He was quite a demanding little baby after his stressful birth.
But he grew into such a funny toddler who was always getting into funny situations and trying to make us all laugh.
Joe was a cheeky school boy.
He loved his football and his sports.
He's always been a good big brother.
We missed him so much when he moved out of the family home to live with his girlfriend at 21.
Today Joe is at such an exciting point in his life. He has a great job working in IT. He is engaged to his lovely girlfriend and they are expecting their first baby in ten weeks time. My baby is about to have his own baby. My son is about to become a dad.
I hope that my son enjoys every second of being a dad, as I have enjoyed every second of being his mum. At times there have been challenges. I was a teenage mum on my own with my baby boy, but we muddled through and our little family went from strength to strength. I've watched my son grow into an amazing young man. He has given me so many reasons to be proud of him. He is a wonderful big brother. He is incredibly funny and always makes us all laugh. He is loving and caring. Sometimes he drives us a bit mad, but he wouldn't be Joe if he was 100% sensible all the time!
This is going to be a big year for Joe. I can't wait to support him through the next step of his life journey and see him as he becomes to a daddy to his own little boy. I don't expect it'll all be plain sailing, but he knows that we will be here for him all the way!