20th August 2015
18 years ago today - we'd had a really, really hot August & it wasn't fun being pregnant, I remember I ate a lot of ice-cream! It was the morning of Fowey carnival and your brother and I had spent the previous three days covered in orange paint, getting him, the neighbours and his little friends ready to dress up and enter the carnival as the 'Fowey Fish Fingers', but you and I would only ever get to see the photographs! I left our home really early in the morning with your granny saying "you could be having a girl this time!" but I told her you were a boy and I was right, I was so sure you were!
I'm sorry but I can't remember the exact time you were born, I think it was late morning, but my memory is rather fuzzy! Anyway I do remember you weighed 7lbs 12oz and that your hair was blonde and you were perfect! The next day your big brother came to see you and he was the proudest big brother in the world (I think he probably still is!) The drive home from hospital was terrible………the Saturday before the bank holiday weekend in Cornwall and the roads were gridlocked, I think it took us over two hours! But I have to tell you, getting out of the car at Harbour View and all the neighbours coming out to welcome you home was amazing, you were coo'd and ahhhhh'd over by everyone and Jill & Andrew who were staying with us.
Now here we are 18 years later and I can't believe that time has gone so fast and you're now an adult, it's scary for a mother! It's the same old cliche - those 18 years have flown by in a blur of midnight feeds, nappies, potty training, spectacular temper tantrums, snotty noses, starting school, football & rugby matches, sailing, exams and travelling all over Cornwall with your road bike, mountain bike or cycloX bike in the back of my Mini to races & competitions (and fairly frequent visits to the A&E in Truro!) and I wouldn't change a minute of it!
I'm incredibly proud to be your mother, you are a fantastic young man and after a few bumpy years you've found your passion in life, cycling, and it seems to me you're happy and that makes me happy too. If your grandparents were still with us I know they'd feel the same and it's my greatest sadness that they're not. I think you and Granddaddy would have had lots of things in common.
This is the begining of a new chapter in your life and I can't wait to see what happens….whatever it is it'll be exciting & the one thing you need to remember (but to be honest, I won't ever let you forget it) is that I love you with all my heart, in a way that only a mother can.
Now for the obligatory embarrassing photographs…………..