Five bloggers, who are moms like you, share everything from bringing their little ones home to watching them take their first steps. These bloggers were compensated for their participation in this program.
Ah, the first birthday — a huge milestone for parents, just another day for babies. The first first birthday party I threw involved nothing but grownups, Addie wasn’t old enough to have baby friends yet and I was the first among my friends to have a baby. I remember thinking how big she was — a whole year! There was an unfortunate incident with a party hat, but other than that Addie’s first birthday was a lovely day spent with friends and family. Looking back on photos of that day now that Addie is coming up on 10, she was a twee little thing. A baby! How could I have ever thought she was so big?Read More
Babies have a lot of firsts and everyone has their favorite. Whether it is the first smile, the first time they roll over, or even their first steps, every stage has its fans. But there is one that people skip over without even realizing that they are doing it because in a way, it is less about the baby and more about you. There is the first time that your baby looks at you and knows exactly who you are. You are the center of the universe and the answer to all their questions: you are Mom. From this moment on, you will be Mom forever.Read More
When my son was first learning to speak, like most kids, he had some adorable mispronunciations. We treasured these mis-formed words and would encourage him to repeat them over and over. I couldn't bear to correct him. One of my favorites was "brock-a-belecki" which was how he said broccoli. I couldn't get enough on his overly complicated take on this common word.
I don't remember when he stopped saying it, I just recall one day when he very clearly asked for more broccoli and I thought, "Aw, remember when he used to call it brock-a-belecki? When did he stop that?" It's the kind of moment that makes you aware that their babyhood is slipping by faster than you'd like.Read More
When my oldest was born almost nine years ago, I wrote everything down. I wrote down his first words, the order in which his teeth came in, when he rolled over, when he sat, his first bath, probably even when he acted like he might take his first step. All of the important milestones and all of the milestones that were only notable to us, his parents.Read More
On my current phone I have 508--wait, make that 509 (my oldest just ran by in her cowgirl outfit with a homemade lasso chasing the dog. Hilarious!)--photos of my life this past year. There are photos of my kids, my husband, my kids and my husband, my kids and my dog, my dog and my husband, my dog and his shark chew toy...well, you get the picture (no pun intended). How many of these photos am I in? 10. And they're all selfies of me with my kids. Or of me with my husband. Or of me with my dog...
Well now this is just getting pathetic.
(Photo by Katie Blanch Photography )Read More
The more I think back on significant firsts with both of my babies, the more I realize how concrete they are in my memory with Addie and how they're more of a thought in regards to Vivi. With many of Addie's firsts I can tell you where I was, what we were both wearing and how exactly things went. With Vivi I can just tell you that "Yes, that happened around the same time it happened with Addie." For example, Addie's first laugh came when I dropped a little stuffed tiger on her face. She had just had a bath and I was playing with her on my bed when the tiger slipped and bonked her on the nose. I tried to make it happen again, but all I did was make her cry.
There comes a time when new parents wrap up their precious new bundles like the rare treasures that they are and take them out into the world for the first check-up. Maybe you are running over to the midwife's office, or you might be headed to the pediatrician, or just back to the hospital but baby is getting the once over. It's good, it's important, and often memorable but I'll never forget Greg's first doctor's visit.Read More
Most of the "big milestones" are fairly universal. Parents often swap stories of first words, first steps, and first days of school with a similar frame of reference to draw from. Then there are the rites of passage that might be more specific to each particular family.Read More
Something unexpected and strange happened when I pulled out a bin of Addie's baby clothes during my second pregnancy, a wash of emotion came over me that I wasn't prepared for. Something about holding clothes that were so tiny, that used to fit the giant child I currently had running around my house and would soon fit the little tiny human inside me. It really is impossible to remember my kids being so tiny. I didn't think I'd have any problem sharing clothes between my girls, a chance to use all this cute stuff again! But it wasn't until I brought my second baby home from the hospital that I realized something was wrong.Read More
Newborns and infants are so interesting. Their milestones come one right after another....holding their heads up, then rolling over, then sitting up, crawling, walking, boom boom boom. It's hard enough to keep up with it while it's happening, but things change so fast that once one stage has passed, a new one has started and there's no time to look back! When you do finally get a bit of a breather, it's hard to remember or picture exactly what those stages were like. That's why I love the idea of a special video series for recording the milestones that happen so fast.Read More