It’s Giugiu here, that’s right – your Aunty that bribes you constantly for cuddles and kisses.
It’s your second birthday today
baby boy, happy birthday!
You are definitely not a baby boy anymore and you like to make that quite clear. Everytime we ask you ‘is Tomas a baby’ you shout NO! You are in the budgies room at childcare now, that’s no room for babies Aunty!
Ah yes, the ‘no word’. You love the word so much we sometimes call you ‘Mr NOmas’. I have to say, you use it quite frequently with me when I ask you for a cuddle or a kiss, but I guess I’ve been told I do ask you for cuddles ALL THE TIME so a no every now and again is totally fine. It doesn’t make me sad, no, not at all.
A year ago I was writing you your first birthday letter and when I read it again today, I laughed. Yes, I laughed because although you have grown and changed so much, there are so many things which are just you and will stay with you forever (like your preference for Uncle Lory over Aunty Giugiu)
So what has changed though? Well, lets see.
Probably the most exciting thing that has happened since you turned one is that you’ve started potty and toilet training, you did your first smelly cacca in the potty a while ago now and every night you do pipi on the toilet, then proceed to wipe yourself and your entire body with the toilet paper and then shout flush flush flush. It’s all pretty gross, but oh so cute.
I joke, that is definitely not the most exciting highlight of the year, what is way more exciting is that you have started to talk, and you are a little chatterbox! You copy every word that we teach and you are so smart, you’re already speaking three languages! It’s so funny listening to you talk, I think this video speaks for itself. You’re a true little Italo-Aussie 🙂
Api still continues to be your favourite cuddly, so we bought you a huge Api from Costco and both are always by your side. Big Api and baby one – forever besties. Tassie is also a favourite, along with dolfiiiiin.
You love, love, love ‘babycinos’. Breakfasts with you involve babycinos, chocolate all over your face, milk all over your clothes and whole marshmallows stuffed into your mouth.
You have lots of cute little friends and you really enjoy interacting with everyone. You are such a friendly little boy. You find babies particularly funny. Whenever things go quiet, we become suspicious and we default to “Softly Tomas!” and ‘Be gentle Tomas’. There is just something about stealing little bubbas dummies huh?
You learnt how to ride your scooter and you go really really fast, even quicker than Aunty running around the lake!!! Not long now and you will be riding your own motorbike!
Ah yes, motorbikes – the word seems to be somewhat permanently linked to Uncle. At one point, we thought you thought Uncle was a motorbike! Much to Nonno’s despair, each and every motorbike will forever be followed by ‘uncle’ and I’m not sure that will every change.
We spent our first Christmas with you and Nonni in Italy and it was fun. What followed on from Christmas was not that fun but I’ll get onto that in a second.
Christmas started with an advent calendar in Canberra, and of course you wanted all the toys on Day 1, because.. who wouldn’t…
We then flew off to Milan much to your Nonni’s delight and spent Christmas in the freezing cold. You definitely didn’t make friends with
salad jet lag. 4 am wakes made for some very long days. I’m sure the neighbours will one day forgive you for stomping around with an umbrella at 5 am in the morning.
Christmas Day was fun, unwrapping the presents was of course the funnest part of all but it was just so cute watching all the family play with you and ooh and ahh over you. You are definitely one loved Tomas.
And then came the after Christmas…What was going through my mind when I offered to spend an extra week with you and Nonni in Milan and take you home on the 28 hour journey from Milan to Sydney, I have no clue. Your uncle will never stop thanking me. Our first leg between Milan and Hong Kong involved 13 hours of walking up and down the airplane corridors and not one inch of sleep. Never in your life had you done four poos in 13 hours, but the airplane food mustn’t have been too good, because we spent what seemed like an eternity in that cramped bathroom begging you to lie down so we could clean your bumbo. You wouldn’t have a bar of it. Thank god for slip on nappies.
Of course you conveniently decided to fall asleep with 30 minutes to landing. You then slept through the entire stop over in Hong Kong and the entire second flight. Rather unlucky as we didn’t have an extra seat on the second leg, meaning you slept the whole 8 hours on our legs, also meaning we did not get up for 8 hours straight. Needless to say, Aunty and Uncle’s ankles were quite swollen by the time we landed in Sydney. Still, we’d much rather swollen ankles than walking up and down plane corridors.
Never have we been so happy to see your parents at Sydney arrivals. Thank god we didn’t have to deal with the jet lag.
Moving on from Christmas….you had your first hair cut and have had a few since, including one on your birthday today – you are such a good little boy every time!
You have recently fallen in love with the wiggles. Like seriously in love. It is the only thing that will keep you entertained for more than five minutes. You love dancing, singing and just watching them do their thing. Me and you sing hot potato together and it makes us giggle every time.
The mum-basketball vs dad-cycling saga continues, who knows if it will ever end. You sure do enjoy playing with hoops and balls but cheering on your papa during his ‘fitz’ races is also a favourite. Only time will tell..
You are embarrassed about nothing, whether it is picking your nose, serenading everyone in the Canberra centre by playing your recorder or screaming your lungs out because you really want to hold your water bottle. You sure know what you want little man!
Chocolate and fruit are your two favourite foods. Chocolate and you together are dangerous, you are just like your papa, once you start you cannot stop! And you know exactly where Giugiu holds her not-so-secret stash in the fridge. Special mentions in the fruit department must go to ‘watermelllllon’ and oranjeens which we believe is a mix between orange and mandarin.
Milk is another favourite of yours, it was one of the first words you learnt. It’s the first thing you ask for when you wake up and the last thing you demand before you go to sleep. Those dairy farmers should be thanking you!
You’ve done quite a lot of swimming this year and you enjoy splashing around in water every time we go for swimming lessons. You much prefer getting into the pool with Uncle (can you see a theme coming along here?) but it’s been so fun seeing you blow bubbles, kick your feet and become more confident in the water.
You’ve been on lots of holidays this year, but your parents have been on more! You always miss them when they leave, but when they come back it’s as if not a day has passed.
So Tommy, these are just a few of the highlights from this year, there have been many more memorable moments with you and we cat wait to see you grow and change even more.
Happy Birthday and, keep giggling!
Aunty loves you, lots and lots.