I was laid off when I was pregnant, so I didn't have a job to go back to after having my baby. One benefit, or so I thought, was that I would see my baby's firsts as they happened. My baby, on the other hand, seemed to think it would be hilarious to wait every time until I was out of the room — grabbing a rare nap or fixing dinner— before doing something amazing for the very first time. However, for me and (I'd argue) every other parent on the planet, the moment their baby said their first word will always be memorable.
I missed my sneaky baby's first, second, and third attempt at walking, so to say I was a little bummed out by the time a real word was in the cards is a gross understatement. In fact, I started to think it was all a conspiracy to deprive me of these magic moments. Then it happened: his very first word, said to me and only me. The word? "Boo!" That simply, one syllable word was accompanied by outstretched arms and a concerted effort to scare me. (Maybe it's not even considered a word to some people, but I was ecstatic.)
Baby firsts are one of the most satisfying things about parenting. Those moments when you see your babe do something for the very first time are a chance to realize that your baby is truly growing, developing and changing into the wonderful person you know they will become: all because of you. That's a pretty amazing feeling, to know that all your hard work, dedication, and sleepless nights are paying off in a big, big way. So, with that in mind, here's what a few moms felt when their baby said their first word: