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Dear Henry…Happy 1st Birthday

Dear Henry,

Henry just born

Today is your first birthday,  a year that has seemed to fly by as I guess it inevitably does when you are the 2nd child. It seems such a long time ago that I was on paternity leave and we were trying to figure out why you weren’t happy or settling. Keen to outshine your older sister already you had what the midwife described as ‘the thickest tongue tie I have ever seen’. Top marks for that one my boy.

Looking back at the little purple thing in the photos from the hospital where you gave us such a scare with the cord around your neck it’s incredible to see you now. This big, strong, determined one year old who does his best to keep up with his crazy older sister.

Now you are so different to that angry little boy who took ages to fall asleep and just wanted to sleep on either me or your mum. Sure you have that temper still, which I’m blaming on your mum’s red head genes, but you really are the happiest baby I know. Always smiling and laughing, flashing us a cheeky grin when you’re being naughty. Even being constantly pushed around and told off by Matilda doesn’t put a dampener on things, maybe you’ve inherited my optimistic outlook on life?

Henry on trucker

I love that you are now becoming a bit more of a daddies boy, crawling over to me when I get home and asking to be picked up. Your also give the greatest cuddles, completely unprompted you just snuggle your head in and press your body against mine. I can’t wait to have more father son bonding time, perhaps we can start taking Bracken out together or going on bike rides?

A year seems such a long time for someone so little, but it really is just the beginning. Soon you will be walking and talking, chasing your sister around the garden and throwing sticks for Bracken. Then who knows where your life will take you, but you can be sure of one thing, whatever you want to do or wherever you want to go I will be there supporting you.

Follow your dreams little dude.





  1. Happy birthday Henry, cool looking truck!
    Nan and Paul

  2. Beautiful letter, happy birthday little dude!

  3. And before you know it they’re 18. Believe me, I’ll be here when you’re writing about that! In the meantime, a lovely letter he can look back on when he is at that great age of 18.

  4. sabrina montagnoli

    May 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Aww happy birthday little dude!

  5. AnnieMammasaurus

    May 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Belated Birthday wishes to Henry! It all goes so fast – I could swear he was only born a few months ago., But then again I suppose you’d know 😉

  6. ah happy birthday to your little guy. I just love his name. Goes so nicely with Matilda 🙂

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