MUM’S THE WORD: Tinge of sadness that my baby is growing up

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It doesn’t seem possible our beautiful baby Nancy is only a few weeks away from her first birthday.

It doesn’t seem possible our beautiful baby Nancy is only a few weeks away from her first birthday.

Surely it was only five minutes ago that I was staring in amazement at a grainy scan picture; coming to terms with the fact there was a little person growing in my tummy and that I was going to be a mum?!

And although I’m incredibly excited (and somewhat relieved we’ve both made it this far) I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness because she’s not going to be a baby for very much longer.

Nancy arrived two weeks early and has been striving to run before she could walk ever since.

Nevertheless, every day she continues to amaze me by learning something new.

This week she’s added opening and closing her chubby little fists and waggling her fingers as we sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to her vastly growing repertoire.

So far she’s proving to be a typical Gemini – mischievous, talkative, curious and smart and her growing independence leads me to think I’m going to have one very spirited little girl on my hands.

Feeding time has turned into a mad frenzy with Nancy determined to do it herself – and now every meal time resembles a medieval banquet as she sits in her high chair shovelling lumps of chicken or spaghetti bolognese into her mouth as fast as she can with both hands.

And she’s been crawling in her own way, hauling herself along like a crack-commando who’s been shot in the leg since mid-February, but she’s recently found her knees and discovered that by doing it ‘properly’ she can get into all the places she’s not supposed to far more quickly!

People keep telling me it won’t be long before she’s walking and although I’m excited for the next phase I don’t want to wish our time away; I’m sure the next few years will pass by quick enough and then there’ll come a point where she’ll be too embarrassed to be seen in public with me and disown me in front of her friends!

But becoming a mum has definitely been the best thing I’ve ever done – in fact I wish I hadn’t waited so long.

Each day is filled with joy as I watch her grow and develop her own little personality and all the hard work is worth it just to get a toothy smile or a belly laugh as we play ‘peep-o’ for the umpteenth time.

It’s certainly been an exciting ten months; I won’t deny it’s been a steep learning curve at times too, but I wouldn’t change anything for the world; in fact I can’t wait for the next ten months.