Today marks Harry’s (AKA #Curlywoo) 5 month birthday! I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone. Coincidentally today also marks the anniversary of my first ever blog post, this was for The Dad Network ‘The Wait is Nearly over – Life with a full term pregnancy!’ I know this, as it was written and completed whilst Ashley was in labour! (My Blogging story obviously didn’t stop there but that’s a post for another day!)
With #TheBoy it felt like we had more time to enjoy him growing up as he received 100% of our attention, whereas #Curlywoo has to share our attention with #TheBoy. This said it has been an amazing and uniquely different experience to the first 5 months of #TheBoy ‘s life! When #theboy was born although my wife had experience of babies through her nephews and nieces I had none! I was petrified and was overwhelmed with advice from friends, family, books, each with there own perspective on how they should be fed/ How they should sleep/ whether or not we should use dummies/ when we should wean them/ bedtime routines, the list was endless. The best thing we did as a couple was to discuss all these and quite often use our common sense!
In the lead up to #CurlyWoo ‘s due date I personally felt like it would be easier because I did not have these worries. Then started friends and work colleagues telling me that #Theboy may become jealous and compete for our attention. So from day one we decided we would get him involved. #TheBoy came to visit #CurlyWoo in the hospital and immediately made a connection with him.
Watching the way that they love each other is amazing. I love it that the first thing that #Theboy says in the morning is ‘I want to see Harry’
I remember a friend telling me that when you have your first child you have some much love for them it is difficult to comprehend you loving a second child the same, Instead you love how they love one another. This is definitely true for #TheBoy and #CurlyWoo and despite the fact they are 2.5 years and 5 months you can see the way they look and smile at each other that they will be friends for life!
By far the most traumatic experience of these first 5 months was receiving a panicked phone call from Ashley while I was at work. Ashley had popped out of the room momentarily leaving #the boy playing and #Curlywoo on his mat. Somehow #TheBoy had slipped and pulled over the fire guard on top of #CurlyWoo, luckily the arms over the mat broke the fall. However he did end up with a mark on his face. We contacted 111 and as I expected that they advised we went to A&E. We had to go through all the Children Services paperwork and I ended up spending the night with him at the hospital whilst he was monitored and was discharged the next day. Both Ashley and I understood that the paperwork needed to be completed but it still made us feel like bad parents, we realize now however accidents happen (often more frequently with a rampaging toddler in the house!)
My Proudest experience of the first 5 months occurred only a few weeks ago. I had returned home from a long and challenging day at work and was getting #curlywoo unchanged for his bath. I have missed a lot of his ‘firsts’ due to work, so it was amazing to be the one to make him laugh for the first time. Not just a titter or a chuckle but a full on belly laugh! Both my children laughing are one of the few sounds that can instantly put a smile on my face.
I am very much looking forward to seeing what the next 5 months has in store. #CurlyWoo is growing so quickly and already has a very distinct personality to #TheBoy. But living in the present, today I am sure you will join me in celebrating #CurlyWoo ‘s 5 month birthday!