When your baby is no longer a baby

When your baby is no longer a baby

Today is our son's first birthday and combined with his first haircut, it really feels as though we've suddenly lost that little baby we loved so much. He's got a proper basin hairstyle (no more soft curls), he's almost walking and he now prefers toy cars to rattles. As well as that, he's been breastfed since birth but that is also coming to an end. I can understand why many couples tend to get broody around this stage but we're resisting the temptation so far...

Gradually replacing the baby we're losing, however, is a toddler with, by amazing coincidence, exactly the same personality and cheeky grin. Not quite as chubby or with as much "aah" factor but he makes up for it in so many other ways. As I mentioned in another article, it's fascinating to see him constantly develop more skills and become more involved in our life. I'm personally much happier with a child I can laugh with rather than at.

In addition, we can now see hints of the boy or young man he's going to become. If you squint a bit, it's easy to visualise him playing with other toddlers in a nursery, or running around the playground at school, or styling his hair with gel before going out to look cool with other teenagers... Suddenly, his personality seems to be becoming more distinct with clearer likes and dislikes. It also means that he's one step closer to the hopes and dreams we have for him, such as becoming a racing driver/doctor/rock star or just a well-balanced young man.

I think it's inevitable that his baby years would fly by but the next stage is already so good that we're not complaining, although we're still getting used to the new boyish look. Who'd have thought something as mundane as a haircut could be such a milestone?