's constantly on the go, is incredibly independent and hates to be held back. Toys often lay forgotten on the floor because he would rather be investigating the living room, emptying cupboards or reaching for things he knows he shouldn't have.
A good little eater and hardly ever fussy, Eric is on three meals a day, with a bottle of cow's milk in the morning and at bedtime. The Tommee Tippee Prep Machine and steriliser are packed away and soon we will have to start transitioning him on to beakers and cups.
Nap times are going better and there's peace throughout the night. Baby tantrums have started but we know he doesn't understand why just yet. I say 'no' about twenty times a day and watch The Gruffalo at least once. I chase him round the living room during nappy changes and he still hates getting dressed. He doesn't really care for lots of cuddles during the day but when he starts getting sleepy we will snuggle up together and it is the best feeling in the world.
The past year of parenthood has been the biggest rollercoaster. But in between the meltdowns and the mistakes it is by far the best thing I've ever done. Eric is both a little treat and a little tinker and I wouldn't change him at all.
To hear more about Eric's first year, from favourite foods to foot size, give the video below a little watch where I go into a lot more detail -