Dear Pumpkin… 1 Year

Dear Pumpkin,

It’s a cliche I know, but I cannot believe how quickly the last year has gone. Today feels like such a big milestone as you turn 1 year old.

This year has been the most amazing of my life. You have filled it with love, laughter, challenges and the most amazing sense of purpose. The early days were challenging for us. It took time for us to grow to understand each other. But through those early days we always shared love and as time went on we learnt to understand each other, and I learnt to trust my instincts. This was a big turning point for us.

You are beautiful, spirited, independent, stubborn and funny. You give us the funniest looks sometimes when we are pulling faces and being silly. Like we are so immature but you will laugh and smile to humour us. You are so proud of yourself when you do something clever like walking with your baby walker or pressing the buttons on your toys. It’s written all over your face. When you chuckle it’s the most beautiful sound in the world and your whole body shakes with laughter.

Wherever we go you find friends. The checkout lady at Tesco, a couple at the next table or some children in the park. If someone walks past you and doesn’t smile you look so indignant that they could have ignored you!

You are so loved by family and friends. You love being in their company and already have a strong bond with your 6 year old cousin. Your other cousin is just 6 weeks old and I can’t wait to see you interact with her as you both grow older.

This next year will bring us new adventures and challenges. I know that we will have fun and smiles along the way. As you reach your special day, the day for me to return to work is looming. You have just started at nursery and are settling in so well. I am so proud. I will miss spending every day with you but know that it will give you so many opportunities. Our days at home together will become even more special.

Thank you for bringing so much into our lives.

Lots of love,

Mummy xxx

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