FirstsPosted: February 25, 2014
Parents love all their baby’s firsts. First smile, first time they wave, first foods, first time they roll over and sit up, first steps, first kisses, first time they say I love you. Parents also endlessly agonize over all the firsts we may miss. When I went back to work Joe and I had a rule that it was only a “first” if we saw it. It wasn’t a first unless we could document the first ourselves. Subsequently, Funny’s baby book reads as if he only had important milestones on nights and weekends (working parent hours).
New parents get so caught up worrying about any firsts that they might miss within the first year of life and don’t seem to give a lot of thought about firsts that happen the rest of their lives. Now that our boy is 2.75 years old we joyfully continue to experience firsts and they are just as special and just as amazing, but different in an awesome way.
The firsts that we experience at this age create a memory. These firsts are a memory for me, a memory for Joe and a memory for Funny. While his first smile was awesome on the day it happened, I honestly couldn’t tell you what the day was or where we were or anything significant other than I am sure that first was just a reaction to passing gas.
The firsts these days are things we won’t forget. Like, remember the FIRST time we took Caden to the circus and it was the worst circus EVER? Remember the FIRST time he went bowling and how little those bowling shoes were that he wore? I could not believe he was carrying around that ball all by himself!
Firsts actually happen a lot. Firsts are awesome and firsts get better, because many firsts create lasting memories and as the years go by it’s those firsts that will matter the most. I wish I knew this a few years ago.
Here are a few snapshots from our weekend of firsts.