18 September 2010

A year in the life...

As we head towards the momentous occasion of a wee man's 1st birthday, here are a few of our most memorable Mylo Moments.

The Grand and Speedy Entrance
Even though you weren't actually due for 5 more days, you decide you want a memorable birthdate.


It is crisp and frosty. We drive through the quiet and still city in the early hours of the morning to get to the hospital. Just before 4am, and I have been having good contractions for 4 hours. Although the journey is blurry, I remember seeing young people walking the streets coming home from a night on the town. And thinking rather lucidly given the pain that my night is going to surpass anything they might have experienced.  We park in the underground carpark. It is still and echoing, not a soul in sight. By this time, I cannot stand through the contractions and I drop to my knees supported by hubby to get through the next one that comes. He later tells me how glad he is that the carpark was deserted as my cries of pain could easily have been mistaken for cries of passion something else?!

The birthing pool is a welcome relief from the pain. It is so much easier to listen to my body this time. Taking over and telling me exactly what I need to do and when. I listen and obey. I only have to push for a few minutes. And then suddenly there you are. Less than an hour since we came to the hospital, and you arrive -  desperate to see the world with your brand new eyes. Welcome Mylo. It is 4.56am.

We stay just long enough for me to recover and for you to feed. I remember you being so alert and hungry. I get some energy back eating toast and drinking an altogther different kind of Milo - I'm so ravenous after that adrenaline surge! We bring you home to begin our new adventure as a family of four. It is 8am.

Mylo's full birth story is 

Discovering His Reflection
Imagine the excitement when Mylo discovered that there was another baby who had just as cute a smile as him!

Escargot Anyone?
Taking a love of French cuisine a little to the extreme, I found you with a whole snail (shell and all) in your mouth munching merrily away at 7 months old. It was only the crunching sound (ew ew ew!) that gave your game away. Though it is still a mystery to me how it even got inside the house in the first place?!

The Pose
This is your trademark 'I know you're telling me off right now, but I can soooo stare you down, just try me' look. And how you have already figured out how to lower your eyebrows that far is what really gets me!

Big Cuddly Cats
We watch you seeing the tigers for the first time at the zoo. And oh how you giggle! I could make a Tui billboard out of what you're clearly thinking: 'If only I could get in there and play with them, it'd be just like playing with my fluffy cat Murphy, only ten times as much fun!' Yeah right.

Those Fiddly Fingers
I think those wayward little fingers are going to get you in more trouble than you or we know.

Mylo Makes Music
Any which way he can.


Splish splash Mylo's having a bath. At the start, it took him about 2 months to even begin to enjoy bathtime. We endured quite a lot of screaming in those early days. But once he had the hang of it, there was NO turning back.


I got this one Dad
Forget buying earbuds. I can clean your ears out for free!

And.......pause for Contemplation
And even with the never-ending abundance of energy you have, you still find time for quiet. For taking it all in. And you do. Stopping thoughtfully to ponder the great mysteries of life as you know them.

And so here we are....one year on.

I often have to pinch myself. Because I can't believe we got so much love, cuteness and pickleness all combined into this one pint-sized package.

So, a new year awaits you Mylo. It is yours to explore and enjoy.

We are so blessed to be able to love and guide you through the many wonderful and varied experiences that are to come.

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own - Ben Sweetland

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the love of an adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in - Rachel Carson


Sarah said...

Oh wow, a year already!!!! This is such a gorgeous post and what a fabulous pint sized chap you have indeed! LOVE those eyebrows! Such a cutie. Have fun celebrating & hope there's no snails on the menu! xxx

Sarah Gauntlett said...

such a cutie - what a cool collection of moments!

thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog of late!

tracey e said...

Well done Meg & Mark for raising such a precious wee boy. Enjoy :)

Leesh said...

Wow - what a great look back at the year :=)

I've nominated you for a "one lovely blog" award, head on over to my place to pick it up http://leeshshighway.blogspot.com/2010/09/one-lovely-blog.html

Mark said...

Happy Birthday beautiful boy....you've given us an amazing year. I can hardly remember the bad stuff now (waking up at all hours etc)...only good memories when I have a look at these photos.

And Meg...you are amazing, thank you for being the best Mummy ever and a huge well done for this blog. I know sometimes I complain about a camera being in my face, but truthfully I wouldn't have it any other way.

You complete me. Markie xx

Simoney said...

Gorgeous photos!!!
Happy first birthday Mylo!


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