Memories and Milestones

Memories and Milestones

A lot has happened in the last few days. Santa has come and gone and is probably relaxing somewhere warm, hubby and I are exhausted, the kids are on a three day sugar high, and the house looks like a toy store went out for a big night, drank far too much tequila, and yakked in every room.

Yep, a big few days. But today is perhaps the biggest emotionally. Today our #smallestlittle Daniel James (DJ) is one year old.

A walk down Daniel lane

When I started writing this blog he would have been around two months and now he is one. I must have dozed off and slept through it all because I don’t feel like it has been that long – though I can’t have slept through it all because my eyes are so tired that if I rub them any harder I’m sure I’ll completely wear through the lids.

Little guy must have been excited for his birthday because he woke up at 5am. Totally understandable, first birthdays are huge to a kid, right? Toby joined us soon after, followed by Marky who ran in talking about Octonaughts at a thousand miles a minute.

The boys hugged their baby brother and said happy birthday. Then we brought in his present. Well that was a huge success! After what felt like 1,247 presents for his baptism (two weeks ago) and Christmas we were stuck for gift ideas, then I went shopping with my sister and there it was -a guitar. Perfect! The kid would dance to the sound of a paper bag crinkling, a music gift would be just the thing to make his face light up.

Well the photo says it all!

I guess he likes it?


He has currently had his guitar for about 42 minutes and 23, 24, 25 seconds.

I am an idiot. Three children in and I still haven’t learnt my lesson about noisy toys. Maybe next year I’ll get him a drum kit, or that game Trouble with the bubble in the middle that you push to roll the dice, or a rattle gun.

Oh Daniel, maybe one day you’ll read this. You should know that you are so loved. You completed our family (gosh I hope there were no surprises after you that are reading this – surprise child I’m sure we love you too, unless you were the one to finally make me buy shares in Depends, then it’s probably debatable).

Daniel you are a happy, loving, always-dancing, cheeky, goofy little guy and you brighten every day. You can throw one hell of a tantrum and you make the funniest angry faces. You have two teeth on the bottom and three on the top (what’s that about? Even it up child, it’s giving mummy a tick), you can walk, you just prefer to let everyone come to you, you also won’t hold your own bottle. You’re kind of lazy – grow out of that soon, yeah?

That time I turned him into Harry Potter #storkbite


Bottom line is that we love you. Your brothers love you. You were so meant to be a part of our family, just chomping at the bit to get out here and join us. I wish so much good for you darling one. I wish you love, I wish you laughter, I wish you good health, and good company. I wish you amazing experiences, and little heartbreak, I wish you fulfilment and joy.

Never give up, never doubt yourself, and please, please never stop dancing every chance you get.

Mother and child. Daniel wrapped in the same blanket his brothers were wrapped in, made with love by their G-Nan

21 thoughts on “Memories and Milestones

  1. Aw, happy birthday to you little man! He’ so adorable I just want to mush him! โค I don't have my kids myself but I totally get where you're coming from – I gave a toy to piano to my best friend's daughter a couple of years back and I think my best friend hasn't completely forgiven me for the noise barrage that ensued afterwards. Hahaha. Seriously though, this post made is so endearing and so funny at the same time. I hope your son sees it one day- he'll be so proud. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Wow! Happy 1 y/o to your little prince! He si so adorable ๐Ÿ˜‰ love his big smile ๐Ÿ™‚ ha…ha…thanks for your personal sharing, I learnt from you, will never buy noisy toys for my future kids ๐Ÿ˜‰ cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing


  3. This has got to be one of the sweetest things that a mother has done for a child. I am sure that someday, when your son reads this, it would make me happy. There are many things that I don’t love about this generation (e.g., online bullies) but I think the young people are luckier than us in a sense that the technology has made it so much easier to document their life at such an early age. Heck I hardly remember what happened when I was a child and my baby photos are so few they can be counted on fingers. I think it’s the only thing that I envy of the newer generation. When they grow old, your son for example would have something to see. He would know how much he is loved, he would know what he used to look like.

    Anyway, why am I getting dramatic here hahaha… Happy birthday to your son! He is a very cute little boy by the way.


    1. Haha I completely get it! I love it as well! I wish I had more photos or videos of my childhood. Even more than that I wish I had more of my parents childhood! I’d love to have seen them growing up ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you so much x


  4. Your boy is so cute! I have one son and now he is 19 but I still want to baby him hahaha much to his chagrin lol! Happy Birthday little one! Wishing you a great future with Mom and Dad’s guidance and love!


  5. When my eldest child came to my lap for the first time, she scratched her ears, yawned loudly, flashed a smile at me and slept away.
    She has remained like this for all these 16 years- fun loving, smiling and always scratching her ears.
    Please treasure these moments for you will long for them once Daniel gets older.
    Happy birthday, Daniel.


  6. Happy birthday to the young darling! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy these days to the fullest they fly away very fast. In a blink of your eye you will have 3 fully grown men in front of you. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have seen it myself. Now they are in their teens and I miss the lovely toddler days.


  7. Happy birthday to your baby Daniel! My youngest is also named Daniel. He’s Georg Daniel. ๐Ÿ™‚ He just turned 2 last month and I also feel like “Where did all those months go?” Yet, I’m always with him. Kids really grow up so fast.


  8. It’s just quite funny how time flies so fast. I, too, had started my blog when my eldest was still young, literally during when he was about to turn one then. And now, my eldest is 6! He has siblings who are 4 and 6 months old. The only problem is that I don’t blog about them not until when I gave birth of my youngest, I decided to create a blog about my venture as a single mom. I guess, for moms like us, it’s normal to blog more about kids. hahah


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