So the saying goes. Except, for us it’s the 6th of November, not the 5th. These days, bonfire night, or guy fawkes night, is just a prelude to something bigger and brighter than even the sparkliest of fireworks- our first son’s birthday.
Yes, three years ago this very night we became parents. In room 6 on the delivery suite at St Mary’s Hospital here in Manchester, at 8.35pm our world was changed forever by the birth of this little guy:
And here he is today, on his 3rd birthday, at The Trafford Centre, where we went so he could choose toys to buy with his birthday money 🙂
I can’t even begin to describe how life changed for me on becoming a Mum. It was like everything changed and yet nothing did. I was still me, but i was entirely different. Life carried on but would never be the same. It’s like the passage of time- it seems like Toby has been in our world forever and yet i can remember the minute he arrived like it was just earlier today. The midwife handed him up to me and as i took hold of him i took a good look at him and i thought “Yes, that’s my baby”. I recognised him instantly, like i already knew him. Just remembering that moment is enough to bring tears to me eyes, although strangely enough i didn’t actually cry at the time, i just felt an enormous sense of relief to have him safely in my arms, and amazement that he was really here and really ours.
It’s been a fantastic journey from there to here, i wish i could have bottled it all up to relive again someday as i know i’ll want to, but of course i can’t. So i will just try to cherish, maybe not every single moment, but as many as i possibly can 😉
Tobias- Then and Now