|Happy 1st Birthday Teddy!|
- Jennifer Fawcett
The last year has been exceptionally easy given that our Teddy really was an angel baby. Don't get me wrong, like all babies, he had his moments, and still does of course, but perhaps its because we have matured as parents since the birth of our first son? Perhaps it's because we are more experienced? Maybe its just a combination of everything, including our oldest son's interest and desires to be such a big part of Teddy's life. Whatever the case may be, it seems cruel that Teddy's first year of life would have gone so quickly. Soon, he will be walking and he is already expressing himself well. By expressing himself, I mean pointing, saying 'ta ta' when he wants something and he is now able to say 'halloooo' and 'byyeee' in an usual quasi South African/Zimbabwean accent traditionally associated with my wife and her family. It's admittedly nicer than the crying and screams that accompany most babies repertoire but still, it also marks the beginning of his entry into toddlerhood.
Whilst Teddy may be ready for this transition, personally I can't help but feel at a loss. Jennifer and I are finding ourselves wishing we can freeze this moment in Teddy's life, along with our oldest son, Puppy, and keep them their respective precious age that they are forever more. It's these moments that are so fleeting and despite the occasional tantrums, dirty (and rather nasty) diapers and nips and pinches I wouldn't trade any second of it for anything. After all, I doubt either boy will appreciate having their father nibble their ears and tickle them senseless when they are in their teens attending high school.
So happy birthday dearest Teddy and know that you are sorely loved by everyone. Each day with your brother and you are nothing less than a gift and we hope the next year is filled with lots of laughs, love and happiness... although, we hope it doesn't go by too quickly, even if you are impatient and want to be older! What do kids know, eh?