I’ve been a pretty crap dad blogger as of late.
You see, my daughter had her first birthday on 11th August, but nearly two weeks later, there is no sign of it on my blog. Until now…
I wanted to write something about it to mark the occasion, but truth be told, I couldn’t really find the words and preferred to actually make the day special by being with her, rather than spend it blogging, or thinking about blogging.
I’d considered a ‘5 things I’ve learnt during the last year’ or ‘5 things I’d do differently with the next kid’, but it just felt like writing for writings sake and going over topics I’ve already covered before on this little old blog.
We did a few special things around her birthday to make it memorable – well, for us I guess, not her little forgetful mind. Still, at least we got loads of photos to bore her about it in the future. Being a blogger means you’re never short of having plenty of photos!
The Saturday before she turned one, we met up with both sets of grandparents at Hatton Adventure World. Both my folks and Hay’s folks live 3.5+ hours away from us, so unfortunately don’t get to spend as much time with her as anyone would like. Still, that’s just life and there’s no point moping about it. Instead, we try to make the most of it when we do meet up. We all had a great day for her fake first birthday, which involved plenty of playing, fighting over the sprog’s attention and a melted chocolate cake.
On Baby L’s actual birthday, we headed to West Midlands Safari Park for the day, had a nice meal out and then stayed the night at Wharton Park, all courtesy of Peugeot as part of a review I’m doing of their awesome 308 GT Line Puretech family car. More to come on this in the near future, so stay tuned.
Then, a couple of days after her birthday, we did a ‘Cake Smash’ with Lightmonkey Photography. This basically involved putting a tasty looking cake on the floor, then watching Baby L demolish it as Rachel took photos. It was a hugely fun couple of hours and something we’re really chuffed we did. We’ve just got the photos back from the shoot, so check out my post about our cake smash experience.
So that was her first birthday. It really has been an incredible year, which has gone both slow and fast at the same time, if that’s even possible. Although challenging at times, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m not the most gushing or soppy when it comes to the sprog, as for me it is obvious that she means the world to me, but I’m finding that I love her more as each day goes by. Seeing her develop and grow into a little kid is truly incredible.
Here’s to the next year!