With Rylan’s first birthday right around the corner (literally, next week!), I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I am going to miss him being my little baby. He will, of course, always be my baby, but as parents soon find out, babies grow up quick. Diaper changes are exchanged for potty training, trips to the mommy-and-me class with trips to school, bottles for cups, onesies for jeans, strollers for scooters, and the list goes on and on. My own mom is very pragmatic about this sort of thing. She took me and my siblings growing up as part of life and that her and my dad had done their job well if we were able to hit these milestones (seriously people, she didn’t even cry when I went to school or got married!). I’ve always considered myself in the same boat, until I actually had kids. Now the idea of taking Rylan for his first haircut practically sends me into hysterics. Guess I got a little of you in my too, Dad.
Having said all that, I will be completely honest that the newborn stage is not exactly my favorite. I like to sleep. I like order and routine. I like not being treated like a cow. I like not feeling like a cow. None of these things really happen when you have a brand new little bitty baby relying on you. It can be overwhelming, and I know that when I was a first time mother, saying I was overwhelmed would have been a major understatement. Although things have been significantly easier the second time around, they were (and are) still very challenging at times. Having a kid isn’t a joke and they sure as heck don’t come with instruction manuals.
As we are approaching Rylan’s birthday, I thought it would be nice to list out some of my most favorite baby things. I’m able to do this now that my little one is almost a year, which means that he sleeps through the night and takes regular naps, is no longer nursing, doesn’t have 20+ diaper changes a day, isn’t spitting up on me 20+ times a day, etc. I’m in that reflective stage where most of the bad seems to somehow become a distant memory. Motherhood isn’t all cuddles and kisses, but sometimes it’s nice to think it is. And since I would like to have another baby someday, a little reminder of sweet babiness couldn’t hurt.
Baby Things I’ll Miss the Most:
- Baby giggles.
- Their little warm bodies asleep on your chest.
- The way their little mouths move and suck on imaginary things when they are sleeping.
- That ridiculously happy look they get after they’ve had the biggest poop of their life (definitely not missing the diaper change after though).
- The first time they say “mama” and aren’t just babbling, but looking right at you.
- First reactions: to food, new toys, the dog, water, their siblings & family, Christmas lights.
- Chubby little legs.
- Feeling their fingers wrap around your pinky.
- Seeing your parents, brother/sister, best friend hold your baby.
- Their first smile.
- Seeing your husband hold your newborn for the first time.
- Seeing your husband in your newborn.
- When they touch your face with their little hands.
- Watching them sleep.
- The softest skin imaginable.
- The softest hair imaginable.
- Carrying them next to your heart in the baby carrier.
- The way they look so small in the crib.
- The way they smell right after a bath.
- Little fingers and toes.
- Watching them smile and coo in their dreams.
- When they wake-up, and instead of crying, start babbling excitedly to themselves.
- Being absolutely needed and loved by something so innocent and precious.
If you are in the throws of newborn days, I know how hard it can be, but try and remember and appreciate this time because it really is fleeting. I promise, you will someday make it through the day rested, showered, and wondering how the heck that little person you see running around your house is the same baby you just brought home from the hospital.
What is it that you (will) miss most about having a baby?