There are numerous things you can expect from a baby’s journey that are common for everyone and then there are things to prepare for just in case. All babies and all parents are different and no two situations are exactly alike. But you can expect there will be sleepless nights in the beginning, giggles and smiles, first crawling, walking, and talking milestones too.
I had one baby already so when my daughter Missy Moo was born, I already had some of those exciting expectations to look forward to and I couldn’t wait to experience them with her. At six months she was a lovely, calm baby. We would do anything just to make her smile or laugh that sweet baby giggle that melts your heart. It’s those little moments that stay with you throughout their baby journey of growing up.
We had no trouble weaning her off the night feeds and getting her to sleep all night through methods we felt works for us. I think as a parent you have to know what you think is best for you and the baby is right not what others think is best. Missy Moo learned to crawl, walk and talk in her own time while we stood back impatiently waiting for them to happen. Those big milestones were a beautiful thing to witness, even the second time around as they were still new to her.
She took to solid food instantly and unlike her brother she detested baby purees. She went straight to a more baby led weaning approach. I had only ever known making homemade baby purees for my son and slowly working our way to chunks and lumps so this was new to me too. But if I have learned anything as a parent I went with what was best for my daughter. As I said, every parent is different and so is every baby. She was different from her brother in so many ways, unexpectedly. She started eating what we all were eating so meal times got easier and there was no need to make separate meals anymore. That was a huge milestone for us as that meant more time at the table as a family eating together. I loved the time we share at the table about our days and she would sit in her highchair at the table with us, eventually join in with her one or two word sentences. One night at the dinner table, I remember thinking she is really growing up so fast while she explained something to her older brother in her toddler language.
Our baby journey was so different with MM than it was with our first baby. I think that’s what makes each and every little and big milestone throughout your baby’s journey so special because each one is a unique experience. I cherish the younger days when they want and need you so much because as you grow and they gain independence you miss those tiny little moments that have passed by so much.
We have enjoyed celebrating the big milestones of birthdays, christenings, and family gatherings together as a family as much as watching her swing for the first time or hold her first book in her hand pretending to read. Each aspect of her baby journey is shaping her for the future in one way or another. She is constantly learning and changing right before our very eyes.
My advice to every parent, enjoy the little ordinary moments as much as the big milestones and prepare for the unexpected for each child. When you hit a challenge you were unprepared for think in terms of your baby’s journey and where you want it to take you both together in the future.
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