My little boy turned one on the 3rd January and I have been far too filled with emotions to share anything about it until now. I have never had a year fly by so fast. Each moment with him has been nothing short of amazing. In 12 months he has not slept for more than 3 hours at a time, he refuses a bottle so I am pretty much breastfeeding, although with solids that has lessened, I have not had more than a 3 hours apart from him and that was once. In the last 12 months he amazed me every moment of everyday, made me smile, showed me have more love in me than I ever thought possible, made me laugh, shown me he has a personality, will and force to be reckoned with and I love that. In the last 12 months he has become a tiny person. In the last 12 months he has shown me that my whole life all I ever wanted to be was his mummy.
At Christmas I started a book for him, the first thing in it is the letter that I wrote to him on his half birthday which you can read here. I plan to fill it with all the things I want to say to him as well as funny stories about him so I don't forget them and that he can read them wen he is older still. He has another book that friends and family are contributing to filled with advice for the future, ideas for inventions, things to make him smile on dark days, the book did the rounds at his naming ceremony.
Joe and I are not religious people but we felt it is important to have a welcome to the word and make public declarations. As with our wedding there was no need to say or do formal or legal things so we pretty much made this ceremony up too. I like this as the things that need to be said get said, the importance is set to our own perimeters and you can have an altogether less stuffy affair. Children were running around and playing, people could speak up if they wanted, a really beautiful day.
I made sandwiches, salad boxes and puddings, (click on the links for the recipes for the coffee & doughnut trifle and the chocolate tiffin). The garden was decorated with ball pool balls on string.
Our friend Sara, who wrote and performed a poem at our wedding read from Le Petit Prince and we had a few short words from his back up parents who are insisting on redundad and remumnant as titles.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to have my friend Sarah photograph the event. I cannot recommend Sarah Mason enough. You can see more about her on previous posts here and here.
Thank you once again to everyone who helped us welcome Sebastian Felix Lafonseca-Hargreaves to the world.
All photography c/o Sarah Mason Photography