After having a baby, I noticed the word ‘milestones’ listed constantly in articles and books- first steps, first words, can hold a toy, can sit on their own. I honestly wish I didn’t know about most of them, as they can cause a lot of anxiety. Norah was a late walker- and for awhile, my mind went to the extreme, “what if she never learns to walk!” because she didn’t reach it during a specific timeline. I don’t like to compare and I struggle with a few of the timeline goals, as many children develop differently- physically, mentally, emotionally. Norah is 22 months now- and although I notice she has achieved some of the “traditional” milestones (mostly vocabulary) I think it is important to point out the milestones that are not in every child development book- the less traditional ones.
Here are a few of Norah’s milestones so far:
- First fashionably late appearance– June 17th 2015, Norah was 11 days past her due date, when she decided to grace us with her presence. I honestly thought and feared that she wanted to stay in me forever, so I definitely celebrate this milestone…..
3. First hotel stay– 6 months. Christmas in North bay, we stayed in a hotel, and little Norah looked so tiny on the king sized bed..
4. First Joke– 20 months. She has started to pretend sleep as a joke (with little fake snoring and all), and then wakes up fast to scare us–she thinks it is hilarious. (we have to play this a million times on the drive home from daycare)
5. First box of smarties-16 months. Halloween- used as a bribe to take her picture. (don’t judge-it worked)
6. First chores-16-18 months. Norah now helps with unloading the dishwasher (mostly passing things to me, or tossing spoons into the top drawer-she has pretty good aim!) and helps us feed the dogs. She dusts her toys sometimes too (with a baby wipe) while I dust the furniture. Folding laundry is another story-it usually ends up all unfolded and on the floor so she can climb in the basket and play…
8. First Obsession with the Toilet – 20 months. One day she just started to talk about the potty/toilet and has not stopped! “Mommy, are you going potty?” “Can I flush?”
9. First pumpkin carving– 16 months. We gave her a little pumpkin and a spoon, and she dug out some of the seeds! she did pretty well for her first time…
10. First swear word– 17 months. Thankfully this was just when she would repeat everything she heard, and we have since cleaned up our vocabulary to prevent any further mishaps.
Well, this list could go on…. what were some of your children’s funny/memorable/non-traditional milestones?
Until next time..T. xx