June 7, 2011

Milestones


JDs first birthday is coming up and I can’t help but feel nostalgic about the whole thing.  Every little thing he does is a poignant reminder that I need to savour the experience because it’s gone so soon.  With Brie, I greeted every milestone with anticipation.  I couldn’t wait for her first wobbly step, her first word, the first time she fed herself, and the first time she recognized her name.  If the ‘What to Expect’ books came in a pocket size, I would have walked around with them constantly.  As it happened, I still perused those books relentlessly and combed through baby websites with a fine tooth comb. 

Milestones for me were practically an opportunity to break out the baby sized cap and gown so I could have a ceremony, document the auspicious occasion and party afterwards with my mommy friends, “Guess what Brie did this week…”  However, now that I’m experiencing the same milestones with JD, there has been less intense fist bumping and hi-fiving when he’s conquered a new phase.  It’s not because I love him less, it’s because my heart is filled with love for him as much as it is for Brie and every time he hits a new plateau, it’s a bitter sweet reminder that this is my last time experiencing that ‘first’ as a mom.  Two weeks later, he won’t fit under the kitchen table while standing.  A month after that, his first steps that I lovingly call his ‘drunken master kung fu gait’ will have steadied out.  A year from now, he’ll be able to feed himself independently and all of my marvellous photo opportunities to catch him with food all over his face and hair will have dissipated.  And five years from now, my little guy who nuzzles in and cuddles with me like it’s the only thing he wants to do in the world, is going to say, “Mom, stop hugging me!” 

So, I am going to relish and appreciate every single milestone that my kids go through.  I’ll be super eager, excited and thrilled the very first time Brie does something new.  But I can’t help but wistfully delight in and soak up all of JDs milestones, since it’s the last time I’ll be experiencing them as a mother!

Comments

  1. What a cutie pie. I’m so thankful for my grand kids, my babies are all grown up and married. I miss them being small.
    New follower 🙂

    • Thanks Terri! Grandkids are a total blessing. The picture of your grandkids in the bouncy castle is so cute, my kids would have wanted to be right in there with them.

  2. What beautiful babies! I am a new follower from the FNF blog hop & am writing from Lala Musings: Lizzy the Biter.

    I look forward to following you!

    Regards

  3. I do like your post. With my son almost 20, seeing moms with ones still so young brings back so many wonderful memories. And, in a way, helps me “keep” a part of my baby. You know? Thank you.

    • Your ‘baby’ might be 20 but I would imagine that age doesn’t diminish how much you still see him as your little guy. You will always be his mom, and he will always be your baby!

  4. They do grow up so fast. Part of the reason I take almost a thousand pictures a day (practically). It’s hard to keep track of milestones, and sometime I miss them completely. But I am always so proud of them. =)

    (PS. Thanx for stopping by my blog earlier too.)

    • You know Janice, that’s one of the reasons I blog; it forces me to appreciate and document the special moments with my little tykes! Thanks for popping by!

  5. That is an awesome post. All of the milestones are so precious! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Amanda
    http://talesfromamother.blogspot.com/

  6. I know how you feel. I have 2 children as well. I’m not a girl that cry’s all the time. But I get emotional when I pack away clothes that are too small. It makes me think about different things that they did in those outfits.

    Happy Birthday to your little one!

    • It’s hard for me to pack away the clothes that they grow out of. I force myself to give away their clothes that are too small but I inevitably want to keep everything because there’s so many memories attached to each article of clothing. Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing one of the milestone that’s been difficult for you!

  7. I’m very nostalgic! I look at my children’s photos and wish they were little again!
    But there’s no fencing time so cherish every moment!

    • I am definitely trying to cherish every moment. I met a grandma who was visiting our city from Australia yesterday and she mentioned how much easier it is to cherish every moment with her granchild compared to the blur of when she had her kids small. We comisserated about how some days it’s just about surviving till tomorrow and unfortunately it’s hard to cherish every moment when you’re fatigued. But I still think it’s a worthy and noble ambition, so I’m going to try and take your advice to cherish every moment.

  8. Such an adorable baby! Now I can understand why your WW entry is not so wordless. How can you stop from writing about this cute angel? 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by my site!

  9. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Sigh… I’m trying to embrace the tween stage now. lol.

  10. They are growing up so fast. I hate when I miss seeing them for a week….cuz I know I probally missed something new!!! Love ya Brie and JD!!!!

  11. Tante Chrizz says:

    Epic Mom! What a wonderful blog! It’s hard for me to imagine that it has been so long since I last saw JD!!! Totally feeling the nostalgia. We will talk soon! Luv c

  12. Dog gone it Char! I’m going to need to purchase stock in waterproof mascara! xoxo

  13. Great post! I so relate to the joy twinged with sadness aspect. It makes me more determined to enjoy every bit of time I have with them.

  14. My baby just turned one too–I posted about it last week! Happy Birthday to your little man! I love milestones too…and I love how I can “journal” them on our family blog!

    • Thanks Carla, this blog is helping me to be more diligent in documenting my kids stages as they grow, and also my feelings as I experience what it’s like to be a mother. Happy birthday to your little guy Harry!

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