It’s absolutely amazing how time flies but just a few days ago my daughter Amelia celebrated her first birthday. Her FIRST BIRTHDAY! We’ve been asking ourselves over the last few days “where has the time gone?”. For us it literally feels just like a couple months since she was a newborn baby and I remember absolutely everything that happened during Liv’s pregnancy. Her labour is still really vivid, I remember everything that happened and exactly what time.

So how was my first year as a parent? Amazing, tiring, exhausting, exciting, exhilerating, busy, stressful, joyful and many other things. Just a couple years ago I was working part time as well as doing the photography almost full time and I thought I was busy then but since Amelia was born my business has really boomed and I’m really incredibly busy nowadays.

If I’m not on a photoshoot I’m usually looking after Amelia which leaves me very little time to editing and virtually no time to do anything personal like play xbox/go the gym/etc but becoming a parent has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

Since I wrote my last blog post about Amelia she has changed beyond recognition. The last time I wrote about her she had just started eating solid food and interacting with us more but she’s walking, she has five teeth at the time of writing this post and she’s almost ready to talk. She’s still an incredibly happy little girl and she’s also really strong.

So that’s all I can really think to write about her for the moment. She’s growing rapidly, she’s absolutely hilarious and also really generous. She’s always trying to feed us and always gives us her toys when she’s playing them.

Incidentally for her birthday we took her to Doodles once again to have impressions made of her hands and feet. We had intended to do this again at three months old but she hadn’t really grown an awful lot since she was born so we decided to wait until she was one. We’re super excited about seeing the new impressions. We also took her to her favourite creche Gambardo’s in Fountain Park. We have certain issues with Gambardo (lack of staff, trashy parents who let their older children run around the toddler playpen knocking babies over) but Amelia absolutely loves it there. We finally ended up at Nando’s simply because it’s next door to Gambardo’s and it’s cheap.

Just a few days after her birthday we all moved home. We had lived in the Meadowbank area of Edinburgh for nearly four years but in that time the area has become extremely run down and we were simply appalled by some of the people in the area. For example our downstairs neighbours would complain about us if we washed our clothes at 11am but it was ok for them to smoke drugs all fight/slam doors at all hours (including 2-3am). We also saw a number of young parents in the area walking their babies around while smoking drugs. Classy!

Because of moving home we delayed her real birthday party and on the 17th, as a big thank you to friends that have helped us out not just with the house move but also with Amelia, we booked a joint birthday/thank you party at one of our favourite restaurants; Vittoria. Suffice to say everyone had great fun, including Amelia.

So below are some new photos of her that I haven’t blogged before. The first photo of her wearing an elf outfit was taken on Christmas Day. The next three photos were taken when she was around 7-8 months and the rest were taken within the last couple of months and the last few photos of her in the creche and where she’s having her hands and feet cast again were taken on her birthday.

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