When I think about babies and milestones, what usually comes to mind are things like First Smile and First Tooth and First Steps. We tend to mark the passing of time during a baby's infanthood by how the baby is changing or what he or she is accomplishing--and rightly so, since babies are the heroes of their own life stories--but what we don't often think about, or record or celebrate (although we should because it's important too!), are all the milestones we're hitting as parents, especially if we're parents for the first time.
It was a huge deal, for instance, the first time I dared take my first baby to the grocery store alone. (What if he pooped? What if he cried? What if I cried?) He was almost six months old when I finally felt brave enough to attempt such a terrifying journey. My second baby? He was something like six days old. I was an old pro by then and we needed bacon, so off to the store I went. *shrug* But man, with a first baby, every first is a Big Huge Deal.
Other parenting milestones worth commemorating:
- figuring out how to swaddle the baby so he can't unwrap himself
- giving the baby a bath without also soaking yourself in the process
- first road trip with the baby
- first flight with the baby
- first date night without the baby
- first time you stood up to a random stranger who tried to give you unsolicited assvice
- reaching a goal of breastfeeding for a certain amount of time
- first time you slept through the night without getting up to check on your baby, who has been sleeping through the night for weeks with no problem
Yes, our babies are growing and changing at a remarkable rate, but so are we as mothers. I think that's worth a little pat on the back, don't you?
What are some of your most memorable parenting milestones?
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