Getting better all the time

Getting better all the time

We are currently nearing the first birthday of our first child and are ready to breathe a sigh of relief on surviving an incredible year. Nothing overly dramatic has happened - no panics apart from fevers and bumped heads and he hasn't started playing the violin or speaking latin - but nevertheless an incredible year compared to our pre-child life.

Many things have disappeared only to return when we retire (lie-ins, money and a certain amount of freedom to name a few) but one thing we have consistently agreed on is that life as new parents just gets better and better each day. Naturally, nothing will top the magical instant I first that wrinkly, red bundle of life, but we are now lucky enough to enjoy a constant happiness where we often seem to say "wow - this is even more fun than just a few weeks ago".

This is not to say that it's perfect. Broken sleep is still the bane of my life and sometimes it's hard to find the energy to play when my body tells me it's time to take a break. There are also many times of frustration when baby life conflicts with adult schedules, as well as times of regret when I feel I should have been more understanding or I should have paid more attention. I keep telling myself it's all part of the learning process for both child and parents, however, and am grateful that children are so innocent and forgiving.

How long this wonderful stage will continue, I've no idea, but when other parents we meet say "oh, he's at the best age now", we can't help but agree. After all, life couldn't get any better than this could it? (Parents of teenagers, feel free to comment!)