When most people think about baby milestones, they tend to focus on the good things: first smile, first word, first step, and--my personal favorite--first time sleeping through the night. It's natural to want to remember the best parts of our kids' childhoods, but I'd argue it's also important to remember the not-so-great parts. I wouldn't even call them "negative milestones," I'd just call them part of growing up.
The easiest way for me to keep track of what my kids did when is by taking photos, whether with my fancy DSLR or my camera phone, so that's why you'll hear the click of a shutter just as often when my kids are getting into trouble as when they're being their sweetest selves.
Here are some unexpected milestones that have made it into my kids' baby books:
- First time caught eating cat food
- First time unravelling a whole roll of toilet paper
- First time getting stuck under a piece of furniture while learning how to crawl
- First time climbing onto something they shouldn't climb onto
- First time climbing out of something they shouldn't climb out of (the crib at 19 months, OMG)
- First bloody lip (unrelated to crib-climbing incident)
- First time biting into a raw onion (what? he insisted!)
Here are some things I wouldn't say I'm looking forward to but am definitely expecting. And you can bet I'll have my camera at the ready:
- First time cutting their own hair
- First time getting into my makeup
- First time using permanent markers as makeup
- First time climbing onto the counter in search of cookies
Hopefully you won't have anything too serious or scary happen during your baby's first year, but I believe being able to take the little mistakes and mishaps in stride early on is good practice for when they're older and hitting milestones like First trip to the emergency room after falling out of a tree. I can't wait. (Not.)
Do you keep track of your baby's not-so-great milestones? What's the worst trouble your baby has gotten him/herself into during the first year?
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