Maybe you're the type of mother who remembers every little detail about your baby--like exactly how many pounds and ounces she weighed at her one-month well-baby check, and how many diapers you changed last Tuesday--or maybe you're the type who barely knows what day it is. Either way, chances are that both types of moms, and all of us in between, have one thing in common: We all remember our babies' first steps. It's part of belonging to the vast, timeless sorority of motherhood.
An infant learning to walk is natural and normal and something most of the world's babies will experience, so why do we make such a big deal out of something so common? Well, for one, we're mothers; it's our job to celebrate our children through their milestones. Two: It really changes who they are. Your baby is now a toddler, and learning to walk expands her boundaries and opens up her world--and probably increases your efforts at babyproofing to keep her out of trouble. Three: It's actually kind of amazing. Your baby! Walking! Like she's people! Who authorized this?!
I haven't yet met a mother who doesn't remember details from her baby's first steps. What do you remember about yours? When was it? Where? Do you remember what s/he was wearing? Was s/he trying to get a toy/a remote/the dog/a hug? Did you squeal or cry or clap or simply beam with motherly pride for the next seventy-two hours?
Tell us about your baby's first steps!
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