There are a few milestones in life that stick out — getting your driver's permit, your wedding day, graduation and, of course, your baby's first birthday. It's a bit like finishing a marathon with your shoelaces tied together.
While patriotic Canadians everywhere plaster themselves in an array of red and white on Sunday (July 1), we'll be celebrating our daughter’s first year of life.
When she's 16, we'll break it to her that the fireworks and parades aren't in celebration of her birth. Until then, I'm riding this one for all it's worth.
Our little one will celebrate with some cake and ice cream. It will be a success if no one calls the cops while we rock out to "Baby Beluga" at full blast and she only twitches a little bit from the sugar overdose.
It's crazy — my baby is turning into a toddler. Yet waiting at the doctor still seems to take FOREVER. How does that work exactly? A time-space continuum rift? Since I brought up the subject, no, she's not walking yet. She hasn't found the right incentive.
People often comment on our child’s sunny, outgoing disposition. Well, her philosophy about misfortune is, "When life hands you a lemon, eat whatever you find hiding in the carpet." Granted, that's her philosophy about everything.
Since we are celebrating a milestone in a few days, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my top-10 lessons learned since becoming a mother.
10. All mothers feel like failures at times. Don't leave passenger windows open (even a little bit) when using a drive-thru car wash. Being drenched by the pressure washer is not as fun as it sounds — especially when you're strapped in a car seat.
9. Turns out, moms don't ever catch up on sleep. It becomes a state of being. (Must-have survival kit items for sleepless moms: big sunglasses, caffeine, adrenaline and the ability to sleep anywhere at anytime.)
8. Babies in the Sea to Sky corridor are genetically gifted. They are the Olympians of the future. They walk ridiculously early and pull off push-ups before the average child sits up.
7. Once I learned dirt will not kill my child, I started to use the Five Minute Rule. As long as a toy hasn't been on the ground longer than five minutes, it's fine to give back to my baby. Especially if I sanitize it by wiping it with my shirt.
6. Any time my baby acquires a new skill, makes a new face or squeals in a different octave, I will freak out with excitement, as though she just won the lottery. There's nothing like the adrenaline rush of a baby-initiated game of peek-a-boo.
5. Here's a shocker: Other people, with the exception of grandparents, are not as impressed by these seemingly mind blowing milestones.
4. When you have a child, time passes 999.3 times faster. True story.
3. It does not matter if your daughter is wrapped in a pink blanket, sitting a pink flowered stroller, with the word “girl” written on her forehead — a stranger will still come up and say, “He is so cute.”
2. If you plan to take a 14-hour overseas flight, your baby will spontaneously develop the stomach flu mid-flight and projectile vomit at 10 minute intervals for 10-hours until the plane lands and you are a sobbing mess.
1. The past 365 days have been the most fulfilling ones yet. Motherhood is tough but it's also a calling, a blessing and a delight. I've never prayed more, laughed harder and felt more blessed.
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