the firsts go on forever - a huggies post

I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects about babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons. I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!

From the first little twitch in your tummy, to the first time you look into his eyes, to the fist time you take him home, to the first time you leave him with a babysitter...once you have a baby, the firsts go on forever.

Before I had the boys, I felt like their life of "firsts" would be wrapped up in their first year or so. If you think about all the "big" things like teeth, and walking and laughing and the first smile, you think about a little bitty baby, fresh and new. And it's kind of true...except not really.

What no one ever tells you is that the "firsts" go on forever. You go on from teeth and smiles to the first time they say "I love you" and the first time they can spell their name. There's the tough ones like the first time you leave them with a sitter or the first time you drop them off at school. There's the first time they ride a bike without training wheels and the first time they can read on their own.

The firsts go on forever. The best part, the very best part, is that each first feels as good as the first one. The joy you have when that baby smiles at you is only paralleled by the next first and it doesn't matter if they're one or three or six. They all bring a mother's heart to bursting joy.

I have a feeling that I'll be enjoying the firsts of my boys for as long as I live...first college application, first love, first baby, so many things to look forward to living and experiencing as a mother.

And even though the passing of each stage brings grief that it's over, the constant of new and first comes with a steady flow as well, and mothers can take comfort in that.
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