He is my last baby, but I need to write that sentence many more times before I will really believe it. I may never believe it…
He is the smallest of four.
He came into our lives quickly, in the early hours of a very cold morning.
He skilfully slotted himself in, between a big brother’s birthday and the big sisters’ ballet concert.
He has been carted around, woken up, put to sleep, thrown in the car, dragged here and been there.
Sometimes I wonder how he has not choked on a lego brick or a polly pocket shoe.
Sometimes I wonder how he hasn’t broken a bone with all the climbing he does.
Sometimes I wonder where his first year went… too many things have happened in the year since he was born.
Sometimes I wonder if he has missed out, or been last on the list one too many times.
But he is too cantankerous, too mischievous, too loud, to giggly, and too cute to be left behind for long.
He has too many people to carry him around, to stand on their heads to make him laugh, to sing to him and to sneak him sweet treats to ever miss out.
His first birthday may have been squeezed in between his big brother’s birthday, roof frames and a dress rehearsal, but I guess that is just how he likes it.
Happy Birthday Noey.
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Oh my gosh he is so beautiful!!! Happy Birthday Noah :D
Megan at Writing Out Loud says
Happy birthday gorgeous Noah! x
He is gorgeous! I bet you couldn’t imagine your family life without him!
Christie-Childhood 101 says
Happy birthday beautiful boy :)
Happy birthday little man! Sounds uncannily like my boy 3, who has just turned 1. He arrived on a cold public holiday in June, and managed to dodge his biggest brother’s birthday by 6 days.
They just fit in, don’t they?
Krys - Baby Massage says
Awww, congratulations to you and happy birthday to him! What a cutie!
Sometimes I feel the same way about my youngest (although he’s only the youngest of 2, not 4 – bless you…)
-wondering how many of his brother’s crayons he can eat for it to still be classified non-toxic
-wondering how he managed to climb up onto *that* cupboard
-wondering how he feels with so much less attention (he’s very patient)
-wondering where on earth that first year went
And always amazed at how much I just adore him.
Missy Boo says
Happy 1st Birthday to your little boy. I cannot believe he is 1 already – time sure flies.
Happy Belated Birthday to your big boy too :)
Gorgeous post, and as for that photo of him in the orange, that is so adorable.
Amy @ MahliMoo says
Happy birthday to your little boy!
It was my bubba boys 1st birthday yesterday too and a great day to turn 1 it was!
Wow! A whole year! He seems so teeny still, like a doll. And he has the cutest smile…
I know what you mean about last baby. My second was my last. It still makes me sad. And then I remember the lack of sleep, the feeding, the nappies and I’m a little less sad….
Happy Birthday, Noah!
Jeanette Fox says
Happy birthday to your gorgeous little boy. I have three children and often wonder all those things about my number 3. (He is a big three year old now) I too have a Noah (my middle boy) he gets called Noey too. :) Hope you had a wonderful day celebrating your littlest boy. :)
What beautiful photos. A bittersweet time for you, Kate.
Happy 1st birthday, Noah.
Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots says
Happy Birthday Noah! He’s such a cute little man! It is very bitter-sweet the last baby’s first birthday. My twins turned one two months ago, and they are my last. Slightly sad that there will no beautiful squishy newbies for me
Happy birthday Noah, he is the cutest little fellow and those eyes are heart melting.
Yes , the first year does go quickly when it is your last .
Happy Birthday beautiful boy!!
I don’t know where the year has gone… surely it was just yesterday we were eating mexican and you were very pregnant and I was a little bit pregnant?
??Happy Birthday Noah xx???
Deb Wild Hope says
Awww… he is one beautiful boy! Happy Birthday! I cannot believe he is 1!!! Where did that year go?!
Happy first birthday Noah :)
Fiona at innerpickle says
ONE!! our little peeps!! Was that the fastest year of your life, like, ever?! He’s just the cutest thing Kate, that photo of him with the pink bag, far out. Happy birthday fella. xx
Cathy Turner says
You are obviously a great Mum, Kate, and Noah seems to be a happy and out-going boy with those around him – proof that he is doing well. Maybe we listen too much to those around us as to how much time we need to be spending with our children – as though it should be the ‘same amount’ as it was with No.1 child.
I understand your thoughts and remember feeling the same with my last one. Breastfeeding him till 19months to prolong the final experience… But with 6 older siblings and a busy household of overseas visitors… he did fit in. Here we are now 12years on and I get to see what’s come of this upbringing, which I considered less than what the oldest had ‘got’. He is one of our happiest, out-going, confident, natural at dealing with change, self enthused, of all our lot.
Could it be that this parenting on ‘automatic’ is the ‘real thing’ rather than the fully prepared and carefully constructed version?
I have long standing ‘mother guilt’ for having to be shared between my kids. I think it stems from having twins first time around… I had a hard time getting my head around the fact that they would always have to share me. But you are right, there are many positives to be gained from sharing :)