Yes, he's changed, he's grown, he's now very much a teenager. But something about Mateo is immutable. I have often said he's like a stick of rock, through the middle of which runs the word 'Mateo' - because that is who he is and who he will always be.
As a child, he was fascinated by natural history, by animals both living and extinct. He loved stars and space and the unknown. He still does.
Despite being a whizzy about sort of child, he had the ability to watch and concentrate on the things he liked for long stretches at a time. And whilst he no longer chooses to whizz much these days, he can lose himself in a book, an idea or a project he's working on for hours, even days on end.
We celebrated quietly today as the plan was to go to the Science Park in Granada - except it's closed on Mondays. We're going tomorrow. Mateo will move through the exhibitions identifying things he didn't already know - I am hoping there will be some things still left for him to be fascinated by!
So today, we opened a few presents and ate cake.
|Yes, Mateo wanted some weights|
|What you can't quite see is a jar of black gold - Marmite!|
|And a very big cake...|