If you're still in the bleary-eyed throes of late-night feedings, constant pooping, and seemingly incessant crying, you're probably sick of everyone telling you, "It goes by so fast!" But a baby's first year really does fly by. (Somehow, my son's first year managed to feel shorter than my last trimester of pregnancy, but that might be because my belly was so huge it literally bent the constraints of time and space.) My not-exactly-unsolicited advice? Make time for some (or all) of the following things every mom should do before her kid turns one year old.
On the sweet and sentimental side: nibble their toes before they started walking and their feet become dirty. Smell their heads before solid food overtakes the sweet smell of mama’s milk. Nom on their cheeks until they giggle, because they'll never be as soft as they are now. Enjoy all their glorious little chubby rolls, before walking and running and growing taller smooths them out. It will all be gone before you know it, and then you'll be the weird lady just barely restraining herself every time someone else brings a little baby around. (Not that I know this from experience or anything.)
On the really real side: enjoy being able to eat all sorts of junky crap they shouldn’t have, without any expectation on your or their part that you should have to share. Once they get older and more experienced (and rock a functional set of teeth), they start to understand how amazing things like candy, cake, and fries taste, so you'll basically have to start sneaking all your favorites while they're asleep. That only makes it that much more disappointing when they fight their naps and bedtime. (Which they can and do, far more effectively, after they turn one.) Eat up while you still can, and make time for the following babyhood joys (and necessities), too, whenever possible: