Henry Cole Jones.
My second born son. You came in to this world at 10.55am on Tuesday 30th January 2018, weighing a decent size 8lb 6oz. You were quiet and unassuming, so much so I didn’t even know you’d been lifted from my belly. Your daddy got first look and first hold of you, and then I caught a glimpse of my beautiful baby boy. After a testing 39 weeks of pregnancy, I was so happy to see you born safe and well.
We took you home to your big brother Alfie and begun our life as a family of four. There have been some tough times adjusting to being a mum of two. As a newborn you were so easy, so quiet, so peaceful. It was a fine contrast to your loud, messy, crazy toddler brother! You barely slept, and when you did it was in my arms and in my bed. You fed a lot (but not as much as your brother!) and learnt to adjust to a 2 year old throwing toys at you in the name of “sharing”.
You didn’t get much of a look in as a newborn, such was the difficulty of spreading myself between you and your brother. I wish I could have held you more, soaked in that newborn squishy-ness more and just generally enjoyed the fourth trimester as I did with Alfie. Unfortunately a potty training toddler made it hard, so I’m sorry if you didn’t get the attention you needed.
However, as summer hit, things got easier and we enjoyed the heatwave! We went to the beach, the splash pools, and had lots of fun in the garden together. You learnt to roll and sit up, and started having your own little character. So similar to your brother, yet so different.
We got to Autumn and Alfie started doing more days at nursery, which mean you and I had more time together. We started baby group and seeing friends just the two of us. Obviously we loved spending time with Alfie, but it was also nice to spend time together just the two of us.
We went on our first holiday as a foursome to Devon and experienced the worst storm of the year! But we also got to go swimming, to the beach, bowling and sheep racing! The 8 hour drive home (in which you spent three of them screaming your head off) isn’t something we’ll forget any time soon, but we had an amazing time and it was brilliant to spend quality time as a family.
Winter came, your first Halloween, our trip to Centre Parcs and then your first Christmas all brought lots of joy and memories to our lives. Dressing you up in fancy dress and taking you to visit Father Christmas was brilliant and it was the best first Christmas we could have asked for.
Now we come to your first birthday. On the one hand it seems to have been a very long year, but on the other hand it seems like only yesterday we dropped Alfie at Nanny’s house for the night, ready for our 7am start at the hospital!
I feel like we’ve learnt so much from you this year Henry. You’ve taught us things as parents that you don’t get from a first born (multi-tasking, mostly). A second baby, a second maternity leave, a second son is so much different than first time round – there’s less time to do things but so much more to learn!
It’s been a blast Henry Jones. Here’s to the next year as your parents. I really can’t wait to see what cheeky toddler you turn in to.
Enjoy your birthday, and don’t let your brother open all your presents and eat all the cake and ice cream!!
Happy birthday, my gorgeous, sweet turtle.
Love you always and forever,