First words, first steps, first eating of solid food, first solid poop! There’s a first time for everything and being a mother you get to see it all happen right in front of your eyes.
It must be the love hormone that goes into overdrive when our babies are born, because literally every mum thinks their child is the first to do all of the above and more (well maybe not all that extreme, but you will come across those mothers whose kids walked, talked and recited the alphabet backwards at 6 weeks old).
The moment you realise your child is a genius, is that hallelujah, oh my god, did they really just do that moment! Even when they’ve been clinging onto the furniture for weeks, the moment they let go and do those first few steps will at least make you well up a bit! When you tell friends and family it’s a moment you want them to scream and rejoice like you but unfortunately others don’t see the same genius-like qualities in your child they just see it as another developmental milestone.
Every parent can’t believe the tiny baby they held so tight is really growing into a little person, it’s exciting to see them grow and to help shape their personality, but it’s also devastating for some that you will never get that tiny baby moment again with that child, with every thing they can now do there are things they will never do again. Maybe this is why we get so excited and over the top about our children’s next stages, to protect ourselves from the scary truth that your baby is growing up.
But if you look at everything like you will never get back again you are missing the things you are gaining right in front of your eyes. They aren’t little for long but we already knew that, spend your time enjoying it instead of worrying how fast it is going, and remember…your baby is a genius.