Wow it still hasn’t sunk in that George is now a year old and I officially have a toddler.. HELP! aha jokes of course, I love him to bits but I wish time would slow down a little. Thought I’d do a post today all about his first year, milestones, what I’ve learnt and how its been becoming a mum for the first time.
I’d say we’ve had a pretty good year together. Apart from the fact he was 5 and half weeks early and I was scared to take him anywhere until he was technically “full term” my first year of motherhood hasn’t been bad at all. I worry a lot about everything anyways, but usually once I’ve done it once or twice I’m much more confident with things. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been hard at times mind. Jabs, teething, rashes, conjunctivitis and a stinking cough and cold… I think I cried through it all, but the good times always outweigh the bad.
- Smiling – 3 months
- Rolling Over – 4 months
- Solids – 4 months (baby porridge and purées)
- Sitting Up – 6 months
- In His Own Room – 6 months
- First Tooth – 7 months (he has 6 teeth now)
- Blows Raspberries – 7 months
- Crawling – 7 months
- Knows His Name – 7 months
- Standing – 8 months (but not on his own)
- Cruising Furniture – 9 months
- Climbing The Stairs – 10 months
- First Words – 10 months (mumma, dadda and nana)
- Clapping – 11 months
- Walking With Walker – 12 months
- Walking On Own – Not Yet
What have you learnt since becoming a mum?
I’ve learnt that I actually can achieve something and be good at it. I usually doubt myself on EVERYTHINGGGG and don’t think I’m good at anything I ever do, but spending the first year of George’s life with him, helping him grow into the little boy he is now makes me feel like I’ve achieved something. Of course I’m not the greatest mum in the world, but I’d like to think I am good at what I’ve been doing. I’ve also learnt that we spend way too much money on baby stuff/furniture that we really don’t need, but I’ll save that for a blog post for another day.
What has been the hardest time?
Hardest time was probably the whole birth (you can read my birth story here) as obviously we weren’t expecting it so soon or his first jabs. After his first jabs he was so unhappy and it was the first time I had seen him cry properly as if he was in pain. He didn’t want to be put down and Dave had to work so I was on my own, couldn’t even wee without him getting upset and it was honestly heartbreaking. I probably spent the whole day crying with him. Luckily his 2nd and 3rd lot of jabs were no where near as bad.
What was your proudest Mum moment?
I don’t really have one, but every time he hits a new milestone I feel immensely proud of him and myself. I always worry with him being premature that he will be slower at hitting his milestones for his age, but in actual fact he’s been smashing them and it makes me so proud seeing him do something new every single day. (Just to add I’ve stopped comparing him to others around his age now too, because every child is different and they go at their own pace.)
Would you do anything differently if you had another?
YES! 100% yes. Obviously not everything differently, but because I’ve been through it once, theres so much I’ll already know for my next one. Certain things to buy that we didn’t this time and vice versa, certain habits we won’t get into that we did this time. Although there is a lot of stuff I wouldn’t do differently, I’d definitely like to be more organised on my next baby.
Did you breastfeed or use formula?
I didn’t breastfeed as such, but I expressed his every meal up until he was 4 weeks old. Due to him being so small, he just didn’t latch onto me, so pumped instead and gave it to him in a bottle. We tried latching him on when he was bigger but was so used to the bottle at that point he still wouldn’t latch. When he was in the NICU he did have some premature baby formula too, but it was mostly my milk. Then by 4 weeks, he started drinking more and I started finding it harder to express enough for him so we did mixed feeding. By a week or so later he was on all formula then. My plan was always to breastfeed just to give it ago really but maybe I can try on my next baby.
When did you get into a routine?
We actually got into a routine when George was 4 months old. I kind of let him pick what we were doing. He started sleeping through around about then, so we used to get up in the morning, have a feed, then i’d put him back down for a nap a couple of hours later or when he was showing signs of being tired, did that a few times a day, then around 6ish it was bath, feed, story and then bed by 7pm. It worked well for him and well for us and he’s still in his routine now. Normally wakes at 7am then its bottle, breakfast, play, nap, lunch, play, bottle, nap, play, tea, bottle, bath then bed at 7pm.
What has been the best part of becoming a mum?
The best part has to be all of it. Despite all the hard times and the cries, the laughter, the smiles, the fun, the excitement in the little tiny human you’ve created just beats everything else. I’ve loved every minute of being a mum so far and George is by far my greatest achievement xo.