Sunday, April 21, 2013

Measuring Your Child's "Firsts" and Milestones! And FREE Natrel Baboo

First Bath - Newborn
With 5 kids, 7 years and under, I've had lots of babies in my household at the same time.  When my youngest was born, I had kids aged: 0, 1, 2, 3 and 5 (my 5-year old had just had a birthday)!  At one stage I had 5 kids in night time diapers at the same time!

Regardless of sleepless nights, being run-off-my-feet busy, and a whirlwind of activities, I managed to enjoy each of my kids' "firsts" or milestones with pride and enthusiasm.  The photo above shows my middle son's very first bath at the hospital.  Just look at his red skin and you'll know that his anger was mounting, from being unwrapped from his blanket and stripped down to his birthday suit! 

Recording your child's firsts are so important, because as time passes they become harder and harder to remember.  Also, if you lose the opportunity to document your child's milestone with a photo or video, then the moment becomes lost forever.  Especially in the early years, your child changes so much--and by capturing the moment, you're also capturing their age, size and personality.  (Okay, don't forget about immortalizing all the cute outfits!) 
First Bottle Feeding - Newborn
The photo above shows my same son having one of his first bottle feedings ever.  You can see how he is hungry and red in the face with anger--and then calm and pacified once he is fed.  He is just a newborn a few days old in the photo.  I was thankful that bottle feeding is offered as a choice for parents who cannot nurse a child, or seek an alternative method.  The end result is the same: a happily fed, thriving infant.
First Smile - 1-Month Old
Here is a photo of my son's first smile at age one-month old.  It is a special picture to me, because even to this day my son is a little bit on the serious side.  He had just enjoyed a feeding in the rocking chair when he turned to me and gave me his first big smile ever.  It made me so happy inside!  Mealtime still makes my little guy happy.
First Time Raised Up on His Arms - 3-Months Old
Look at my cute and chubby little guy, when he was 3-months old!  He was such a strong little guy, and I remember being so proud when he was able to raise himself up on his arms from tummy position.  He was a backsleeping baby, as recommended by paediatricians, and yet he was strong enough to raise himself up.
First Solids - 6-Months Old
This is a happy photo for me, my son's very first solids at 6-months old.  At this age, he could anticipate that something special was about to be put into his mouth.  And he was right!  He did very well with his very first feeding of rice cereal.  However, he ended up being  stubborn with feedings, and waited until he could feed himself before embarking on additional solids.
Sitting Up - 6-Months Old
6-months old was also the age that my son learned how to sit up.  When you see the look on his face in this photo, you will know how delighted he was to be able to do it himself.  It also became an easier time for my husband and I, whereby we could place him on the floor with a toy or book as we took care of cooking, clean or caring for the other children.
9-Months Old - Never Cruising But Walking!
When my son turned 9-months old, I wondered when he would start to cruise?  He could pull himself up into a standing position using the couch, but never pulled himself along.  I thought that if he had never cruised, then his walking might be delayed.  I admit I was a little bit anxious on this point.  

So, imagine my surprise when my son began walking at 9-months old--without ever having cruised!  In the photos above you see him standing (left) and walking (middle), when he was 9-months old.  When he turned 10-months old (right), you can see how confident he is walking already.  The picture shows him sweeping the floor with a toy broom!
1st Birthday Party - 12-Months Old!
I just love this photo at my son's first birthday party!  He had such a busy time at his party, that he fell asleep during the singing of the happy birthday song!  You can see my late father-in-law holding my fast asleep son at the cutting of the cake!  

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Do you remember some of your child's first milestones?  Did you capture the milestones with photos or videos?  How did you celebrate?
  
Disclosure: I am part of the Natrel Baboo Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

15 comments:

  1. those are precious! do you find it's hard to tell your kids apart in photos of them so young? my boys are close in age and looking back on old pics its impossible to tell who is who. lol plus they shared clothes so that doesn't even help!

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    1. Thanks Mom vs. the boys! Your boys do have a similar look, and so do mine. With baby photos, it's hard to tell the four boys apart...especially as time marches on.

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  2. I love reviewing the milestone my children have gone through! Such happy memories! I love the ones you choose! Thank you for sharing your busy life!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! Looking through the baby photos was an incentive for me to better organize my photos!

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  3. wonderful post you are right if we don't record them and have pictures it gets harder to remember, remembering these moments sometime makes us forget how tired we were right :)

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    1. True Torviewtoronto! Almost 8 years later and I'm still tired :)

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  4. I love looking back at photo's of firsts....

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    1. mamawee, it was a lot of fun looking back on the old baby photos!

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  5. So many firsts you shared with us... so precious! 5 in nightime diapers? WOW, you needed shares in Pampers #PGmom at that time. I remember so many first, but with so many babies I do find the middle boys first are somewhat of a blurr...I am glad I have caught them on camera like you because looking back does jog the memory a lot. P.S my DD7 took Baboo today to school she loves it instead of a juice box :)

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    1. Thanks Tammy! With my oldest two, we didn't have a digital camera and had to develop all the photos. The plus of the old camera was the oldest 2 have photo albums.

      With my middle child shown in this blog post, we got tons of photos of him by virtue of the digital camera. The downside is we have been a little show in putting together an extensive photo album for him (and his younger brothers). On my to do list!

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  6. Oh Jenna...I LOVE reading about the firsts in your household, and such CUTE pictures!! Adorable! Firsts are always the best...and I really enjoyed experiencing my kids firsts :) Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks Brandi! It's hard to believe how much my "little" guy has grown!

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  7. I am really bad when it comes to the camera, so I don't have many firsts on camera, but I did record them in the baby book :) Looking back at his newborn pictures makes me tear up, I miss my little baby (going to be 7 months on the 13th), but every time I look at him, I fall even more in love :) I wonder if he will ever crawl as well, he moves around a bit to grab his toys, but it isn't a crawl. Maybe he'll just go to walking. When he was a few months old, we had to switch his formulas around to Lactose Free because he was having stomach issues and not poop (maybe poop 2 times a week). The doctor said that most babies outgrow that, so when it is time to transition from formula to milk, we should be fine

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  8. Omg that is so precious and adorable! Thanks for sharing these photos with us. I remember my younger brother's firsts very clearly, and we have loads of photos to embarrass him with in the future ;)

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  9. such a beautiful photo! And yes its def very important to record our childrens firsts.

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