To My Gorgeous Little Guy...
You’re six months old already. How on earth did that happen? In so many ways it seems like you were only in my tummy ten minutes ago, but it others ways it seems impossible to remember what life was like before you came along.
So far I have loved every single minute of being your mummy. Yes, even the poopy nappies and the sleepless nights. Although I must say that I think we struck lucky with you because you are such a truly contented baby. You very rarely cry and if you do it’s because you are getting a bit tired.
Before you came along I had always liked babies, but nothing really prepared me for how fascinating I would find you. You are just so incredibly entertaining. I can watch you for ages; trying to see things the way that you see them, and imagining what might be going through your mind. You get a look of wonder on your face if you see plants or trees moving in a breeze. And if we go out in the wind you open your mouth like you’re trying to eat it. And you pull a very serious face if I pour water on you really slowly at bath time; you just can’t understand why you can’t catch it and hold it. And your own reflection in the mirror is guaranteed a smile; you clearly think that you are as gorgeous as everyone tell you that you are!
You smile at such amusing things, and you have different smiles for different people and for different things. You have a ‘morning smile’ that Daddy or I get when we come in to see you in the morning, it’s like an excited smile that says you are really pleased to see us. And you have a ‘cheeky smile’ that you give me when I pull a cheeky smile at you from across the room. And you are even starting to develop an ‘okay-then-Mum-I’ll-humour-you smile’ which you use when I’m doing a silly dance or singing a silly song in an attempt to make you laugh.
Your giggle is completely infectious and I find it impossible not to laugh with you. You are really ticklish; particularly on your feet, your thighs and near your armpits. You also laugh when I blow raspberries on your belly or your neck. And you can get completely hysterical if we play a ‘boo game’ where I pretend to be asleep and then make you jump by saying “boo”.
When I pick you up now, you sometimes put your arms either side of my neck and give me a cuddle. I’m pretty sure you are doing it by accident, or going in for a grab of my hair, but I like to think it’s a cuddle. You do seem to nuzzle into my neck as you do it, so maybe. It never fails to make me melt. I love breathing in your smell and I do it whenever I can. I do worry sometimes that I’ll still be wanting to cuddle you and smell you like that when you go off to school, and I know you’ll be mortified, so I’m trying to get as many cuddles in now so that I don’t have to embarrass you too much later.
I love spending time with you. We go to Mum and Baby groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We go swimming together. We’ve done Baby Massage classes and we’re about to start doing Baby Yoga and Baby Sensory classes. And sometimes we just hang out together at home on one of our PJ days. We have so much fun together.
I found it quite hard as we started approaching the six month marker and we were getting near to introducing you to solids. I had enjoyed the fact that up until then you had only needed me, and me alone. It felt so grown up to me, for you to be ready for other foods. But actually, it’s really exciting feeding you different foods, especially as you seem to like food so much. I really hope that you’ll be a good eater and not a fussy pants like Daddy used to be before I came along. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
It’s really funny, this mummying lark. For every new skill that you learn and milestone that you reach, I get a mixture of pride and sadness. It sometimes seems like you are growing up so fast and I want to capture every minute before it’s gone. But mostly I’m full of pride at your achievements and full of excitement for your future. I can’t wait until the day that you hold out your arms to be picked up and cuddled. And I’m looking forward to taking you to the zoo and the seaside for the first time. And I can’t wait to watch you toddle and kick a football to your Daddy (I’m pretty sure that he can’t wait for that either!)
I feel so thankful that I have been so blessed to have you. You are my most favourite thing in the whole world and I hope that you will always know how much I love you. The day you were born was the happiest day of my life and I feel so incredibly lucky to have you.
I’ll love you forever and ever.
Love and cuddles