This time one year ago I was in hospital, quickly deteriorating with severe pre-eclampsia. Being rushed in surgery to have an emergency caesarean and my beautiful boy came into the world two months early.
I was unwell, scared and desperately worried about my little boy. But he grew quickly and got so strong and so healthy. He developed his little personality and cemented his place firmly in our family. He's so adored and so loved. He charms everyone he meets.
Twelve months ago, he was tiny and frail. Light as a feather. Now he's chunky and rolly and weighs a ton as I carry him everywhere.
Twelve months ago, he needed a respirator to breath. Now he yells with such force he can turn heads in a busy street.
On that surreal, emotional and terrifying day 12 months ago I never imagined I would be in that position. Surrounded by concerned doctors and nurses. On that day 12 months ago, I never imagined that we'd be celebrating his first birthday in the Middle East.
I'm just thankful that my beautiful boy is here with us. Happy birthday, Darbs. You complete our family. xx