November. A year ago my son was born. And this November we celebrated his first birthday! And our first birthday of being the parents:) It was a low-key family celebration and most importantly our baby V. enjoyed himself very much. We attended another baby’s birthday this month and that was a lot of fun too. Also, we met for the first time a baby girl of my husband’s friend. So, it was a month of babies:)
As usually, there were a number of gaming nights (board games!) and outings with friends. I even managed to go to the cinema and saw the Fantastic Beasts 2. Loved it! For the first time in months my husband and I went on a date without the baby. There’s a new Irish pub in town and we love going there.
I don’t know about you but this year I’ve already done a part of my Christmas shopping. I’ve decided to treat myself with a Hallmark Christmas movies watching shirt (seriously!) and with a Quaintly & Co Christmas British Box which has already arrived and I still haven’t opened it (#notsponsored). So, you see Santa, I am good! Of course, I also purchased an Advent chocolate calendar. This year I got a really big luxurious Lindt chocolates advent calendar.
My baby boy is 1. Let me repeat this : My baby boy V. is 1-year-old! No, I still don’t believe it. That means that I’ve been a mum for a year too. Wow! That also sounds unbelievable. And yes, my baby calls me mummy but only occasionally. He’s too busy running around the house chasing the cat. Poor cat! He spends a lot of time high up on the cupboards out of our baby’s reach.
V. is a strong, big boy. He’s 78 cm tall and weighs exactly 10 kg. He still loves to be carried around which is sometimes quite painful for my ageing back. He likes to cuddle a lot! V. is such a cheerful boy. Very determined and very persistent too. Prefers to play with things that aren’t baby toys. He walks. He carries things. He pushes furniture. He climbs the sofa. He makes all sorts of loud noises but he doesn’t talk (he just says mama). He’s got 7 teeth now and likes to chew on all sorts of forbidden things. He smiles when you say sternly NO, and just continues to do whatever he isn’t allowed to do until you move him. He’s fearless. He rarely cries. He doesn’t like changing diapers or getting undressed for bed. He eats a lot of different foods but I still nurse him. He loves spending time with his grandparents. He enjoys being out. He is a proper water baby, in the bathtub and in the sea. He likes playing with the ball. He has travelled. He’s been to Italy several times. He discovered San Marino. He’s visited a lot of towns in Croatia.
October was a busy month. I slowly got used to going to work again after being at home during the pregnancy and during the maternity leave. I’ve also had another work trip to Italy which made me both anxious and happy. Since we couldn’t really go to Germany for Oktoberfest we found the next best thing and had a very delicious Oktoberfest meal at the newly opened German gastro pub in our area. What else? We’ve finally done professional photo shooting with our baby boy V. He was a bit afraid of the big flashing camera and held onto his toy dog as if his life depended on it. Poor thing! He was very serious too throughout the whole photo session and only managed to relax and smile for the camera in a few photos. Still, the photos are really beautiful and a great memory. Baby V. will be 1 year old in a couple of days. I can’t believe it!!!! He’s walking on his own at home for some time already. 🙂 We’ve also bought his first proper shoes. Very cute and very expensive! He’s also been to the dentist’s for the first time. He’s got six teeth. He didn’t cry at all. He’s such a brave boy. He’s never cried in new and unfamiliar situations or with strangers. I’m planning to write a new baby update post but I don’t know when I’ll actually write it.
What else happened in October? Well, my husband went to Germany for Spiel 18′ (International Game Fair) in Essen to pitch his new board game (it’s actually a card game). He’s a huge board games fan and we’ve got a massive board games collection at home. He’s invented a few games and finally decided to try and sell one of his games to the publishers.
Veliki Tabor Castle in Croatia
September. For me the real beginning of a year is the start of a school year, not the festive celebrations of January 1. And as usually, this September was yet again another new beginning for me. I’ve joined yoga classes. Painful is the word I’d use to describe everything I do during a yoga class but that’s because I’ve got a rubbish back. Unfortunately, no matter how cute babies are, it’s not easy to lift and carry a baby all the time. My boy is big and restless so holding him is like trying to close a can of wriggly worms. And no, I can’t relax and meditate at the end of my yoga class because all I can think when my yoga instructor says feel the love is pain. But that’s okay. I know yoga does me good.
I’ve started to work after maternity leave too (actually 2 moths earlier, you can take one year off here). It’s just two days in a week but it’s more than enough for me right now. I have no idea how other mothers work every day and take care of their children and cook and blog and do million other things. I guess I’ll learn. I’ve recently been to Italy because of my other job. That was the first time that I’ve been away from my baby boy. He survived. He had a lot of fun with his dad and his grandparents. He didn’t seem to have missed me at all. On the other hand, I worried too much and I didn’t sleep through the night as I’d hoped. I can’t believe my boy will be 1-year-old soon. He’s already taken a few steps on his own. He’ll be walking quite soon.
Big beach in Baška on island Krk
August was a month of beach time and relaxation. My husband had two weeks off work so we spent most of that time on island Krk. I shared a couple of photos from our holiday on Instagram. We visited town Krk and the big beach in Baška. We also left the island for dinner one day and had a very delicious meal in Fužine in Gorski kotar region of Croatia. Apart from that there were a couple of board gaming nights and dates with my friends.
Baby V. is great. He’s growing all the time. He’s now almost 10 months old. He really enjoyed the beach time. We’ve even been to a couple of concerts with him 🙂 We’ve planned a couple of more day trips but the weather made us postpone our plans.
July was a slower month than June. Or at least it felt like that. Beyond exhausted would be the proper description of how I
felt feel. There were beach weekends and friends coming over and my husband’s birthday. All fun things indeed!
Baby V. is doing great. He’s such an outgoing boy. He’s started to notice other babies and children and he’s so serious when he looks at them. He’s standing all the time and he’s even made a few side way steps whilst holding to a chair.
my happy place:)
And just like that we’re entering the second half of 2018. What has happened in June? A lot. We took baby V. to the beach for the first time. He loved playing with the pebbles at the beach and he absolutely loved the sea. He’s going to be a proper sea baby! Other baby news are that he’s got two teeth now and that he’s already standing. He’s been crawling everywhere and only a few days after he sat for the first time he started to push himself upright to stand. It’s funny to see him standing in his baby bed in the morning.
I went to the cinema for the first time since giving birth. We watched Solo: A Star Wars Story film and even though I didn’t like the film very much I enjoyed being in the cinema after so long. My best friend returned home for holidays from China so there’s been a few proper grown up outings. Yay!
You might have seen a couple of photos from Miramare Castle ( Trieste, Italy ) on my Instagram account and a photo post here on the blog. We had to attend to some family business in Trieste so we popped over to the castle. I’ve blogged about Rimini, the last stop of our San Marino road trip but I still haven’t had enough time or inspiration to write in detail about our visit to beautiful San Marino. After a long time I published a post about London remembering some of my quirky adventures in my beloved city. Honestly, I don’t know when I’ll go to London again.