I was really excited when I found out I was due on the 7th August 2009 with my first baby. My husband has a lovely niece, who was turning 8 on the 7th August, and she asked me if I could please please try and have my baby on her birthday! I suggested that closer to the time we arrange for her to come over so we could clean the skirting boards, eat curry and pineapple, and try to bring the baby out!
Unfortuantely, that was never going to happen, and Joseph was born 3 months early. It's only this year that I have really learnt just how long 3 months is! Joseph's "other" first birthday seems an age ago, since then we have travelled to London twice, gone to many birthday parties for friends, and generally been very busy!
And in these last 3 months, Joseph has changed immeasurably. In 3 months he has learnt to commando crawl, proper crawl, eat corn on the cob and chicken drumsticks, pull to stand, wave and dance! He has developed a very funny sense of humour, he is slowly learning words, and he has come on a treat since his first birthday, oh and grown a lot of hair!
I am so very proud of him, my husband and myself. It feels like now we can really put his beginnings behind us, there are no concerns about Joseph's health and development (well, we know for sure after his check up next week at the hospital), and everything is looking very bright indeed.