It's Fun to be One

Our sweet Rose turned one yesterday. She was none the wiser to the occasion but she did love the singing, balloons and extra attention that we all showered on her. We started the day with one of her favourites, pancakes and strawberries and then went for a walk to check out if we can swim in our lake yet – a yes from Finley, who went straight in but a no from the rest of us who sat and watched on. It was an absolutely gorgeous day with temperatures rising to 27 degrees (which feels really hot to us now that we are Canadians). It was a great day to be outside and Primrose spent lots of it practising her stair skills on the deck, digging in the dirt, playing on the trampoline and eating flowers – a new favourite activity of hers. If this girl is free to explore and can take breaks for snacks, she is very content.

Everyone humoured mummy with 30 minutes of photo taking to capture our little one year old. I love practising getting pretty pictures of the kids, staged they may be, with 50 shots necessary to get just one of them clear and how I’d like it! I’ll get there. And then our darling girl took a nap while I finished off her cake. I was struck with inspiration for her cake the day before her birthday. I remembered a cake my mum had made me when I was a little girl and thought I'd go about recreating it.I guess my cake making mantra is 'I reckon I can manage that!' but truth be told cake decorating is really hard! I think my mum's version turned out much classier, but as a last minute effort I think mine turned out okay, if not straight out of a 90's Women's Weekly cake book. 

We have created a nice little set of birthday traditions now. We do a banner, balloons and a special cake, the kids get their favourite meal and we try to make it a fun day all about them. For gifts Prim got her own little talking bird, which you can record message that are then repeated back to you in a bird voice! Her favourite is 'I love you Prim!'. 

We do love our Prim. She is known in our house as Primrose, Rose, Prim, Miss Rosie-roo, Primeroozel and Lollipop. She is full of life and laughter, she finds everything funny and is very easy to please. She has an independent spirit, she loves exploring and creating her own fun, but loves to find her way back to us for kisses and cuddles. If she happens to pass a stuffed toy she stops in for a cuddle from them too.  She is very determined, when she wants something, she really wants it, when she is upset, she is really upset but she can easily be distracted and redirected to something new too. One of her favourites is looking out the window at the world passing by. She is incredibly tactile and will stop and take time to feel her surrounds. Sometimes she will be crawling along but will stop to lay and rub her face against the carpet or grass! She loves to play amongst the clothes in our closets, or when we shop, and run the fabric through her fingers. Hair is another favourite, feeling and brushing ours and her own. 

On her birthday she stood alone for the first time and we think walking isn't too far away. She has a speedy crawl that is getting her by for now and she has learnt to climb both up and down the stairs and loves us pretending to chase her. Her favourite word is 'Bop' and her favourite person is her brother. She has some fun little quirks that we love. She really loves when you use a warm washer to wipe off her hands and face after meals, she thinks its a really special treat and looks up at us with a beaming face. She loves tipping over with the word 'timber!' and Daddy making her fly and land on our bed. Finley plays some games with her that she absolutely loves, like crawling between each others legs and hiding in home made cubbys. Both of the kids love books. Primrose just discovered them and one of her favourite things to do is to sit on her own and flick through the pages. The best are the touch and feel books, it's fun watching her rub her little hands across the pages. 

Motherhood doesn't always come easy to me, sometimes I feel like I'll go mad with the endless feeding, cleaning, feeding cleaning or when both kids lose it at the same moment and I wonder if I'm cut out for the job at all. But when I stop and really take the time to feel the joy, I feel it deep. Every baby is a miracle and as big as the task to care for them can be, it's also the most amazing experience of my life. Thanks for being my baby darling Rose. 

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