My daughter is approaching her first birthday, and this has me all sorts of emotional. I know too well that she is about to leave the baby stage and venture into the world of a toddler. I’ve spent almost this entire year trying to hold onto the baby moments, because I know in the blink of an eye they will be no longer, and as she is likely my last baby, I wish time could just stop. As we approach one, I can’t help but think of all the things I will miss about the baby stage.
Falling asleep in my chest: I can distinctly remember the last time my son fell asleep on my chest, he was 18 months old. Nothing is better, really nothing, than an infant sleeping snuggled in your arms. I have dozens of pictures of us in this exact position.
The Baby Bjorn: Talk about the ultimate form of post-partum exercise. My little lady practically lived in this thing for seven months, and I loved it. Now when I see moms with newborns in the baby carrier at the grocery store I start to tear, thinking how quickly the time has passed.
Sitting: Remember when your baby learned to sit? It was literally a game changer, and honestly, the time when I finally felt like I could handle two kids. When she learned how to sit at five months she was perfectly content to be left in the playroom sitting with her toys surrounding her, or sitting at the park on a blanket and watching the other children, or just plain sitting happily anywhere. There was no desire to move, climb, crawl, walk or explore. Now, she doesn’t sit still for more than five minutes. This girl is seriously on the move.
Her Own Language: Just as she doesn’t sit still, she doesn’t stop talking…like ever! She babbles all day every day and has full on unintelligible conversations with her stuffed animals. Occasionally she says a real word like “hi” or “dada” but most of the time is sounds like blah ja ka ba ma ska abababab all day long!
Open Mouth Kisses: Her new trick is giving kisses and she kisses everything. Ask her to give you a kiss and she leans right in, mouth open, and plants one on your cheek. Mwah
Scooting: My daughter does not crawl, she scoots in a seated position across the room, and only when she is really determined to come to me. It is literally the cutest thing ever! I wish I could capture this in a still photograph, but I have plenty of videos.
Sleeping with her bottom in the air: I love when babies discover how to sleep on their tummies and tuck their legs into their chest. It doesn’t look very comfortable to me, but it certainly seems to help them sleep better.
See, aren’t you getting emotional remembering the baby stage? I thought so! But yes, let’s keep it real, there are plenty of things I won’t miss (ahem sleepless nights, washing bottles, PUMPING), still really, I just love the big cheeked, super cuddly, obsessed with her momma baby stage. Hmm…maybe I should just have a third? (Just kidding, Marc!)