I celebrated a number of milestones during my son’s first year, most of which centered around him and his development. For example, his first smile, his first time sitting up, his first crawl, and his first steps were all celebratory moments. However, happening right alongside my baby was the growth and development of another person, too. Me. New moms often come a long way in those early months, and I think it’s worth acknowledging that there are milestones moms should reach in a year, too. Some of them aren’t quite as significant as, you know, learning muscle control and basic communication skills, but some of them still feel pretty important.
Now that he’s older, and I’m ever-so-slightly more seasoned at this whole parenting thing, there are still plenty of milestones I can look forward to witnessing my son reach. However, those milestones are few and far between these days, spaced out and not necessarily as exciting. For example, just this past weekend I had to cut a mother/son outing short because of a public poop incident, which was bound to happen at some point. Did we hit a milestone of sorts? Yes. Was I happy about it. Nope.
Of course, it’s up to each individual mom to choose how she’d like to celebrate these momentous occasions. I’m personally a fan of lamenting to my partner and texting my closest friends for sympathy. Also, occasionally consoling myself with snack foods seems to work. However, and again, to each their own.