Siddharth turned last one last week and announced it by walking from one end of the living room to the other, on his own. Without me holding him and getting in the way he moves freely and is a lot happier. At this age all he wants is the freedom to practise his newly acquired skill.
It's fun to have an active kid who likes to move and play all the time. When he is happy, smiling and laughing away, there is no greater joy. But when he is in one of his moods then you just have to ignore him or find something to distract him and calm him down. Lately he has introduced some high pitched screams into his repertoire of things to grate on us and get our attention. It is cute only for a while. If he goes on and on, like when he's fussy and overtired, then we are in for a long day.
We had a small birthday party for him with family and friends last weekend. He was probably wondering what the fuss was all about but he seemed pleased with his fancy Pocoyo themed cake and presents. The cake looked impressive but the poor boy didn't get to taste much of it because his mum is reluctant to introduce sugar into his diet too soon. Hopefully by his next birthday he will make up for it by grabbing a chunk and making a mess of it like kids always do.