Toddler, Baby and Me: The One Year Update

This is where I’m supposed to write “how time flies!” “I can’t believe Ted is a year old already!” or “it seems like only yesterday that Ted was a tiny newborn wrapped in a little blanket!” But actually, the past year has felt exactly like a year.

Perhaps it’s because so many other things have happened at the same time as having a new baby. We sold our house, had a house purchase fall through, moved over a hundred miles from London-ish to Bath because we had nowhere to live and our friend had his rental house untenanted, found a new house to buy and relocated again to the depths of Somerset. Ted’s first year has taken place against a backdrop of constant house viewings and piles of packing boxes – with Angelica, each little development stage melded into the next before we could even blink, but with Ted, I can remember the first time he smiled (second viewing of the house in Epping Forest), the first time he took a bottle of formula (front bedroom of the rented house in Bath) and the first time he stood unaided (in the living room of our new home). When I think of him as a tiny newborn, I think of some of the crazy journeys we did in the car to go and view houses in Essex, in Suffolk, on the north Norfolk coastline, in Oxfordshire, in Buckinghamshire. What the hell were we doing? How did we end up here?


So yes, perhaps the constant stressful activity has meant that the year has gone by at a steadier pace, with a myriad of memories to mark each passing month. Or maybe it’s possible that I was forewarned about the speed at which the first baby year tends to go by and made a conscious decision to savour it more, to really take note of changes and developments. To appreciate every tiny moment, even if that tiny moment was being at the very end of my tether – acknowledging it, committing it to memory.

Whatever, a year has gone by and here I am with a one year old and a two-and-seven-ish-months old. And it’s great fun. I mean exhausting (I had no idea that such a constant feeling of tiredness was something that existed) but on the days that I crave a few hours for myself, I also find myself itching to just have a peek and see what they are both up to. Trying to eat crayons, or making a beeline for the most dangerous electrical wire they’ve managed to sniff out.

This update takes a slightly different format to usual because I’m off out to dinner! We’ve had a little mini party for Ted with cake and grandparents (they were attending, we didn’t eat them) and now we are going to be all social with adult people which – quite frankly – terrifies me. Sometimes I feel as though I’ve forgotten how to effectively communicate with people my own age. I say stupid, inappropriate things at the wrong time but then after stressing about it and having those dark, paranoid moments, I realise that they probably weren’t stupid or inappropriate at all and that it’s likely nobody was listening to me anyway.

So yes, we’re off out and there may be wine, so I’m not banking on being able to write this later. I also feel as though I’ve covered quite a lot of what would have been in this update in my sleep posts (find them here and here) and as some of my Angelica updates are in upcoming posts, you’re not missing anything if I just show you – brace yourselves – a pictorial representation of the past twelve months.

This time exactly a year ago I was in absolute agony after my c-section (I vommed straight after my stitches had been done and it was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced – you can read my birth story here) but I had the most beautiful brand new baby beside me. (Honestly, I was so drugged up I could barely recognise my baby, but you’re not supposed to say that are you? Ha.) Here’s how he’s grown into a solid, cheeky little one year old – with some photos of Angelica thrown in for good measure! (She can have a mammoth photo post in June, when she’s three.)

My Birth Story: Elective C-Section

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Well that’s the longest page I’ve ever produced on here! Well done if you made it to the bottom. See you in the next update…


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  1. Anja
    February 3, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    A Happy Berater Birthday to little Ted! And how do you look so bloody young???

  2. February 4, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Even though I was warned time with the second one flew by really quickly as well. He will be two in March!

  3. Alice
    February 4, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Well done you, it’s been a very busy year. Thanks for sharing.
    My son turns one next month and we moved house just before Christmas and I feel similarly – it’s been an incredibly full year!

  4. Linda
    February 4, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Great post, I can rely on a lot of things.
    I had the same problem with tiredness and after begging my doctor to check me trough it turned out hat I have hypothyroidism. Apparently it is quite common after a birth and normally it will heal amongst a year but not for me. This disease stays often undetected because a lot of symptoms resemble „the 1 year with a baby“ standard feeling.
    I give everyone the advice, if you think something is wrong get checked! Pills will help and they have no effect on breastfeeding. I am starting to feel myself again after 1 year!

  5. Angela guest
    February 5, 2018 / 1:32 am

    Gorgeous photos of the kiddiwinks and such a busy year you’ve had..well done and you still manage to look fabulous as always Xx

  6. Helen
    February 6, 2018 / 11:03 am

    What gorgeous photos! Here I am, welling up at my desk thinking about my 14 month old whirlwind and wondering when the best time would be to start trying for number 2….! Hoping you can have a more peaceful 2018 with no moving house, just able to enjoy your two monkeys xxx

  7. Dee Vargas
    February 7, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Thank you for including the wonderful photos. Your babies are so beautiful!

  8. Karen
    February 7, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Gorgeous! I need to start storing my photos somewhere that can’t be lost!

    Just out of interest, when did Angelica start being interested in dolls?
    My boy and girl are 16 months and I haven’t introduced dolls yet.

  9. Elarien
    February 7, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    Happy birthday and I hope everyday will be a happy one for all of you. Love, Sol

  10. February 9, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Well Ruth, I discovered your blog thanks to Culture Whisper (we’re both on its list). What a crazy year you’ve had. Quite amusing actually as we’re presently selling our house and moving, albeit only a couple of miles away. Love the way you can count the milestones by which property you were in. As my kids are now both at school, I was reading this thinking “wow, we couldn’t move so many times!” Just as well you’re getting the moving out the way now!

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