Heading back to work after having a baby can be an emotional transition. Even if you love your job and can't wait to return, there's no denying things have changed. The stress involved with leaving your baby isn't just on who you leave them with, but what you might miss when you're away.
I was a daycare provider and nanny for many years, and witnessed many special moments for the first time. I also had to deal with upset moms realizing there was at least one milestone they missed because they were at work. In fact, I would often hold back from telling a mother that her little one took his first steps or said her first word, for fear that mother would dive into a pit of unnecessary (but very real) guilt. Plus, I knew the little one would repeat the action in his or her parents' company very soon, so why rob those parents of that magic moment, even if it was technically a "repeat," right?
I missed my own baby's first steps, actually. He took them in front of his dad while I was in the kitchen. So, even though I was working from home, there was no guarantee that I would catch every milestone. Small children have so many huge achievements in their little lives, it's safe to say that if you miss one there's really no need to sweat it. Chances are, another will be along shortly. So, with that in mind, here are 10 moms, fearlessly explaining how common it really is to a miss a milestone.