I’m often left amused at myself, when I share the lovely, smiley photographs of William. They are – in truth – some of the better memories I want to remember. But to truly remember a person, to truly remember your child as they grow up, well, you have to remember the not-so-pleasant parts too.
There are things I need no help in remembering – like the smell of a dirty nappy, or the way he will pull my hair – but is it wrong that William’s unhappy face – square mouthed, furrowed brow and pink cheeks – is something I don’t want to forget?
In his 14 months, he’s learning to express himself more and more. And while, at times it can be adorable, funny and sweet, other times I reminded that: “Hey, Mum! I am a person too you know. I don’t like it when you take the controller off me! Or when you put me in the cot while you have a wee!”
The photograph above was one that I took while taking photographs for a review, when William had just had enough. And it makes me smile because you can tell he just wants to wallop me! But he’s growing up. He knows who he is and what he wants and I want to embrace that.
So here’s to you William James. Here’s to you. Just as you are.
And here’s to Katie, for inspiring me to remember everything. Not just the edited parts.