Today, our baby turned one.
We tried to spend the day without being on our phones, and just cherishing Leo’s first birthday and talking about life a year ago today.
When you’re pregnant, you can’t imagine what it will be like to hold your baby for the first time.
You think about the kind of parent you want to be, and try to imagine what your baby will look like.
But nothing will ever come close to that feeling of holding and seeing your child for the first time.
It’s a different kind of love.
The first time I held Leo my heart could have burst. I cried and smiled, and held him close to me.
No matter how many birthdays pass and years go by, every birthday, and every day in between, I will always remember that moment.
Today we went to The Deep in Hull with a few of our family members, so that we could give Leo all our attention and not have to worry about anyone or anything else. (We have a party on Sunday for that).
We just wanted to be with the few people who were there, and saw him on the day he was born.
Leo loved watching all the fish swim around and he tried talking to them through the glass, (well, shouting at them). It was his first time at an aquarium, so we let him lead the way and followed him around wherever he pointed to go, or ran to.
Watching his little face light up at the fish and sharks, all the people he could smile at and show off too, it made me so proud.
We’ve spent this last year watching him learn and grow, and I’ve never been more proud in my whole life.
A whole year has passed since you were born Leo. I’ve watched you open your big blue eyes for the first time, sit up, roll over for the first time, crawl, and take your first steps.
I’ve watched you learn, and grow into a beautiful, chatty and cheeky one year old, and my heart is so full of love and pride.
You grow more and more every single day, and so does my heart.
A year ago today Leo…
You rocked our lives and taught us so much. I’ve slowed down more, learnt new things, and I’ve loved so much more than I ever thought was possible.
Happy birthday my little cub, I love you to the stars and back.
(Just to add quickly, we broke down on the motorway on our way home, and even though Dylan and I were terrified and wanted to get home, Leo loved watching all the cars and lorries pass us, and he loved his ride home in the breakdown truck! Just another memory to look back on and laugh).