Harry the One Year Old

Right, so embarrassing bit out of the way. I almost did what apparently 95% of bloggers do these days and gave up. Not because I wasn’t enjoying writing about our little man, but because I missed my self-set deadline for doing a monthly post, then another, then I thought it was too long since my last one and that no one would care, then I got some writers block (all pros get that apparently) then Nikki told me to stop being a nob and just get on with it, so I have, and so here it is!

It has been a few months since I last posted and things seem to have moved along at quite a pace in the Sharp household!

Firstly, he’s turned 1 year old. How did that happen? It is a total cliché to say that you should enjoy it or you’ll miss it but it’s so true. We decided to recreate one of the shots from the first few days after he was born on his birthday weekend and I think you would agree it’s amazing!

The highlight of his birthday for Harry was 100% his new Trike, which is amazing. We bought it with a voucher we got as a wedding present so it was even better as we are discovering very quickly how anything baby/child/birthday related comes with gouging premium! It is one of those which can grow with him so at the moment it is just another vehicle that reinforces his life as a mini emperor – we strap him in and then he is pushed around to his heart’s content without the need to expend any effort what so ever. It will be interesting to see how much he likes it once his own chubby little legs are the power source!

Anyway, here he is in all his glory sporting his easy rider look…

For the actual day of his birthday we both had the day off and so we decided to take him to Bristol Zoo for the day as we both loved it and took Harry there when he was still just a bump. To say the day was cold would be one of the greatest understatements ever told – what possessed us to take a 1 year old to a mostly outdoor zoo in early February is beyond me. That being said it was great fun and Harry did seem to take in quite a lot of the animals and was mesmerised by the aquariums which I would say were his favourite bits – this may be because he could feel his face at this point.

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The highlight of the day for me though came mid-way through the talk from the keepers where we had about 10 massive Gorillas in front of us whilst they were being fed outside – we had an amazing front row seat of the silver back as he was being hit in the face with bits of banana and courgette. I was so excited to see Harrys face and see his wonderment at these beautiful creatures…. however, Harry had other ideas. It was only 5 minutes in that I realised that he was staring intently not at the mother and baby gorilla 10 feet away, but the hideous 1 footed pigeon sat on the railings on the other side of the moat only to start crying when it flew off having seen enough itself.

Nikki proved once again that she is a safe nominee for mother of the year with her choice of cake for the little man. 2 test bakes and 2 gallons of coloured icing I came home from work to see the most amazing birthday cake that I have ever seen.

 

His personality has really developed over the last couple of months too and he is definitely taking the best and worst bits of Nikki and me. He has got Nikki’s temper and short fuse, something he demonstrates almost daily if he doesn’t get his own way be it feeding him his Weetabix too slowly or feeding him his Weetabix too quickly. Apparently, mummy is the only one who has mastered the correct feeding tempo as far as Harry is concerned. From me I would say he has mastered the art of basic animal identification having nailed the ability to say cat, dog and sort of pig, though listening to him try to copy the sound of a snorting piglet can make any tough day melt away into a puddle of joy.

We have been waiting with almost baited breath for Harry to become mobile be it crawling or walking but he has made it very clear that this is only going to happen on his time. He has mastered his own version of the commando crawl which is much more like Arnie’s terminator dragging his mangled body than it is a cute waddle. I think he will soon realise how much easier it is to get his belly off the floor and get onto all fours – I can imagine the next update will be filled with frustrations as he is trashing the house with his new-found freedom!

All in all an exciting few months and I think the start of an exciting period for Harry.

Harry The Film Critic

Well that’s embarrassing. 2 months have somehow managed to sneak by without me getting my ass in gear with a blog or 2!

Quite a lot has happened with Harry passing 9 months old, but most shockingly of all for some, this weekend, we had to take drastic action and attempt to take the bouffant.  Despite my love of his Trump/Boris style locks it was starting to look a little more Ziggy Stardust than we could cope with, so it was time to bring out the scissors.

Here he is a week or so before the cut practicing his “zero shits given” look, which is remarkably similar to Nikki’s fake smile that I am very familiar with

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The hair cut itself was a relatively quick and painless affair with Jodie expertly maneuvering around his ever turning head.  It was amazing watching him step through another milestone with his first trim.  Lets see how he reacts next time when he is attacked with the buzz cut!

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And here is the result – a cut that seems to have aged Harry by a good few months and turned him into a real little boy!  Thankfully the official advice was to leave the top pretty much as it was just crop out the mullet so his ears are no longer covered with hair.  Result.

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Talking is the new order of the day at the moment with Harry opting to shout pretty much all of the time at the moment.  I think his 6 teeth are are adding to the repertoire of noises that he can make and they are also making for some incredible faces and expressions.  Nikki recently managed to capture a few of the latest ones.  My only hope for the coming weeks is for Harry to learn that it is socially unacceptable to practice his new found shouting before the hour of 6am.

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We have been keenly testing out his new carrier, which we got nice and cheap from Ebay – its a Littlelife Lite and he absolutely loves being in it.  I think it is something about being up high that does it for him – we have been combining this with our National Trust membership as demoed below with Tom his Godfather obliging with the donkey work!

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One of the highlights of the last 4 weeks or so for me has been a “daddy daycare” day that we had whilst Nikki was selfishly spa-ing for the day.  This left me to my own devices with the little man.  So my first task was to get Nikki to give me a detailed itinerary of Harry’s routine and then figure out what we could do with the 9hrs we had alone together.  The collage below sums up our day which involved H getting his first phone, which seemed to taste delicious, a fun walk out in the cold to the delights of Asda, some pizza (for me) and lots of shouting (from us both) and then his first taste of the Empire Strikes Back -which from the drooling and gurgling I am going to assume he loved.  Even if he didn’t I’ll just keep forcing him to watch it until he does!  I’d like to think Nikki knows I appreciate all she does but it did drive home again just how hard and tiring it is to keep such an active mind entertained.

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Harry has once again passed his latest swimming course and in a week or so starts as a Cygnet level 2.  He has outgrown his last two swimming costumes, one of which was a 9-12 months one.  They boy is a unit!  He now has his new wet suit which he is thrilled with, as are we… 🙂

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So there we have it.  I can promise that it wont be another 2 months before the next one!

Harry The Christian

Another eventful month and a bit in the life of little Harry with a few updates to take you through!

Firstly and most importantly, Harry now lies still enough that I can face swap him using Snapchat – surely the pinnacle of any parents life.  I’m sure you would agree that the results are fabulous.  Nikki is less keen but what is more adorable than a Giraffe and an antelope lying together on a thick pile rug

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Slightly more disturbing, and perhaps a view into the future for Harry is the below in which I look like one of the robots from IRobot and Harry looks, well, interesting!

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My personal favourite though has to be me and Harry testing out the video elements.  I’m sure there will be more to follow!

Anyway, so onto the real stuff.  This weekend gone we had the most amazing time at Harry’s Christening.  Nikki and I talked long and hard about whether to go down the christening route or not.  On the one hand it does feel somewhat hypocritical as neither of us go to church on a weekly basis and we both have slightly differing views on how much we actually believe.  That being said we were both christened and we do both try to live our lives with christian values of just being nice to other people and this is something we wanted to pass on.   We decided that we didn’t want to make the choice for Harry and as baptism is really the first step it leaves the door open for him to pursue it if he wants to.

We picked Christchurch as the venue as it has history with the Moss family and it didn’t disappoint.  Harry shared the stage with another beautiful little boy named James and the Priest, a last minute stand in due to illness, was amazing.  She started by putting everyone at ease about having kids in there who may cry – definitely a change from the last time I went where you could see the annoyance of vicar as babies around the congregation had a go at crying!  Harry took it all in his stride and didn’t even bat an eyelid when the vicar struggled with his 23lb girth, balanced precariously over the font!

We followed up with a little bash at Mackenzies in town with around 80 friends and family and again it was amazing.  Harry is truely blessed to have so many people who care about him and he got some amazing presents, such a lucky boy!

It was really nice for me to have my 2 god children, Ostyn and Mila there to celebrate with us too!

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We decided to use one of our wedding photographers, Shaun, to capture the day so there should be some photos to share next time.

We have also now started to use our National Trust membership with our first visit to a local place at Basildon Park.  Sadly they didn’t have any carriers for us to borrow so we have finally bitten the bullet an ordered our own.  We opted for a Littlelife Lite and managed to pick up a new one from eBay for 30 quid.  We have tried it out for a little walk out locally and as you can see below Harry absolutely loved it.

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I think that it is safe to say that this will get a lot of use, though with Harry’s growing size we may need to switch to a cart soon!

Whilst I have been at work recently Nikki has been attending loads of classes with Harry and one of their favourites seems to be Hartbeeps Baby Bells and based on the pictures I get through Harry seems to have a whale of a time! I have to admit it brightens my day to see these two together having fun.

Judge for yourself, there seems to be a strange hat theme…

French Maids

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Playboy Bunnies(!?)

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YMCA Member

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Stag Do Yob

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Ducklings

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I’m not sure what other hat themes are coming in the next few months, but I will be sure to keep you updated.

The last thing to mention this month is the fact that we have managed to get the first 6 months of this blog printed into a real and tangible book.  When I started this back at just 9 weeks I hoped that it would be something that Harry one day might read it and this makes that dream closer to reality.  I got it from Blog2Print.com over in the US and I have to say the quality is brilliant and the process is so simple.  Nikki and I have had great fun reading through ourselves, reminiscing about the madness of the last 14 months.

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The book has spurred me on to keep going with the blog over the coming years!