I officially have an eighteen-year-old today. Eighteen! I am absolutely dumbfounded where the last eighteen years have gone but here we are. My firstborn has reached his eighteenth year & it’s quite ironic that I fell pregnant with him when I was just eighteen myself – a pretty scary thing to find out when you’re still so young – but it’s something I wanted. Something we wanted.

I can remember walking to my local health clinic to have a pregnancy test done and I remember the nurse coming to me after seeing the results and she said: “Congratulations – it’s positive”. I’ll be honest the realization of knowing I was pregnant was terrifying, but also pretty amazing.

I can remember the pregnancy pretty well – considering it was so long ago – way back in 1999! I can remember being obsessed with potato waffles and brown sauce. I’d eat them like they were going out of fashion. And alongside my potato waffle craving, I couldn’t get enough of blue gel Colgate toothpaste! 

The entire pregnancy went by quite smoothly except for some incredibly bad pelvic pain – but the sooner I got to my due date I started to have dreams of being on my own when I went into labour. Funny story? Those dreams came true! 

I can recall the day so clearly. I was woken up early with cramps {little did I know at the time this was early labour!}, I took a bath, soothed the pains and the morning continued on. My partner {at the time} popped out to go to the Barbers later that morning – he was a little apprehensive about going but I said: “I’ve still got two weeks to go yet!”; Famous last words! 

He left and I remember sitting down on the sofa to finally get round to filling out my birth plan and no sooner than I had a few sections filled out that I felt a popping sensation ‘downstairs’. I stood up and soaked my living room floor. Queue my panic! I remember running and sitting on the toilet and thinking “What the hell should I do?”. So I got myself changed and tried to phone my partner. No answer. Typical! So I phoned my friend and after I said that my waters had broken, he said “Stay right there!” and hung up the phone. I then phoned the barbers my partner was at, explained my situation {I bet that doesn’t happen to them every day!} and everyone was on their way. 

My partner came home with half a hair cut done and on someone’s bike {still to this day I have no idea who owned it!}. We ordered a taxi and made our way to the hospital. If I’m honest, I don’t remember much about the hospital experience other than not being listened to. Perhaps it was because I was just 18? Apparently, when trying to explain to them that the pain was incredibly sore it was just me seeking attention. Either way, they finally listened and it turned out I was ready to go up to the delivery suite. 

I was in labour for 26hrs before they decided my little boy was not coming up my natural means – mainly because he was lying diagonally and he couldn’t get himself through my pelvis. I later found out that I couldn’t naturally deliver any of my children naturally if they were over 6lb. Once born – which was via an emergency c-section – we found out he weighed 7.5lbs. He was perfect. 

I remember being placed into the recovery room, Rhys was put next to me in his cot and he was just silent, wide eyed and looking at me. I will never, ever forget that moment – and now we are here celebrating his eighteenth and I can’t quite believe it. 

He has grown up into such a kind, funny and thoughtful young man and I could not be more proud of him if I tried. He towers overs me {which isn’t difficult} and I guess as his Mum, I’m just absolutely flummoxed that he is now eighteen. I have no idea where the last eighteen years have gone – but they went by in a flash! 

We threw him a BBQ & Beer party at the house {call us crazy!} and it was a little messy, lots of fun and I think there will be a few sore heads this morning! Is your eighteenth really a success if you haven’t drunk too much, vomited, sobered up & continued partying? 

My eldest & I don’t have a recent photo together {yet} so this one from back in April will have to do!

Happy Birthday, Rhys! Love Mum xx



  1. 03/09/2017 / 8:34 PM

    Happy birthday to your son! The party sounds fantastic. I hope he had great time x

  2. 04/09/2017 / 11:05 AM

    I hope Rhys had a fantastic birthday! Turning 18 is so huge, I’m so glad everyone enjoyed themselves – not just on the day, but throughout the years.

    • 04/09/2017 / 11:07 AM

      Thanks so much! He did {inbetween his teenage daftness, lol}

  3. 04/09/2017 / 2:32 PM

    Happy Birthday Rhys! What a milestone birthday, and I bet the past 18 years have flown by! x

    • 05/09/2017 / 7:34 AM

      What a milestone birthday, indeed! And they really have! Thank you! x

  4. 04/09/2017 / 2:52 PM

    Wow, 18, Happy Birthday Rhys! I imagine it goes so fast. I can’t believe I’ve got a 10 year old and I imagine in no time I’ll be at this point with him too!

    • 05/09/2017 / 7:35 AM

      Thank you! Aww, 10 is a lovely age but 18 comes around so quickly.

  5. 04/09/2017 / 3:05 PM

    Oh wow Happy 18th Birthday to Rhys! I can’t imagine how quickly it must have seemed to have gone past for you. I hope you all had an amazing day celebrating.

    • 05/09/2017 / 7:36 AM

      He celebrated a little too much, a little too fast – he paid for that stupidity! lol. Oh to be a teen, eh! But yes, it’s gone by so fast! Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  6. 04/09/2017 / 8:32 PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RHYS! It’s crazy to think 1999 was already 18th years ago – it feels like yesterday!

    • 04/09/2017 / 9:08 PM

      It’s just BONKERS, isn’t it! Thanks so much for his birthday wishes!

  7. 04/09/2017 / 10:11 PM

    Aww happy 18th birthday to Rhys! I bet he had an amazing day 🙂

  8. Laura Dove
    04/09/2017 / 10:22 PM

    WOW!! Happy 18th! I laughed out loud at the thought of his dad and half a hair cut!! He sounds like a gorgeous young man inside and out xx

    • 05/09/2017 / 7:33 AM

      HAHA, It was a true sight to behold, believe me! Thanks so much for his birthday wishes! xx

  9. 05/09/2017 / 6:11 AM

    Wow, time flies so fast! Can’t imagine myself already celebrating with an eighteen year old already. I am sure you are so happy to see your son growing into a good looking young man. Send my wishes and greetings to him.

  10. thatmarketingpunk
    05/09/2017 / 7:50 AM

    Wow! Happy birthday to your son! That’s so cool! 😀

  11. 05/09/2017 / 9:42 AM

    Time flies so fast, although you may have had your first child young I bet you’re close because of that x

  12. 05/09/2017 / 12:06 PM

    Having an adult son is a very odd feeling, LOL!! I still remember getting drunk in Covent Garden for my 18th – ah, happy times…

  13. Danielle
    05/09/2017 / 10:08 PM

    I bet it goes so quickly. My daughter is turning one in a couple of months and I’m so not ready for her to be growing up.

    • 06/09/2017 / 2:12 PM

      It does and aww, how sweet that your little one is turning one! I remember those days, haha!

  14. 06/09/2017 / 1:34 AM

    Happy birthday to your son Rys! The 18th birthday milestone is the best but as a mom you sometimes wonder why time pass by so fast and now you find yourself looking at your first child turning into an adult.

    • 06/09/2017 / 2:11 PM

      Yes, looking at my once-upon-a-time baby now becoming a man is difficult. But all part of the course! lol x

  15. 06/09/2017 / 12:37 PM

    Awww happy birthday Rhys! Its lovely that you remember all the milestones too. Sounds like a great party x

  16. 06/09/2017 / 3:21 PM

    Happy birthday to him! Big milestones for you both! x

  17. 06/09/2017 / 6:17 PM

    Awwwh how lovely!! Happy 18th what a special birthday!! Kids grow up so fast this must have felt strange for you!!

  18. 06/09/2017 / 7:07 PM

    Oh bless, I can’t believe he’s 18! Where has the time gone?! His party set-up looks amazing, hope he enjoyed it! x

    • 08/09/2017 / 11:19 AM

      Me either! From what he can remember he enjoyed it, lol x

  19. Jill Fickling-Conyers
    07/09/2017 / 8:57 PM

    Happy birthday! Being mom of an 18 year old has been wonderful. They grow up so fast.

    • 08/09/2017 / 11:14 AM

      Oh my goodness, they grow up incredibly fast, don’t they!!

  20. 10/09/2017 / 8:36 AM

    This is such an exciting time. I’m sure you’re a very proud mum!

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