All the baby books are full of milestones for little ones — a first tooth, learning to crawl or walk or jump, early talking, and cognitive development.
But after a while, I started to recognize that I was growing into my role as a mother and that there were milestones for me too!
Here are some of the ones that I was most proud of or happy to reach:
#1: When they start reaching for me!
They know who I am! And they want me. This never gets old for me.
#2: When they finally have enough hair that I can do something with it
Even if that means just silly hair combing.
#3: When my girls started playing together
This was huge! Now I’m not the sole entertainment. Hallelujah!
#4: When I was able to nurse without getting completely undressed
When my first daughter was born, I thought, “not only will I never be able to do this in public, I’ll never be able to do this without a NURSE to help me.” But that day did come, and faster than I expected.
#5: The first time I make one meal for the whole family
The first time I can make dinner and everyone in the family eats it (no bottles, no rice cereal) – that is a BIG milestone for me.
#6: When I figured out a bedtime routine that works
I was so so happy when we got to the stage where I could snuggle my baby for a few minutes, then stick them in bed awake and they just . . .went to sleep. It was like magic.
#7: Dealing with blood
The first time I dealt with blood (or throw-up) by myself, it really made me feel like a genuine adult.
#8: Getting two children to nap at the same time
Now that my baby is a year old, this happens on a regular basis. But the first time it happened? It was better than winning the lottery (although, truthfully, I’ve never won the lottery, so actually I can’t compare).
#9: Leaving my children with a non-family member babysitter
This is a big step! I’m not fortunate enough to live near family, so this day came pretty early for us.
#10: Going somewhere without a diaper bag
It feels like you’re missing a limb, but it also feels so light and free!
#11: The first time I slept through the night
The first night my baby sleeps through the night, I’m usually waking up wondering, “What’s going on?” So it’s a big milestone when I sleep straight through too.
#12: When they start holding the bottle on their own!
It’s such a happy moment for me when my girls start holding their bottle on their own – now they can eat and I don’t have to spend the entire time holding it for them!
#13: When my baby actually understands what I’m saying
The first time I said, “Can you pick that up?” or gave them a simple task and they actually DID it, I just about fell over. It’s so amazing to realize they really realize what you’re talking about.
#14: When they can sit up in the tub
Bath time gets so much easier for this mama when my baby can sit up on her own, rather than me having to hold her or support her head the entire time.
#15: Getting everything to the car in one trip
The first few times I left the house with a baby, it took me AGES to get everything out. But after a while, I streamlined and got better at juggling a carseat, a diaper bag, a baby, and a stroller. Pro mom status!