We often talk a lot about baby's milestones. Those awesome and picture worthy moments when our babies take their first steps or have their first plate of spaghetti. Then there are some that are not as picture worthy like the "up all night with a teething baby" milestone. From baby's first smile to potty training there are so many giant leaps in development happening with your baby. It's really amazing to watch, right?
But what about milestones for parents? You know, like just getting through that first night? Sleeping with one eye open and watching baby breathe is a rite of passage for those first few weeks. Or what about when you find that perfect combination of swaying, patting and humming that calms your unique baby and stops the crying? In our house it was the Tiger in a Tree hold with a quick sway and pats to the bottom. Do you remember when YOU slept through the night for the first time after baby?
What about baby's first real sickness? Remember that? I sure do. The very first time my baby was very sick he was only 4 months old and had a very high fever. I don't think I slept for 2 days. I wondered if I was doing things right at all. And I was afraid for my baby in a way I had no idea existed before seeing him so sick. I know you know what I mean. But we got through it and I was so relieved. Surviving that first big illness was a parenting milestone for sure. I learned so much from it.
One of my favorite parenting milestones was getting to that place of comfort as a new parent to actually leave baby with a trusted friend for a little bit to go on a date with the husband. Yeah sure, we were only gone for an hour before we got "The Call" but that was OK. We took baby steps (see what I did there?) at separation and now with the kids bigger we enjoy stress-free separations.
Now what about you? What are some of the parenting milestones that you remember from that first year?
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