Firsts and Lasts, My Baby's Milestones

It has been playing on my mind recently that every development that Daniel makes carries him one step closer to being a toddler and one step further from being my wee baby.

It dawned on me this week that while with Rachel everything she did was a first for us, everything Daniel does is a last.

We are pretty sure that we won’t be having any more children. So this is the last one of my babies I will breastfeed, wean to solids, walk the floors with at night as he cries with teething pain or rock to sleep.?My eyes?are filling?up as I type.

I love watching all my children grow and develop. They are all at such fantastic stages right now.

Jake is becoming so sociable and was invited to his friends birthday party last week for the first time. His speech is amazing and he loves just sitting and chatting with us. Very often Rachel will go off to do her own thing, but Jake is always there, wanting to be involved.

Rachel is?changing every day.?Everyone is commenting on how different she is beginning to look. She is losing her baby face and starting to look like a ‘Big Girl’. I can now almost see what she will look like when she grows up. She can melt me with her big brown eyes,?I know they will always be her most beautiful feature. Rachel as always is just full of love.

Daniel is crawling, eating unpureed food (he was eating handfuls of cooked carrot and swede strips tonight), laughing almost all the time and not spitting up on us nearly as much. He is babbling?constantly and all day, every day Rachel and Jake will compete with each other on who can make the baby laugh the most.

These are all moments that?I am so grateful to have experienced. Its hard to get my head around the fact that this is it. This is our family. It makes me treasure these memories even more.

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7 Responses to Firsts and Lasts, My Baby's Milestones

  1. We’re not sure whether we will have another baby or not, so I’m always aware that each milestone could be the only time we experience it and that makes me treasure them that much more :)

  2. I hate watching them grow up. Makes me sad but then I think of all the things we’ll get to do as they get older. I look forward to vacations they remember, the sports, school functions, etc.

  3. What do you mean “pretty sure that we won?t be having any more children”? Hopefully within the next 6-8 months, it won’t be an option anymore!

    Snip snip!

  4. Thank you for submitting this article to Carnival of Family Life. While reading it, I felt like you were talking about me. My 2nd daughter is 4 months old and she will be our last child. I keep thinking that I’ll never carry a newborn infant in my arms again. Or smell that wonderful baby smell. I wish she could stay small forever!

  5. Thanks for including me in the carnival!

    It must be something biological. In my head I know that we shouldn’t have any more babies, but it nearly makes me cry sometimes to think that I’ll never be pregnant, or hold my new born baby ever again.

    Its nice to know I’m not alone!